Diabetes is a condition where the body does not regulate the amounts of sugar correctly. If left untreated, it can ravage the body and cause drastic side effects possibly causing death. But there are ways to circumvent the effects of diabetes and take one’s life back from the gallows.
Coffee More for Morning Pick-Me-Ups: Coffee has recently been shown to help defend against the effects of diabetes. The study has shown that that type 2 diabetes can be reduced by as much as 60%. Even if you have drank coffee in the past but quit, the effects of the previous drinking habits will still be long-lasting.
Interestingly, women who drank 10 cups of coffee a day got a 79% reduction in the effect of diabetes. It is hard to imagine sitting through 10 cups of coffee (although some would probably beg to differ), but the effects are too desirable to ignore.
Whole Grain Foods May Have a Part in Diabetes Reduction: Type 2 diabetes has also been suggested to be reduced by whole grain foods, researchers report. The studies are much weaker than that of the coffee study- so there is no guarantee on how much reduction will take place- if any at all.
While whole grain foods may not be the diabetes killer, they are still full of nourishment that serves other purposes. And in the war on diabetes, every little bit helps- regardless of what studies or researched have or have yet to prove.
Magnesium Makes a Show in the Diabetes Reduction Game: Meat, milk, nuts, and beans are all sources of magnesium- but what kind of effect does this magnesium have on the body? From what researchers have found, quite a bit; as much as a 30% reduction in diabetes has been observed from controlled tests.
It has even been proven that a diet that lacks magnesium may increase the onslaught of diabetes. The recommended daily intake of magnesium is slated around 300-400mg- depending on the body type and gender. This daily intake can be easily obtained via magnesium-rich foods- especially nuts and beans.
Fiber Provides Defense for Diabetes: The high fiber diet that your doctor has been preaching may not be so bad after all, says researchers. While the exact numbers were not released, it has been concluded that men who consumed high-fiber diets had increased resistance to diabetes.
Foods that are high in fiber include certain types of cereal, certain fruits such as pears, grain such as spaghetti, black beans, lentil beans, and vegetables such as peas. Making sure that a diet is rich in these foods will help protect against the risk of diabetes- although further research is being conducted to see just how much protection fiber provides.
Final Thoughts on Preventing and Maintaining Diabetes: The above dietary tips should be taken to heart. Try to incorporate fiber, coffee, whole grains, and magnesium rich foods into your diet. Try to put an emphasis on the proven items- such as coffee and magnesium.
Along with the nutritional tips, be sure to follow a healthy exercise routine to help minimize the risk of diabetes. Paired with a good nutrition, exercise will help keep diabetes at bay. In many cases controlling both of these aspects has allowed diabetes patients to live perfectly normal lives- although some cases are worse than others.
The Blood Sugar Solution
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Diabesity is an actual medical term used to refer to the continuum of health problems revolving around obesity and diabetes and everything in between. Diabesity is the single biggest global health epidemic of our time so says Mark Hyman, and I don’t doubt it given the low fat/high carb, nutrient depleted diet humans have embraced for last 40 years of industrial agriculture.
Hyman, like Dr. Oz and Daniel Amen, colleagues he mentions partnering with, is a doctorpreneur, part evangelical, part lifestyle coach, but the science behind his program does concur with what I’ve been learning. I gave it a chance because his earlier book (haven’t finished it yet) is much more science centered without the alarmist rhetoric and was probably written before he became a much in demand speaker. This book has that marketing-to-the-public flavor to it and is an easy read. He does redeem himself with a chapter, near the end, by describing how to take back our food health via education to our communities and he specifies direct action to take back our health care system from pharma driven research and profit driven hospitals and government policy.
Like Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution, Hyman wants to empower his patients to reverse their diagnosis with diet and exercise, but he reaches beyond the diabetic diagnosis by spreading the word about diabesity. Belly fat is his favorite indicator. He outlines a six week, seven step program custom fit to each individual according to how you answer his many questionnaires. The questions do not seem specific enough for me to trust them entirely. But it is a start and he goes on to tell you how to get tested to make sure. His program is described in his online paper "Biological Tune-up". You can also fill out the questionnaires at his website by taking his blood sugar quiz, if you become a member (at no cost). Selling supplements is likely the money maker on these health sites, but the information is still valid.
The seven steps of his program are:
Enhancing Energy Metabolism
Sooting the mind
His diet is not vegetarian biased, despite his association with the cancer celebrity girl, Kris Carr of the Crazy Sexy Cancer fame, who advocates the alkaline vs acid diet (which still sounds like bunk to me, but is a good detoxification diet, just not for life.) He counsels readers to eat organic food and warns of chemical poisoning especially from mercury, arsenic, lead, PCBs and pesticides, all of which, he says, has been linked to diabetes and insulin resistance. He has footnotes referring to actual medical papers (unlike other health books like the Younger Next Year series which are a complete mish mash of conventional medical advice based on old assumptions and lifestyle cheerleading, much like Suze Orman in the financial world. I trust Suze more).
He advises on how to figure out if you are allergic to gluten, but warns that it is not going to help to eat gluten free junk food. The whole gluten story, I learned from him, is about celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that triggers body-wide inflammation via a leaky gut, caused by gluten damaging the gut lining. So food particles leak out of the gut into the blood stream causing inflammation in response to the invader organisms. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt and oats. (That’s my whole muesli breakfast practically.) And gluten has been made more intense in these grains due to current industrial agriculture practices so that’s why we’re seeing such an increase in cases. Gluten also triggers obesity and diabetes in patients with gluten sensitivity, which is 30% of the American population.
He also calls all those fake-meat-soy products Franken Soy foods which I found helpful to decamp from the vegetarian diet. And he was my introduction to supplements to use to help ailing mitochondria get back on its feet. (That’s the little energy production plant inside the cell.) As well as other broken functions. To boost nutrition function he focuses on deficiency of magnesium, Vitamin D and Omega-3 fat.
There is a recipe section and a shopping list for ingredients. The program is well thought out and well delivered in book form. It is rather strict. You have to cut out a lot in terms of carb and wheat reduction, but chocolate is still allowed (70% cocoa, 2 oz a day). After six week you can adjust to fit your personal nutrition profile from what you discover. He does convince me that close adherence to the plan will reverse what ails you if you are on the diabesity continuum.