Type 2 Diabetes

Anatomy of the Disorder

According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 21 million people in the United States have diabetes, with about 90 to 95% having type 2 diabetes.

Molecular structureDiabetes is a disorder of metabolism - the way your body uses digested food for growth and energy. Most of the food you eat is broken down into glucose, the form of sugar in the blood. Glucose is the main source of fuel for the body. After digestion, glucose passes into the bloodstream, where it is used by cells for growth and energy.

Insulin is produced by the pancreas, a large gland behind the stomach. This hormone regulates levels of sugar in the blood. It must be present in order for glucose to get into cells. When we eat, the pancreas automatically produces the right amount of insulin to move glucose from blood into our cells.

In people with diabetes, however, the pancreas either produces little or no insulin, or the cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin that is produced. Glucose builds up in the blood, overflows into the urine, and passes out of the body. Thus, the body loses its main source of fuel even though the blood contains large amounts of glucose.

When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems:

  • Right away, your cells may be starved for energy.
  • Over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart.

Nature - The Doctor

The Aloe Vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, and skin irritations. It is grown in most subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today.

Aloe Vera has been shown to help normalize blood sugar while having a beneficial effect on the liver and in cardiovascular disease. When used internally, Aloe Vera improves the quality of the blood and helps rebalance the blood chemistry in a way that lowers cholesterol and total triglycerides in people with elevated levels.

Evidence from two human trials suggests that Aloe Vera can improve blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes. In these clinical trials patients have used one tablespoon (15 ml) of aloe juice, twice daily approximately 12 hours apart.