Preventing diabetes is much better than curing it. Prevention is better than INTERVENTION!
I recommend following the wellness IQ protocol. Consume Chromium/vanadium rich foods, high fiber diet and low carbs.
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Diabetes treatment can include many elements, including traditional medications, alternative medicine, and natural remedies.
Alternative therapies encompass a variety of disciplines that include everything from diet and exercise to mental conditioning and lifestyle changes. Examples of alternative treatments include acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatments, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation exercises, herbal remedies, massage, and many others.
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The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, defines complementary and alternative medicine as a “group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.” Complementary medicine is used with conventional treatments, whereas alternative medicine is used instead of conventional medicine.
Some people with diabetes use complementary or alternative therapies to treat diabetes. Although some of these therapies may be effective, others can be ineffective or even harmful. Patients who use complementary and alternative medicine need to let their health care providers know what they are doing.
What Alternative Treatments Are Used As Diabetes Treatment?
Acupuncture is a procedure in which a practitioner inserts very thin needles into designated points on the skin. Some scientists say that acupuncture triggers the release of the body natural painkillers. Acupuncture has been shown to offer relief from chronic pain. Acupuncture is sometimes used by people with neuropathy, the painful nerve damage of diabetes.
Biofeedback is a technique that helps a person become more aware of and learn to deal with the body response to pain. This alternative therapy emphasizes relaxation and stress-reduction techniques.
Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that some professionals who use biofeedback also practice. With guided imagery, a person thinks of peaceful mental images, such as ocean waves. A person may also include the images of controlling or curing a chronic disease, such as diabetes. People using this technique say these positive images can ease their condition.
What Natural Dietary Supplements Are Used for Diabetes Treatment?
The benefit of added chromium for diabetes has been studied and debated for several years. Several studies report that chromium supplements may improve diabetes control. Chromium is needed to make glucose tolerance factor, which helps insulin improve its action. Because of insufficient information on the use of chromium to treat diabetes, no recommendations for supplementation exist.
Several types of plants are referred to as ginseng, but most studies of ginseng and diabetes have used American ginseng. Those studies have shown some sugar-lowering effects in fasting and after-meal blood sugar levels as well as in A1c levels (average blood sugar levels over a three-month period). However, larger and more long-term studies are needed before general recommendations for use of ginseng can be made. Researchers also have determined that the amount of sugar-lowering compound in ginseng plants varies widely.
I recommend the the following natural herbal remedies to moderate Hypertension & Diabetes:
1. Turmeric: 100% Effective In Preventing Diabetes and hypertension.
2. Ginger: Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose by 10.5% as well as hypertension.
3. Cinnamon: Less Than Half a Teaspoon A Day Reduces Blood Sugar Levels and high blood pressure.
4. Olive Leaf Extract: Results Comparable to Metformin and drugs for hypertension.
5. Berries Lower After-Meal Insulin Spike and lowers blood pressure.
6. Black Seed (Nigella Sativa): Just 2 Grams Reduces Insulin Resistance and hypertension.
7. Spirulina helps with insulin resistance and hypertension. See the complete blog under Spirulina.
8. Berberine Just As Good as Three Different Diabetes Drugs and high blood pressure medications.
There is an epidemic of blood sugar problems in America and scientists now believe they have found out the reason why.
Scientists tested 2,016 Americans for the presence of six toxins known as POPs (persistent organic pollutants). The scientists then compared the levels of these 6 toxins in the participants bodies to their history of blood sugar problems.
And here is what they discovered. The people with the highest levels of these 6 toxins were 38 times more likely to have blood sugar problems compared to the people with the lowest levels!
That is because these toxins can destroy the beta cells in your pancreas that produce insulin, the hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels. These toxins can also interfere with the cell receptors that carry glucose (sugar) to your muscle and fat cells. And they can limit your cell receptors ability to use insulin. When your cells have a hard time accepting and using insulin, then your blood sugar rises.
