Managing Diabetes without Medicationby holistic-optimal-nutrition on Aug. 20, 2013, under Uncategorized
We hear it on the news, we watch it on the television and we read numerous articles on the internet about it. Diabetes has become rampant in the United States. In fact, diabetes has become so wide spread and common that most individuals feel that keeping it under control is as easy as popping a pill. Getting the right education from a professional will get you on the right path to success.
According to the American Diabetes Association, over 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Over 7 million of those people are yet to be diagnosed. Seventy nine million Americans are prediabetic and will eventually be diagnosed. We spend over 174 billion dollars in diabetes related medications and treatment. Type II diabetes could potentially be a very preventable disease.
Let’s first start off by explaining exactly what diabetes is and how it affects our body. Diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose to energy. Glucose is the primary fuel for our body. Typically when our body ingests carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, potatoes and dairy products, they are converted to glucose. Glucose is then transferred into the cells and used as energy. In order for glucose to be transferred, the hormone insulin is needed. In individuals with diabetes, this whole process is impaired. Diabetes develops when the pancreas does not produce insulin.
Diabetes has many symptoms and over time can reek havoc on the body. Some of the common symptoms and complications are:
Blurred Vision(due to damaged blood vessels)
Slow healing cuts
High Blood pressure leading to heart disease
Unfortunately symptoms of Type II diabetes are slow progressing and often go unnoticed. In our society, if you cannot see it or feel it immediately or you are not in pain, then it may not exist. Normally, treatment for diabetes will depend on your blood sugar levels and severity. In most cases, medication is started right away as a precaution and minimal detail is given about nutrition. On the up side of that, a constantly growing number of physicians are pushing the importance of a plant based diet.
Now, more then ever, the focus has to be on prevention and treatment with nutrition. Diabetes patients often get confused with the abundance of information and diet plans that are out there designed specifically for diabetics. The fact is that many individuals have reversed their type II diabetes strictly with nutrition and weight loss. As complicated and as daunting as a lifestyle change may seem, the answer is quite simple.
Your body needs carbohydrates, they are imperative to produce fuel for your body. Eating carbohydrates that come from our western diet that include fats and oils will cause our bodies to over produce glucose in our blood and cause severe damage to our blood vessels. By eating a whole food mostly plant based diet, our body is receiving the right kind of carbohydrates. Below is a list of foods to avoid as well as the foods that are imperative.
FOODS TO AVOID
High Sodium foods
BEST CHOICES FOR 95% OF DIET
Whole grain bread(if you eat bread)
Any fresh vegetable (raw or steamed)
Abundance of green leafy vegetables
Fresh fruit with no additional sugar
Tofu or Edamame