What is Diabetes Type 2?
Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), (formerly referred to as non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus, type II), is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism leading to elevated blood glucose levels and insulin resistance. (Murray and Pizzorno, 2012).
T2D occurs either when the pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin or insulin that is produced in the pancreas cannot be metabolised correctly. Insulin is a hormone which is made in the β-cells of the pancreas and allows glucose to pass from the bloodstream into the cells, (via facilitated diffusion), and used as an energy source. If the pancreas is producing insulin but not getting to the cells, this leads to raised glucose levels in the blood or ‘spillage’ in the urine, also known as hyperglycaemia. (Blacks Medical Dictionary).
Fig 1. Showing:- Healthy, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes & Insulin Receptors
Ref: (Reference, 2019)
World view of diabetes type 2
T2D, accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases. It’s the most common type of adult diabetes but studies now show that T2D is on the rise in children, adolescents and young adults globally due to obesity, poor diet and sedentary lifestyles. (Idf.org, 2019)
In the Diabetics Atlas 2019 report, in 2017 there were an estimated 424 million people in the world that have been diagnosed with diabetes, ranging from ages 20-79. This figure is predicted to go up to 629 million worldwide by 2045; an increase of 48%, as can be seen in figure 2. These statistics show China has the most diabetes known cases at 114.4 million, followed by India with 72.9 million and then the USA with 30.2 million. This report also shows that two thirds of this global figures are living in urban areas. (Diabetesatlas.org, 2019)
As reported by Diabetes.co.uk, (2019), T2D affects people of different ethnicities to a different degree. People in South Asia, Polynesia, Africa, Afro-Caribbean, Middle-East and American- Indian ancestry have higher risk for T2D.
Fig.2, Global Facts & Figures for Diabetes Rates from 2017 – 2045
Ref : (Idf.org, 2019), (Diabetes Atlas, 2019)
Causes & associated Risk factors to Diabetes Type 2
- Family history
- Obesity – High glucose, lipid & protein diet
- Lifestyle – Inactivity
- Environmental factors
- High blood pressure
- High Triglycerides / LDL levels (Estadella et al., 2013)
- Ethnicity (as indicated in epidemiology)
- Prolonged stress T2D develops slowly over many years. Often, but not always, associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. (Cdc.gov, 2019)
Disease Process – How the disease develops (Hubert and VanMeter, 2018)
- Initial Stage – Insulin deficit leading to a reduction in transportation and use of glucose in cells
- Glucosuria – excess glucose spills into urine affecting renal tubular transport
- Polyuria – glucose in urine exerts osmotic pressure in the filtrate
- Polydipsia – dehydration from fluid loss through urine and high blood glucose levels drawing water from the cells
- Polyphagia – lack of nutrients entering cells so stimulates appetite
- Progressive Effects – Catabolism of fats and proteins known as ketones in the blood
- Excessive amounts of ketones, known as ketoacidosis (Diabetic KA), leading to decreased pH of body fluids
- Glomerular filtration rate of kidney decreases, excretion of acids become more limited, resulting in compensated metabolic acidosis which can be life-threatening DKA.
How the disease affects the various tissues/ organs/ systems.
Prolonged uncontrolled T2D can lead to vision loss, blindness, end-stage renal disease, heart disease and even premature death. (Diabetes.co.uk, 2019)
signs and symptoms of Diabetes Type 2
WebMd, (2019) and (Murray and Pizzorno, 2012) lists the following signs and symptoms:
Common signs of T2D are listed below
Polyuria – mostly seen at night
Dry mouth & yeast infections due to dehydration and infections/high glucose levels
Itching of the skin – usually vaginal or groin area
Blurred vision or decreased vision due to retinopathy issues associate with T2D
Weight gain especially in abdominal region
Increase blood glucose
Erectile dysfunction – impotency
Numbness and tingling – peripheral regions of the body – hands and feet
Acanthosis nigricans – changes to a dark skin tone on neck, armpit, groin
Poor wound healing & foot ulcers – due to microvascular changes, poor circulation and
Low eGFR reading – less than 60
Elevated homocysteine levels – especially diabetic neuropathy
Elevated LDL levels – damaging endothelial cells susceptible to damage by oxidized LDL
Hypertension – essential to reduce further complications of kidney disease, retinopathy and stroke
Nutrient deficiencies – vitamin B12 (causing numbness, tingling), low micronutrient diets
A RED FLAG situation would be a hypoglycaemic state resulting in sweating, dizziness, then loss of consciousness, and finally death. In this situation an ambulance should be called, if blood glucose cannot be increased before unconsciousness.
