Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus – Article 17 of the Healing Series of TruLight Radio XM called “The Doctor Says – The Bible Says” by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD

To help you understand diabetes and the spiritual root behind it, I need to first explain how the metabolism of sugar (called glucose) normally works. In humans the blood glucose levels are tightly regulated and maintained within a narrow range. Glucose is the source of energy for the cells in your body and your organs, especially your brain. Your body obtains glucose from the food you eat. The glucose in your food is absorbed into your blood stream through your gut wall. The blood circulates throughout the body and the cells and organs take the glucose they need from the blood for energy. Some of the excess glucose is
stored in the liver (as glycogen) and the rest is stored in the muscle and body fat. When you have not eaten for a while the glucose levels in the blood begin to steadily drop as it is used up by the cells in the body.

The body must not let the blood glucose levels drop too low because it will cause serious problems, some of which are listed in the table below:

Problems and Symptoms Caused by Low Blood Sugar Nausea and hunger Drowsiness and confusion Abnormal heart rhythm Fatigue, poor quality of sleep, morning headaches (like a hangover) and vivid dreams or nightmares.

Inability to concentrate Heart attacks and strokes Mood changes such as tensetiredness, irritability and anger.
Speech difficulty A drop in body temperature Pounding heart, trembling
and anxiety Inco-ordination Black outs which can cause car accidents for example.
Sweating Convulsions and brain damage and Coma.

Headache Intellectual decline Death

Therefore as soon as the glucose levels in the blood begin to drop, alpha cells in the pancreas release a hormone called glucagon. Glucagon signals the liver, muscles and fat to release the stored glucose back into the bloodstream. This returns the glucose levels in the blood back to normal.

After a meal, there is a steep rise in the glucose levels in the blood. The body must not allow the glucose levels in the blood get too high because that also causes problems (i.e the symptoms associated with diabetes which will be explained later on). Therefore beta cells in the pancreas release a hormone called insulin in response to the steep rise in glucose levels in the blood after a meal. Insulin sends a message to the liver to stop releasing glucose into the bloodstream. Insulin also signals the muscle and fat in the body to take up the excess glucose in the bloodstream, and put it into storage. The removal of the excess glucose by the muscle and body fat restores the blood glucose levels back down to normal. This is how the blood glucose levels are tightly regulated and maintained within a narrow range. When these regulatory mechanisms malfunction, you develop diabetes.

The pancreas is made up of 2 different kinds of cells – alpha cells and beta cells.
The alpha cells in the pancreas produce glucagon. The beta cells in the pancreas
produce insulin. In diabetes the beta cells are damaged or destroyed – therefore
the pancreas is not able to make enough insulin.

The pancreas plays a key role in tightly regulating the levels of glucose in the blood: When the glucose levels are too high – for example after a meal – the pancreas releases insulin. Insulin causes the blood sugar levels to drop. When the blood glucose levels are too low – for example when you haven’t eaten
for a long time – the pancreas releases glucagon. Glucagon causes the blood sugar levels to increase.

This is what your pancreas looks like – it is situated in your abdomen, behind
your stomach. The pancreas is in between the spleen which is on the left and the liver which is on the right.


Diabetes Mellitus

There are two different types of diabetes:
• Type 1 (Insulin-dependent diabetes) – this normally develops in young people (less than 40 years old).
Here the pancreas does not produce enough insulin so the person needs to have insulin injections.
• Type 2 (Non-insulin-dependent diabetes) – this normally develops in older people (over 50 years old). Here the pancreas is producing enough insulin but the insulin does not work properly (reasons are explained later).

The amount of people developing diabetes is rapidly rising. In the year 2000 there were approximately 150 million people world-wide with diabetes and this has doubled by the year 2009. The amount of children developing type 1 diabetes under 5 years has doubled in the last 20 years. Type 2 diabetes is also developing at a younger and younger age.

