4 factors to fight blood sugar woes

Diabetes, a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine, has hit Americans hard…

This elevated blood sugar is associated with long-term damage, dysfunction and failure of various organs — setting us up to be one of the sickest nations.

And no one is immune…

You’re at increased risk for type 2 diabetes if you live a sedentary lifestyle and are overweight. As you age, your risk for diabetes also increases.

Managing type 2 diabetes is vital to keep your health from spiraling out of control, and the thought of that can be overwhelming.

But if you can focus on just these four factors, you can reduce the symptoms of diabetes — or better yet, if you are on the line of prediabetes (do you have any of these silent signs?), following these tips, especially the nutritional advice, may help you reverse the disease trajectory…

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1. Eat a plant-based diet

Diet is essential for preventing and reversing the effects of type 2 diabetes. Greatly reducing simple carbohydrates and refined sugar consumption helps manage the insulin response and blood sugar rise.

Diabetics should focus on including as much pf the following in their daily diets as they are able: water, high fiber foods, buckwheat, broccoli, spinach, cinnamon, cloves, okra, kale, fenugreek seeds, and sage.

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2. Take nutritional supplements that help

Nutritional supplements come in many forms and are useful in many ways. A recent study published in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology looks at the effects of vitamins, minerals and botanicals in the management of elevated blood glucose in diabetes, including: bitter melon, fenugreek, gurmar, ivy gourd, nopal, ginseng, Russian tarragon, cinnamon, psyllium and garlic.

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Additional supplements that are associated with symptomatic relief of type 2 include, alpha-lipoic acid (ALA), chromium, green tea, magnesium, resveratrol and vitamin B1.

3. Try acupuncture to reduce neuropathic pain

Pain along the top edge of the feet is common in about 30% of type 2 diabetics, and is known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN). This pain causes disabilities in movement and mobility and seems hard to treat with drugs. Acupuncture has been studied for the treatment of DPN in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies. After 10 weeks of treatment, study participants “reported a significant reduction in the symptoms of aching pain, burning pain, prickling sensation, numbness, and allodynia.”

Related: Perfect pain relief for diabetes

4. Get the mobile app

Type 2 diabetes, and in fact every disease or life-altering ailment, is stressful. And we know that stress takes a huge toll on quality of life by itself; let alone when coming on top of a major disease. Well, there’s now an app for that!

The Journal of Medical Internet Research, published the results of a study aimed at assessing the effect of using a mobile app of biofeedback-assisted relaxation on weight, blood pressure (BP), and glycemic measures of patients with type 2 diabetes. They found that by using a phone app, patients in the study reduced stress and improved glycemic control, weight and blood pressure. You can discover more about the app they used in the study, Serenita, here.

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Dr. Mark Wiley

By Dr. Mark Wiley

Dr. Mark Wiley is an internationally renowned mind-body health practitioner, author, motivational speaker and teacher. He holds doctorates in both Oriental and alternative medicine, has done research in eight countries and has developed a model of health and wellness grounded in a self-directed, self-cure approach. Dr. Wiley has written 14 books and more than 500 articles. He serves on the Health Advisory Boards of several wellness centers and associations while focusing his attention on helping people achieve healthy and balanced lives through his work with Easy Health Options® and his company, Tambuli Media.