There are several safe, natural, and effective ways to help you control your blood sugar without drugs. For most diabetes sufferers obesity and weight control could be a big challenge. Diabetes and weight control often go hand in hand.
If you are overweight and not sure if you have diabetes or are at risk, ensure you visit a doctor for an evaluation to rule it out. It is easier for you to make the right changes to move back to better health when you have knowledge of the type of diabetes you have.
Do you know “the six core principles of optimal health” are your cornerstone for stable blood sugar and healthy weight, with the main focus on exercise, limiting intake of processed foods and sugar and vegetables (fresh, organic, and not overcooked)?
The American Diabetes Association recommends a high – carbohydrate diet, although it is not proving to be the answer for many diabetics.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you should cut way back on carbohydrate especially if you are overweight and insulin resistant. If you eat them, only take the complex carbohydrate which contains a lot of fiber of example, whole grains, vegetables, and beans.
Simple carbohydrate and sugar can cause a spike in your blood sugar and insulin production. Examples of simple carbohydrates are white flour, pasta, potato, corn, and banana.
Beans are very good foods for balancing blood sugar. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes your goal is to keep both insulin and blood sugar in check.
This may look surprising; the healthfulness of your diet in
volves much more than the proportion of carbohydrate, protein, or fat.
A high carbohydrate diet consisting of bread, cake, cookies, soda, or rarely fresh fruit is very different from a carbohydrate diet that contains brown rice, beans, vegetables, and fresh fruits.
You should also note that a high protein diet containing processed meat (such as ham, bacon), processed cheese, and sugar – contained yogurt is different from a meal made up of lean meat, eggs, tofu, fish, and fresh fruit.
Read on to learn about the supplements that can help stabilize your blood sugar; since these supplements will affect your blood sugar, you shouldn’t use them without monitoring your blood sugar level closely if you have diabetes.
These supplements can easily be found at your health food store around you as well. Be sure to make inform your doctor about all the supplements you are taking.
1) Chromium and Niacin
Chromium plays a vital role in blood sugar reduction. Sadly, a majority of people consume the so-called natural drinks or tea containing a high amount of fructose corn syrup leading to the rise in diabetes by depleting chromium.
Recent research shows that consumption of high fructose corn syrup has increased 250% in the past 15years; the diabetes rate has also increased at about 450% in the same period.
Another research study showed that people with high blood sugar that were given a chromium supplement had a significant drop in blood sugar in 80 to 90% of those people.
When you take chromium supplements at the daily recommended dose it is safe. It is estimated that 90% of Americans are deficient in chromium and at the recommended dose, it is safe and effective in helping to stabilize blood sugar as well as burn fat during exercise.
Niacin (vitamin B3): niacin works by helping insulin do its job of allowing sugar into cells. This B3 – vitamin works with chromium, and should be taken in form of inositol hexanicotinate with enough to give you 100mg of niacin daily, to begin with.
Vanadium is a trace mineral that helps insulin work more efficiently. It is taken in the form of vanadyl sulfate. Vanadium also lowers cholesterol and triglycerides.
Long term high dose of vanadium is not recommended, but you can use it to control your blood sugar and then cut back.
Recommended to begin with 6mg daily and gradually increase to 100mg daily until you achieve a result. Once you start seeing stable blood sugar control, stay at the dose for up to three weeks, and then bring down the dose gradually back to 6mg to 10mg daily.
3) Vitamin D
Recent studies have now linked vitamin D deficiency with diabetes, bone loss, and immune function.
It is possible that a lack of vitamin D is a factor in the onset of diabetes, and vitamin D supplements could help reverse diabetes disease.
The recommended daily dose is 1000IU to 2000IU, and you should spend at least 15minutes per day in the sun, skin exposed without a sunblock.
4) Zinc, Selenium, and Manganese
Zinc, selenium, and manganese-all play a vital role in controlling blood sugar. You should include them in your daily multivitamin. Most diabetes sufferers are deficient in magnesium which is a key to a healthy heart.
Recommended daily doses:
Zinc (10 to 15mg daily), Selenium (100 to 200mg daily), Manganese (10mg daily), Magnesium (400 to 800mg daily).
5) Vitamin E and vitamin C
In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers at Harvard who administered intravenous vitamin C to patients with diabetes found that it greatly improved blood vessel dilation and function.
This is very important because one of the primary causes of diabetes complications is impaired blood flow.
Recent studies have also shown that both vitamin and vitamin E significantly improve sugar tolerance in type 2 diabetes.
It is a good idea you should take 1000 to 2000mg of vitamin C daily, but if you are diabetic you may want to double that amount.
You should inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking vitamin C because it can give false readings on some types of glucose tests.
You should also take bioflavonoid (such as grape seed extract and ginkgo Biloba) with vitamin C. Bioflavonoid helps to strengthen blood vessels and improve blood flow to the extremities.
According to a study at the University of Vermont, women who increased their calcium intake as little a 130mg daily observed an increased rate of weight loss compared to women whose calcium intake was not increased.
Another study shows that the amount of calcium stored in fat cells plays a vital role in regulating how much fat they store or burn.
This study use mice bred to be obese and plumped up on high fat, high sugar diet, and were then put on a calorie-restricted diet.
Some of the mice were administered calcium supplement, those with extra calcium in their diet lost 42% of their fat weight while those without an extra calcium supplementation only lost 8%.
A recommendation of at least 1000mg of supplemental calcium is a good way to enhance weight loss.
7) Essential Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids are very important for those with unstable blood sugar. It is very important you cut of the foods containing hydrogenated oils that block essential fatty acids such as processed foods, baked goods, and chips.
A recent study shows that diabetics that were administered evening primrose oil for one year had an improvement in their nerve function, while those on a placebo became worse.
You can get a better long-term benefit of essential fatty acids when you eat a diet containing plenty of fish, organic vegetables, and a variety of whole grains.
Cutting down your intake of hydrogenated fats and refined carbohydrates will help the essential fats you consume to be used properly for better health.
Ginseng has been used for controlling diabetes by the Chinese for centuries. Recent studies have shown that it can reduce fasting blood sugar, as well as improves mood, and help in weight loss.
9) Gymnema sylvestre
Gymnema sylvestre one of the ayurvedic herbs of choice in India used for controlling blood sugar. Recent studies on G. Sylvestre shows that the herb actually reverses damage to particular cells in the pancreas that can be destroyed by diabetes.
You can find this herb in your local health store. G. Sylvstre is available now in the United States. Ensure you inform your doctor and pharmacist that you’re taking this herb, because he or she may need to adjust your diabetes drugs.
Banaba is commonly used in the Philippines for diabetes treatment. Several studies are carried out globally on the active component “corosolic acid” to better understand why it balances blood sugar effectively.
In a study, banaba was found to increase the transportation of glucose into cells just like insulin, at the same time it also had a suppressive effect on the creation of more fat cells.
Banaba may be very useful for the prevention and treatment of high blood glucose as well as obesity in type 2 diabetes.
Turmeric is a spice commonly used in the East. This spice has shown tremendous potential in helping to regulate blood glucose.
Another spice that can help you control your glucose is fenugreek. You can also improve your insulin sensitivity using green tea, berries, and rosemary herb.
If you are struggling with unstable blood sugar, perhaps you can look into using some of the discussed natural alternatives to control or treat diabetes. Ideally, you should go off your drugs under the supervision of your doctor or pharmacist.
Your blood sugar will go down and stabilize gradually as you change your diet, begin to exercise and start taking recommended supplements.
It is very important you must track your blood sugar daily and adjust any medication you are taking as required.