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Natural Diabetes Treatment

Posted August 29th, 2007 in Health & Nutrition.

Natural Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert
sugar, starches, and other food into the energy. The mechanisms that cause diabetes are known, but what triggers the process is a unknown. Genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

The complications of Type II diabetes are very dangerous. These complications include heart disease, high blood pressure (which is twice as common in diabetics), strokes or cerebrovascular disease (mortality rates from this disease are three-to-five times higher in diabetics) and peripheral vascular disease. Also, common in diabetics are retinopathy (diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision impairment in the U.S.), neuropathies and nephrology.

What can people do to improve your blood glucose levels and prevent complications from diabetes?

  • Lose weight if you are overweight. Excess body fat causes the body cells to become resistant to insulin.
  • Eat small, frequent meals to keep blood sugars in a healthy range. Eating large meals can flood the bloodstream with glucose and insulin.
  • Keep starches and sugars to a minimum, choosing those with a low glycemic index.
  • Keep saturated fat and trans fat to a minimum, but have moderate amounts of monounsaturated rich oils like olive oil.
  • Eat fish several times a week, emphasizing those cold water fish high in omega-fatty acids, like salmon and sardines.
  • Eat generous amounts of non-starchy vegetables.
  • Increase your activity level. Aerobic activity improves insulin resistance in muscle cells, which allows more glucose to enter the cells.

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