Cure Diabetes

7 Ways to Cure Diabetes With Normal Food

By Karthik Guduru
In general, eating healthy and eating right is considered essential for a long and healthy life. Nutritious daily meals that comprise of all the essential nutrients in the right portions are a way of ensuring that you stay on top of your health. But what do you do when you are hit by a life-altering metabolic disease like Diabetes? Are right foods still going to be of any help?

The answer is a strong Yes! The idea is to control portion sizes and composition, limit or avoid certain foods and provide your body with the nourishment it requires to fight against Diabetes and hopefully get your health right back on track. Here are some food tips that will help you prevent diabetes, reduce the risk of you getting diabetes and in case of those who are already living with it, fight diabetes.

1. Opt for foods that are high in fibre:

While carbohydrates are essential to fuel your body and give you the required energy, they have a much greater impact on your blood sugar levels than proteins and fats. Since carbs are unavoidable, the best way to tackle them is to be smart about your carb consumption. Avoid highly refined carbohydrate foods such as pasta, white rice, white bread, candy, snack items and sodas. Instead, opt for complex carbohydrates that are high in fibre. These carbs keep your blood sugar levels steady because they are digested slower, preventing excess insulin production. The list includes dried peas, lentils, legumes and whole-grains.

2. Choose foods with low Glycemic Index (GI):

As previously mentioned, avoid or limit foods that have a high GI and are low in protein and fibre, such as potatoes, baked goods, white bread and rice, white pasta, sweets, processed foods and chips. Consume vegetables and fresh fruits, brown rice, whole-wheat bread and whole-wheat pasta.

3. Consume non-starchy veggies:

Apples, pear, berries, peaches, banana, papaya and mango are excellent alternatives for desserts, for those who really crave sweets. Incorporate legumes and beans and leafy vegetables into your diet.

4. The lesser the processed, the better!:

Consume whole grains and foods that are as least processed as possible – whole-wheat and whole grain bread, whole grain oats, brown rice, whole millet, whole barley, natural granola and muesli are excellent foods to control sugar levels in the blood.

5. Opt for lean proteins:

Fish or skinned chicken are excellent sources of light, lean protein. You can also opt for legumes and beans for vegetable protein. The goal is to cut down on red meats and heavier animal proteins. Soybeans are also a great source of vegetable protein.

6. Be smart about your fat consumption:

Of course, there are fats that are healthy and those that are unhealthy! Saturated fats and trans fats contain high density lipoproteins, that can have negative health implications. Saturated fats are primarily found in animal products such as red meat and whole milk dairy products. Trans fats are partially hydrogenated oils; it is best to altogether cut down these fats. Unsaturated fats contain low density lipoproteins that are good for you – they are derived from plant and fish sources. Olive oil, avocados, canola oil and nuts are good sources of unsaturated fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly healthy for heart health, and can be found in fatty fish such as tuna and salmon and in flaxseeds.

7. Follow a systematic meal plan:

A regular meal schedule aligns your body’s metabolism in a way that it is better able to regulate blood sugar levels and your body weight. Consume meals at regular intervals, following consistency in portion sizes. A healthy breakfast is a must as it supplies your body with the requisite energy and helps keep blood sugar levels steady. Consume smaller meals regularly, in the place of a fewer larger portions – this helps you cut down on your portion sizes, keeps you feeling full for longer and prevents you from binging. Regulate the amount of calories you consume daily – aim to consume roughly the same amount of calories every day so that your body is in a better shape to regulate blood sugar.

