In the United States, over 30 million people suffer from diabetes and more than 86 million people have pre-diabetes.
Diabetes is ranked as the seventh leading cause of death in the US, and it is said that it will rank first in 10 years.
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the destruction of cells that secrete insulin in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is caused by obesity and dietary habits such as eating too much sugar, lack of dietary fiber, and lack of exercise. In this blog, I will write about type 2 diabetes (lifestyle-related diseases).
The symptoms of diabetes, in general, include an increase in thirst and appetite, and frequent urination. Because these symptoms are not taken seriously, many diabetic patients are not seeking treatment. However, the risk for heart disease in diabetes patients is two to four times higher. In addition, diabetes patients are more prone to hypoglycemia, arteriosclerosis, renal insufficiency, cerebral infarction, retinopathy, gangrene, and even neuralgia if left untreated.
Multiple approaches will be required for treating diabetes properly and effectively. Diet and lifestyle adjustments are the most important factors.
Diabetes patients must avoid eating sugar and refined carbohydrates (such as flour). Avoid fruits high in sugar such as bananas, mangos, and dried fruits like raisins. Blueberries and kiwis are okay if you consume a fair amount, but as a caution, they also can increase your blood sugar. On the other hand, fiber is important for the diabetic’s diet. Water-soluble dietary fiber, in particular, delays the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and can prevent the sudden rise of blood sugar. Beans, oats, nuts, sea vegetables, and most vegetables are rich in water-soluble dietary fiber. Cutting down sugar means you need to take in more high quality protein and lipids.
Remember to cut down on unhealthy fat, too. A high triglyceride level can make blood sugar harder to decrease. But high quality lipids are great not only as a calorie source, but also to work at reducing inflammation in the blood vessels caused by diabetes. Good quality lipids such as fish, nuts (except peanuts), olive oil, flaxseed oil, and avocado are strongly recommended.
A study has shown that consuming lots of onions and garlic helps to decrease blood sugar. Bitter melon has been eaten for many years in China and India to treat diabetes. A study has shown that raw bitter melon is the best food to help decrease blood sugar.
Gymnema from India is known to enhance the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. The regeneration of pancreatic cells that secrete insulin is observed in animal testing.
Effective supplements to treat diabetes are vanadium, chromium, alpha lipoic acid, and cinnamon. Vanadium works similarly to insulin in the body and may help to lower your dosage of insulin.
Chromium can stimulate insulin activity
Alpha lipoic acid helps cells to absorb sugar and use it. It is a key nutrient for neurological disorders caused by diabetes. Taking alpha lipoic acid through both intravenous infusion and orally works surprisingly well to treat neuralgia.
Cinnamon not only works like insulin but also works to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides.
Exercise is a great way to treat diabetes. Exercise can lower cholesterol and triglycerides and increase insulin sensitivity and reduce the toxicity of sugar. Muscles can absorb sugar into cells even without insulin, so gaining more muscle can lower your blood sugar level more easily. Be sure not to rush. Make sure to take time to gain muscle and avoid hypoglycemia.