Diabetes is a disease characterized by high levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood because of either a deficiency of insulin or because insulin does not work properly. The high levels of glucose cause the person to feel tired, fatigued, irritable and apathetic. The large amount of glucose in the blood leads to large amounts of glucose being filtered out of the blood by the kidneys into the urine. Glucose has the effect of drawing water with it (osmosis) as it is filtered by the kidneys. Therefore the urine has large amounts of glucose and water in it. This causes the bladder to fill up quickly and this is the reason why diabetics have to go to the toilet more frequently than others. Because a lot of water is lost in the urine, a diabetic is thirsty all the time.

Insulin is needed to help the body cells remove the glucose that they need from the blood. In diabetes, there is a paradox which is aptly described as “starvation in the midst of plenty” because there are high levels of glucose in the blood but the body cells are starving. This is because they are unable to access the glucose due to the lack of insulin. Because the body cells are starving, they end up using the protein in muscle for energy, which is why diabetics have wasting of their muscles. The body fat is also broken down for energy and as a result some diabetics lose a lot of weight. The breakdown products of the fat are released into the bloodstream. The liver converts the breakdown products of fat into a substance called ketones. Ketones are acidic and they cause a diabetic’s breath to smell sweet.

The high levels of sugar in the blood and the high levels of ketones (which cause the blood to become too acidic) impair the functioning of the brain – this results in the person slipping into a coma (called a diabetic ketoacidotic coma).
A person with diabetes has an increased susceptibility to infections because the immune system is weakened. As a result, diabetics often have problems with bladder infections, boils, candida in the genital area and itchiness of the genitals.
Diabetes can develop as a side effect of certain drugs: for example corticosteroids, thiazide diuretics (used to treat high blood pressure) and phenytoin (used in the treatment of epilepsy). Thus if you are taking chronic medication – check the package insert to see if diabetes or “impaired glucose tolerance”
is a possible side effect. Why are you taking chronic medication? What is the spiritual root behind that disease? Deal with it so that you can be healed from that disease and no longer need the drug.

Type 1 Diabetes
To understand the spiritual and physical dynamics behind type 1 diabetes, you need to first read the following chapters which have essential background knowledge:
• “Separation From God’s Love”
• “Autoimmune Diseases” .
• “Genetically Inherited Diseases” .
In type 1 diabetes, there is deep, deep self-hatred, guilt and bitterness that came out of a father’s rejection.

It can develop in females that were damaged by a husband, or by a man in general.31 It can also be inherited. The man is responsible for the spiritual welfare of his family (see Ephesians 5 v 22 – 25). It is the father, not the mother, who reaffirms identity and destiny into a child. The father is responsible for his
daughter and his son’s self-esteem and sense of self worth and value. It is the father’s job to reflect the Father heart of God to His family and they have not always done a good job at that.

I explained in the chapter on autoimmune diseases that when
you attack yourself spiritually through thoughts of self-hatred,
self-rejection and self bitterness, the immune system is redirected
to attack your own body tissues, while ignoring the true enemy
which is viruses, bacteria, cancer cells etc. Thus the immune system
that was originally designed by God for your good (protection
against infections, cancer etc), begins to cause destruction and disease
in your body. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where
the immune system attacks, damages and eventually destroys the beta cells. As a result the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin. The shortage of insulin results in an insufficient amount of glucose being removed from the blood after a meal. The result is high levels of glucose in the blood and this is what
diabetes is. The high levels of glucose in the blood are also toxic to the cells in the pancreas, destroying the pancreas even further.

The destruction of the cells of the pancreas by the immune system takes place slowly and gradually over many years. High levels of glucose in the blood and the typical symptoms of diabetes occur only when 70 to 90% of the beta cells of the pancreas have been destroyed. In the past, doctors tried to replace the damaged
pancreatic tissue with transplants of pancreas tissue from other people. This did not work because the transplanted pancreas tissue was also destroyed by the immune system. The only way to stop this from happening is to deal with the spiritual root behind diabetes.

