What is diabetes and why do some people struggle with it, while some other people who seem like they should struggle and struggle to keep diabetes under control, have no problem with the disease. It all boils down to genetics, don’t get me wrong, we play a role in whether we develop this illness to, but some people have a genetic predisposition to get thing like diabetes, heat disease, or high cholesterol. We can only fight our genetics for so long. Diabetes is a disease where the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.
So what do you need to do to help your body fight diabetes? There are some things you can take and do to help you control, prevent, or even avoid the disease.
Focus your diet on:
* Healthy carbohydrates. During digestion, sugars and starches break down into blood glucose. Focus your diet on the healthiest carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and low-fat dairy products.
* Fiber-rich foods. Dietary fiber includes all the parts of plant foods that your body can’t digest or absorb. Fiber changes how your body digests foods, it slows digestion down and that helps control blood sugar levels. Foods high in fiber include vegetables, fruits, (with the skin) raw nuts, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), whole-wheat flour and wheat bran.
* Fish can be a good alternative to high-fat meats. For example, cod, tuna and halibut have less total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol than do meat and poultry. Fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines and bluefish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart health by lowering blood fats called triglycerides.
* Good Fats Foods containing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help lower your cholesterol levels. These include avocados, almonds, pecans, walnuts, olives, and canola, olive and peanut oils. But don’t overdo it, as all fats are high in calories.
Foods to avoid
Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease and stroke by accelerating the development of clogged and hardened arteries. Foods containing the following can work against your goal of a heart-healthy diet.
* Saturated fats. High-fat dairy products and animal proteins such as beef, hot dogs, sausage and bacon contain saturated fats.
* Trans fats. These types of fats are found in processed snacks, baked goods, shortening and stick margarines. Avoid them!
* Cholesterol. Sources of cholesterol include high-fat dairy products and high-fat animal proteins, egg yolks, liver, and other organ meats. Aim for no more than 200 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol a day.
* Sodium. Aim for less than 2,300 mg of sodium a day. However, if you also have high blood pressure, you should aim for less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. (According to Mayo Clinic website)
Supplement, Vitamins, herbal Supplements
There are Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbal supplements you can take to not only support the systems of the body that are affected by having diabetes but also they can actually bring your blood sugar levels down, so you may have to go on medication.
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is great for the treatment of peripheral nerve damage. Also helps control blood sugar.
GlucoCare by Himalaya is a combination of herbs that have been shown to lower blood sugar.
Garlic is great for the blood! It decreases and stabilizes your blood sugar, enhances immunity and improves circulation.
B Vitamin Complex with Biotin and Insositol– B Vitamins work best when taken together. Biotin and Insoltil supplements improves the metabolism of glucose and are important for circulation and prevention of clogged arteries in the heart.
Zinc is another important mineral, it boosts the immune system. Deficiency has been associated with the development of diabetes.
Some other important supplements you may want to add CoQ10, Magnesium, Manganese, and Calcium.
Dont make any changes to your current program without contacting me for a consult, your program needs to be catered to you specifically.