How to Reverse Damage from Diabetes? – Dr.Berg on Reversing Diabetes

What are some symptoms of diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic health condition that occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin or cannot use insulin effectively, resulting in high blood sugar levels that can lead to a range of health complications if left untreated. There are several symptoms of diabetes, including frequent urination, excessive thirst, fatigue, blurry vision, slow healing, and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet. It is important to note that not everyone with diabetes will experience all of these symptoms, and some people may not experience any symptoms at all. Therefore, it is crucial to undergo regular check-ups and blood tests to diagnose and manage diabetes as early as possible.

Is it possible to reverse the damage from diabetes?

I’m going to talk about how to do that – and yes, it’s totally possible. The first thing to know is what’s causing the damage. So, I’m going to introduce you to a new term that you may not have heard before, and the pronunciation is glycosylation. This is a condition where you take a sugar molecule and bond it to a protein molecule.

When you combine sugar and protein in a certain environment, you render that protein unavailable to the body because it creates a permanent bond. Not only that, but you also make certain proteins pathogenic. Let me explain: you’ve heard about good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, right? You have so-called good cholesterol, which is HDL, and the bad cholesterol is LDL. Now, those are not really cholesterol particles.

They are cargo ships; they’re transporters. Low-density lipoprotein or kind of their proteins. They have cholesterol in them, and they also have triglycerides, but the LDL itself is a lipoprotein, so it can carry the cholesterol through the blood. An LDL itself being the so-called bad cholesterol is not really bad unless you expose it to a lot of sugar because you’re going to create this effect where you’re going to bond the sugar to the protein and make it pathogenic. It’s going to stick to your arteries.

So there’s one more new term I want to give you called AGEs (advanced glycation end-products). These are proteins that are sticky and they clog things up and block blood flow to the nervous system and other parts of the body. But the AGEs are the end product of having this high sugar with the combination of certain proteins. Now, hemoglobin is the protein that carries oxygen through the blood. One of the ways that doctors look at diabetes is through the A1C test.

What this test shows is the amount of exposure to a protein, and it’s on a scale. You want it to be low, not high, but this is one of the ways that doctors diagnose diabetes. Another issue that diabetics face is neuropathies, which are situations where nerve damage occurs. This damage usually shows up in the peripheral nerves, starting at the bottom of your toes or fingertips, causing numbness and burning or tingling sensations. Sticky protein sugar molecules block the blood vessels to the nervous system, killing off those nerves.

Additionally, diabetics have problems inside the artery walls and with glucose saturating the lens of the eye, causing cataracts. Glucose also creates problems in the protein circulation that goes to the retina, causing diabetic retinopathy, which is one of the leading causes of blindness in diabetics. Glaucoma and many other different eye problems can also occur. Connective tissue, which is a protein, becomes affected as well. For example, the fascia or sheath of connective tissue underneath the foot called the plantar fascia, can contract and cause a lot of pain, leading to plantar fasciitis.

What is that? That is a situation where your digestive system is just really sluggish and you are not processing food quickly. That has to do with the damaged vagus nerve because, with diabetes, the nervous system is one of the big targets. So, you will have problems with the brain, the nervous system, the kidney, the vascular system, and the eye. Alright.

So now that you have some data on how the tissues of the body get damaged from diabetes, the question is: how do you reverse it? Well, number one: you have to lower the sugar. What is diabetes? “It is a condition of high sugar, so you must remove sugar from your diet. You cannot reverse diabetes unless you do so, and a low-carb diet is necessary.

We are talking about healthy keto, of course. The other thing that can help is intermittent fasting. Combining these two methods is very effective in stopping the damage because it decreases blood sugar and forces the body to run on fat fuel. That’s number one. However, the damage that has already occurred in the body is irreversible.

We must give it time for the tissues to regenerate and replace themselves. This process could take three to four months for many tissues, but some may take longer, especially if it involves the nervous system. Nerves only grow by one millimeter per day, so it could take several years to recover. Nevertheless, there are some things that can speed up the process. Two main nutrients that I recommend are vitamin B1 and alpha-lipoic acid.

Vitamin B1, in the form of fat-soluble benfotiamine, is essential. I recommend taking four capsules a day. It can penetrate the nervous system and the fat layer around the nerves, called the myelin sheath, much better than water-soluble B1. It absorbs into the brain 25 times better than regular B1. The next remedy is alpha-lipoic acid.

I recommend taking 600 milligrams three times a day. It’s a lot, but it’s necessary to start reversing the damage. However, it all starts with changing your diet. You must eliminate sugar from your diet, go on a low-carb diet, and do intermittent fasting!” Alright, thank you for watching!

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