Friday, July 12, 2013

Diabetes

Diabetes is a disorder wherein the body is not able to deliver the glucose in the blood stream to cells throughout the body.  When we eat food it is broken down into a form of sugar called glucose.  Glucose then is delivered by the bloodstream to muscle, fat, and liver cells where it is the fuel for our bodies.  In order for our cells to assimilate the glucose it must be accompanied by an enabler called insulin.  Insulin is produced by our pancreas.  If our pancreas does not produce proper amounts of insulin or if our cells cannot properly process insulin it results in diabetes.  Since the glucose is not properly utilized it accumulates in the bloodstream resulting in the common indicator of diabetes, high blood glucose or sugar.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
·   Fatigue
·   Increased thirst
·   Increased urination
·   Feeling hungry
·   Weight loss
·   Blurred eyesight
·   Numbness or tingling in the feet

One way to combat this disease is with doTERRA Essential oils, you will find the oil protocols at the bottom of this information.
There are three major types of diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes; Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form affecting 90 – 95% of those with diabetes; and Gestational Diabetes that occurs during pregnancy in about 4% of all pregnancies.  Also the conditions of pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome are related.
Type 1 Diabetes
This is an autoimmune disease.  The body’s own immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas (beta cells) that produce insulin.  Presently it is not known what triggers this but genetics, environment, and viral infection are all suggested.  Once this process is triggered within 5 to 10 years all of the beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed.  Without insulin the body does not receive the necessary fuel to the cells hence it must be supplied artificially.  Those with Type 1 diabetes monitor their glucose levels and take shots or use an insulin pump to supplement or provide the necessary insulin.  Those with this condition can improve their quality of life by making wise food choices with proper nutrition, keeping their body systems strong, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Type 2 Diabetes
About 90 to 95% of those with diabetes have type 2.  Of those that have type 2 about 80% of them are overweight but type 2 might also be associated with a family history of diabetes, older age, physical inactivity, and a history of gestational diabetes. Some ethnicities are predisposed as well, including African American, Mexican American, and those from the Pacific Islands.
In this condition the pancreas functions properly and produces insulin but the body does not utilize it properly.  This is labeled insulin resistant.  Type 2 symptoms usually develop slowly as the body cannot use the insulin supplied by the pancreas.  Eventually insulin production decreases.  Help for this condition comes from proper diet, nutrition, and physical exercise. Some essential oils are recommended for assisting the body in utilizing the glucose available in the bloodstream.
Gestational Diabetes
This type of diabetes affects a small number of women in pregnancy.  It typically develops in the later part of a pregnancy and may even go undetected.  It does increase the risk of other complications to mother and baby.  After pregnancy the diabetes disappears but in 40 –60% of the cases there is a likelihood that the mother will develop type 2 diabetes in later life.
Closely associated with diabetes are:
Pre-diabetes
This is the when blood glucose levels are measured to be higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.  It is estimated that 1 in 4 of adults in the U.S. fall in this category.  Those with pre-diabetes not only have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes within 10 years but they are also at risk to have cardiovascular problems.  These risks are reduced significantly with a 5 – 7% reduction in body weight and with improved diet, nutrition, and exercise.
Metabolic syndrome
This is the term used to describe someone with a group of risk factors for type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke.  The two most important of these risk factors are 1) obesity, particularly central obesity or extra weight around the middle of the body and 2) insulin resistance, or having the condition that the body is not able to use insulin in the proper way.

ESSENTIAL OIL PROTOCOLS AND PRODUCTS TO USE

Most often suggested for all types of diabetes is good eating habits with proper nutrition and the Life Long Vitality supplements are a must.  This should be coupled with physical activity and weight loss if you are overweight.

Type 2
Essential oils protocol most often suggested is:
·    rub Balance on the feet in the morning    
·    take 8-10 drops of Coriander and/or Basil in a capsule during the day
·    consider 2 drops of On Guard in the above capsule as well    
·    rub Lavender on the feet at night
Other oils should be considered. One person reported success using TerraZyme to regulate her levels. Learn to read your body and sense what you need.  Sometimes in chronic conditions like diabetes the body seems to "tire" of one particular essential oil.  That is, it losses its effectiveness over time, and you need to switch temporarily to another.

Type 1
Some indications are that Type 1 Diabetes, at the onset, may be triggered by a viral infection and then develops into an autoimmune disease wherein beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed over an extended period of time. Therefore, if someone is at the onset also see Autoimmune Diseases.\


Some report good success stabilizing and reducing insulin needs with the LifeLong Vitality supplements. Beyond this cleansing or detoxifying the body using essential oils  helps the pancreas and the digestive process.
There are a number of reports and articles of those that have made significant reduction in insulin needs with very strict diets including vegan diets. Please see personal experiences under the Experiences and Testimonial tab above and in a number of articles that can be found elsewhere on the internet.
Diabetic Ulcers
Lavender applied topically works well for simple ulcerations but if they are more serious add to this:
·    Helichrysum
·    Frankincense
     Apply at least 2 times daily, topically to the affected area.  Consistency of application is important. 


Pre-diabetic
Life Long Vitality supplements, GX Assist/PB Assist cleanse and ongoing Zendocrine cleanse  , weight management, exercise and consider essential oils suggested for Type 2 if necessary.

Also doTERRA's Slim and Sassy products help in the weight management area.

What Science & Research are saying

From Tamalu, 4 Feb 2009
The chemical compound Linalool is the subject of a pharmaceutical patent because of its ability to "reverse, prevent and manage" diabetes.  It in its natural form in doTERRA's Balance blend or Basil.

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