DIABETES TYPE 2, ALSO LOOKS LIKE….
Diabetes Type 2 may also present similar to these other conditions. It’s important to make note of this in case you see signs.
Diabetes type 1 (T1D)
T1D weight loss / T2D weight gain, T2D excess appetite, T1D Asymptomatic, T2D symptomatic.
More common in older people and mostly Mexican and Americans than ethnic backgrounds unlike T2D
Directly related to heart
T2D can lead to Cushing’s syndrome/disease. The main way to tell is the moon face and extreme obesity and hump on top of the back. Measured by cortisol in the urine.
Ref: (CNM, 2019), (Diabetes.co.uk, 2019), (Emedicine.medscape.com, 2019), (nhs.uk, 2019), (Stroke.org, 2019)
How to diagnose & monitor Diabetes type 2
Elevated blood glucose levels can be checked at home or by a health care professional by a simple test using a blood glucose monitor, without fasting. A sample of capillary blood from a finger prick on a portable monitor machine, gives the readings instantly (see readings chart below). (Mayoclinic.org, 2019)
Fig. 3 NICE recommended target blood glucose level ranges
Ref: (Diabetes.co.uk, 2019)
Tests for Investigation are:
HbA1C Test for Diabetes diagnosis: A Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1C) test might be carried out. Shows fasting blood test average blood sugar level over a period of up to 3 months. (Diabetes.co.uk, 2019)
Fasting Plasma Glucose Test: Taken after 8 hours of fasting. NICE guidelines regard fasting plasma glucose to be between 5.5 and 6.9mmol/l as a higher risk of T2D and should be assessed with other risk factors as indicated in clinical signs and symptoms above. (Diabetes.co.uk, 2019)
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test: Less commonly used is the oral glucose tolerance test, used during pregnancy. (Mayoclinic.org, 2019)
Further Investigation: In addition blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, creatinine, urine sample to check cholesterol levels, thyroid functioning, liver functioning and kidney function through evaluation of the eGFR. (Mayoclinic.org, 2019), (Emedicine.medscape.com, 2019)
C-peptide determination, if the pancreas is producing insulin or not.
Urine ketone testing, to know if the body is in ketoacidosis a RED FLAG situation.
If T2D is not managed, over time the following are common complications as advised in the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (Murray and Pizzorno, 2012):-
• Hypoglycaemia & Hyperglycaemia – RED FLAG, as a result of too much insulin, poorly managed diabetes. Can occur unpredictably. Glucose under 20mg/dl is a medical emergency. Chronic Complications
Heart Disease & Elevated Homocysteine levels – T2D are 2-3 times more likely to have cardiovascular disease
Hypertension -75% T2D have high blood pressure
Retinopathy – A leading cause of blindness and affects 1/3rd diabetics. Increased risk of glaucoma
Kidney Disease – 10 times higher in T2D
Neuropathy – 60-70% T2D develop nervous system damages. Especially lower extremities
Amputations – 60% of amputations of lower limbs are T2D
Periodontal Disease – 33% of people with T2D have periodontal issues.
Pain – T2D have pain commonly from arthritis, neuropathy, circulation issues, fibromyalgia.
Autoimmune Disorders – Thyroid complications, inflammatory arthritis.
