I subscribe to a number of sites of health practitioners on the internet and of course am kept up to date on the happenings at them through being on mailing lists, and yesterday I got an email from Dr. Peter Osborne concerning the topic of nutritional deficiencies and diabetes.
There was a link to a short video presentation from him, it's only 8 minutes long but it's a pretty good video so I thought I'd share it with you here as well as add a few of my comments to it.
Dr. Osborne is most famous as being the gluten free doctor, he's a recognized expert on this and is the founder of the Gluten Free Society. He's the go to guy when it comes to this topic on health based summits when they are looking for someone to talk about grains and gluten in particular.
Dr. Osborne is a DC and as an aside, I read something not long ago about how DC's, chiropractors, are being looked down upon by the establishment for practicing outside their area of expertise when it comes to practicing functional medicine. It's true that they are trained as back doctors but many of them have stepped outside this area to offer a much more comprehensive scope of practice, and some of the best minds in the functional medical field are DCs in fact.
The topic of this video is essential nutrients that are needed to maintain blood sugar balance, and there are a lot of essential nutrients that people are deficient in, as a lot of people don't pay much attention to these things, in spite of how much more people do pay attention to nutritional supplements these days.
There are a great many people though who still believe that you can get adequate nutrition in their diet, and they assume they do, but they don't. This may have been possible 100 years ago but it certainly isn't now, and there just isn't enough nutrients available in the modern diet, and people don't eat to obtain them anyway even if you could do it.
So this video deals with some very important nutrients when it comes to managing blood sugar, and it's pretty educational as most diabetics aren't exposed to even the most basic stuff here, as they rely on their doctors and few doctors know very much at all about nutrition and don't care to learn about it either.
So he starts out by mentioning that what we eat contributes to our blood sugar, he says it's not just only sugar but dairy and grains, any carbohydrate in fact can raise our blood sugar, in a dose dependent manner.
So then the food gets converted to glucose, this raises our blood sugar and causes our pancreas to release insulin, the insulin binds to receptors in our cells permitting glucose to enter, and glucose enters and then is used to make ATP which is what the body uses for energy.
So he then says, with diabetes, there's a breakdown in this pathway leading to high blood sugar among other things. The pathway is way more complicated than this though, but it is true that if there's a breakdown in this pathway, then we're in trouble.
So Dr. Osborne then goes over the things that are important to note for this pathway to work effectively, things he says your doctor didn't tell you about, and of course he or she didn't, because they don't know much about this stuff at all. That might seem sad but their practice of medicine does not concern themselves with things to prevent you from needing their services.
The first step he says is to control the intake of sugar, grains, and dairy, I'm not sure why he's so concerned about these three as we do need to control the intake of all carbs, and I want to point out that controlling starch intake is even more important than controlling sugar intake, as starches will raise your blood sugar much more than sugar will.
This is lost on conventional authorities who just tell you to cut way back on sugar but don't have you cutting back much at all on starch and in fact tell you that you need to make sure that you get enough, and if you are on a low carb diet and not getting starches in higher amounts they will even scold you.
This is the case by the way with whole grains as well, as Dr. Osborne points out, and some even feel, as I do, that whole grains are even worse, and there's lots of evidence to back this up, as whole grains contain the undesirable elements of grains generally, like lectins, in much higher amounts.
Next, the raising blood sugar has to cause our pancreas to secrete insulin, and he points out that enough Vitamin D is needed for this to work properly, and most people are deficient in this. If you are diabetic with D deficiency, as is the case with the majority of diabetics, then you're in trouble already, especially when it comes to the lack of speed of post meal insulin secretion that diabetics suffer from. Slowing this down is not what we want.
The pancreas then has to make the insulin when signaled, so Vitamin D enhances the signaling, and things like zinc and magnesium help it make the insulin it needs. Most people are deficient in magnesium and especially diabetics, almost all diabetics are deficient in this, and few people know or care about this.
Next, the insulin must bind to our receptors, and chromium plays a huge role in this, and a lack of chromium means insulin resistance. Most people rely on their diets for chromium, which is a mistake. Chromium is one of the things that has really been shown to help glucose metabolism in many studies.
Another nutrient that Dr. Osborne mentions that's important in improving insulin sensitivity is niacin, although this is only true if one is deficient, and using niacin at therapeutic doses, to treat cholesterol for instance, has been shown to worsen insulin resistance and raise blood sugar, although only modestly.
The next step is our cells opening its doors to let glucose in, and a lack of proper calcium levels inhibits this. People tend to get plenty of calcium but they lack D and K which make calcium work more effectively, especially Vitamin K, which hardly anyone pays attention to, and a lack of K is behind a lot of things actually.
Finally, in order for the glucose to be converted into energy, there are several nutrients that are required, and he mentions Q10 and magnesium, as well as B vitamins in general, which is why people refer to Bs as energy vitamins.
So these are just a few of the nutrients that we need to pay attention to as diabetics if we want to help ourselves, and it makes no sense whatsoever to use drugs to try to reduce blood sugar that is made too high by lack of proper nutrients.