Diabetes (or Diabetes Mellitus) is one of the most prevalent lifestyle diseases across the globe. Due to many factors like a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle, many people, even teenagers, get high blood sugar levels. It is unfortunate because diabetes is irreversible, meaning, once you get it, you cannot get rid of it for the rest of your life.
Types of diabetes
There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 is genetic in nature and the reason why many young people get diabetes, too. The reason for this is the body has a faulty immune system to process insulin correctly; therefore, the body just keeps on absorbing glucose without transforming it into usable energy. With this type of diabetes, you need to be dependent on insulin for life.
Type 2 is lifestyle-dependent and can be acquired at whatever stage in your life you are. Even seniors who have enjoyed good sugar levels throughout their adulthood can have Type 2 diabetes late in life. This type is caused by a high-sugar diet and sedentary lifestyle, and with this high level of sugar in your system, your body develops insulin resistance. Although you also need insulin at some point, you can still reverse the situation through diet, exercise, and supplements.
Fighting diabetes— the natural way
Diabetes is a complicated disease to battle because it is not quickly reversed (in the case of Type 2 diabetes), and it can also be irreversible (in the case of Type 1 diabetes). So, the main thing that you can do now is to manage your lifestyle. You don’t only have to focus on having a proper diet, but also regular exercise. Or consider acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. You also need to supplement well with conventional or herbal supplements, depending on what works for you.
But how do you fight diabetes with diet? Diet comprises the majority of any diabetes management program, so it is but wise to put a spotlight on this one. Here are some diet tips for you to manage your diabetes well:
1. Have something bitter for your every meal
Bitter foods and supplements have long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to manage sugar levels. With a holistic approach, bitter foods are included for every meal to allow your body to flush out toxins, and to “wake up” your digestive system to work extra hard to burn off what you’ve eaten. Many diabetes patients already have a proper diet, and many times, this one extra kick is all they need to jumpstart their diabetes management program. Consider having slices of bitter gourd for your every meal, and see how it works for you.
2. Have a meal plan
When you have diabetes, it is crucial for you to manage your food intake properly. You must be able to balance the number of carbohydrates, protein, and fats that you intake. To be able to do this efficiently, you must consider having a meal plan. Having one puts out all the stress in worrying about whether you have overeaten or not, or whether you have taken enough protein for the day. Have a licensed nutritionist or doctor to map out a meal plan for you, and don’t just do it on the fly. Make sure to let the nutritionist or doctor know what your food preferences are so that you can enjoy all your meal times.
Diabetes may be a complicated disease to battle, but it is possible to live with it with a sense of happiness and fulfillment. It may be hard to start a healthy lifestyle, but once you are at it, you never want to look back.