The rise of diabetes in the population is alarming; diabetes is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that can trigger an autoimmune response or an insulin resistance to prevent the release of hormone “insulin” from the cells of the pancreas. A majority of population is living with pre-diabetes; a research shows that 79 million Americans are living with pre-diabetes. Suffering from diabetes reduces the quality of life and puts the sufferer at an increased risk of many chronic diseases.
Diabetes causes elevated blood sugar levels as the insulin required to stabilize the blood sugar is inefficient or less in quantity, diabetes type 1 is congenital or is caused by an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the insulin producing cells. This autoimmune response can be triggered by a viral infection, GMO, certain metals, vaccines, gluten and other factors. Diabetes type 2 is the most common–around 97% cases are of type 2, and this is caused by an insulin resistance in the body.
There are steps you can take to reverse diabetes by making lifestyle changes, first you need to remove refined sugars from your diet–simple and refined sugars cause an insulin spike, so do sodas, sweetened beverages, juices, and candies. Better switch to stevia (artificial sweetener) and natural sweeteners like raw honey and maple syrup. Grains like wheat have gluten in them and that can cause a problem if you’re gluten intolerant, so you need to get tested for gluten or lactose intolerance.
Whole grains are always a preferred option, because they take longer to digest and don’t cause an insulin spike. Brown rice, whole rye, oatmeal, corn and rice flour, whole barley and buckwheat are your gluten-free whole grain options. If gluten or wheat allergy is not a problem, you can have 100% whole wheat bread and pasta. Whole wheat and oatmeal are fiber-rich foods that are very helpful when it comes to reversal of insulin resistance.
Buy dairy that is raw and organic and is sourced from pasture-raised animals, others food to avoid are alcohol, GMO containing foods, it is a good idea to remove all processed and GMO foods from your diet. If you want to prevent or reverse diabetes, add high fiber foods in your diet. Vegetables, avocadoes, berries, nuts are fiber rich foods. Broccoli that is rich in chromium and medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are very beneficial.
Organic meat, wild caught fish, and herbs like cinnamon and turmeric can help balance the blood sugar level. If you can’t have 2-3 servings of fish each week, you should ask your doctor for omega 3 fatty acids or fish oil supplements. In order to prevent diabetes, you need to go out and exercise 20-30 minutes every day, if you are overweight, you must take measures to reduce weight. Weight training 2-3 times a week is very beneficial in reducing excess fat in the body.