Guest Blog by William Richards – a writer for Drugwatch.com. He uses his journalism background to investigate dangerous drugs and promote consumer awareness to better the community.
Fighting diabetes with weight loss and healthy diet is gentler on your body than many drugs. A big advantage of natural therapy is that it doesn’t come with unexpected side effects.
Natural remedies may not be able to replace drugs as your sole treatment for diabetes, but they can be effective at reducing your symptoms. Lifestyle changes combined with natural therapies have supported countless diabetics in eliminating their need for insulin. See: Simply Raw – Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.
Discover Natural Herbs
You wouldn’t guess by looking at it, but broccoli is actually a pretty good insulin booster. Broccoli is rich in chromium, which causes cells to produce more insulin. This helps lower your blood sugar. Broccoli also has sulforaphane, a compound that produces enzymes which protect blood vessels. This may help people with diabetes lower their risk of congestive heart failure.
Bitter Melon is another herb with interesting antidiabetes properties. It has charantin and glycosides momordin. These compounds can lower blood sugar and scrub blood vessels of harmful cholesterol. Many people are also using cinnamon to lower blood sugar. It contains hydroxychalcone, which some researchers theorize may also sensitize cells to insulin.
Get Creative with Exercise
No one says you have to become a muscle head to lower your blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association actually says you only need to do a moderate exercise — like walking or jogging — for 30 minutes a day to reduce your symptoms. When people think of exercise, they usually picture themselves at the gym. But exercise can be Yoga, bike riding, working in the garden, or even doing chores around the house.
Don’t be afraid to get creative when you select a fitness routine. Make it something you like so you’ll do it regularly. Consistency is the key to results. One study showed that when people seek out the help of personal trainers they are more likely to maintain their weight loss for several years. Exercise lowers blood sugar by making your cells more receptive to insulin. According to researchers people only need to lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight to see results.
Doctor Mark Hyman, author of “The Blood Sugar Solution,” says many people can get off their diabetes medication through the natural interventions of improved diet and exercise. This is very important when there are harmful drugs on the market, like Actos. Actos has been linked to severe side effects like bladder cancer and heart failure. Many patients have filed a Lawsuit due to these side effects. Natural treatment is definitely the route you want to take to avoid such measures. Natural treatment also benefits people with prediabetes who are at risk of developing type 2. This condition can be diagnosed by doctors, but people who are overweight with a family history of diabetes should suspect they may develop the condition.
Many guides are available to show people how to tailor natural interventions to correct their diabetes. The American Diabetes Association links to a wealth of natural treatment options patients may be interested in. To ensure safety people should consult with their doctor before undertaking these lifestyle changes.
William Richards researches and writes about prescription drugs and medical devices for Drugwatch.com.
- American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/
- Diabetic Gourmet http://diabeticgourmet.com/Tools_and_Calculators/Convert_Sugar_Readings/
- About.com http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/conditionsatod/a/Diabetes.htm
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