Type 1 diabetes is associated with other autoimmune diseases, including thyroid disease, celiac disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anaemia and vitiligo.

In type 1 diabetes, there is selfhatred, guilt and bitterness that came out of a father’s rejection. It can develop in females that have been damaged by a man.

Approximately one third of cases of type 1 diabetes are genetically inherited. Over 20 different defects in different genes have been found that result in the development of type 1 diabetes. As I explained in the chapter on genetically inherited diseases: genetic diseases involve a structural abnormality in the strands
of DNA in the genes. Your DNA is made up of genes. Your genes are inherited from your father and mother.

Each gene has specific instructions for how to make a specific part of your body. For example, you have a gene that has instructions to make your eyes blue or green or brown. You have another specific gene that has instructions to make you a certain height (short or tall). Everything that determines the way you look and your whole body make up comes from an instruction manual which is encoded in your genes. When
these genes become defective, the instructions are muddled up and the result is the formation of a defective part of your body that does not function properly and hence the development of various diseases.

This is what happens in genetic defects in diabetes: Your immune system normally protects you against infections by killing off harmful germs such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungus. One type of cell which is part of the immune system is dendrites. Dendrites are like policemen. When they find a germ,
they “arrest it and put handcuffs on it”. They then take these germs to the lymph nodes where cells called T lymphocytes (T cells) are present. When the T cells see that the dendrites have found harmful germs, the T cells multiply and tell the B cells to produce antibodies. The T cells and antibodies then go and kill the
harmful germs that the dendrites have found. The genetic defects in diabetes results in an abnormal or defective part of the dendrites being formed (HLA class II molecule). The result is that instead of capturing true harmful germs, the dendrites take pieces of the pancreas to the T cells, telling the T cells that the
pancreas is the enemy. The T cells and antibodies then go and attack and destroy the pancreas tissue and this is what an autoimmune reaction is – the body attacking itself. Because the pancreas is damaged by the attack from the immune system, it cannot produce enough insulin. The shortage of insulin leads to diabetes as previously explained.

There is also evidence that in some cases, certain viral infections can cause an autoimmune reaction that leads to destruction of the pancreas with resultant diabetes (type 1 or type 2). Evil spirits are behind viruses – this may sound ridiculous to you but a very logical basis for this is explained on page 453.
Self-hatred, self-rejection, self-condemnation, guilt and/or a low self-esteem allows an unloving spirit to come in, for example in the form of viruses that cause the body to attack and destroy its own body tissue.

When you are attacking yourself spiritually through thoughts of self-hatred, the body ends up attacking itself physically. Type 1 diabetes can be caused by the Coxsackie B4, mumps, rubella, cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus.
These viruses trigger autoimmune tissue injury by putting certain proteins on the surface of the pancreas.

Normally the immune system recognizes harmful substances such as bacteria by the foreign proteins that are on their surface. When the viruses put foreign proteins on the surface of the pancreas, the immune system thinks that the cells of the pancreas are foreign cells. As a result the immune system attacks the pancreas, damaging and eventually destroying it. When the pancreas is damaged from the autoimmune
attack, it can’t make enough insulin. The shortage of insulin leads to diabetes.

There has been tremendous success in seeing type 1 diabetes healed when the issues behind it were dealt with. Your healing has to begin with learning to receive God the Father’s love and you may need ministry. This also involves
releasing bitterness and forgiving your father or the man who hurt you.

Secondly, it is vital that you develop a healthy self-esteem. This comes from knowing who you are in Christ and establishing your sense of self worth and identity in Him. You need to change your thinking concerning how you see yourself and learn to see yourself as God sees you. Who God the Father says you are is more important than what your earthly father said about you.

help you with this. When you learn to love yourself, your new thinking patterns will be converted into a physical reaction, which this time is healthy. Your immune system will recover and begin functioning as God originally designed it to, and will no longer attack and destroy its own body tissue.

