What's Missing

Ok, you have been diagnosed with diabetes and/or pancreatitis. Now what?

In my own case, I have a General Practioner (GP), an Endocrinologist (looks after blood/glucose related issues) and a Gastroenterologist (looks after digestion issues).

At each follow up, I ask for copies of any diagnostic reports. That typically is blood work, and I have every blood work report taken.

Let’s take a look at what your body is lacking or missing.

Vitamin D My research shows that Vitamin D is deficient for people with pancreatitis, diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome diseases, aging, and those with low physical activity. The target range is 75 - 220 nmol/L, mine was 19. Apparently the lowest recorded is 14. Note: if you have pancreatitis, supplementing with Vitamin D3 is extremely important. Vitamin D3 is proven to control inflammation, and inflammation is the cause of pain for those with pancreatitis. Control the inflammation and you control the pain.

Chromium Piconalate The symptoms of chromium deficiency are impaired glucose tolerance, weight loss and confusion. Chromium Piconalate is the most readily absorbed type of Chromium. 

What’s Extra?

We can also look at what we have that is "extra" ... all the medical literature I have read point to Acidosis.. One of the main symptoms of acidosis is that it causes inflammation and inflammation causes pain.

Acidosis is the term used when the pH level in blood is lower than 7.35. The optimal levels of pH for our body is between 7.35 and 7.45. That means our body should be slightly on the alkaline side of pH neutral (pH neutral is 7.0). There are two types of acidosis. Metabolic acidosis is the one we seem to be prone to. My opinion is that we are caught in a vicious cycle where our pancreas and liver are not producing the bicarbonate (or other compounds) necessary to balance the acid in our stomach. The other type is Respiratory acidosis.

In my own lab work, I noticed that my urinalysis showed a pH level of 5.5. That threw me into a bit of a frenzy, until more research showed that the type of pH test will yield different results. By type, I mean:

  • pH blood test: optimal levels are 7.35 to 7.45.
  • pH saliva test: optimal levels are 6.8 to 7.2 (two hours after meal)
  • pH urine test: optimal levels are 6.8 to 7.2 (two hours after meal)
  • Fasting pH saliva test, optimal levels are 6.8 to 7.2 (two hours after meal)
  • Fasting pH urine test, optimal levels are 6.8 to 7.2 (two hours after meal)
... and the results were consistent across multiple tests spread over a five month period.

Since determining that my pH levels are too low (meaning high acid levels in my body), I have been taking steps to decrease the acid and hopefully move my pH to a more balanced levels and, even more hopefully, to have it nearer 7.45 - the top end of the recommended alkalinity and safe zone for our bodies.

The supplements I take for this are:

  • Sodium bicarbonate. Cheapest way to get this is by its more common name "baking soda" - a bag that will last somewhere around 8-9 months cost me $1.19.
  • Magnesium. Best absorbed source of magnesium is as Magnesium Oxide.
  • and you can buy test strips quite inexpensively through Amazon

... and start a diet that reduces the high acidic foods and drinks (colas, coffee, chocolate, fried foods, etc.) from your diet and focuses more on raw fruits and vegetables, low fat milk, etc.).

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