As you may already know, the insulin surges that occur when you are diabetic cause a significant amount of plaque to build up in the arteries. It seems that insulin surges for whatever reason are the cause of this unfortunate course of the disease. There is hope however that this does not have to be the course of the disease.
You can read the paper, “Human serum 25-hydroxycholecalciferol response to extended oral dosing with cholecalciferol” by Heaney et. Al with an explanation of how blood sugar and insulin is blunted once your serum 25(OH)D is above 32 ng/ml. It is an open source paper and I would suggest that you read the full paper if you are diabetic or at least have your doctor read it. From PubMed
Also ‘The Vitamin D requirement in health and disease’ by Dr. Heaney.
Dr. Joe Prendergast of California has a long time practice of endocrinology. He has treated many diabetics and has had great success in reducing the amount of heart disease in his practice. Dr. Prendergast discovered in the early nineties that he had a significant amount of heart disease. His father had died at an early age of this disease. He decided that he was going to do all that he could not to follow the same course.
He contacted Dr. Victor Zhu who is was head of research at that time at Stanford University to see what he was doing about heart disease. Dr. Zhu set him up with one of his research fellows that was testing mice with arterial plaque. Dr. Prendergast decided that he was going to try the same course of treatment that had proved to clear the arteries of the mice. After a number of years he was imaged again for another purpose and it happened to be the same radiologist. The radiologist discovered that Dr. Prendergast arteries were clear. They checked to be sure that the patient file had not been substituted that indeed it was Dr. Prendergast that showed no arterial blockage.
Dr. Prendergast who was at one time head of the board of endocrinology for California decided that he was going to treat the diabetics in his practice. He has treated over 4000 patients. The heart disease had reduced to such a low rate in the small city between San Jose and San Francisco that the three man cardiologist practice closed and move to another town.
It seems that he treated his patients with a combination of vitamin D3 and l-arginine. As you may know there was a Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 1998 awarded for the understanding of the communication pathways for nitric oxide, NO, and how through its signaling pathways it affects the function of the arterial wall cells. This is what happens when heart patients take nitroglycerin. However the NO is released in a lower amount when using l-arginine.
It would seem that with such success that this practice would have been adopted by all the doctors treating diabetes. The vitamin D3 does it thing with the genetics, insulin control, blood sugar control, and the all the other good benefits. Dr. Prendergast has even written a book about his success in using nutrition with his patients, “The Uncommon Doctor.”
But you know, you do not have to take my word for it. The owner of Apple Health, David Stouder, was so fascinated by the number of people that were coming to his store to buy vitamin D and the success that they were having in the course of their disease that he decided to interview Dr. Prendergast. You can go hear the interview at the website set up specifically for that purpose. www.nutriphobia.com (writers note October 17, 2009 – Unfortunenately this interview has been taken down and I was unable to find it on the new website. Here is his video comment at youtube ) The first six audios are simply about overcoming the fear of vitamin D and the button ‘click to hear Dr. Joe Prendergast’ is the audio interview with Dr. Prendergast and the above story. I know that if I were diabetic, I would have my doctor get in contact with Dr. Prendergast for a consult at his practice Endocrine Metabolic.
If you have heart disease or diabetes I would certainly hope that you would spend some time in reviewing this understanding and get your doctor involved. It is not only your life but it is the life of each patient that your doctor chooses to treat.
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