Dining

Type 2 Diabetes – Tips for Eating Out With Diabetes

By Beverleigh H Piepers
Let’s face it: there are times in life when you just have to eat out, or you just want to eat out for a change. And that’s perfectly acceptable. We can’t cook every single meal at home, after all. But living with Type 2 diabetes, you should always be a smart diner so whether you’re going to order a meal at a fast food drive-through (never recommended, however) or a family restaurant or café, you can whittle your way through the menu to select the best options for your needs…

1. Skip the sandwich. Unless the menu has an option for a 100% whole grain sandwich with a cut of real meat (processed deli cuts are loaded with sodium) and lots of vegetables, skip right over the sandwich section. All too often, these options are nothing more than white bread, processed meats, thick sauces and condiments, and little else. Look for a sandwich that specifies “100% whole grain” bread and hearty vegetables with no sauce – and only then will this be a healthy choice. Grilled chicken breast or roasted vegetables are the best types of sandwiches to order, as they contain lean protein, nutrient-dense options.

2. Be selective with sides. Don’t even think about French fries: as utterly delicious as they are, they can be disastrous for your blood sugar. Order a side salad with oil and vinegar, a side of steamed rice or a plate of steamed greens. Skip the sides that are “buttered,” “fried,” or “creamy.”

3. Get grilled. Whenever you have the option, whether it’s for the entrée like chicken or fish, or the side of vegetables, choose the options that come “grilled.” These options usually are lightest on oil and dressings, so they’re lower in calories, fat, and sodium found in sauces on other lesser-healthy options.

4. Be wary of “low-fat” dressings and sauces. All too often, sauces touted as “low-fat” are full of sugar and salt that is just as bad, if not worse for you than a bit of fat can be. Examples of this include honey mustard or BBQ sauce: sure, they’re low in fat, but they’re almost all sugar and sodium. Not a diabetic’s friend. Instead, choose options that are minimally dressed, if at all. Look for options that use fresh herbs for flavor, not just sauces. And when ordering salads, simply dressed is best: choose salad that have a small amount of nuts which provide healthy fats, and then dress it yourself with a bit of lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.

Best Foods

Type 2 Diabetes – The Best Foods For Diabetics To Eat To Combat Heartburn

By Beverleigh H Piepers
Do you regularly suffer from heartburn or indigestion? If so, you know just how unpleasant this can be. You need to be careful if you are a sufferer because even small amounts of the wrong foods can trigger pain and discomfort due to acid regurgitation. Fortunately, there are some foods you can eat that will help combat this problem, allowing you to finish each meal and feel great in the hours that follow.

Here are the main foods to start including in your healthy diabetic eating plan…

1. Oatmeal. A perfect complex carbohydrate rich food, this one is excellent for soothing heartburn and keeping your blood sugar levels balanced. Just be sure you are choosing the unsweetened variety. Add a natural sweetener you can make using…

low sugar maple syrup,
a few fresh berries, or
some added nuts or nut butter.
Bananas are also a great add-in, which may help to fight stomach acid the natural way.

2. Beans. Another high complex carbohydrate, beans are great for those Type 2 diabetics who suffer from heartburn and acid indigestion. Beans are going to provide you with an excellent combination of protein and carbohydrates, and these carbs do contain a high level of fiber.

As many types of meat tend to give people heartburn, beans should be a staple in your regular diabetic eating plan. They’re an excellent way to get your protein intake up without putting you at risk for discomfort or pain.

3. Applesauce. Another quick tip to fend off heartburn. Replace butter or oil with applesauce when preparing baked dishes.

Adding applesauce works well when making pancakes, muffins, or any other food you love to make that calls for butter or oil. The applesauce will add the much-needed moisture while keeping the total fat content down.

4. Salad. Finally, feast on green vegetables to avoid any burning sensations in your chest due to acid regurgitation. Vegetables are low in calories and rich in nutrients, so will be perfect for those Type 2 diabetics who are looking after their nutrition as well as their blood sugar levels.

Just one note with this – avoid salads containing tomatoes or onions, both of which tend to trigger heartburn. All other vegetables are fair game. Then limit your salad dressing usage to just one tablespoon per serving. One tablespoon of salad dressing will keep the fat content where it needs to be.