Lastly, damage done to the pancreas is often irreversible. A creative miracle by God and ministry is needed to restore this type of damage. In the Name of Jesus you need to command the immune system to stop attacking the pancreas and operating in the gift of miracles you need to speak a new pancreas into being. For example: “In the Name of Jesus I speak to the cells of the immune system and command you to
stop attacking the pancreatic tissue! Father I ask you for a creative miracle in the pancreas in the Name of Jesus – pancreatic tissue be formed now.”

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes develops slightly differently to type 1 diabetes, but the outcome is the same in that it results in high levels of glucose in the blood. You first need to read through the following two chapters which have essential background information that you need to understand type 2 diabetes:
• “The Long Term Effects of Fear, Anxiety and Stress on the Body”
to the discussion on 1 John 4 v 18 .
• “Genetically Inherited Diseases”.

Inherited genetic defects are more important in causing type 2 diabetes than in type 1 diabetes. These genetic defects predispose the person to developing diabetes, because the cells of the pancreas do not produce insulin very well. In type 1 diabetes there is a shortage of insulin because the beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed by the immune system. In type 2 diabetes there is enough insulin being produced but the insulin does not work properly as a result of a genetic defect or interference from other hormones as explained below:

• An abnormal insulin molecule is produced – As I explained above, genetic diseases involve a structural abnormality in the strands of DNA in the genes. Genes contain the instructions on how to make each part of your body. When these genes are become defective, the instructions are muddled up and the result is the formation of a defective part of your body that does not function properly and hence the development of various diseases. The genetic defects in type 2 diabetes lead to muddled up instructions that result in a defective insulin molecule being produced i.e. the insulin molecule has an abnormal shape. Because the insulin has an abnormal shape, the liver, muscle and body fat does not recognize it. Thus when the blood glucose levels are too high, the insulin tries to tell the liver to stop releasing glucose from its stores into the blood stream, but the liver does not listen
because it doesn’t recognize the abnormally shaped insulin. The insulin also tries to tell the muscle and body fat to take up the excess glucose from the blood stream and put it into storage, but the muscle and body fat does not recognize the insulin and therefore does not listen either. Therefore the glucose levels in the blood remain high and diabetes develops.

• There are not enough insulin receptors – normally, insulin binds to special receptors that are on the outside walls of the muscle and fat cells. When the insulin binds to these receptors it lets the cells know that they must open a door in the wall (called a GLUT 4 channel) so that glucose is able to come into the cells where it is stored. This can be compared to a postman (insulin) pressing a door
bell (insulin binding to the receptor) – the sound from the door bell lets you know that you must open the door (GLUT 4 channel) because somebody (glucose) wants to come into your house (muscle or fat cell). The genetic defects in diabetes result in muddled up instructions, so that not enough receptors are made. Therefore the insulin is not able to “press the door bell” to let the cells know that they must open the doors for glucose to come in. Therefore the glucose remains in the blood
and the levels become too high. The pancreas sees that the levels of glucose in the blood are steadily increasing, so it produces even more insulin, hoping that the increased amounts of insulin will be able to remove the glucose out of the blood and into the body tissues. Thus in type 2 diabetes you have high levels of insulin in the blood (but the body does not respond to the insulin), and in type 1
diabetes you have a shortage of insulin. The outcome of both types of
diabetes is levels of glucose in the blood that are far too high.

• High levels of stress hormones in the blood – apart from genetically
inherited defects, type 2 diabetes is an anxiety disorder. The specific
anxiety is fear of failure.31 You have a perfectionist mentality where
you are driven to perform and your identity and sense of self worth is
in your achievement. Their basis of love is what they do, not who they
are. You make no allowance for failure. You have become your own
worst enemy because you will not allow yourself to show any weakness.
When there is a weakness – and there is, you will not forgive yourself and an accusing spirit comes in and accuses you to yourself and so now you feel guilty.

