High Blood Sugar
Diabetes is a general term for diseases characterized by excessive
urination but usually refers to diabetes mellitus. Two types of diabetes
should be briefly acknowledged. Diabetes insipidus is a rare metabolic
disorder caused by a deficiency of the pituitary hormone, which is
usually the result of damage to the pituitary gland. It is characterized
by enormous amounts of urine produced by the body regardless of how
much liquid is consumed. Diabetes is a chronic, incurable disease
but symptoms can be ameliorated and life prolonged by proper therapy.
(Note: blood sugar and glucose are considered to be the same thing)
Diabetes mellitus results from insufficient production of insulin
in the pancreas. Without insulin the body cannot utilize glucose,
thus creating a high level of glucose in the blood and a low level
of glucose absorption by the tissues. Generally divided into two categories,
type I, called insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes, and type II,
in which the onset of diabetes occurs during adulthood.
The type I diabetic symptoms include: irritability, frequent urination,
abnormal thirst, nausea or vomiting, weakness, fatigue, and unusual
hunger. Occurs mostly in children or young adults, but may have an
insulin reaction in an instant; seeming perfectly normal one second
and becoming unconscious the next. Early warning signs of type I diabetes
are hunger, dizziness, sweating, confusion, palpitation, and numbness
or tingling of the lips. If untreated, the patient may experience
double vision, trembling, and disorientation; may perform strange
actions, and may eventually lose consciousness. During any of these
symptoms, consumption of a piece of candy, a drink of soda pop, or
any food containing sugar will bring blood sugar levels back up to
The type II diabetic (maturity-onset diabetes), often have family
history of diabetes and is characterized by blurred vision, itching,
unusual thirst, inordinate appetite, dry red tongue, dyspepsia,
mental depression, progressive weakness, constipation, drowsiness,
obesity, fatigue, skin infections, slow healing, and tingling or numbness
in the feet. Onset is usually later in life.
Type II diabetics are not able to perceive sweet tastes. This abnormality
is important in how patients perceive food; resulting in difficulty
to lose weight while on diet therapy.
Diabetes is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
Other symptoms: lingering flu-like symptoms, loss of hair on legs,
increased facial hair, small yellow bumps anywhere on the body (known
as xanthomas-cholesterol), and inflammation of the penile skin. Diabetes
is associated with arteriosclerosis.
Diagnosis and treatment must be under a doctors supervision. Overweight
people are at greatest risk of developing diabetes.
Herbal Medicine Formulas and Recipes
Chromium, 200 mg. per day, helps to stabilize blood sugar and increases
energy. L-Carnitine and L-glutamine, 500
mg. twice per day on an empty stomach. These are fat mobilizers.
Guar gum, taken with a big glass of water (drink quickly before it
thickens), is a good fiber source and fat mobilizer. Magnesium, 750
mg. per day, is important for the enzyme system and pH balance.
Raw pancreas concentrate, taken as directed on the label. Vitamin
A (emulsion or capsule), 15,000 IU per day (avoid
beta-carotene; diabetics cannot convert it to vitamin A).
Vitamin B complex plus biotin and inositol, 50
mg. 3 times per day (avoid large amounts of vitamin
B, it interferes with absorption of insulin by the cells).
Calcium, 1,500 mg. per day, is important for pH balance.
Copper complex, taken as directed on the label, aids in protein metabolism
and in enzyme systems. Enzyme compound, taken with meals, for proper
digestion. Proteolytic enzymes, taken between meals, for proper digestion
- Alum, wild root
- Bean, kidney and string
- Bearberry, (Uva ursi)
- Blueberry, berries and leaves
- Centaury, European
- Cohosh, Blue
- Cranesbill, spotted
- Dandelion root
- Gravel root
- Huckleberry (helps promote insulin production)
- Juniper berries
- Lettuce, common
- Nettle, dwarf
- Pau d'arco
- Queen of the Meadow
- Raspberry, wild red
- Red root
- Rue, goat's
- Saw palmetto
- Solomon's seal, European
- Star root
Fiber will reduce blood sugar surges, olive oil may help, eat crackers
with nut butters or cheese. Use oat bran and rice bran crackers. High
fat levels are linked to heart disease.
Foods that help normalize blood sugar include berries, brewer's yeast,
dairy products (especially cheese), egg yolks, fish, garlic, sauerkraut,
soybeans, and vegetables. A low-protein diet consisting of less than
40 grams of protein each day is recommended for diabetic nephropathy
Avoid fish oil capsules, large amounts of PABA, white flour products,
and salt. It is important to get protein from a vegetable source.
The following test can detect any impaired ability to taste sugar:
- Do not consume stimulants (coffee, tea, soda) or sweets for one
hour before the test.
- Label and fill with the correct amounts seven identical glasses
of water as having: no sugar, 1/4 tsp. sugar, 1/2
tsp. sugar, 1 tsp. sugar, 1 1/2 tsp.
sugar, 2 tsp. sugar, or 3 tsp. sugar.
Have someone switch the order of the glasses and hide the labels.
- Take a straw and sip from each glass, marking which amount you
think it is. Between each test rinse your mouth with water.
Usually people without the diabetic condition perceive a sweet taste
with only one tsp. or less of sugar in eight oz. of water. Those with
adult-onset diabetes will not perceive sweetness until they have tasted
the equivalent of 1 1/2
to 2 tsp.
of the sugar
water. Normal amounts of vitamin B
are fine, but excessive
amounts may inactivate insulin. Type II
should avoid large
amounts of niacin, but niacinamide for type I
slows down destruction of beta cells in the pancreas and enhances their
regeneration, extending the remission time.
For further information on diabetes, contact the following:
American Diabetes Association
1660 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
International Diabetes Center
5000 W. 39th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Joslin Diabetes Foundation
One Joslin Place
Boston, MA 02215
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
60 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010--1550
Because of the severe complications that commonly occur in diabetics,
it is extremely important that the disease be kept under proper control.
See the doctor! These complications include: an increased incidence
of coronary artery disease and strokes, gangrene and infection in
the feet due to poor circulation, cataracts, kidney disease and high
blood pressure, various neurological diseases, poor digestion, and
various skin diseases.