Pre-diabetic diagnosis? Your action plan for preventing Type 2 Diabetes from developing. I just found out that the blood sugar levels of someone in my immediate family are increasing so they have been advised that they are considered to be pre-diabetic. This could mean that if they do not make any changes than they will develop Type 2 Diabetes. However, the more positive way of looking at that is that if they do shift their diet, take some supplements, and make some changes to their exercise routine they will become healthier and ensure that they do NOT develop Diabetes Mellitus.
I knew that Type 2 Diabetes was becoming more and more prevalent however I had no idea that 25% of the population is pre-diabetic; worst of all, a large percentage of that population doesn’t even realize that they are pre-diabetic. The cost to Canadians of Diabetes was $12.26 billion in 2010. These costs are expected to rise by another $4 billion by 2020. That is truly astounding to me.
So, we need to be better educated about Diabetes so that we can make changes to our diet and our lifestyles to prevent the huge toll that this disease has on our society and our economy.
Type 2 Diabetes is defined as: a disease in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or your body does not properly use the insulin it makes. As a result, glucose (sugar) builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy.(1)
Symptoms include: excessive thirst; frequent or increased urination, especially at night; excessive hunger; fatigue; blurry vision; sores or cuts that won’t heal.
Reduce or eliminate:
1) Refined sugars – alternatives – xylitol, stevia, roasted coconut sugar, raw, honey, maple syrup
2) Cow’s milk – casein triggers an immune response similar to gluten – alternatives – goat or sheep’s milk or raw, unpasteurized organic cow’s milk
3) Eliminate hydrogenated oils – these are very toxic to the body
1) High fibre foods – these will slow down the absorption of glucose – take in 30-50 gms of fibre/day. Include veggies, avocado, berries, nuts and seed.
2) Omega 3’s – through wild caught fish – will reduce inflammation
3) MCFA’s – found in coconut oil and red palm oil – help balance blood sugar levels.
4) Chromium – improves glucose tolerance and naturally balances glucose levels
Food sources – brown rice, meat, broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, Brewer’s yeast, beef, beer, chicken breast, chicken legs, calves’ liver, eggs, fish, sea food, corn, potatoes, dairy products, and fresh vegetables. Herbs are also rich in chromium
1) Chromium picolinate – 600mcg/day
2) Cinnamon – 2 tsp/day added to smoothies, sprinkled on foods – helps improve blood sugar control
3) Fish oils – 1,000 mg day Omega 3’s for proper insulin function
4) Alpha-lipoic acid – improves insulin sensitivity and reduces symptoms of neuropathy
5) Ginseng – lowers blood sugar levels
6) CoQ10 – helps cells make energy and acts as an antioxidant. Affects blood sugar control
Switching to a ketogenic diet is a great alternative as incorporating a high fat, medium protein and low carbohydrate diet may improve blood sugar levels reducing the need for insulin along with changing the way your body stores energy. For more information watch this short video on the basics of the diet by clicking here.
Consider Homeopathy. There have been some great studies completed recently utilizing homeopathic remedies as treatment for Diabetes that show significant positive results.(2)
Homeopathy deals with the symptoms specific to the individual so working with a Registered Homeopath is strongly recommended for best results. More information on the practice of Homeopathy can be found on my website at this link.
As always, consulting with your primary care physician prior to making changes to your diet will ensure your health and wellness.
Contact Joanna Rogister at Life Stages Holistics to book a no-obligation consult to see how you can improve your health.
(2) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov › NCBI › Literature › PubMed Central (PMC)