In the October 2014 IHN a novel dietary approach was discussed which successfully reversed
type 2 diabetes in 8 weeks. The research group headed by Dr. Roy Taylor of the University of
Newcastle in the UK has just published a second clinical trial.17 This trial addresses the question
of the efficacy of the diet for individuals with long-term duration of diabetes (> 8 years) as
compared to those with short-term duration < 4 years), the latter group being similar to those the original study published in 2011.18 The report was prefaced by the statement: The inevitably progressive nature of type 2 diabetes has been widely accepted since the UK Prospective Diabetes Study was carried out, which showed that glucose control steadily worsened towards requirement for insulin treatment despite best possible therapy. There were 15 subjects in the short-duration and 14 in the long-duration groups. The protocol was similar to the earlier study with subjects taken off anti-diabetic medications prior to the start and then all put on a diet of approximately 700 calories for 8 weeks. The diet consisted of 600 calories from a meal replacement product and the balance from vegetables. Using fasting blood glucose (FBG) as the criterion, all the subjects in the short-duration group regressed to normal glycemia and could be considered at least temporarily cured. As is indicated in the table presented below, those with > 8 years with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes did not do as well.
Keep these blood sugar-boosters off the menu to maximize your energy level:
1. Fruit Smoothies
You have been told your whole lives to eat your fruits and veggies, but heres what they didnt tell you
Many smoothies contain as much sugar as three cans of soda
especially fast-food and restaurant smoothies.
So how can you get the necessary vitamins and fiber while avoiding blood sugar spikes?
The solution: make smoothies yourself.
Just make sure to stay away from super-sugary fruits like bananas and peaches.
Try these instead:
I know what you are thinking:
What could go wrong with a food that is fat-free, cholesterol-free, and full of fiber and vitamins?
The problem with starchy foods, like potatoes, is that they are digested into the bloodstream lightning-quick and can trigger sharp insulin spikes.
Don’t scrap your spuds just yet, though. The key to a diabetes-friendly potato is in the preparation and portion size.
Cook them with a healthy fat, like olive oil
Add leafy greens or vegetables
Chill the potato or add lemon juice to slow digestion
As for portion size, stick to about 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes or a computer mouse sized baked potato.
3. White rice
In the diabetes world, white flour is like sugars evil minion.
Combine this with all the frying and processing involved with cooking flour, and your bloodstream is about to become a war-zone.
In fact, regularly eating white rice significantly increases your risk for Type 2 Diabetes. The risk increases 11% for each additional daily serving.
Thankfully, there is another option: brown rice.
Whole grains have fiber, which slows the rush of glucose into the bloodstream. Two servings of brown rice per week can actually lower your risk of diabetes, and help keep your blood sugar in check.
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Learn how to better control diabetes with foods and meals that are nutritious, well-balanced, and deliciously satisfying!
||In Healthy Eating for Type 2 Diabetes, youll discover…
||The ABCs of diabetes control
||6 strategies (and secrets) for lasting weight loss
||The best choices for fiber, protein, calcium-rich foods, and more
||Ratings of 12 sugar substitutes for sweetness and safety
||5 ways to quickly restore blood sugar to normal levels
||40 recipes from breakfast to midnight snacks, a weekly meal plan, and a recipe index
Whats for dinner? We all wrestle with that question. But for anyone with diabetes or prediabetes, that question requires more thought. How can you make a variety of uncomplicated, tasty meals that will satisfy your family while still controlling your blood sugar, cutting your calories, watching your blood pressure, and keeping tabs on your cholesterol?
Thats what youll find in Healthy Eating for Type 2 Diabetes. This report gives you the framework for eating plans you can stick with and dishes that are mindful of your goals, easy to make, and sure to please.
Youll learn why there is no one diabetes diet, but instead several healthy dietary approaches that can help. Youll read about the components of a healthy diet, how to work with a dietitian, how to develop a meal plan, and how to fit physical activity into your schedule.
In this report, youll discover:
- why its important to lose weight if you have diabetes
- 5 easy ways to cut calories
- the benefits of low-glycemic eating
- the value of a food diary
- hints for healthier eating when dining out
- tips for preventing blood sugar spikes after eating
Which sugar substitutes are sweetest and safest? Can a drink or two a day improve the bodys response to insulin? Why are gluten-free diets not useful for managing diabetes? Why is fiber so important, and what are the best sources? This report will tell you.
