More than 29 million people suffer from diabetes in this country,according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Diabetes occurs when all of the sugar and carbohydrates that a person consumes are not used properly. The pancreas produces too much insulin, creating high blood sugar. Diabetes can be very dangerous, leading to heart and kidney disease, stroke, blindness, hypertension, and even death. I recommend that diabetics totally eliminate refined sugar and sugar products from their diets.

Diabetes is a disease based in the pancreas that results in abnormally high blood-sugar levels.

Symptoms of diabetes include dry, itching skin, extreme thirst, frequent and excessive urination, obesity, hypertension, kidney problems, blurred vision, high blood sugar, constant hunger, and sugar cravings.

Bloodshot eyes can also be a sign of diabetes. If your eyes are frequently bloodshot (red), consult your doctor. Some other causes of reddened eyes may be allergies and eyelid infections.

Dietary considerations
A healthy diet of high-fiber foods and chromium-rich foods, such as eggs, brewer’s yeast, onions, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, and wheat germ, is especially helpful in controlling diabetes. Eat salmon at least once a week for omega-3s, and avoid all fatty and fried foods. Also, avoid cow’s milk and alcohol.

Sugar and diabetes
Sugar consumption inhibits immune function, starting just thirty minutes after consumption and lasting for more than five hours. Sugar gives you a lift that eventually brings you down lower than where you started. As little as 100 grams of sugar in any form—honey, table sugar, fructose, or glucose—can reduce the ability of your immune system’s army to engulf and destroy invaders. Instead of consuming sugar for energy as so many Americans do daily, for a healthier life try to consume complex carbohydrates, like whole-grain bread, rice, or potatoes. These foods will boost your energy and will not suppress your immune system.

Sugar is also a food we reach for in times of stress or tension. This is especially detrimental to health because it makes your system acidic and strips the body of stabilizing B vitamins.

Sugar has also been implicated in the leading cause of death in America: heart disease. People who consume a high-sugar diet can develop high levels of blood fats, triglycerides, and cholesterol.

Also, fat does not make you fat. Sugar does. Yes, sugar is stressing your entire body daily, making you feel tired and irritable, and, most importantly, it is contributing to a future of chronic disease.

There are other, more healthy ways to add sweetness to your life. I use stevia extract instead of white table sugar. You may also use honey, date sugar, maple syrup, and fructose in moderation.

Sugar and hypoglycemia
The inverse of high blood sugar, diabetes, is low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. Both diseases are known to be caused in part by excessive sugar consumption. Hypoglycemia is extremely common these days. I believe the increase of hypoglycemia is due to the high-carbohydrate,high-sugar foods that we crave in our stressful lives along with the fact that we consume little or no fiber. This type of eating overloads the pancreas, which in turn overproduces insulin to lower the blood sugar,which translates into low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. If you are consuming too much sugar on a daily basis, you may be setting yourself up for hypoglycemia.

Symptoms of hypoglycemia include rapid pulse, weakness, crying spells, cold sweats, heart palpitations, irritability, anxiety, poor concentration, twitching, fatigue, exhaustion, and nightmares. If these symptoms are familiar to you, you must eat more fiber foods and cut back on simple sugars. Eat protein foods at each meal. It is imperative that you have a protein snack between meals to help keep your blood sugar levels stable all day long.

Supplement support for eliminating sugar
Eliminating sugar will not be easy because it is very addictive. Here are some suggestions to make the adjustment easier.
• Chromium picolinate
• Pantothenic acid
• Stevia extract as an herbal sweetener
• Vitamin B complex
• High fiber (brown rice, for example)
• Adrenal gland supplement
• Vitamin C
• Calcium
• Magnesium: 200–500 mg twice daily (those with advanced kidney disease should avoid)
• Alpha lipoic acid: 300 mg twice daily to start, then increase to 600 mg as needed
• Fish oil: 4,000 mg daily
• Whey or pea protein shake each morning