January 2015

In this month’s edition of my “Healthy Times” newsletter, I would like to revisit a topic that I have written about before, and that subject is DIABETES.  I will present to you much of the latest nutritional research, show you some new and valuable ways to prevent becoming diabetic and nutrients that can effectively treat or at least limit the damaging effects of this disease.  Diabetes and pre-diabetes are becoming epidemic in America today.  There are currently 28 million diabetics and 79 million pre-diabetics in our country today. We are adding almost one million new diabetic cases to this total each and every year.  Some medical experts think that by 2050 a full one half of our population could become diabetic.  Among citizens who are 65 or older, more than 1 in 4 suffer from diabetes. 

As you know, most, but not all diabetics are also obese or at the very least have excessive bellies.  Most fat in the body is a type called “subcutaneous fat,” which means that it lies just under the skin.  Medical studies suggest that this type of fat is relatively harmless.  Belly fat is also known as “visceral fat” and this is the type of fat that surrounds the intestines and internal organs. 

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Unhealthy and dangerous “Visceral Fat”

Visceral fat is associated with:

  • Heart disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart failure
  • Insulin resistance
  • Diabetes Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s disease

The reason visceral fat is so harmful is that it releases chemicals (cytokines, adipokines, and chemokines) that produce a slow, smoldering inflammation throughout the body. 

Even individuals that appear to be of normal weight can have a great deal of visceral fat.  When evaluating body composition we measure BMI (body mass index), but this does not differentiate between subcutaneous fat and visceral fat.  Since visceral fat is extremely inflammatory, a good test to have your doctor run for you is a very important test known as hsCRP.  This will measure the levels of inflammation within your body. 

Nutritional Tip:    If your inflammatory marker (hsCRP) is too high, you can substantially reduce this by supplementing with curcumin (the active ingredient in the spice turmeric), quercetin, natural vitamin E, and DHA (found in fish oil).

This can reduce your risk of Diabetes and also Alzheimer’s disease (which more and more researchers are beginning to call “Type 3 Diabetes”). 

Bad Foods and Drink Fuels Inflammation

High fat/high carbohydrate diets such as the “Standard American Diet---S.A.D.” are extremely inflammatory and will eventually lead to chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory joint disease, and neuro-degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, ALS, MS, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

If you are my age, or older, you remember that soft drinks used to come in 6-oz. bottles. For most people, they were consumed as an occasional treat.  Today, in many fast food restaurants and convenience stores, the serving size has swollen to a 72-oz. monstrosity.  I see people of all ages swilling these “sugar-laden death drinks”all the time.  If your goal is to become a diabetic, just keep on drink these soft drinks and you will eventually be rewarded with your insulin vile and needles.

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Ways to Avoid Inflammation

  • Avoid sugar and chemical sweeteners
  • Avoid polyunsaturated oils and fats (canola oil, soy oil, vegetable oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, cottonseed oil, etc.)  These oils are extremely inflammatory.  The best oils and fats to consume are extra-virgin olive, organic coconut oil, and organic butter.  People are afraid of saturated fats such as butter, coconut oil, and animal fats but in reality these are the healthier fats and will reduce inflammation. Polyunsaturated oils will only add to the inflammatory cascade within the body.
  • The most powerful anti-inflammatory foods include cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccoli, kale, fruits, and omega-3 oils such as those found in salmon. 

Nutritional Tip:  Supplements that can reduce inflammation, regulate blood sugar levels, decrease free-radical formation (and thus decrease aging) and boost immune function.

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Curcumin
  • Quercetin
  • DHA
  • Natural Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Flavonoids and plant extracts ---- white tea, green tea, resveratrol, silymarin, and cinnamon extract
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin D3

Toxins Will Provoke Inflammation

As we age, our bodies become progressively more inflamed.  This is the main reason why the risk of Type 2 diabetes increases as we age.  Many elderly folks also give in to their favorite comfort foods that are high in sugar, hydrogenated fats and other inflammatory substances. 

We must consider the influence of toxins on the inflammatory cascade and find ways to reduce these toxins in our internal environment. 

Toxins that will increase the risk of diabetes include:

  • Mercury
  • Aluminum
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Other industrial chemicals

Of the above listed risk factors mercury is by far the most dangerous.  The major sources of mercury contamination are dental fillings and mercury-containing vaccines.  Please visit my website at www.drstephenhayman.com and read the January 2014 newsletter about the dangers of dental mercury amalgams. 

Vaccines expose people to high concentrations of mercury and aluminum, which inflames the brain and other organs.  Mercury is one of the most dangerous toxic substances found on our planet. There is NO GOOD REASON to ever inject a human being with this toxic substance.  In my opinion, the flu vaccine is worthless as a preventative measure.  However, if you are convinced (either by your doctor or the propaganda of the pharmaceutical companies) that a flu shot may give you some measure of protection from the flu then at least ask your doctor to inject you with the mercury-free vaccine.   

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Vitamin D3 Deficiency and Diabetes

Vitamin D deficiencies are extremely common among diabetic, especially Type 1 patients.  A link to low vitamin D3 levels has been found in multiple sclerosis (MS), irritable bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis as well.  These are all autoimmune diseases as is Type 1 diabetes.  God designed us to get normal levels of vitamin D from exposure to the sun.  However, people are afraid of the sun because of fear of premature aging of the skin and skin cancers. 

Nutritional Tip:   Consider supplementing with 4,000 i.u. to 6,000 i.u. per day for good general health and to keep your immune system functioning at peak levels.  Personally I take 6,000 units daily and 10,000 units during the flu season.  This, in my opinion, is the best prevention against the flu.  For those with autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, cancer, or viral illnesses, doses as high as 5,000 i.u. to 10,000 i.u. should be considered. 

Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D3 levels the next time he orders blood work.  Normal levels range from 30 to 100 ng/mL. But optimal levels need to be in the range of 70 to 100 ng/mL.  The cancer fighting properties of vitamin D don’t kick in until the levels exceed 50 ng/mL.

This vitamin D3 supplement is the best, by far, that I have ever found to maintain healthy vitamin D levels and to treat deficiencies.  Each drop is 2,000 i.u. and is easy to use.  I have seen true miracles happen when using this supplement to treat vitamin D deficiencies. 

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Inexpensive and powerful.

If you would like to have a personal discussion about the subject matter of this newsletter you may reach me at (386) 956-1668.

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Have a Healthy Day!

Dr. Stephen W. Hayman