And the report brings you 40 recipes that prove food can both taste good and be good for you. Our collection of recipes begins with breakfast and ends with midnight snacks. Youll find entrees like lemon garlic chicken and chili non carne, sides like mango salsa with black beans, and desserts and treats like cereal cookies and apple cranberry oat crisp.
To your good health,
Gregory D. Curfman, M.D.
Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publications
Studies dating back nearly a century noted a striking finding: If you take young, healthy people and split them up into two groupshalf on a fat-rich diet and half on a carbohydrate-rich dietwe find that within just two days, glucose intolerance skyrockets in the fat group. The group that had been shoveling fat in ended up with twice the blood sugar. As the amount of fat in the diet goes up, so does ones blood sugar. Why would eating fat lead to higher blood sugar levels? It would take scientists nearly seven decades to unravel this mystery, but it would end up holding the key to our current understanding of the cause of type 2 diabetes.
The reason athletes carb-load before a race is to build up the fuel supply within their muscles. We break down the starch into glucose in our digestive tract, it circulates as blood glucose (blood sugar) and is taken up by our muscles to be stored and burnt for energy.
Blood sugar, though, is like a vampire. It needs an invitation to come into our cells. That invitation is insulin. Insulin is the key that unlocks the door that lets glucose in the blood enter muscle cells. When insulin attaches to the insulin receptor on the cell, it activates an enzyme, which activates another enzyme, which activates two more enzymes, which finally activates glucose transport (as diagrammed in my video What Causes Insulin Resistance?).
What if there was no insulin? Blood sugar would be stuck in the bloodstream banging on the door to our muscles, unable to get inside. With nowhere to go, sugar levels in the blood would rise and rise. Thats what happens in type 1 diabetes: the cells in the pancreas that make insulin get destroyed, and without insulin, sugar in the blood cant get out of the blood into the muscles, and so blood sugar rises. But theres a second way we could end up with high blood sugar.
What if theres enough insulin, but the insulin doesnt work? The key is there, but somethings gummed up the lock. This is insulin resistance. Our muscle cells become resistant to the effect of insulin. Whats gumming up the locks on our muscle cells? Whats preventing insulin from letting glucose in? Tiny droplets of fat inside our muscle cells, so-called intramyocellular lipid.
Fat in the bloodstream can build up inside the muscle cell, creating toxic fatty breakdown products and free radicals that block the insulin signaling process. No matter how much insulin we have in our blood, its not able to sufficiently open the glucose gates and blood sugar levels build up in the blood. And this can happen within three hours. One hit of fat can start causing insulin resistance, inhibiting blood sugar uptake after just 160 minutes.
This mechanism by which fat induces insulin resistance wasnt known until fancy MRI techniques were developed to see what was happening inside peoples muscles as fat was infused into their bloodstream. Thats how we found that elevation of fat levels in the blood causes insulin resistance by inhibition of glucose transport into the muscles.
We can also do the opposite experiment. Lower the level of fat in peoples blood and the insulin resistance comes right down. If we clear the fat out of the blood, we also clear the sugar out. That explains the finding that on the high fat, ketogenic diet, insulin doesnt work very well. Our bodies become insulin resistant. But as the amount of fat in our diet gets lower and lower, insulin works better and bettera clear demonstration that the sugar tolerance of even healthy individuals can be impaired by administering a low-carb, high-fat diet. We can decrease insulin resistance, however, by decreasing fat intake.
The effect is really dramaticcheck out at least the end of my video What Causes Insulin Resistance? to see what happens as dietary fat intake drops.
The most concerning downside of low-carb diets, though, is heart health: Low Carb Diets and Coronary Blood Flow
This is the first of a 3-part series on the cause of type 2 diabetes, so as to better understand dietary interventions to prevent and treat the epidemic. In The Spillover Effect Links Obesity to Diabetes, I talk about how that fat can come either from our diet or excess fat stores, and then in Lipotoxicity: How Saturated Fat Raises Blood Sugar, I show how not all fats are equally to blame.
Here are some of my recent diabetes videos:
How Not to Die from Diabetes
Plant-Based Diets and Diabetes
What Causes Diabetes?
Why is Meat a Risk Factor for Diabetes?
Lifestyle Medicine Is the Standard of Care for Prediabetes
Diabetics Should Take Their Pulses