Warning Signs of Diabetes

| January 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Diabetes should be classified similar to how we classify burns. Burns are classified as first, second or third degree depending on the level of penetration of the damage. A first degree burn only damages the top layer of skin called “epidermis”. An example is sunburn. Third degree burns cause damage through all layers of skin and leave scarring after healing. First degree burns happen so gradually that you don’t realize the damage until sometime after. Same with first degree diabetes.

I didn’t make this distinction until years after I finished medical school. In medical school, we were taught to diagnose second and third-degree diabetes using blood tests for blood sugar. By the time your blood sugar tests positive for second degree diabetes, you’ve had first degree diabetes for ten years or more, along with the damage that starts the process that causes Alzheimer’s, stroke, “heart attacks”, cancer and most other western diseases.

I noticed that patients I saw had symptoms of diabetes while their blood sugar tested “normal”. I caught the early symptoms because, unlike most doctors today, I always did a complete head to toe physical exam. There are skin changes that happen with first degree diabetes that few doctors understand. One, is darkening of the skin in the lower legs and over joints (See this more in blacks and Latinos). Another is cherry angiomas–tiny, bright red moles that form on the stomach. Another is skin tags, warts caused by an HPV virus. Cataract formation is another indication of first degree diabetes.

The damage from diabetes is caused by “inflammation”–Latin for “on fire”. If there is excess blood sugar, this will lead to the overgrowth of Candida albicans. Candida is a yeast organism that is always present in everyone, all the time. It’s the microbial version of scavengers like vultures, maggots and rats. It normally feeds on waste matter in your colon. It will start to overgrow if there is “roadkill” in your body, you have excess blood sugar, or if one of your Intelligent Design systems is dysfunctional (Low thyroid, inadequate production of hydrochloric acid, low level of good bacteria in your gut, or immune system compromise). Vaginal yeast “infections” (more aptly called an “overgrowth”…true infection is caused by critters not normally found in humans), thrush, jock itch, hemorrhoids (or rectal itching) and diaper rash are examples of Candida overgrowth.

The immune system response to this overgrowth is the production of chemicals aimed at killing critters–cytokines. It’s the chronic production of these cytokines that causes much of the silent damage that later leads to catastrophic conditions like cancer, “heart attacks” and strokes. Damage is also done by toxins produced by Candida called “gliotoxins”. Gliotoxins poison your immune system soldiers–T cells and macrophages. This is why viruses like HPV (skin tags), the shingles virus, cold/flu viruses etc. increase with age and are more prevalent in diabetics.

How do you know if you have first degree diabetes? Have your hemoglobin A1C checked. This test gives a 3-month reflection of how much candy coating is on your red blood cells. For Candida, they’re like M&Ms. Your doctor can order the test, you can order it yourself at an Any Lab Test Now facility, or you can get a test kit at Walgreens or CVS. A result of 5.2 or above indicates first degree diabetes, at least. If you have skin tags, darkening skin, cherry hemangiomas, nail fungus or beginning cataracts, you have second degree diabetes. You don’t want third degree diabetes. Diabetes is reversible–both types.


Diabetes 101: How can I tell if I am diabetic?
Dr. Jacqueline E Campbell

ONE of the most frequently asked questions in my practice is: “How can I tell if I am diabetic?”

It is not surprising that people ask this question, because some of the symptoms are not visible, or are so mild you might think there is no reason to be concerned.

The following is a list of some of the main symptoms of diabetes. When you have finished reading the list, ask yourself if you have any of them. I would recommend that if you do, play it safe and see a doctor. This is certainly one situation in which it is better to be safe than sorry.

•Passing your urine frequently: This happens because your body is trying to get rid of the extra blood sugar by passing it out in the urine. This is called polyuria.

•Constant thirst: Your body is trying to rehydrate itself and make up for all the excess urination. The medical term for this is polydipsia.

•Hunger: This is because your body is literally starving for the energy it cannot get from sugar, which is just floating around in the blood and not being taken to the cells. This is known as polyphagia.

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