To control diabetes and live a relatively normal lifestyle requires some thought and planning. One of the best ways to use the natural method of diabetes control is through diet. It’s the old diet, exercise,and testing routine that has to be followed closely. We will endeavor to help you through natural methods to make this routine more pleasant.
One of the best foods to use to control sugar spikes is the apple. Apples are not only good for you they keep your blood sugar from spiking if eaten as a desert. Eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables should be in the diet of everyone, but especially diabetics. Foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and fiber should definately be in a diabetics diet. Simple carbohydrates should be avoided as much as possible, such as fruit juices and foods containing refined sugars. These foods causes the blood sugar level to rise rapidly. If you want to snack between meals, eat high protein snacks.
Some of the nutritional supplements that should be used are:
1. B Vitamins, should be taken as a balanced B-Complex, taking some B vitamins individually could deplete others, so taking them as a balanced B-Complex is recommended.
2. Vitamin C, high doses have been shown to help prevent vascular complications, however it shouldn’t be taken by persons with kidney problems. A deficiency of this vitamin could cause degeneration of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Vitamin C should be taken to bowel tolerance by those without kidney problems.
3.Vitamin E, is a powerful antioxidant that also has anticlotting factors. Adults should take 200 mg daily. This vitamin helps prevent damage to eyes and kidneys and also helps prevent vascular complications.
4. Chromium, works with insulin in the metabolism of sugar. 50-200 mcg. daily is recommended.
5. Zinc, is essential for the normal production of insulin and helps in the digestion and utilization of protein. Supplements are available from 15-60 mg.
6. Magnesium and Potassium, deficiencies in either one in the diet cause glucose intolerance and contribute to organ damage and the nerves that supply them.
7. Coenzyme Q10, stimulates production of insulin, 45-80 mg. daily is recommended.
The use of digestive enzymes are also suggested as a supplement for diabetics because undigested fats and vegetable material is often found in the feces of Type I diabetics. Also an amino acid supplement is recommended because insulin is made up of amino acids.
Some of the herbs that are traditionally used in the treatment of diabetics include bilberry, fenugreek, bitter melon, garlic, and ginseng.