Thursday, October 12, 2017

Is there more than one type of Diabetes?

by John W. Jones, MD, MPH
Nutritional Consultant, Nutrition Pure and Simple

Did you Know?  There are three types of diabetes  -  and a fourth type is now recognized.
Did you Know?   Simple lifestyle changes can reverse or minimize Diabetes  
Did you Know?   About the Big Vitamin D Mistake?  Implications for Type 1 Diabetes...

Gestational Diabetes. The increase of hormones during pregnancy may cause Insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar.  I strongly advise you to choose low carbohydrate foods if you are pregnant.   It is most important that you minimize sugar intake.  In addition, you need the essential fatty acids in Ultra Omega-Linic and the readily available nutrients in Ultra Vites because both mother and baby have much higher than usual nutritional needs.

Type I Diabetes:  AKA 'juvenile diabetes'.   Type I begins with a decrease of insulin caused by a loss of the cells that produce insulin.  When this happens you need to supply insulin and monitor blood sugar levels carefully.  You hear a lot about diets - and I know it can be confusing.  FACT:  A low carbohydrate or ketogenc diet will aid in the control of blood sugar levels. This leads to easier insulin management.

Type II Diabetes is hereditary.  Look to your family for the first clue that you might develop a blood sugar problem..  Type II diabetes is a resistance to insulin at the cellular level.   If this continues, the  pancreas will be unable to make enough Insulin.  Glucose will build up in the blood stream and tissues.  Eventually you will be faced with a variety of potential problems: neurological, cardiovascular, kidney, vision problems and/or early death.

Did you know?  It may be possible to prevent or reverse the progression of Type II Diabetes?  You CAN stop insulin resistance from becoming uncontrolled Diabetes.   The Key is early recognition and early defensive action. The longer you wait the harder diabetes is to control.  More health complications are likely.

Once called 'borderline diabetes', the new term for 'early diagnosis' is 'PRE' Diabetes.  What you need to know about PreDiabetes is that you CAN keep it that way.  You simply decide you will make the necessary lifestyle changes. 

Type III Diabetes,  Recent investigations show that insulin is produced by a healthy brain.  In Alzheimer's disease the brain loses its ability to produce insulin and becomes insulin resistant.   As a consequence brain cells start to die.

Did you know?  This death can be prevented if ketones are available!  The brain cells can use Ketones instead of glucose as an energy source.   Medium chain triglycerides provide keytones in the body.   Ultra Monolaurin is a 90% pure distillate of medium chain fatty acids from coconut oil.

As a result of recent studies, the heartbreaking symptoms of Senile dementia and Alzheimer's are now being identified as Type III Diabetes.  These conditions mainly affect the aging population.  These conditions are preventable - and may be reversible. 
Did you know:  Nutrition can protect the brain?

I found this additional thought: Is cancer a type of diabetes?
There is a strong link between diabetes and different types of cancer.  Type I diabetes tends to occur with cervical and stomach cancers.  Type II diabetes often occurs with breast, endometrial, pancreatic, liver, kidney and colon cancers.  It is important to properly manage diabetes during cancer treatment.

Cancer and Diabetes | CTCA
Cancer and the Ketogenic Diet 


When you digest carbohydrates and simple sugars they become glucose.  Glucose is the major source of energy for your body.  Sugar enters your cells as glucose and is utilized by the action of Insulin.  The diagnosis of Diabetes means your glucose (sugar) levels are too high.


  1. The most important step you can take is to minimize or eliminate high carbohydrate foods, like potatoes and sweet (high carbohydrate) foods. The low carbohydrate lifestyle approach to eating is VERY important to diabetics.   This diet may help you maintain insulin levels without injecting insulin.  If insulin is needed, it may possible to minimize the daily dose.   CAUTION - if you are on a daily does of insulin.  The first day you lower carbohydrates and sugar intake  you may experience a decrease in your insulin needs.

  2. Exercise is another important step.  The amount of exercise per week that experts recommend is dependent on your age and general health.   Exercise also helps you maintain optimal weight and function

  3. Weight loss may also be essential, especially if you have a high BMI* index.  BMI index provides and indicator of body fat.  Visit the BMI calculator to check how you are doing.

Check the label on all manufactured foods.  For this purpose the amount of net Carbohydrate is more important than the Calorie count.   To check the carbohydrate content of a food (one without a label), visit SelfNutriton and enter the food in the search box.  Subtract the fiber from the carbohydrate listing. 

For the purpose of weight loss you need the net carb count to be around 20 gm per day.  40 gm per day is optimal to maintain weight.
Taking these simple steps will lower the glucose impact on the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.  This will preserve and perhaps prolong their function.  Since the destruction of these cells is not reversible, the sooner you take action the better.


Diabetes affects a large part of the population.  It affects people of all ages.  Many of the young people who are overweight will progress to Type II Diabetes.  Type II Diabetes is also associated with the use of many medications, such as Statin drugs.  Check with your pharmacist for potential side effects of ANY medication you may be taking.

Common sources of carbohydrate are sweets, many vegetables (potatoes are high, turnips are low), bread and pasta.   You can find good tasting entrees, dessert and other recipes at   I have suggestions for foods that satisfy your desire for ‘sweets’.  Be careful with sugar substitutes (as opposed to other sweeteners - like Stevia).  Aspartame is a sugar substitute that is responsible for many neurologic problems.  See the BLOG:  ‘Aspartame - sweet Poison’.  I will share a secret with you:  sugary foods make you hungry.  Fatty foods are filling.

Ok, so you have decided to avoid sugary drinks.  Now you focus on healthy drinks, like orange juice.  Do you know how much sugar (carbohydrate) is in that glass of OJ?   You can find out HERE.  The very best way is to check the label on what YOU drink.
See my nutritional protocol for ‘Diabetes’.  At a minimum, if you are eating the typical Western diet you need a complete multi vitamin/mineral supplement like Ultra VitesUltra Omega-Linic essential fatty acids are, well, ESSENTIAL.  If you have Diabetes, or if you have a family history of Diabetes, I strongly urge you to follow these diet, nutritional supplements and exercise recommendations. 

*BMI index is a ratio of body weight to height with age calculated into the results.  It provides an indicator of body fat. Visit the BMI calculator to check how you are doing!


Absolutely!  A better body weight.  More energy.  Less (or no) insulin.

In Summary 

Food choices that favor ketones help all types of Diabetes.  
•    use coconut oil and other fats (avoid processed vegetable oils)
•    make low carbohydrate / low glycemic food choices
•    choose high protein foods like meat, fowl, fish, nuts and eggs

BLOG: Diabetes Recommendations

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 
Recommendations are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

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