When you are driven into performance and perfectionism, the fear coming out of that puts your body into stage 2 and 3 of stress. In this toxic state, there are high levels of stress hormones in the blood. Two of these stress hormones are cortisol and adrenalin. Cortisol and adrenalin block the effects of insulin. When
insulin is blocked by these stress hormones, the glucose levels in the blood rise and become too high.

When you are attacking yourself spiritually with guilt and self-hatred (because you make no allowance for weakness), through the mind-body connection the body conforms to this and begins to attack and destroy itself physically. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system directly attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas. In type 2 diabetes defective pieces of antibodies (called amyloid) are deposited in the pancreas tissue. This damages the pancreatic tissue so that the pancreas does not produce insulin effectively, further contributing to the development of diabetes. This is not an autoimmune reaction but it is another form of the body destroying the body. Sometimes, people with type 2 diabetes do have an autoimmune reaction
that destroys the pancreas, just the same as type 1 diabetes.

The alpha cells (that produce glucagon) and beta cells (that produce insulin) are scattered amongst each other in the pancreas. Therefore it is interesting to note that the beta cells are selectively damaged in diabetes while the alpha cells are unchanged. Thus you have too much glucagon (that raises the blood glucose levels) and defective insulin (that normally lowers blood glucose levels). The final result is levels of glucose in the blood that are far too high. The high levels of glucose are toxic to the cells in the pancreas, damaging the pancreas even more and further worsening the diabetes.

• There are other hormones that also block insulin and can be a rare cause of diabetes:
– A tumor in the alpha cells of the pancreas that makes the alpha cells produce too much glucagon.
Glucagon blocks insulin and also tells the liver, muscle and body fat to release the stored glucose into the bloodstream, even though the blood glucose levels are already too high.

– Hyperthyroidism – in this disease too much thyroid hormone is produced. Thyroid hormones block insulin. .
– Acromegaly – in this condition the person is very tall with long arms and legs (the giant called
Goliath that David killed in the Bible may have had acromegaly). This is due to the production of
an excess of growth hormones. These growth hormones block the effects of insulin.

Type 2 diabetes is due to the fear of failure.
You are driven to perform and your identity and sense of self worth is in
your achievement.

Over eating, especially when combined with obesity and lack of exercise has been associated with type 2 diabetes. Medical research has shown that people with diabetes eat more, are fatter and are less active than their non-diabetic siblings (i.e. who have similar genes). However over eating and obesity in itself
does not cause diabetes. Only a few obese people develop diabetes. It is just interesting to note that people with diabetes are often also overweight or obese. Did you know that there is also a spiritual root behind over eating? It is the need to be loved unfulfilled, a low self-esteem and the insecurities that come from
that.

The hypothalamus is the area in the brain that connects the mind to the body – it converts everything that is going on in a person’s thought life into a physical reaction. When you have a low self-esteem and are not feeling good about yourself, one of the ways that the hypothalamus responds to this is by lowering
the levels of a chemical called serotonin. Serotonin is the chemical that was designed to make you feel good about yourself. Therefore when the levels of serotonin are low, you feel depressed. The mouth was designed as the contact place for love and security. That is why there is a strong emotional bond that takes
place between a mother and her baby during breast feeding. When young children are feeling insecure they put their thumb in their mouth. When people have lowered serotonin levels due to a low self-esteem and are feeling depressed, they want comfort. Instead of putting their thumb to their mouth, they put food to their mouth. Putting food to their mouth triggers the release of a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is the pleasure chemical that gives the feeling of a rush or a high. Dopamine makes them feel good because it gives a satisfying, pleasurable, fulfilling feeling. However, this is short lasting. When
the pleasurable sensation wears off, guilt and self-condemnation about over eating comes in. Also as the person over eats and puts on weight, when they look in the mirror, they don’t like what they see. They attack themselves with self disapproval and self-condemnation… and how does the hypothalamus respond to this? It lowers the serotonin levels…and the negative vicious cycle starts all over again. The devil sure knows how to keep us in bondage.

