March 24 is #DiabetesAlertDay

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

Diabetes is a terrible disease that is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States and is the leading cause of amputation.  It can also increase your risk of heart disease and stroke (approximately 65% of people with diabetes die from heart disease or strokes). It can lead to blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage.

What causes Type II Diabetes?

Malnutrition and malfunction in connection with a bad pancreatic condition cause diabetes. Stay away from sugars and starches which will go into diabetes very quickly due to a weakened pancreas. Baking soda and aluminum cookware greatly aggravate diabetes.

So is Type II Diabetes just a disease that you have to live with? According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, those who commit to the eating plans in his book, Eat to Live, can be over their Type II (adult-onset) diabetes in just 6-8 weeks.

It really is quite simple – you just need to change your diet.  Simple, but not easy for most people.

Here are some basics to get started:

• Shop only in the fresh produce section
• Eat veggies raw or slightly steamed
• Green leafy veggies 
• Eat a lot of green beans

There are also some herbal combinations that are very beneficial:

• Sweet Balance Tea
Complete Tissue & Bone
Vitalerbs

There are some other things that will help you, including

• Deep breathing and vigorous outdoor exercise
• Drink plenty of good distilled water (a gallon a day for an adult)
• Juices: carrot, spinach, dandelion, cabbage and parsley juices are especially good