Alzheimer’s Disease – Insulin resistance, impaired insulin signalling, causing blood vessel damage in the brain. There is a 1.5 – 4-fold increased risk of Alzheimer’s if you have T2D. (Creative-peptides.com, 2018)
Immune System Dysfunction – causing serious infections, susceptibility to chronic hidden infections like oral, blood, respiratory and vaginal/skin yeast infections.
Depression – especially if diabetes is difficult to manage.
Contributors to Long-Term Complications
Poor glucose control
Increasing oxidative stress/damage – from free radicals and oxidative compounds cause body damage and increased insulin resistance. Increasing formation of inflammatory C-reactive protein, a critical goal in prevention and treatment.
what your doctor will offer you
Categories of medications used in managing diabetes along with method, use and side effects are listed below (brand names in brackets) (Diabetes.co.uk, 2019)
Method & Use
Alpha Glucosidase Inhibitors
Oral medication. Blocks enzymes in the small intestine that break down carbohydrates.
Injected. Works in a similar way to the hormone amylin. Inhibits the release of glycogen, slowing the emptying of the stomach.
Nausea, Headache, Hypoglycaemia – if taken with insulin, Vomiting
Oral drug. Prevents the production of glucose in the liver. Improves sensitivity to insulin.
If taken with insulin – Hypoglycaemia, Weight gain
Oral drug. Prescribed where metformin or sulphonylureas has not worked. Block DPP-4 – destroys incretins, and regulates blood glucose levels.
Higher rates of pancreatitis, Gastrointestinal issues, Flue like symptoms, Skin reactions/rashes
A new injectable drug, glycogen-like peptide 1 receptor agonists given if the oral medication worked.
Constipation, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Headaches, Increased sweating, Indigestion, Loss of appetite, Nausea, Vomiting
Prandial Glucose Regulators
An oral medication, limits blood glucose spikes, by binding to ATP in the β cells of the pancreas. Rapid-acting.
Allergic skin reactions, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Hypoglycaemia, Liver issues, Nausea
A group of oral medications, to help the kidneys prevent reabsorbing glucose and lowering blood glucose levels.
Urinary tract infections, Genital infections, Taken with other medications, increased risk of hypoglycaemia, Diabetic ketoacidosis
An oral drug. Stimulates the pancreas to increase insulin production.
Risk of hypoglycaemia, Allergic reactions possible in the first 6 weeks, Weight gain
Oral hypoglycaemic drugs, reduce the body’s resistance to insulin.
Many side effects, Associated drug, (Avandia) showed an increased risk of heart disease
Warning: long term side effects of medications, in general, can be:- premature ageing, worsening diabetic vision, promoting of cancer, further obesity, atherosclerosis. (Miller et al., 2019), (New England Journal of Medicine, 2019), (Blagosklonny, 2012)
diabetes type 2 managed the natural way!
Natural medicine for diabetes means trying to achieve an ideal blood glucose level and ideal metabolic targets. According to Murray and Pizzorno (2012). There are 4 key areas to focus on:
1. Providing an optimal nutritional status through a diet that is rich in complex carbohydrates, with low glycaemic index foods. Adequate protein and low lipid and low cholesterol food. (Hubert and VanMeter, 2018). It is also mentioned that food intake needs to match the calories needed for each person, as well as balance with the amount of exercise. Therefore a good meal plan for each individual is a good start.
(Campbell and Campbell, 2006)
2. Reducing after-meal increases in blood glucose readings. The inclusion of an exercise program, both aerobic and non-aerobic exercise and an overall increase of physical activity is essential for optimal health in individuals with T2D. (Sheri et al, 2010)
3. Improving insulin sensitivity and function. Reducing dietary saturated fats which, create havoc in muscle cells and results in the accumulation of more toxic break done products such as ceramide and diacylglycerol and free radicals, should also be taken into consideration. As well as causing inflammation which disrupts the mitochondrial function (known as lipotoxicity), it can lead to saturated fat build up in the muscle and correlates to insulin resistance. (Chavez JA, 2003)
4. Preventing oxidative stress and nutritional deficiencies. Supplementation has been found to help to balance blood glucose levels according to Murry and Pizzorno (2012), as well as reducing further complication risks. Whenever significant nutrients are increased, fibre intake is increased then medications may need to reduced.