A characteristic feature of type 2 diabetes is that it is often associated with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of disorders that occur together, which includes the following:
• Obesity – more than 70% of people with diabetes are overweight – this was already discussed above.
• Type 2 diabetes – where you have high levels of insulin in the blood and resistance to insulin (the body does not respond to the insulin).
• High cholesterol – severe atherosclerosis (explained below) develops more frequently in patients with diabetes.
• High blood pressure – 50% of patients with type 2 diabetes also have high blood pressure. This is also a fear and anxiety disorder (explained in more detail on page 339).
Jesus said if you hate your brother in your heart, it is the same as committing murder (1 John 3 v 15).
Likewise, when you have self-hatred, it is as though you are murdering yourself in your thoughts. Be careful
because your body will respond to this by murdering itself physically. What is the best way to kill body
tissue? The answer is to cut off its blood supply. That is exactly what high cholesterol, diabetes and hypertension
in Metabolic Syndrome do. All three of these diseases damage the blood vessels and the heart.

The Bible says in Leviticus 17 V 11 that the life is in the blood. This is also very accurate medically – the blood contains oxygen, nutrients and energy needed to keep body cells alive. The heart pumps the blood and the blood vessels transport the blood to the tissues, organs and muscles all over your body. Therefore
by damaging the heart and blood vessels – you cut off the blood supply – you cut off the life – you kill off the body tissue:

DIABETES
Part of the disease process in diabetes involves deposition of material called hyaline on the blood vessel walls. This narrows the blood vessels, which then cuts down the amount of blood that is able to reach the body tissues. This inadequate blood supply causes the body tissues to slowly die. This is what causes ulcers
that commonly occur on diabetics’ feet. In the advanced stages of diabetes, patients often have to have their toes, feet and lower legs amputated because of gangrene. When body tissue dies (because of lack of adequate blood supply), it quickly becomes infected. Dead tissue plus infection equals gangrene. When a part of the body becomes gangrenous, it has to be amputated otherwise the gangrene will quickly spread, killing the person. Diabetes also damages the blood vessels in the person’s eyes and can eventually lead to poor vision or blindness.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

High blood pressure over a long period of time puts strain on the heart, making it work too hard. Eventually the heart gets so exhausted that it fails. Apart from heart failure, other common complications of high blood pressure are:
• Heart attacks – a heart attack is when the heart stops working because the blood supply to the heart muscle is cut off.
• Strokes – the increased pressure eventually causes the walls of the blood vessels to weaken and burst.
The explosive entry of blood into the brain tissue damages the nerves in that area. They are literally split apart by the high pressure jet stream of the blood. The mass of blood in the brain tissue compresses the nerves which also causes damage. Each area in your brain controls a specific function in your body. So for example, if the area in your brain that controls speech is damaged, you won’t be
able to talk. If the area that controls the movement of your left arm and leg is damaged, your left arm and leg will be paralyzed. This is what a stroke is – loss of function of a part of the body due to damage in an area of the brain. Many people who have strokes had high blood pressure previously.

HIGH LEVELS OF CHOLESTEROL

There is strong evidence from medical research that has linked high levels of cholesterol with the development of a disease called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is where fatty plaques form on the blood vessel walls. The plaques cause narrowing of the blood vessels, which leads to less blood flowing to the tissues.

When this happens in the blood vessels that supply the heart muscle, the person experiences angina (chest pain). Whenever there is insufficient blood supply to an area of your body, it causes intense pain.

