Diabetes

Diabetes

Author -  Vicki Martin. Nutritionist, Naturopath

Reducing Risk and Managing Diabetes. Those with diabetes cannot break down carbohydrates due to inadequate insulin production. Insulin is a hormone that helps to transport sugar out of the blood and into the cells for energy. Diabetes can lead to poor wound healing, higher risk of infections, and a variety of other health problems.

Reducing Risk and Managing Diabetes

Those with diabetes cannot break down carbohydrates due to inadequate insulin production. Insulin is a hormone that helps to transport sugar out of the blood and into the cells for energy. Diabetes can lead to poor wound healing, higher risk of infections, and a variety of other health problems.

Where to focus:

Those with diabetes must be under the care of a medical practitioner, a diabetes nurse, and a dietitian. However, there are many self-care factors that are essential for people with diabetes to follow to prevent their condition from deteriorating. Try these simple steps first:

  • Follow a “diabetes diet”: medical doctors recommend diabetic people cut their intake of refined carbohydrates – white flour, white bread, white rice, white pasta, and sugar – and replace them with high-fibre, wholegrain foods. 
  • Lifestyle changes: everyone with diabetes can benefit from exercise - from half to one hour daily. Exercise helps to use up excess sugar in the blood and assists the insulin to work better (this is called insulin sensitivity).
  • Stabilising blood sugar: blood sugar/glucose levels can be stabilised by eating plenty of fibre from wholegrains, beans (legumes), vegetables, and fruit. A fibre supplement such as ground linseed or psyllium may also help. 
  • Slim down: type 2 diabetes is often associated with excess weight. So if you are overweight, losing weight with a long-term programme of exercise and healthier eating may improve your insulin sensitivity. 
  • Eat well: aim for total nutrition by supplementing with a multivitamin & mineral supplement that contains the mineral chromium. Chromium assists insulin production, and may improve glucose tolerance. 
  • Have three regular meals daily: this helps to ensure your body is getting the nutrition it needs to help prevent common infections. 
  • Get plenty of antioxidants: fruits and vegetables contain antioxidant factors and Vitamin C, which protect the blood vessels in your body. Blood vessels can deteriorate in people with diabetes if their blood sugar levels are continually high. This can then cause circulation and vision problems, and affect kidney function. 
  • Don’t forget Magnesium: this mineral helps to protect the nervous system from deterioration due to high levels of glucose/ sugar.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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