Diabetes is a serious disease. Diabetes mellitus is characterized by the inability of the body to control the level of blood sugar. Increased blood sugar levels are termed “hyperglycemia” and are controlled by the hormone insulin.
Diabetes has grown to “epidemic” proportions and the latest statistics revealed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Also, research from the ADA shows that 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which is 25 percent of the U.S. population!
The cost of diabetes to our nation is a staggering $245 billion dollars a year as of 2012. That’s $176 billion in direct medical costs and another $69 billion loss in productivity.
There are three types of Diabetes. Each type interferes the secretion or the use of hormone insulin in a different way.
- Diabetes Type 1
- Diabetes Type 2
- Gestational Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is often hereditary, caused by certain infections or a genetic disorder. Thus, we don’t have much control over the development of the disease. That is the opposite of the Type 2 diabetes that triggers the diabetic amyotrophy.
Type 2 diabetes is the result of over-indulging in unhealthy food, vices and excessive lifestyle. It commonly struck obese people, especially those who smoke, do prohibited drugs and drink alcohol. These unhealthy habits disrupt the natural processes of the body, including the insulin production and performance.
Gestational Diabetes is a temporary phase of uncontrolled blood sugar level that is faced by some pregnant women.
Signs You May Have Diabetes
Here are some of the more common symptoms:
Excessively thirsty (polydipsia).
Needing to urinate often (polyuria).
Having a big appetite without putting any weight on.
Nauseous or a generally unwell feeling.
Even though many experts have been predicting a shorter working week and more leisure time for many people around the world this situation has not appeared as yet. Life can be more stressful than ever for many people which can lead to other medical conditions including diabetes.
An infection in certain parts of the body can bring on diabetes with pancreas issues often bringing on diabetes type II. Any infection which interferes with the body’s ability to create sufficient insulin to regulate the level of sugar in the blood can lead to full-blown diabetes.
Type II diabetes is a situation where the body becomes insulin tolerant which effectively means that sufficient insulin is being created, in a normal situation, but the body is not reading the signals from insulin which should prompt it to withdrawal sugar from the blood. As a consequence, yet again surfers will feel lethargic, tired, produce excess urine and other medical side effects.
Many people believe that both types of diabetes can be hereditary but it is more likely that type I diabetes would be past generation to generation. Even if the diabetes gene is present in any one person it is not certain they will develop the condition and it is unclear exactly what “switches on” the rogue diabetic gene.
A poor diet goes hand-in-hand with obesity which is an epidemic that is grabbing hold of every area of the globe. Many experts believe that low protein and low fiber intake together with excessive amounts of refined products such as these find fat are behind the massive increase in the number of diabetics.
As you mention above, obesity and diet habits go hand-in-hand as well as a lack of exercise for many people around the world. The more overweight you are the more precious places upon the body and the more likely you are to become insulin resistant. It has been shown that an improvement in your exercise as well as improvement in your diet can have an immediate impact upon your blood sugar levels
Best Foods For Treating Type II Diabetes
If you want to reverse type II diabetes or prevent diabetes, I suggest you add the following foods into your diet.
High fiber foods help slow down glucose absorption. Aim for at least 30g of fiber per day from vegetables, avocados, berries, nuts, and seeds.
Foods high in chromium can improve GTF glucose tolerance factor in your body and naturally balance out blood glucose levels. Broccoli, raw cheese, green beans and grass-fed beef are all high in chromium, however broccoli has the highest amounts by far.
MCFA’s found in coconut and red palm oil can help balance blood sugar levels and be a preferred fuel source for your body rather than sugar.
The 5 Best Supplements for Balancing Blood Sugar
1. Alpha-Lipoic Acid (300-1200 mg daily) Improves insulin sensitivity and reduces symptoms of neuropathy.
2. Fiber Powder (10 g) Fiber from vegetables and seeds can control blood glucose. I recommend finding a supplement that contains sprouted chia and flaxseeds.
3. Chromium Picolinate (600 mcg daily) Helps improve insulin sensitivity.
4. Cinnamon (2 tsp daily) Add to food, smoothie or tea to help improve blood sugar control.
5. Fish Oil (1,000 mg daily) Omega-3s are necessary for proper insulin function.
Other supplements that may support diabetes include: magnesium, rhodiola, green coffee extract, bitter melon, and gymnema sylvestre.
Foods To Avoid If You Are Diabetic
Alcohol can dangerously increase blood sugar and lead to liver toxicity. Beer and sweet liquors are high in carbohydrates and should be avoided.
GMO corn, soy, and canola have been linked to kidney and liver disease and may promote diabetes. I suggest removing all GMO foods and all packaged foods from your diet. Also, remove hydrogenated oils from your diet including vegetable oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, and canola oil.
Refined sugar rapidly spikes blood glucose and soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages are the worst culprits. These forms of sugar enter the blood stream rapidly and can cause extreme elevations in blood glucose. Even though natural sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup are better options, they can still affect blood sugar. Your best option is to switch to stevia.
Grains, especially gluten containing grains like wheat, contain large amounts of carbohydrates which are broken down into sugar within a few minutes of consumption. As discussed earlier, gluten can cause intestinal inflammation which affects hormones like cortisol and leptin, and can lead to spikes in blood sugar. I would remove all grains from your diet for your first 90 days on this healing program and after that time you can introduce back in sprouted ancient grains in small amounts.
Conventional cow’s milk, should be eliminated especially for type 1 diabetics. Dairy can be a fantastic food for balancing blood sugar if it comes from goat’s, sheep, or A2 cows. Stay away from all other forms of dairy because the A1 casein produced by conventional cows will harm the body and trigger an immune response similar to gluten. When buying dairy, only purchase raw and organic from pasture raised animals.
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