Keep these quick and simple foods in mind to help you limit any heartburn. Listen to your body and find the foods that tend to sit best with you and also help you control your blood sugar.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Four Steps To Help Diabetics Combat Their Mid-Morning Slump

By Beverleigh H Piepers
Breakfast is now well past, and you’re starting to feel the mid-morning energy drain. You were fine when you first arrived to work, but now a few hours have passed you feel like you can barely manage to stay awake. What’s causing this slump and what can you do to get past it?

Let’s look at four quick steps you can use to combat energy drain…

1. Check The Carbs You Eat At Breakfast. The very first thing you’ll want to do is take a good look at how many carbohydrates you are eating for breakfast. You don’t want to eat too many or too few as both can have the same outcome: you feeling drained of energy.

You want a moderate dose of carbs – somewhere around 20 to 40 grams depending on how active you plan to be that morning. You also need to get those carbs from slower digesting sources such as…

oatmeal,
vegetables,
berries, or some,
wholesome bran cereal that’s low in sugar.
They can all work well here.

If you find you are feeling tired during the entire day despite having slept well, it could be a result of either high or low blood sugar levels. You are then advised to test your blood sugar level to see whether the tiredness is a result of having high or low blood sugar.

2. Switch To Decaf Coffee. Another smart move, as hard as it may sound, is to switch to decaf coffee. If caffeine is what’s powering you through your day, it will only be a short time before it wears off. And when it does, you will feel miserable.

The sooner you can break free, the better. Start by having half decaf, half-caffeinated coffee and then slowly wean yourself off from there.

3. Get More Water In. It’s also a smart move to take in more water during your day. Lack of adequate hydration can quickly kill your energy level, making you feel sleepy and sluggish. Most people are not drinking much more than coffee when they’re sitting at their desk all morning, which as we just noted, is setting you up for failure.

Place a full water bottle on your desk and make it a mission to drink the entire bottle by the time you go for your mid-morning break. In general, people don’t drink enough water. You need to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day.

4. Assess Your Posture. Finally, also take a quick look at the current posture you’re using. If you are slouched over in your chair, this means less oxygen than ideal is reaching your brain. In turn lack of oxygen to your brain will leave you feeling more tired than you should.

Sit up straight and it will make all the difference in how you feel.

So consider these four simple steps to help combat your mid-morning fatigue. What have you done to ensure you experience better energy levels lately?

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Type 2 Diabetes – High Blood Sugar, Blood Vessel Damage, Eye Disease and the Mediterranean Diet

By Beverleigh H Piepers

It is known tiny blood vessels or capillaries become damaged in people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, leading to complications such as blindness and kidney failure. Many eye problems spring from the damage done by excess sugar to the tiny vessels in the eyes. Investigators at Gazi Training and Research Hospital in Erzincan, Turkey undertook a study to learn whether changes in blood cells were responsible for the damage. The results of their work was reported on in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine in July 2015.

A total of…

307 diabetics and
187 non-diabetic participants
were included in the study.

Among the Type 2 diabetics…

platelets, the blood cells that cause clotting, were larger and more numerous than in the non-diabetic group.
white blood cells were also countless and there was a variation in the combination of types of white cells.
Type 2 diabetics with HbA1c levels of 7 percent or higher had larger platelets than those levels under 7…

diabetics with eye disease had massive sized platelets than those with healthy eyes.
those diabetics with kidney disease and nerve damage showed abnormal numbers of variable types of white cells.
These results led to the conclusion abnormal blood levels of platelets and dissimilar white blood cells were associated with blood sugar control. They theorize having huge and extravagant numbers of platelets could cause small clots to form in tiny blood vessels, damaging the vessels and making it difficult for them to serve the eyes and kidneys. The abnormal numbers of white blood cells could be accountable for the inflammation seen in Type 2 diabetes. Measuring blood cell sizes and quantity could be one way of predicting which diabetics are in danger of developing complications.

The Effect of the Mediterranean Diet on Small Blood Vessels. Investigators at the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid and various other research facilities in Spain looked at the Mediterranean diet for the prevention of capillary damage in diabetes. They thought if the foods were healthy for the small blood vessels, then it should help to protect against diabetic eye and kidney diseases.

