Recognise the early warning signs of diabetes and take preventative steps now!
What are some of the clues that you may be at risk for diabetes? The signs include fatigue following a meal, high blood pressure, weight gain in your midsection, obesity, inflammation issues and problems with blood clotting. Your body could also be more resistant to the effects of insulin, and this means that it needs to work harder to keep your blood sugar levels normalised.
What is the main culprit in this process? A diet that is loaded with starchy, high sugar foods is at the heart of the problem. The more high sugar, starchy foods you eat, the more you can expect your insulin levels to rise, and you will see your appetite spike as well. It is a vicious circle. A family history of early heart disease, obesity, dementia or diabetes can serve to further increase your risk. All of these conditions are precursors of type 2 diabetes.
The problems that accompany diabetes include heart attacks, blindness, nerve damage, kidney failure and strokes. Even the increased risk of limb amputation is possible. What is less well known is that diabetes increases the risk for different kinds of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease as well as impotence. Many people are surprised by the fact that the insulin resistance stage of pre-diabetes can be just as bad, resulting in a range of health problems.
“What is less well known is that diabetes increases the risk for different kinds of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease as well as impotence.”
Time for change
Is it possible to reverse the resistance to insulin and in the process improve your health? Conventional medicine flatly states, ‘no.’ According to conventional medicine in order to control blood sugar levels, drugs and insulin are the only way you can protect your organs and safeguard against death itself. However, this is not accurate, and, in fact, this approach might even increase your risks. Obesity is the real cause of diabetes, and that is intimately linked to diet and lifestyle choices. Make changes in this regard, and you can improve your insulin resistance and perhaps even reverse it!
In many cases, however, diabetes is diagnosed at a late stage. There exists a continuum of risks that must be taken seriously, ranging from slightly abnormal insulin and blood sugar levels to, of course, full-blown diabetes. This is why it is necessary to address your symptoms as soon as possible.
- Eliminate starchy carbohydrates including breads, cereals, potatoes, pasta, white rice, processed foods, milk products, pastry and biscuits. Replace with healthy options such as quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat and other healthy carbohydrate alternatives as found at www.ReallyHealthyFoods.com.
- Use healthy fats like olive oil.
- Eat at least five portions of nuts, beans and seeds every day. Consider soaking and mashing your nuts and seeds.
- Eat the following foods every 2 to 4 hours: 6 to 10 small portions of fresh or frozen veggies, organic whenever possible, in soups, stir-fries, steamed, etc. 50% should be raw juiced as well.
Key supportive supplements
A recent article published in Diabetes Educator concluded that adequate intake of vitamin D may prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and reduce complications for those who have already been diagnosed. The study was carried out by researchers from Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing.
Magnesium oil is applied topically and helps with glucose metabolism.
100mg daily may help to reduce blood sugar significantly. It is also effective for diabetic nerve damage or neuropathy.