Here are some frightening statistics for you: Globally, one person dies of diabetes every ten seconds. Nearly 14% of men and 12% of women over age 30 in the United States alone have diabetes, and close to one-third of them don't even know it!
This chronic disease shortens lives by almost nine years, on average, and wrecks quality of life by increasing your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, infections, blindness, amputations and depression, just to name a few.
So are we going on the right path or do we need to do something differently? Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said it best, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food." Fortunately, there are in fact nutrients that can help you lower your blood sugar.
Here are seven safe and natural ways to help diabetics in their fight to control their blood sugar.
Seven ways to keep your blood sugar under control
#1: Drink green tea regularly
A compound in green tea, EGCG, was found to stabilize blood sugar
levels of moderately diabetic mice as effectively as a prescription pharmaceutical diabetic medication. Amazing, right?
#2: Take an alpha-lipoic acid supplement
In several studies, alpha-lipoic acid appears to help lower blood sugar levels. Its ability to kill free radicals may help people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. A 2006 study found that taking alpha-lipoic acid for diabetic neuropathy reduced symptoms compared to the placebo.
It also strengthens immunity, improves energy in cells, protects brain cells against excitotoxicity and removes excess toxic metals. Suggested dose for diabetics and diabetic neuropathy is 400mg twice a day.
#3: Eat foods rich in chromium
When chromium levels are low, HDL levels fall, insulin resistance develops and triglycerides rise. Chromium supplementation has been shown to improve insulin receptor function.
Studies indicate hemoglobin A1c were reduced, inflammation was decreased and glucose returned to normal in most people who took chromium. The best food sources of chromium include onions, tomatoes, potatoes and sea vegetables.
#4: Add cinnamon to your coffee
A bioflavonoid found in cinnamon called proanthocyanidin may alter the insulin-signaling activity in our fat
cells and thus has great potential for helping diabetes
As little as a half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day has been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels and triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes
. I enjoy my daily dose of cinnamon in my cup of coffee each morning.
#5: Take a Coenzyme Q 10 supplement
This has been shown to lower blood glucose in diabetics by 30%. CoQ10 increases cellular energy and is an antioxidant. One study showed an oral dose of 100mg CoQ twice daily effectively lowered blood sugar levels in diabetics.
#6: Take milk thistle tablets before meals
Milk thistle seed extract contains powerful antioxidant properties. One study showed that people who received a 200mg milk thistle tablet three times per day before meals for four months saw improvements in their blood sugar compared to placebo.
#7: Munch on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids
The ability of omega-3 fatty acids to lower the risk of stroke and heart attacks is well-known. But it also possesses one other interesting property that applies especially to diabetes: Omega-3 fats convert the potentially harmful very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) into LDL. Decreasing cellular inflammation is essential for diabetics.
The best food sources of omega-3s include eggs, peanut butter, salmon, tuna and mackerel.
I hope you found these tips helpful.
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