Can Fasting Stop Diabetes?
Fasting is known as one of the greatest healing therapies. Grounded in a spiritual foundation, fasting is often considered nature’s universal cure for health issues. Many problems are believed to be a result of too much of something (extra nutrition) and thus ailments such as allergies, hypertension, cancer and even diabetes have often been noted as being diseases that fasting can improve or alleviate.
Fasting is known as the avoidance of solid food and the intake of liquids. Some fasting does allow for fresh fruit or vegetable juices and water as a milder, yet still equally effective cleansing plan of detoxification. Detoxification is an important corrective process in the overall cleansing of the body. It allows the body to breathe and restore itself.
Fasting is recommended by spiritualists, and homeopathic physicians. Shifts in clarity and overall lifestyle can often occur when one fasts. Perhaps one of the most profound aspects of fasting is the belief that it can render ailments such as diabetes into being non-existence or minimize the effects of the disease.
One organization known as Fasting Center International has stated that type 2 diabetics are helped more with fasting than type 1 diabetics due to the differences in insulin production. Dr. Joel Fuhrman states that “type 1 diabetics should not fast.”
Another doctor, Dr. Andreas Buchinger, Director of the Buchinger Klinik in Germany says that “we do not allow type 1 diabetics to go on a fast. In the case of type 2 diabetes, remedial fasting is recommendable. We would recommend in the case of type 1 diabetics, organic food according to circumstances plus physical activity. At Buchinger Klinik, we offer type 1 diabetets our organic art de cuisine plus different naturopathic measures.”
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and most diabetics have type 2 diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, the body’s cells become less responsive to insulin. The usual process of insulin is that it latches onto a cell, sends an indicator of some kind inside the cell, then tells glucose transporters to take glucose into the cell.
In type 2 diabetes, this does not happen or the cells become resistant to the insulin. The Fasting Center International has stated that “if fasting is used correctly in type 2 diabetics, it increases beta-cell sensitivity to glucose, which can restore integrity to the pancreas and allow it to re-establish its sensitivity to glucose.” The center’s position is preventative measures through detoxification, weight loss and healing fasts.
According to the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health, recent studies have shown that physical activity and fasting may prevent non-insulin dependent diabetes. Similarly, the U.S. National Institutes of Health have proved that trimming about 15 pound of body fat along with fasting can cut the risk of diabetes by 58%. Fasting, therefore, is beneficial for a type 2 diabetic.
Fasting is a motivational tool and if a diabetic truly wants the best opportunity for a long and healthy life without the use of medication, fasting may be an effective route to gaining freedom from diabetes.
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