As part of my blog post series on Health and Natural Supplementation, today I’m writing about Diabetes. However due to the sheer volume of information, it made more sense to split the subject matter in to two part.
Natural Supplements for Diabetes part 1 which I recommend you read first, covers the following:
- More Facts on Diabetes
- What is Diabetes?
- Diabetes Risk Factors
This blog – Natural Supplements for Diabetes part 2 looks at:
- The Symptoms of Diabetes
- Simple Changes to Reduce Your Risk
- Get Traction with Action! Supplements that Support Diabetes
- Assess Your Health TODAY
With 29.1 million adults currently diagnosed with Diabetes in the U.S and 3 million in the UK, to say we have a health epidemic on our hands is by no means stretching the truth!
If you are not feint of heart, I have gone in to far more details on some statistics and health facts in Part 1.
So let’s dive right in and look at the Symptoms of Diabetes
Symptoms of Diabetes
Like Hypertension, Diabetes could also be called the Silent Killer because it develops over time with no apparent symptoms that is, until they become apparent!
Here are some of the signs and symptoms to look out for, they include:
- Dry mouth
- Persistent, unquenchable thirst
- Excessive urination
- Constant hunger and/or food cravings
- Unexplained Weight loss
- Pins and needles or numbness in the extremities
- Blurry vision
- Cloudy thinking
- Itchy skin, especially in the genital area
- Slow-healing cuts or wounds
- Reoccurring yeast infections in women
- Erectile dysfunction or impotence in men
Simple Changes to Reduce Your Risk
Having regular check-up with your GP and getting an A1C test (a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose) puts you on your way to preventing or managing Diabetes.
Change can be difficult at first but the benefits at the end are definitely worth it and I am reminded of this in Robin Sharma’s quote.
Here are some simple changes you can make TODAY to reduce the risk of Diabetes or better manage this chronic disease. You may want to check out this in-depth resource for further reading.
- Ditch the Junk Food
Avoid highly processed carbohydrates aka junk food and strictly avoid products containing high fructose corn syrup. As much as possible opt for healthy alternatives such as whole food. Or if your budget allows go organic! Even going partial organic will improve your overall health.
World renowned Microbiologist Dr Myron Wentz suggests reducing grains (wheat, corn, rice, oats, etc.) and dairy products and consider a Paleolithic-type diet which excludes grains and dairy. Click here for your Paleo Recipe book with over 350 easy to make dishes!
- How Low Can You Go?!
Go BIG on Low Glycemic Foods. The LOWER a food’s Glycemic Index the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Eat low-glycemic meals and snacks to avoid peaks and drops in blood sugar.
Avoid high glycemic foods such as white bread, white rice, mashed potatoes, donuts, bagels, and many breakfast cereals. This is a resource I put together that shows Glycemic ranking of everyday food.
- Avoid Sugar and Sugary Drinks
Sugary beverages have a high glycemic load, and is associated with increased risk of Diabetes. Replace fizzy pop and fruit juice with water, coconut water, lemon water or low sugar smoothies to substantially reduce your risk of Diabetes.
Avoid all sugars and artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose/Splenda, saccharin). Replace sugars with small amounts of xylitol or stevia. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, try making snacks and treats with natural healthy ingredients. Click here for the Recipe Book I use and you’ll be amazed at how healthy can taste this good!
All fats are not created equal! Strictly avoid damaged fats (trans fats), deep fried foods, processed oils and margarine.
Good fats, such as the polyunsaturated fats found in liquid vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds can help ward off Type 2 Diabetes.
- Get Out More, Sit Down Less!
Regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, or cycling, will improve how the body uses insulin and aids in the regulation of blood sugar and lipid levels.
Whatever form of exercise you choose, just keep yourself moving! Physical exercise is a key component when it comes to optimizing your health.
- Cut Down on Red Meat and Cut Out Processed Meat Altogether
Choose nuts, whole grains, poultry, or fish instead.
The evidence is growing stronger that eating red meat (beef, pork, lamb) and processed red meat (bacon, hot dogs, deli meats) increases the risk of diabetes, even among people who consume only small amounts. Learn more
- Smoking? You’ve got to be Joking!
Smokers of fewer than 20 cigarettes a day ran a 50% higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes than non-smokers. Learn more
- A Chardonnay a day may keep Diabetes away!
Chin Chin! Moderate amounts of alcohol – a drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men – increases the efficiency of insulin at getting glucose inside cells. However, higher amounts of alcohol could increase diabetes risk. Read more
The best way to find out if you have prediabtes or Diabetes is to talk with your doctor or a health care provider.
Get Traction with Action! Supplements that Support Diabetes
As with all of my blogs, I advocate taking control of your life and more importantly your health.
Your health is your wealth and without it, your entire quality of life is diminished.
The following are nutritional supplements and food that may support Diabetes management and Diabetes prevention.
As always I only ever recommend high quality, science based pharmaceutical grade supplements that are natural, complete, potent, safe and completely bio-available.
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- Vitamin E
Vitamin E levels in the blood of diabetics are lower than levels found in the blood of subjects without Diabetes. Poor dietary intake of vitamin E may alter blood sugar levels, while an adequate intake may help to modulate blood sugar levels. (1)
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C metabolism and tissue levels are altered in Diabetes.8 Optimal vitamin C intake may help to regulate blood sugar and aid in the prevention of Diabetes. (2)
Minerals may also play a role in protecting against the damaging effects of Diabetes. Diabetics tend to lose magnesium through their kidneys more than non-diabetics. Type I diabetics who get at least 450 mg of magnesium are able to improve insulin production and maintain better control of blood sugar levels. (3)
One of the most important aspects of achieving optimal health is maintaining consistent, optimal levels of nutrients in your body which can be achieved with high quality Multivitamin/Mineral Supplementation.
CoQ10 supplementation may lower cholesterol and improve glycemic control in Type 2 Diabetics.
A high fiber diet is associated with an improved ability to handle blood sugar. When the diet is high in fiber, cells are more sensitive to insulin and increase the number of insulin receptor sites for burning glucose. (4)
Meal replacement shakes and snacks that support healthy glycemic control, help eliminate sugar cravings and stabalizes blood sugar. Not only will you lose weight, this program is a great foundation for overall well-being and includes online support from Doctors and health coaches.
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(1) Bierenbaum M, Noon F, Machlin L et al. The effect of supplemental vitamin E on serum parameters in diabetic, post coronary and normal subjects. Nutr. Rep. In. 1985;31:1171-1180.
(2) Chen L, Thacker R. Effects of dietary vitamin E and high supplementation of vitamin C on plasma glucose and cholesterol levels. Nutr Res 1985;5:527-534.
(3) Paolisso G et al. Daily magnesium supplements improve glucose handling in elderly subjects. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1992;55:1161-1167.
(4) Fukagawa NK et al. High-carbohydrate, high fiber diets increase peripheral insulin sensitivity in healthy young and old adults. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1990 Sep;52(3):524-8.