Diabetes and Yacon

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people world wide. It is an incurable but manageable condition and affects people physically and emotionally. It can also affect family members, in particular parents of young children, who feel a responsibility to help the sufferer manage the condition through diet and medication.

Technically Speaking:
Sugar, in the form of glucose, circulates the body in the blood stream and is available for body cells to use as energy. Under normal circumstances the pancreas produces the correct amount of insulin to meet the requirements of the body and allow glucose to enter the cells. Those with diabetes do not produce enough insulin and blood sugar levels can get dangerously high.

Types of Diabetes:

Type 1 or Insulin Dependent Diabetes – most often occurs in children and young adults and will remain with them for life. The pancreas simply stops producing insulin and an external source is required. This supplemental insulin needs to be injected because if it were taken orally (in the form of a pill) the insulin would be broken down by the digestive system before it could be used. Thus, insulin injections form a daily ritual amongst type 1 sufferers.

Type 2 or Non Insulin Dependant Diabetes – tends to occur later in life and there are links between obesity and this type of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes occurs when there is insufficient insulin produced by the pancreas.

This type of diabetes can be managed without insulin injections by controlling the diet (in particular the fat and sugar intake) of the sufferer. Oral supplements and medications that help control blood sugar levels can also help.

Diabetes and Yacon

Yacon (or smallanthus sonchifolius) is a plant that is native to South America. Related to the sunflower, it has large tuberous roots that are similar in appearance to sweet potato and yellow flowers on long stalks. It is the leaves of this plant however, which are dried and powdered and made into capsules that may help diabetics. These leaves can assist in controlling hyperglycaemia by lowering blood sugar levels in the body.

Yacon leaves allow the body to use insulin more effectively by lowering the body’s cells resistance to insulin. Other medications which perform similar functions can have side affects including stomach discomfort. Yacon leaves are natural and safe. Although there seems to be no official studies into the effect of Yacon as an aid to diabetics, there is much anecdotal evidence, which suggests that the dried leaves of this plant can help. 

Creatine level extremely low as a consequence of dieting?

Creatine level extremely low as well as triglycerides.

My latest A1c was 5.7 on 6-11-14 but I work at that. Simple sugars and starches are burned up so fast that the slightest exercise would make them of little value. A simple candy bar works at the core level of insulin to make the blood sugar rise faster than any other means.

Juice, soda, milk and glucose tablets work for less than an hour at best. 95% of people don’t add back the fiber, sugar and starches when looking at carbs. Most grown food has from 78 to 82% starch per gram of carbohydrate.

I have eaten a 468 carb meal using this method, taken 85 units of Humalog and gotten a two hour blood glucose reading. Depending on the residual value of the sugars in complex carbs like sourdough bread blood sugar later can either depress or spike. I have had low creatine levels before and had many episodes of hypoglycemia until I got the correct dosage of Humalog right then no more oral anti-diabetic drugs ever.

There’s more to that

 

Just Humalog and semi long acting Lantus. Maker lies because it only works 12 hours at best. Normal dose of Humalog is not the lousy sliding scale doctors tell patients to use but one unit per Kg of body weight. Eli Lilly’s circular says so. I just took eighty units of Humalog to combat 420 carbs.

It is puzzling why an endocrinologist would not have immediately pursued the standard evaluation for fasting hypoglycemia, namely a 48-72 hour fast measuring insulin, c-peptide, proinsulin, cortisol, and a sulfonylurea screen when and only when she develops hypoglycemia.

She seems to meet the criteria of whipples triad (a low blood glucose level, symptoms of neuroglycopenia, and reversal of these symptoms after ingestion of carbohydrate). There should be no shock at finding a “normal” insulin or c-peptide level given that these were not drawn at the the correct time namely keeping the company of a blood glucose less than 50.

Likewise the “normal” abdominal CT scan is of limited value before an accurate biochemical diagnosis has been reached. Many insulinomas are too small to see on CT, and calcium stimulated selective venous sampling or intraoperative ultrasound is needed. However it is not appropriate to image prior to a properly conducted biochemical evaluation.

That should be the next step.