A total of 3614 Type 2 diabetics without capillary damage enrolled in the study. Participants were given either…

the Mediterranean diet with extra virgin olive oil,
the Mediterranean diet with mixed nuts, or
another low-fat diet.
After six years, compared with those on the low-fat regular diet…

Type 2 diabetics eating the Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil had a 44 percent lower chance of developing eye disease.
those on the Mediterranean diet with nuts had a 37 percent lower risk.
The result indicates the Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil could be helpful in keeping Type 2 diabetic eyes healthy, preventing rather than having to treat eye complications You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier body.

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5 Common Lies About Diabetes

By Idd Aziz

Diabetes is one of the most popular diseases in the world. It’s estimated that one in every 10 people has diabetes. The condition is characterized by high levels of glucose in blood. Due to the popularity of the condition, there are many lies about it. Here are some of the most common lies about the condition:

Diabetes Is For Overweight People

While being overweight predisposes you to the condition, it’s not the only risk factor. There are many other factors such as age, body activity, family history and race that put you at the risk of being diabetic. It’s recommended that you undertake regular diabetes tests so that you can know when your sugar levels are rising.

You Should Eat Sugar Free Foods If You Have Diabetes

Although, eating low sugar foods aids in controlling the levels of sugar in your blood, it doesn’t mean that “sugar-free” foods will entirely control your blood glucose. In fact some of the “sugar-free” foods increase the sugar levels instead of lowering it.

To be on the safe side you should speak with your doctor who will recommend the best foods that you should take.

You Can Get Diabetes When You Eat A Lot Of Sugar

If you have prediabetes or another predisposing condition you can spike your blood sugar levels when you take a lot of sugar; however, there is no proof that you can get diabetes from taking too much sugar.

You Will Know If You Have Diabetes From The Symptoms

This is completely false. In fact if you have slightly elevated levels of blood sugar you won’t have any symptoms. With moderately elevated levels you can have mild symptoms. Sometimes it can take years before you have full-blown diabetes symptoms.

If your sugar levels are too high you will have these symptoms: weight loss, frequent urination, increased hunger or thirst, dry mouth, nausea, yeast infections, itching skin, and slow-healing sores.

Once You Have Diabetes You Have It For The Rest Of Your Life

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes affecting over 80% of patients. Studies have shown that you don’t have to live with the condition for the rest of your life. You can reverse the condition by taking a healthier diet, losing weight and leading an active lifestyle.

There has been great debate as to whether you can reverse type 1 diabetes. Currently, there isn’t a conventional cure for this type of diabetes; however, there are some researchers and doctors who say that they can cure it using a number of herbs and food regimens.

Conclusion

These are some of the common lies that you might have heard about diabetes. Diabetes is a serious condition that can turn fatal if you don’t control it. Remember that your doctor is your partner; therefore, if you have the condition work closely with him/her.

Betatrophin

By Beverleigh H Piepers
Betatrophin, a hormone discovered in the past few years, is thought to play a role in fat, sugar, and energy metabolism. There are some implications betatrophin could be related to Type 2 diabetes, but how it might work is not yet understood. Scientists at the Medical University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria, compared betatrophin levels in women with and without Gestational diabetes.

Their study, published in the online journal PLOS ONE in September 2015, included…

21 women who diagnosed with Gestational diabetes,
19 pregnant women without diabetes, and
10 healthy non-pregnant women.
The blood levels of betatrophin were…

higher in the pregnant women than in non-pregnant women, and
higher in women with Gestational diabetes than in pregnant women with normal blood sugar levels.
It was found betatrophin was also associated with…

leptin levels,
blood fat levels,
total cholesterol,
estrogen,
progesterone, and
birthweight.
Leptin is a hormone made in fat cells. Its job is to tell your brain when your body has enough energy stored in the form of fat. Estrogen and progesterone are hormones the body makes as part of its reproductive cycle. Blood levels go up at the time of pregnancy.