Supplementation that can help
Chromium, due to its glucose tolerance factor that facilitates the action of insulin and help the uptake of insulin into the cells (supported with 20 clinical studies on chromium).
Vitamin C enhances the update of insulin which is hard to uptake as a T2D and so more is required.
Vitamin E which is an antioxidant helping oxidative stress and prevents free radical damage from the LDL cholesterol and lining of the vascular system, and improves blood vessels functioning. As well as helping increase the concentration of magnesium in the cells and decreases other inflammatory compounds and the level of C-Reactive protein.
Vitamin B6 is also important for the protection against developing any diabetic neuropathy. Niacin and Niacinamide as the enzymes that contain vitamin B6, play an important role in energy production, (carbohydrate, cholesterol, fat metabolism) and is an essential element to glucose tolerance factor.
Other supplements include
Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese, Biotin, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. All of these vitamins and minerals and fatty acids are abundant in plant-based foods. (Murray and Pizzorno, 2012)
With all these controls in place then conventional medical treatments will need to be adjusted accordingly depending on the pancreatic insulin production, which can be determined by a C- Peptide levels. (Murray and Pizzorno, 2012)
From numerous studies over the last century, including (Chen et al., 2018), show that a diet rich in fibre, plant-based nutrients, complex carbohydrate and good monounsaturated fats can combat the nutritional deficiencies, reduce excess weight, protect the heart and reduce long term complications of T2D. This can be seen in figure 5. In the EPIC-PANCACEA study with over 521,000 participants, it shows the effect of a vegan/vegetarian diet. (Wright et al., 2017), as can be seen in the figure below from the Adventist study.
Ref: (Grantham et al., 2014)
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resources list for diabetes type 2
Below is a useful list of resources that can support someone with diabetes.
ASSOCIATIONS & FORUMS Diabetes UK
Address: Wells Lawrence House 126 Back Church Lane London E1 1FH
Tel 0345 123 2399 Fax 020 7424 1001
The main diabetes website in the UK for help with diabetes of all types. A good resource to connect to for carers as well as diabetics.
A great forum to get to know others with the disease, where you can ask questions or join a forum.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Diabetes/ For Local Support
NHS Diabetes Local Support Group
This website helps you to find a local support group near you with help of this NHS directory.
Address: Head Office, Dublin, 19 Northwood House Northwood Business Campus Santry, Dublin DO9 DH30
Helpline/T: 01 842 8118, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm Email: [email protected]
Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation
www.drwf.org.uk Tel: 0239 263 7808
Website: www.burgesshilldiabetes.co.uk Email us at: b[email protected]
A charity that raises awareness of diabetes and provides support to people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
British Dietetic Association
Address: British Dietetic Association, United Kingdom.
T: 0121 200 8080
Diabetes support groups that can help with further questions you may start to have.
FACTS AND FIGURES International Diabetes Federation
Address: 166 Chaussee de La Hulpe B-1170 Brussels, Belgium T: +32 2 538 55 11
F: +32 2 538 51 14
Email: [email protected]
An international view on diabetes and how to manage, reverse and even prevent the disease.
Full statistical account for the global rise in diabetes from 2017 to 2045 file:///Users/Tania/Downloads/IDF_DA_8e-EN-final.pdf
An authoritative source for epidemiology and research for diabetes, as recommended by International Federation of Diabetes, this source is referenced to by Doctors.
Science backed information that you can access about diabetes and other diabetes related conditions
PRACTITIONERS & INSTITUTIONS
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
A US based website that lobbies the government for change in new science driven approach. This is a direct link to a free 21 day plant-based program.
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