Dealing with diabetes
Whether you have type 1 insulin-dependant diabetes or the more common type 2 diabetes, the management is very similar. The key is to maintain your ideal weight, cholesterol and blood pressure while enjoying exercise, healthy eating and relaxation. In fact, type 2 diabetes can be treated with these straightforward steps.
You can still enjoy scrumptious meals with diabetes, simply work with a dietitian or a naturopath to devise a delicious meal plan. Reduce processed foods, sugar, saturated fats and salt. Incorporate blood sugar balancing foods including:
Cinnamon is a sweet spice that lowers blood sugar. It also augments insulin, eases inflammation and cholesterol.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities and is reportedly responsible for improving insulin resistance.
Bitter melon - extensive evidence supports its use to reduce blood sugar levels by blocking sugar absorption and boosting sugar metabolism. Its hypoglycaemic and lipid-lowering properties are due to charantin and the insulin-like peptides and alkaloids it contains.
Other beneficial foods for diabetics are buckwheat, broccoli, cloves, coffee, sage, garlic, onions, pomegranate, jackfruit, figs, Chinese yams, Reishi mushrooms, kidney beans, lentils, soybeans and curry leaves.
Sweet settling foods
Choose fibre rich foods with a low glycemic index. Visit the website www. glycemicindex.com. At least 35g of fibre daily is recommended. Try oat bran, barley, flaxseed, slippery elm, psyllium, fruits, vegetables, legumes, rice bran, nuts or seeds.
Focus on fresh vegetables, wholegrains, beans, nuts and low fructose fruit.
Eat regular meals, timed evenly throughout the day.
Reduce saturated fat by avoiding deep fried and fatty foods.
Match the amount of food you eat with the amount you burn up each day. It’s especially important to eat before and after exercise.
Strictly limit foods with sugar. Instead use stevia which has anti-diabetic properties, revitalizing damaged beta cells according to a 2011 study.
Drink plentiful pure water. High blood sugar can suppress thirst and trick you into thinking you’re hungry instead of thirsty.
Supplements support a diabetic to have high energy, strong organs and optimal blood sugar. Here are my top recommendations -
Magnesium: Many diabetics are deficient in magnesium. Studies show that blood sugar control is compromised by low magnesium. It interrupts insulin secretion and increases insulin resistance.
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in diabetics because the diabetes drug metformin destroys B12. Studies have shown that vitamin B12 reduced the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy in 39 per cent of people studied.
Chromium: A constituent of glucose tolerance factor, chromium increases insulin receptors, boosts receptor binding and activates insulin.
Vitamin E: Around 40 per cent of diabetics have a gene variation that means they are at significantly increased risk of heart disease. One study found that 400IU of vitamin E daily could help reduce diabetics’ risk of stroke, heart attack and cardiovascular death by a massive 50 per cent.
Vitamin D: This helps maintain healthy insulin levels in type 2 diabetes.
Zinc: Zinc is involved in all stages of insulin metabolism, it also protects against the destruction of insulin-producing beta cells. L-taurine is depleted in many diabetics. This deficiency can contribute to kidney failure and liver problems.
Barberry and Golden Seal are considered important to manage diabetes in Chinese medicine. These herbs contain berberine which induces insulin-producing beta cell regeneration.
Billberry protects a diabetic’s eyes and nerves through its antioxidant anthocyanidins. Bilberry also lowered blood sugar in animal studies.
Ginkgo biloba boosts retinal capillary blood flow in type 2 diabetics.
Gymnema sylvestre is an Indian herb known as the ‘sugar destroyer.’ Its hypoglycaemic action is due to gymnemic acids, which lower blood sugar by raising insulin, restoring pancreatic cells and preventing adrenal hormones from stimulating the liver to produce glucose.
Both aerobic and resistance training exercise improves insulin action. Exercise is essential to regulate weight, blood sugar and cholesterol. Daily movement prevents type 2 diabetes and reduces the rate of complications with diabetics.
Stress raises blood sugar by increasing insulin. It’s vital to manage stress with meditation, relaxation, exercise, counseling and a sane schedule.
Extract from Go Magazine article. For the entire article please click on the link - https://www.carolinerobertson.com.au/uploads/1/0/0/8/10080309/a_sweet_life_with_diabetes.pdf