Diabetes

Diabetic foot

Diabetes is a condition that affects how the body deals with glucose or sugar.  It is caused by having too much glucose / sugar in your blood. Our bodies need glucose for energy. We get this normally through eating and drinking as everything we digest is turned into glucose which is then released into our bloodstream.

Our body also needs a hormone called insulin. This produced naturally by the pancreas which controls the release of glucose into the bloodstream by producing the right amount of insulin required.

There are several different forms of diabetes but the main two are Type 1 and Type 2; the other forms are not common but have the same basic condition of the body not dealing effectively with the glucose that is produced when we eat.

Type 1 Diabetes is when the pancreas cannot produce any insulin to control the release of glucose into the bloodstream, so it has to be introduced into the body by injection.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when your body does produce insulin but not enough or it is ineffective in some way. It is the most common form of diabetes and is usually caused by poor diet.

The outcome of both types is that there is too much glucose or sugar in the bloodstream which causes other complications in the body.

Diabetes must be taken seriously as it can cause a host of other significant problems with body functions.

 

About 6% of people in modern western society currently suffer from diabetes. The number of sufferers has risen noticeably since 1950.

Diabetes cannot be cured. It is a condition you must learn to live with and manage through changes in lifestyle and diet. Type 2 diabetes can be reversed but it could return if previous eating habits return.

The most effective way of dealing with diabetes is through the regular use of natural ingredients in your diet. Eating natural rather than processed food containing excess amounts of sugar and salt is a healthy habit to adopt. Additionally, there are many natural plant-based foodstuffs that help the body deal with glucose effectively thus avoiding the negative consequences of diabetes.

It is possible to control diabetes by changing one’s lifestyle and diet.

What natural remedies are there for diabetes?

There are a number of natural foods and herbs that can help in the treatment of diabetes; however diabetes is a complex disease and care should be taken when deciding which supplements and herbal remedies to include in your diet., particularly if you have already started treatment with prescribed medication from your doctor.

The following foods and vitamins have been proven to help control diabetes.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
    Usually taken on its own , prior to a meal or mixed salad dressings or teas.
  2. Fibre and Barley
    Eating fibre decreases blood sugar and insulin concentrations.  This is best done through eating green vegetables. Barley is a high-fibre, high-protein grain which has lots of data to support its role in helping improve blood sugar, insulin, cholesterol and general inflammation.
  3. Chromium

Deficiency in chromium impairs the metabolism of glucose.  Evidence supports chromium for lower blood sugar and A1c levels.  People with any form of kidney disease should be careful with this supplement.

  1. Zinc
    Those with diabetes are commonly found to be zinc deficient.  Studies have shown zinc supplementation can reduce blood sugar and A1C, have an antioxidant effect, lower blood sugar and even help treat some of the complications related to diabetes.
  2. Aloe Vera

There is abundant evidence for the use of Aloe Vera gel in controlling diabetes.

  1. Berberine

Current evidence supports its use for decreasing blood sugar and hba1c. Found in plants such as goldenseal, barberry, Oregon grape root and Coptis. Be aware that this herb can interfere with metabolism of traditional pharmaceuticals and should never be taken while pregnant.

  1. Cinnamon
    A medically beneficial indulgence to help lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  2. Fenugreek

Commonly used as a food spice and has been used for centuries for its medical benefits to lower cholesterol and hba1c.

 

Eating healthily will usually involve eating more fruit. This is good from several standpoints. Diabetics, however, need to be aware of high sugar levels in certain fruits. The following list shows which fruits are higher in sugar content.

High sugar levels

mango, grapes, cherries, pears, watermelon, figs, bananas

Lower sugar levels

avocado, guava, raspberries, cantaloupe melon, papaya, strawberries

Go for it. Fruit is healthy. Just don’t overdo it.

As with any change in diet it is always wise to discuss intended diet changes with your doctor, particularly if you are already taking any prescribed medication.

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