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Diabetes and Preventing Complications
Posted on 07-21-2010

Abnormalities which frequently complicate diabetes are atherosclerosis, fatty liver, overweight, cataracts, retinitis, and gangrene. The prolonged use of inadequate diets high in saturated fats often causes the arteries of diabetics to become almost unbelievably filled with fatty deposits.

Most diabetics over 50 years of age have atherosclerosis, which is far more common in diabetics than in non-diabetics, and may be as damaging to the liver, brain, kidneys, heart, and other parts of the body. Vegetarian diabetics, whose diets supply B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and vegetable oils but little saturated fat, have no atherosclerosis. Diabetic Trappist monks, who eat eggs, whole milk, and yogurt but no meat, have blood cholesterol levels well under 200 milligrams regardless of age.

All diabetic patients should have blood cholesterol and/or fat determinations made every six months, and if either is excessive, immediate steps should be taken to lower it. The substitution of vegetable oil for the saturated fats in diabetic diets has "dramatically reduced" blood cholesterol. All nutrients needed to utilize fats and to help prevent clotting, should be included in every diabetic diet. Lecithin and vitamin E are particularly important, especially if the threat of gangrene arises; and amputation has sometimes been prevented by 600 units of vitamin E being given daily.

Physicians unanimously agree that overweight diabetics in whom atherosclerosis is markedly severe are helped by reducing. A reducing program easily fits into the framework of a diabetic diet, but unless it is unusually adequate, increased blood fat brought in from storage depots can induce heart disease or make it worse. An adequate low-calorie diet should be planned first and the insulin dosage adjusted to it. Yeast and soy flour supply 20 and 10 grams of protein respectively in 1/4 cup and contain no starch or sugar. Because of the sugar it contains, physicians usually allow diabetics far too little milk. If yogurt or acidophilus is used, the sugar in milk is broken down by intestinal bacteria to lactic acid; hence so little sugar is absorbed that milk should be considered sugar free. As much as 6 tablespoons of lecithin have been given daily to diabetics with excellent results and without being considered part of the fat content of the diet. Presumably it is not used as calories but to replace the body phospholipids.

Small frequent meals are far more important for the diabetic than the non-diabetic. Fatty liver is common in diabetes, probably because cholin and inositol are so readily lost in the urine. Biopsies of the livers of diabetic patients taken before and six weeks after they had adhered to a diet particularly high in protein and the B vitamins, and supplemented with II cholin, inositol, and vitamin B12, showed that even the more serious cases were corrected in this period. Vitamins C and E and the sulfur-containing amino acids in eggs are also particularly valuable in correcting fatty liver.

Diabetic retinitis, apparently brought on by stress, is characterized by hemorrhages in the back of the eye, and sometimes occurs without diabetes when vitamin B6 is deficient. Many tiny blood-filled balloons known as aneurysms - an early and common symptom of diabetes – bulge from the walls of the capillaries, are extremely fragile, break easily, and spill blood into the tissues. This condition is said to be prevented when far more protein than usual is permitted on a diabetic diet, and improves when pantothenic acid and vitamins B12 and Care given. Because as much as 80 per cent of the essential amino acid tryptophane is destroyed when vitamin B6 is undersupplied, this loss, coupled with the destruction of body proteins caused by stress, undoubtedly weakens the tiny bits of protein forming the capillary walls and plays a role in causing aneurysms and hemorrhages.

About The Author
David Crawford is the CEO and owner of a Male Enhancement Products company known as Male Enhancement Group which is dedicated to researching and comparing male enhancement products in order to determine which male enhancement product is safer and more effective than other products on the market. Copyright 2010 David Crawford of Male Enhancement Products This article may be freely distributed if this resource box stays attached.

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