Today is world diabetes day. In diabetes the pancreas either no longer produces insulin (type 1 diabetes) or does not produce enough insulin (type 2 diabetes), this is the most common worldwide. Without enough insulin blood sugars rise to damaging levels, the long term effects can be profound such as loss of sight, legs or life.
The good news is that Type 2, is the type that responds most to changes in diet and lifestyle. The “news” is not so new at all; however I find more and more people have Type 2 Diabetes or pre-diabetes are not aware of the diet and life-style changes they can make to help or prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Changes to diet, supplements of nutrients and herbal medicine help reduce blood sugar levels, and support the body especially the pancreas.
Weight loss generally reduces blood sugar levels in type 2, however, if you are merely eating less of the sorts of food and drink which triggered diabetes, high blood sugar levels persist, as those foods strain your pancreas.
Studies show extreme dietary changes in people with type 2 diabetes, can bring blood sugar levels back to healthy levels so diabetes is not present. To prevent diabetes reoccurring or occurring in the first place a life-long a diet which does not put a strain on the pancreas is needed.
Micronutrients which particularly improve blood sugar levels are GTF Chromium, Magnesium and B Vitamins; all of these are low in the typical diet which triggers type 2 diabetes. If you use supplements I recommend the Entire Katoa Food State supplements for optimum absorption.
A very high carbohydrate diet can trigger diabetes, whereas a high quality fat and high quality protein diet will help stabilize blood sugar levels. Contact me to find out more about nutrition, herbal medicine and diabetes.
Original Article November 2013
Copyright Jaine Kirtley