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Diabetes Is An Inflammatory Disease

Published on June 20, 2024

The World Health Organization ranks chronic inflammatory diseases as one of the greatest threats to human health. Systemic chronic inflammation (SCI) can lead to several diseases that collectively represent the leading causes of disability and mortality worldwide, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders. Learning how to control inflammation undoubtedly has enormous implications for treating chronic diseases, so we must put our hands firmly on the best non-toxic medicines that safely help us deal with chronic inflammation.

According to the Endocrine Society, type 1 diabetes has been linked to systemic inflammation of the digestive tract. Likewise, there appear to be strong ties between type 2 diabetes and inflammation. Inflammatory pathways are the principal, common pathogenetic mediators in the natural course of diabetes.

Obesity leads to chronic systemic inflammation and can lead to insulin resistance (IR), β-cell dysfunction, and ultimately type 2 diabetes (T2D). This chronic inflammatory state contributes to long-term complications of diabetes, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), retinopathy, cardiovascular disease, and nephropathy. It may underlie the association of type 2 diabetes with other conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Inflammation is the most common cause of tissue
hypoxia and decreased blood circulation.

As type 2 diabetes develops, the body becomes less sensitive to insulin, and the resulting insulin resistance also leads to inflammation. A vicious cycle can result, with more inflammation causing more insulin resistance and vice versa. Blood sugar levels creep higher and higher, eventually resulting in type 2 diabetes. Emotional stress can also increase levels of the chemicals of inflammation. It’s unknown whether stress by itself can contribute to the development of diabetes.

Excess dietary sugars and mixed, processed foods are key factors
leading to the occurrence and aggravation of inflammation.

A systematic review from 2018 reported that several studies have linked consuming more dietary sugar — especially from sugary drinks — with chronic inflammation. People with higher sugar diets have more inflammatory markers in their blood, including a marker called C-reactive protein. A 2014 study showed that people who reduced their sugar-sweetened drink intake had lower inflammation factors in their blood. These findings support the theory that excess sugar consumption can cause inflammation.

Research has also found that excess body fat increases the risk of developing inflammation and chronic diseases that promote inflammation and type 2 diabetes. Chronic inflammation can also contribute to excess body fat, creating a vicious cycle of weight gain, inflammation, blood sugar dysfunction, and subsequent risk for increased risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.

So, the big question is: why are inflammatory diseases on the rise? According to many published studies, one of the main reasons is our environment. We live in an increasingly inflammatory world that, sadly, we’ve created ourselves. Our environment is filled with pollution, pesticides, thousands of poisonous chemicals, toxic “cleaning” agents, cigarette smoke, heavy metals, plastic containers, cosmetic products, food additives, mold, asbestos, and more. Unfortunately, these environmental toxins act as danger signals that subtly trigger inflammation in the background.


In the final analysis, no medicines or nutritional agents can equal the power of magnesium and bicarbonates to reduce inflammation and toxic exposures. They have real power to treat and prevent diabetes because magnesium deficiencies and acid conditions are fundamental to what causes diabetes. So, it behooves us to bring our magnesium to optimal levels, keep them there, and pay attention to our bodies’ pH. Magnesium acts as a general cell tonic, reducing inflammation and systemic stress. It perfectly connects with bicarbonates to reduce inflammation by helping the body deal with toxic overloads.

Magnesium is at the heart of the inflammatory process. It is the prime first cause of inflammation when it is not present sufficiently. Increases in extracellular magnesium concentration cause a decrease in the inflammatory response. Magnesium bicarbonate drinking water combines these two anti-inflammatory medicines.

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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