It is the body’s way of letting you know that that area of tissue is in trouble! When this happens in the blood vessels supplying the legs, the person experiences what is called intermittent claudication. This is intermittent painful cramps in the legs after the person walks a certain distance (for example 200 meters).
This is because the leg muscles are running out of oxygen and energy due to lack of blood supply. The fatty lumps of cholesterol can block the blood vessel completely and this is what causes 90% of heart attacks.

About 80% of adult diabetics die from heart disease. The atherosclerosis also causes strokes. In contrast Clumps of cholesterol (Atheromatous Plaques) on blood vessel
walls narrow the blood vessels, obstructing blood flow so that less blood can reach the body tissues, organs and muscles Blood vessel wall
to strokes caused by high blood pressure (explained above), the cholesterol lumps block the blood vessels supplying the brain tissue, causing that area of brain to die. The arteries supplying the kidneys are also damaged, leading to kidney failure.
In summary we have metabolic syndrome consisting of high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

All of these diseases lead to death in body tissue (brain, heart, legs). It all started with varying degrees of self-hatred and guilt – either personal or inherited.

Rare causes of diabetes are: cystic fibrosis and haemochromatosis. Haemochromatosis is a disease where iron is deposited in the organs in the body, causing damage to them. This is another scenario of the body destroying the body as a result of self-hatred in a person’s thought life. The pancreas is damaged when iron
is deposited in it. As a result, the pancreas is unable to produce a sufficient amount of insulin. This leads to the development of diabetes. The damage caused by pancreatitis can also result in diabetes.

self-rejection, self-condemnation and guilt.

Improved control of diabetes through the use of medical drugs and insulin injections has only partially prevented the above mentioned complications of diabetes. Medical drugs can help you in the short term but they are not the ultimate answer because they do not deal with the underlying issues causing diabetes.
Furthermore, diabetes can be improved by avoiding sugar and fatty foods but it will not cure it or
stop the underlying processes that are causing diabetes. This is because good nutrition does not replace
repentance. Although healthy eating and exercise is important for overall good health, nutrition is not the answer to healing and disease prevention. To permanently eradicate diabetes, you have got to deal with the toxic mindsets causing it.

Your sense of self worth and value should be coming from who you are in Christ – it should not be based on your achievement. To be healed of type 2 diabetes you need to renew your mind with the Word and change your thinking in this area. You need to separate your “who” from your “do”. God’s love for you is not performance based and you need to see yourself as God sees you. I share more about this in the
chapter “Who You are in Christ” on page 498, which I recommend that you work through.

Finally, pray with me:

“I take authority over the spirit of fear that drives me into performance and perfectionism and command you to go in Jesus’ Name! I release myself from performance, perfectionism and meeting the expectations of others. In the Name of Jesus I release myself from fear of failure that drives me to do everything right and which tells me that who I am is what I do. I determine in my heart
this day to make an allowance for weakness and mistakes for it written that His strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12 v 9) and “Though the righteous shall fall seven times, the Lord will lift them up!” (Proverbs 24 v 16). I release myself from the fear of man and what others think of me. I release
myself from guilt and I take authority over the unloving accusing spirit that accuses me to myself – you are a lying spirit and I break your power in the Name of Jesus and command you to be gone.

I release myself from the fears and insecurities that have come from broken relationships for it is written in Romans 8 v 15 that God has not given me to bondage to the spirit of fear but I have received the spirit of adoption whereby I can cry out Abba Father! I release myself from hardness of heart that I
have that will not let me trust and be vulnerable without fear. I release myself from the fear of giving and receiving love. Father I open my heart right now to receive Your perfect love which casts out all fear. I release
myself to the love of the Father and the love of the Lord Jesus Christ as a work of the Holy Spirit. In the Name of Jesus I command the stage 2 and 3 stress reaction in my body to be broken and I command the insulin to be produced normally. Father I ask you for a creative miracle in my pancreas in the Name of Jesus – pancreatic tissue be formed now. By the stripes of Jesus I am healed! (Isaiah 53 v 5)
Amen!”

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