21 Tips and Ways to Prevent and Treat Diabetes with Natural Medicine

Insulin is a hormone produced by your body to control sugar levels that usually comes from the food you eat. However, when insulin production is impaired, blood sugar rises, resulting to organ damage. There are two types of Diabetes: type 1 is where your body does not make insulin, and type 2 (the most common), where your body does not produce insulin that well. Over time, having too much sugar in your blood can cause serious problems, which can affect organs such as the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. There are several medications for diabetes, but natural medicine found in herbs, spices, and fruits is fresh, cheap, and locally available. You can also make lifestyle changes and practice yoga in order to manage your diabetes.

 

Part 1 of 4: Creating a Diabetes-Friendly Diet

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    Drink a few cups of green tea a day. Green tea is a popular beverage that is cheap and affordable. It contains Polyphenol which is a strong antioxidant and hypo-glycaemic compound that helps in the control blood sugars that aids in the release of insulin.

    • Studies have shown 5-6 cups of green tea a day gives you protection from cardiovascular disease, cancer and helps improve insulin resistance in diabetics. Just green, though — black doesn’t count!
      • Alright, true. Chamomile and basil tea is good for you, too.[1] Drink it after meals to help that post-meal sugar spike.
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    Juice a tomato or include it in your meal. Studies have shown that 200 grams of raw tomato reduced blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, which is associated with type 2 diabetes.

    • You can eat them raw or cooked.[2] They’re healthy both ways! Since they’re a non-starchy fruit, you can consume about as much as you want. You may be fighting off cancer and degenerating vision to boot!
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    Eat berries! Berries are rich in vitamin C and very high in anti-oxidants. They are used to decrease cardiovascular disease and cancer. Researchers from the University of Illinois found out that blackberry wine was effective in lowering and controlling blood sugar.

    • And they’re high in fiber. Fiber is so good for you! The more fiber you consume, the slower your body processes the sugar. It’s also abundant in apples, oats, and carrots, too.[3]
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    Use non-fat dairy products. If you already have diabetes, this is less helpful; the only studies out there currently show that those who consume more dairy have less of a chance of getting diabetes.[2]

    • Low-fat products are good, too, but non-fat ones are better. There’s a GI index that ranks all the foods that have carbohydrates and the lower the GI score, the better it is for diabetes. Needless to say, non-fat dairy products have a lower GI score (33, if you’re curious).
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    Eat citrus fruits whole. Oranges and grapefruit are good sources of fiber, too — but only if you eat them whole. If you juice them, then you’re just zeroing in on their sugar. And with the skin and pulp, they’re jam packed with vitamin C!
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    Pile on the onions, garlic, and basil. These three foods lower your bad cholesterol (LDL) and up your good cholesterol (HDL). That means that the fat floating through your bloodstream will be decreased and the fat that remains won’t clog up your arteries.[3] That sounds like a win.

    • With these, you don’t really have to be concerned with consuming too much. The more you can add to your meals, the better — as long as you keep a balanced diet, of course.

 

Part 2 of 4: Using Unverified Natural Remedies

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    Take and extract of fig leaves with breakfast, first thing in the morning. Fig leaves are best known to treat diabetes and may also treat diseases such as bronchitis, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, skin problems and ulcers.

    • Boil a couple of leaves in a pot of water and drink as a tea.
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    Take 5-30 grams of Fenugreek with each meal (up to 90 grams once a day). This spice is tearing up the Internet and health trends. It has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels and increases insulin sensitivity. Though fenugreek has these claims, however, be sure to consult a doctor before taking it because it may have side effects such as stomach upset and nausea.[4]

    • You should not exceed 100 grams per day and it is not to be taken simultaneously with other medications. With any of these herbal remedies really, it is wise to consult a medical professional.
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    Go for ginseng. Several studies have shown that ginseng slows carbohydrate absorption, which is especially helpful with those foods laden in simple sugars. That lowers your blood sugar and lets your body regulate your glucose levels.[1] Tablets are easily had at your local pharmacy.

    • Stick to 1 to 3 grams a day. You don’t need much!
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    Consume 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day. Studies have shown that cinnamon decreases blood sugar levels by mimicking insulin thus decreasing the need of taking in medications that lower glucose levels. It also helps with weight control![5]

    • The results may take a second to notice. Try including this much cinnamon in your diet daily for a month and see how your blood sugar levels lower.
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    Take 3 capsules of grapeseed extract a day. Studies conducted in Japan and UK have shown that grape seed extracts have drastically decreased sugar levels by protecting the cells against reactive oxygen species produced in hyperglycemic conditions.
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    Juice bitter gourd or melon and take 3–6 tablespoons (44.4–88.7 ml) on an empty stomach in the morning. This plant contains insulin-polypeptide-P, which is a bio-chemical that reduces blood sugar[6].

