Natural Products for Type 2 Diabetes.
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In addition to following dietary guidelines, there are also many supplements that can help with getting more healthy.
Despite BILLIONS of dollars spent on pharmaceutical research, Type 2 diabetes rates continue to rise. Plus, there are MORE THAN 70 diabetes drugs being prescribed in the U.S. alone. However, none address the root cause or stop the progression of the disease.
- Glucosidase inhibitors can limit the after-meal rises of glucose and insulin.
- Acarbose (Precose) and miglitol (Glyset) are approved pharmaceutical drugs in this category. However, they do have the possible side effect of gastric upset. This may include flatulence, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort.
- Touchi extract is a highly concentrated fermented soybean product that has naturally occurring glucosidase inhibitors. This product has been used for more than 3000 years in China. It has had great results in reducing after-meal (postprandial) elevations in blood sugar.
- Mulberry extract, or mulberry therapy, is another highly regarded glucosidase inhibitor. It provides benefit for blood sugar levels and blood lipids (cholesterol). It also has a significant antioxidant effect.
Fiber supplements are of great help when it comes to decreasing insulin levels. Click To Tweet
When choosing a fiber supplement it is of the utmost importance to look for supplements that are free of artificial colors and flavors. Additionally, they should contain no sugar, artificial sugar or sugar substitutes.
When taken with water before meals, fiber sources that are rich in water-soluble fiber bind to the water in the stomach and small intestine. This then forms a gelatinous, thick and sticky mass. This thick sticky mass lowers glucose absorption, reduces postprandial blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol levels, and increases satiety. It also allows for regularity and promotes weight loss. Examples of these fiber sources are glucomannan (konjac root), psyllium, guar gum, seaweed fiber, pectin and defatted fenugreek seed fiber.
Daily fiber intake should be between 30-50 grams.
Considering that the average person only gets about 8 grams per day, supplementation is key.
By far my favorite form of supplemental fiber is PGX (Polyglycoplex).
While the pill form is fine, I do recommend powder as the superior choice.
PGX offers the greatest gelling property (viscous) of any single dietary fiber on the market today. It is three times as viscous as guar and seven times as viscous as psyllium. Its unique blend of glucomannan with other dietary fibers makes it three to five times more viscous than glucomannan alone.
Diet and lifestyle are key factors in controlling Type 2 Diabetes and to working towards getting off of pharmaceutical drugs. Click To Tweet
However, even if your goal is not to get off of pharmaceutical drugs, it is important to note that diet and exercise are still key components to preserving your life, your limbs and your love of living.
The adequacy of blood sugar control is the most important factor in controlling Type 2 Diabetes.
Fortunately, there are many foods and supplements that can help with this very goal. In regards to food, your choices should be low glycemic index/low glycemic load meals. This means refraining from refined starches, processed foods, and foods high in sugar. It also means concentrating on foods with no carbohydrates and those with only good carbohydrates. This includes low glycemic fruit and complex carbohydrates.
Lifestyle and Attitude in Managing Type 2 Diabetes
According to the Center for Disease Control, as of 2010, 25.8 million people had diabetes.
Economic and lifestyle factors have caused many to take a turn towards a lack of exercise and a sedentary, indoor lifestyle. This lifestyle is further supported by processed foods and fast food “dining.” Media is designed to support this lifestyle and additives in food are meant to make you crave them more.
Many feel that there is no option for finding true health as they are overworked, overscheduled and overtired.
Unfortunately, it is in this that a vicious cycle is born but it is a cycle that can be broken by taking a few easy steps.
- Food Choices. Maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to diabetes management. Weight loss in overweight Type 2 Diabetes sufferers “results in a partial reversal of nearly every physiological abnormality associated with diabetes.” A 10% weight loss will result in a profound effect on health. This is not about becoming a skinny minny but rather about becoming the healthiest version of you that you can be.
- Exercise. Exercise supports weight loss, directly improves insulin sensitivity, supports proper metabolism of blood sugar and muscle. It does this all the while decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression. An added bonus is an improvement of sex life. Aerobic exercise, strength training, and stretching should all be part of your normal weekly routine.
- Stress Management. Stress adversely affects the control of blood sugar in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. The hormones released by the body in a stressful situation cause blood sugar to rise, impede insulin response and cause the thymus to shrink. This will impede the response of the immune system. It is crucial to learn how to deal with stress through calming the mind and limiting stress.
- Outlook on Life. Research has shown that having a positive mental attitude has everything to do with your health and how well one deals with the needs of staying healthy. Conditioning your attitude to be healthy and strong means improving your self-talk, asking quality questions of others and setting positive goals.
- Toxic Exposure. Toxins abound in our food and in our environment. Limiting these incidences of exposure will help to support your health goals. Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke is a prevalent factor in protecting yourself. If you smoke set a quit date, ask for accountability partners and create awareness around your habit by keeping a smokers journal.
Natural medicine may not be the only factor in controlling your diabetes but it certainly should play a major role in the movie that is your life.
What we’re doing now must change, because it isn’t working.