From the above results, it was concluded betatrophin could have something to do with Gestational diabetes. They went on to say more research is needed to discover whether the increase in betatrophin could simply be due to increases in other hormones such as estrogen. Further investigation will undoubtedly clarify the underlying mechanisms of Gestational diabetes. Right now, doctors and midwives recommend a healthful diet before conception, and according to the latest research, standard dietary recommendations are on target.

Diet and Gestational Diabetes. In September 2015, the medical journal Diabetologia reported on the results of an Australian study on pre-pregnancy eating habits and the risk of developing Gestational diabetes. Researchers at the University of Queensland included 3,853 women in a 9-year study. A total of 292 cases of Gestational diabetes were seen. Pregnant women who ate fruit mostly and low-fat dairy or cooked vegetables were found to be at a low risk of developing diabetes during their pregnancy. Pregnant women who ate mostly meats, snacks, and sweets were at a 38 percent higher risk.

These results led the researchers to conclude women of childbearing age should eat fruits, vegetables and nuts, and avoid sweets, red and processed meats, and snack foods. Some day the biochemistry of diabetes will be worked out, and medicine will likely be able to prevent the condition. Meanwhile, isn’t it great to know the control we have with our health through good nutrition?

moodiness

By Aarti Patel

People often wonder whether mood swings stem from too much of a hormone (excess) or too little (deficiency). In fact, while each of these situations can produce moodiness, most often it is big fluctuations in hormone levels that leads to pronounced swings in mood. How do these highs and lows in hormones come about, and how can you help prevent this mind-body roller-coaster?

Our moods and hormones are affected by the stress and emotions we feel on a regular basis. While the solution of “… so get rid of any anxiety, depression, or anger” may spring to mind, that is the opposite of what we want to do when trying to relieve mood imbalances. The biggest contributor of hormone imbalance, other than the natural decline of hormones with age, is suppression of stress and emotions. We don’t always let ourselves feel what we’re going through, and when the body has to resist processing emotions or stress like it naturally wants to do, the effects these feelings have on health can become chronic.

For example, say you have a bad day including work traffic, some social conflicts with friends, horrible treatment from your boss, and when you get home you can’t relax or sleep at night. You have no appetite either, yet you tell yourself to be strong and muscle through this and the next day. Cortisol levels are rising to deal with your stress, but as you turn off your mental response to the daily pressures, your body shuts off too and obeys your mind in dulling its nervous system response to what is happening in your world. Cortisol and hormone levels then go through manic and depressive highs and lows, because the body and mind are not allowed to naturally process the emotions that are coming up for you.

What happens next? Mood swings. If the emotions were dealt with as they came up, they wouldn’t build up so much in the body, and the release needed wouldn’t be so big. With suppression of emotions, however, the body reacts more like a volcano in that when the feelings do finally surface–they erupt! The body doesn’t enjoy extremes in health, and it functions better when you work with the homeostasis (or equilibrium) it tries to maintain. It may seem counterintuitive, but suppression of emotions doesn’t keep things calm, cool, or collected like we may imagine in the moment.

Which hormones are affected by the highs and lows in stress and cortisol levels? For women, they tend to include estrogen and progesterone most often, and for men testosterone is most affected. In addition, the thyroid gland and pancreatic hormones also respond, which can lead to some thyroid and blood sugar imbalances. What do all these changes tend to create in the body? Even more mood disruptions. This can become a vicious cycle.

With the close relationship mood has to hormones in the body, the best healthy living practice you can have is to simply ask yourself once in a while, “How am I feeling?” Recognize that your mind has the unhelpful ability to order yourself not to feel, and that this habit is not healthy even though it can feel like it’s simplifying life in the moment. This is a challenge for everyone. The more you let your natural emotions exist and recognize that they’re normal, the more balanced your hormones and moods will feel.