World Diabetes Day Saturday 14th November.
With an increasing waistline so does the risk of developing diabetes This is a condition with serious consequences if not managed well and that’s where lifestyle and natural medicine can help.
The most important thing you can do is decrease the amount of carbohydrates you consume. Remember the food pyramid we were taught at school? Carbohydrates, breads and starches formed the base of this…but if you don’t burn up the carbohydrates and sugars found in these foods they turn to fat in your body. Your cells also become less able to respond to the flood of sugar and you can become insulin resistant, which raises your blood sugars even further.
Now look at the Wellness Lifestyle Pyramid in the photo above. Exercise and movement form the base of this pyramid. Vegetables, protein and fruit are the bottom 3 levels of foods that should comprise the majority of your diet. Combining exercise and diet can have a huge impact on insulin resistance, energy and blood sugar regulation.
Foods like cinnamon and cocoa contain phytochemicals, naturally occurring chemicals that restore insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation in your body.
Making sure your magnesium levels are good is essential for fighting diabetes. Magnesium helps to regulate blood sugar, and improve insulin sensitivity. It decreases blood pressure and supports the heart which are common side effects of diabetes.
Chromium is another mineral essential for improving insulin resistance and if you are deficient in chromium your sugar cravings can be unmanageable.
Gymnema is a magic little herb that can help restore damaged pancreas cells. It has been shown to improve glucose and lipid metabolism in diabetics.I love this herb because if you take a small amount, swish it around in your mouth and then eat your favourite chocolate treat you can’t taste any sweetness at all. It’s great for sweet cravings.
Diabetes is a condition that responds really well to lifestyle,diet and natural medicines. However it is important to be under the care of a naturopath or GP in order to monitor your progress as it can be a disease with grave consequences if not managed well.