    • Not so fond of the bitter gourd juice? You could also put it into a curry; however, the juice straight is less diluted, obviously, and thus more effective.

 

Part 3 of 4: Making Lifestyle Changes

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    Manage your diet. This is numero uno to preventing and treating diabetes: your sugar levels are all sorts of out of whack and the only way to stabilize them is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Load up on non-starchy vegetables and whole grains as the majority of your diet — carbohydrates and fats should only be marginally represented.

    • And if you’re overweight or obese, then it’s always a good idea to lose a little weight. Carrying extra weight is hard on your body, organs, and your arteries. Even 10 pounds makes a difference!
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    Visit your doctor regularly. Nothing can replace the advice of a doctor. S/He can offer you advice, get you started on medications, and set you on an effective diet and exercise plan. A medical professional can make diabetes totally manageable.

    • If there’s any history of diabetes in your family, this is a wise idea. It can be hereditary; the sooner you know, the healthier you can stay.
    • Ask him/her about supplements and medications. Even if you don’t want to take medications yet, there are more natural supplements you can take like chromium, reservatrol, magnesium, and omega-3 acid.[7]
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    Exercise. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is just about the worst thing you can do for yourself. Even if physical activity only means a 15 minute walk with the dog, go for it! The effects are mental, physical, and spiritual. You’ll feel more energized, you’ll weigh less, and your diabetes will be more easily managed. There’s no reason not to!

    • This doesn’t mean you have to start pounding the pavement. Heck, gardening, washing the car, cleaning the floor — it can all get your heart going too. So if that gym membership isn’t your cup of tea, be sure to find other ways you can stay active.
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    Drink more water. The closest thing to a miracle on this planet is water. Drink more, you’ll lose weight. Drink more, your skin, nails, and hair become healthier. Drink more, your organs get flushed and toxins gotten rid off. The benefits just go on and on and on. And when you’re drinking water, you’re not drinking bubbly, high-calorie drinks!

    • Drinking cold water can also up your metabolism by around 30% for almost an hour after consuming it. So in addition to your exercise routine, load up on the H2O!

 

Part 4 of 4: Practicing Yoga to Manage Diabetes

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    Understand why yoga may be beneficial. There are many forms of yoga that diabetics should follow to help promote normal blood sugar levels. Since the exact cause of diabetes is not known and stress is thought to play a role in its onset and progress, yoga will help relieve mental and physical stress and can help to prevent and control this destructive condition.
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    Practice Pranayam pose. Sit on the yoga mat cross legged with a back straight. After sitting in this pose, keep your hands straight such that they touch the respective knees and your palms remain open.

    • Close your eyes and take deep breaths. Long inhalations and exhalations will stimulate the pancreas and thus, improve the insulin levels of your body.
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    Try Surya namaskar. This pose involves multiple steps. It is an extremely invigorating exercise and helps to tone up and stimulate all the muscles of the body. It is also thought to improve the hormonal balance of the body and fight polycystic ovaries and diabetes.

    • To start with, keep your feet an inch apart and hands straight up in the air. Slowly bend down such that the hands touch the floor. Take your left leg behind, keeping the right knee straight and go down till you assume a more horizontal posture. Next, take your right leg behind, take a dip and lie down on the floor facing the ground.
    • Slowly rise up but only the head and upper half of the body should rise up such that head is facing the sky, arching the back (like a cobra) . Pause and take a deep breath and then return to the prone position.
    • Start rising until you stand straight with your hands in a pose as if you are praying.
    • Repeat this entire cycle for 20 counts.
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    Practice Mayurasana. This posture is similar to the way peacock stands and hence it is called as mayurasana which means “peacock-like”. It requires tremendous stamina and shouldn’t be attempted by those with joint troubles.[8]

    • Stand still with feet wide apart. Bend down with the palms touching the ground in such a way that the fingers are pointing towards the feet. Slowly stretch the legs behind such that all the body weight is put on the palms and the feet.
    • The upper half of the body will be at a level higher and the lower half slopes down. Now take a deep breath and suspend the legs in air putting all weight of the body only on the palms.
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    Move into Halasana. This posture is similar to the “hal” or plow used by farmers. It raises the pressure in the abdomen, and improves circulation in the upper half of the body thus it is thought to improve blood sugar levels in the body.

    • Sit on the mat with legs spread straight ahead and some distance between the legs. Lie down and slowly raise the legs at 90 degrees to the hip joint. Next step is to totally put all the weight on the head and shoulder and lift up the lower half of the body to leave it suspended in the air.
    • Slowly take the feet above the head such that the legs cross the head and feet lie above the head. The hands should be straight on the ground.

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