Diabetes and its complications have become the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. There are 27 million diabetics in the United States and 171 million diabetics estimated around the world.
Globally, one person dies of diabetes every ten seconds. Nearly 14% of men and 12% of women over age 30 in the United States have diabetes, and close to one-third of them don’t even know it.
This disease shortens lives by almost nine years, on average, and wrecks quality of life by increasing your risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, infections, blindness, amputations and depression, just to name a few.
We spend billions of dollars a year on "The War On Diabetes," and the disease is still growing by leaps and bounds.
Are we going on the right path or do we need to do something differently?
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, said it best, "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food."
Fortunately, there are nutrients that can help you lower your blood sugar.
Here are 8 safe and natural ways to help diabetics in their fight to control their blood sugar:
1. Green tea
A compound in green tea, EGCG, was found to stabilize blood sugar levels of moderately diabetic mice as effectively as a prescription pharmaceutical diabetic medication!
2. Alpha-lipoic acid
In several studies, alpha-lipoic acid appears to help lower blood sugar levels. Its ability to kill free radicals may help people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. A 2006 study found that taking alpha-lipoic acid for diabetic neuropathy reduced symptoms compared to the placebo.
It also strengthens immunity, improves energy in cells, protects brain cells against excitotoxicity and removes excess toxic metals. Suggested dose for diabetics and diabetic neuropathy: 400 mg twice a day.
When chromium levels are low, HDL levels fall, insulin resistance develops and triglycerides rise. Chromium supplementation has been shown to improve insulin receptor function.
Studies indicate hemoglobin A1c were reduced, inflammation was decreased and glucose returned to normal in most people who took chromium. Best food sources of chromium include onions, tomatoes, potatoes and sea vegetables.
4. Cinnamon extract
A bioflavonoid found in cinnamon called proanthocyanidin may alter the insulin-signaling activity in our fat cells and thus has great potential for helping diabetes.
A half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day has been shown to significantly reduce blood sugar levels and triglycerides in people with Type 2 diabetes.
5. Coenzyme Q 10 or CoQ10
This has been shown to lower blood glucose in diabetics by 30%. CoQ10 increases cellular energy and is an antioxidant. One study showed an oral dose of 100 mg CoQ twice daily effectively lowered blood sugar levels in diabetics.
6. Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle seed extract contains powerful antioxidant properties. One study showed that people who received a 200 mg Milk Thistle tablet three times per day before meals for four months saw improvements in their blood sugar compared to placebo.
7. Omega-3 fatty acids.
The ability of omega-3 fatty acids to lower the risk of stroke and heart attacks is well-known. But it also possesses one other interesting property that applies especially to diabetes: Omega-3 fats convert the potentially harmful very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL) into LDL. Decreasing cellular inflammation is essential for diabetics!
8. Panax Ginseng
A study out of University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine found that mice who were given daily 150 mg dosages of Panax Ginseng Berry Extract had significantly improved glucose tolerance and normal blood sugar levels after just 12 days!
Even with natural solutions, what works for one person may not be right for the next. Having the supervision of a clinician trained in Functional Medicine or another qualified natural health practitioner, will help find a safe, effective natural solution designed for your individual needs!
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