Can You REALLY Cure Diabetes Naturally?
The Diabetes epic is at an all time high, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. And it’s no surprise when you look at what most people around the world are eating and drinking every day.
As we become busier, the time to cook a nutritious home cooked meal shrinks and shrinks, until we find ourselves once again standing in the fast food restaurant line ordering another Big Burger and a “diet” coke, super sized of course!
So where does it all stop? How do we get things back on track?
Luckily today there is more research than ever about Diabetes and managing the disease. And most of it is through things like lifestyle changes revolving around food and other natural remedies like herbs and yes, even marijuana.
Did you know that diabetes can be reversed by modern diabetic treatment programs which drastically reduce meats, high-fat dairy products, and oils. At the same time, they increase unrefined, highfiber foods, such as grains, legumes, and vegetables.
One study I read about found that 21 of 23 patients on oral medications and 13 of 17 patients on insulin were able to get off of their medications after 26 days on a near-vegetarian diet and exercise program. These studies show that during two- and three-year follow-ups, most diabetics treated with this regimen have retained their improvements. These dietary changes are simple, but profound and they work. Very low-fat, vegetarian diets are ideal for diabetics and everyone else, too!
Diabetes medications are expensive and often have many side effects. Furthermore, they are not really meant to “cure” your diabetes as with proper diet and nutrition, they just regulate the disease. And this causes people to be on medications for a very long time, sometimes for life. Taking any medication for that long is almost always bad for the patient. For example, the Invokana amputation lawsuit that is going on right now is due to the various side effects of the drug. The drug is meant to help treat Type 2 Diabetes. But the long term effects have been disastrous for many.
Proper Diet – Foods That May Prevent Diabetes
Many sources suggest that a diet emphasizing plant foods is important for preventing diabetes. Other foods that may help stabilize blood sugar and keep you from developing full-blown diabetes include the following:
* Magnesium-rich foods like black beans, spinach, and almonds are said to help prevent diabetes. Interestingly, diabetics are often deficient in magnesium, sources say.
* Onions and garlic are natural blood sugar regulators. Black bean soup with garlic or black bean burgers with onions would be great!
* Stevia is a very sweet, calorie-free herb; the extract is often sold in grocery stores and health food stores as a sweetener. It may lower blood sugar, too, making is a good choice for those with pre-diabetic conditions or those wishing to prevent the onset of diabetes.
Exercise is a Key Component to Preventing Diabetes
It’s important for everyone, but for those who wish to prevent diabetes, exercise is especially essential. For one thing, vigorous activity tends to lower blood sugar. For another, exercise usually results in weight loss if it’s practiced regularly and properly. Maintaining a healthy body weight is key to diabetes prevention.
Additional Prevention Measures
There are some possible preventative measures you can take that are controversial, or at least the jury is still out as to whether or not these measures are effective. If they’re healthy measures, though, it might pay to err on the side of caution and implement them even if their effectiveness against diabetes is uncertain.
Some examples of this type of prevention include…
- Reducing stress, whether through stretching, meditation, prayer, or other forms of stress reduction. Some studies suggest that chronic stress may increase your risk for developing diabetes.
- Reducing high blood pressure may also help prevent diabetes. These two conditions often exist together, and research suggests that high blood pressure may even trigger the onset of diabetes. Keeping your blood pressure under control is a healthy thing to do anyway, so you really can’t lose on this one.
- High fructose corn syrup, that sweetener we all love to hate, may or may not be implicated in the development of diabetes. It may be no more of an issue than white sugar. Once again, cutting HFCS out of your diet is not a dangerous thing to do and will be healthier, so it’s a win-win if you cut it out of your diet for whatever reason. These are the kinds of sugars commonly found in Sodas. So ditch the “pop” and grab some water!
- Trans fats and saturated fats are usually included on the “do not eat” list for those wishing to prevent diabetes. It’s been suggested that these artery-clogging fats can exacerbate or even trigger Type II diabetes symptoms.
Tips focused on managing and lessening the risk of diabetes. We encourage you to send this helpful information to others who may be affected by this disease.
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes (having higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not yet in the range of diabetes) you are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You can help to manage or even reverse your condition with four fairly simple lifestyle changes:
- Get daily physical activity. T’ai Chi is a great exercise. Exercise improves the action of insulin, moving glucose out of the bloodstream and into tissues where it can be used for energy.
- Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, the more pounds you lose, the lower your chances of developing diabetes. Talk with your doctor about what your optimum weight should be, and how to achieve it.
- Eat a diet low in refined carbohydrates, and incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil) into your diet.
- Manage your health. Get regular checkups for blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and seek treatment if necessary.
“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is especially important for diabetics. A strong immune system can help to ward off colds, flu and a variety of other health issues that may have more drastic health consequences for those with diabetes. Start by eating a diet designed to address diabetes; add in regular exercise and plenty of fluids; and consider taking an immune support formula.” ~Dr. Andrew Weil
Marijuana: The Next Diabetes Drug?
Maia Szalavitz, in an article for Time.com, writes the new research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, is not the first to find that marijuana has a two-faced relationship to weight. She writes that three prior studies “have shown that marijuana users are less likely to be obese, have a lower risk for diabetes and have lower body-mass-index measurements. And these trends occurred despite the fact that they seemed to take in more calories.”
Murray Mittleman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead author of the study, says “The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers.”
Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar.
Natural Herbs to Combat Diabetes
Cinnamon – A Spice to Lower Blood Sugar
There is evidence that cinnamon can help to moderate blood sugar. Cinnamon is a popular spice and flavoring which has shown considerable evidence of lowering blood sugar. I find it to be no coincidence that cinnamon is often added to sweets and foods high in refined starch, ranging from the ubiquitous cinnamon swirl bun, to Pho, a Vietnamese beef noodle soup with rice noodles (a high glycemic-index food) and flavored with cinnamon, among other spices.
If you have or are at risk for type II diabetes, or if you want to moderate your blood sugar levels for other reasons, such as avoiding the instabilities in mood associated with a sugar crash, it cannot hurt to include cinnamon as a flavoring in your meals.
You can also add cinnamon sticks to herbal teas, or cinnamon powder. Make sure to use pure cinnamon and not cinnamon sugar, as the last thing you want is to add more sugar to your diet. Cinnamon as a spice is naturally slightly sweet, even though it contains no sugar!
Chamomile and Chamomile Tea
An herb that may protect against damage caused by type II diabetes. Chamomile tea, a popular bedtime drink in western countries, has shown some evidence of being able to lower blood sugar and thus prevent the progression of type II diabetes and prevent some of the damage associated with high blood sugar levels. Drinking this tea with or shortly after meals might help keep your blood sugar levels under control.
In addition to its diabetes-fighting properties, chamomile tea has a number of other positive effects on health, including antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. However, chamomile is also known to act as an anticoagulant (blood thinner), and can interact with prescription blood thinners, so it is important to consult a medical professional before using any chamomile if you are on these medications or have any other reason for which anticoagulants could be harmful or are contraindicated.
Chamomile is a popular ingredient in herbal teas. It’s easy to find pure chamomile as well as herbal blends containing chamomile in any supermarket. You can also find listings and reviews of chamomile tea on RateTea’s page about chamomile tea and the separate page on chamomile blends, which are for herbal teas containing primarily chamomile, but also containing other herbs or ingredients.
Tulsi Leaf Tea – Holy Basil Tea
An herb to lower blood sugar, reduce anxiety, and protect against stress. Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is a species of basil that is in many ways a distant cousin of the familiar sweet basil plant used in western cooking. Tulsi has powerful medicinal properties, and is widely used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. In Ayurveda, tulsi is used to treat type II diabetes, as well as a number of other conditions. It is considered by modern herbalists to be an adaptogen, meaning an herb that has a normalizing effect on the body.
Tulsi has not been as thoroughly studied in the West as most Western herbs, but it shows promising preliminary evidence supporting many of its uses in Ayurvedic medicine, including its ability to treat type II diabetes. Tulsi seems to be able to lower blood sugar, much like chamomile.
Also of interest, tulsi shows strong evidence of being able to reduce stress and anxiety, and protect the body against damage caused by stress. As stress is one of the major factors that can aggravate type II diabetes, this herb is of special interest to diabetics. Like chamomile, however, tulsi also acts as an anticoagulant or blood thinner.
RateTea also has an extensive page about tulsi / holy basil, which has detailed information about the health and medicinal properties of this herb, citations to scientific studies on this herb’s effectiveness, and ratings, reviews, and different sources of buying this herb.
Basil lovers may be pleased to learn that other types of basil, including Italian sweet basil, and Thai basil, contain many of the same chemical components as tulsi. It certainly cannot hurt to include these herbs in your diet as well.