There is also increasing evidence that nuts can improve blood sugar control in type 2 diabetes. In a Canadian study published in Diabetes Care in 2011, researchers found people with type 2 diabetes who ate 2 ounces of mixed nuts daily saw a decrease in blood sugar levels and LDL (bad) cholesterol. The study was funded in part by the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research Foundation and the Almond Board of California, among other supporters.
What has not generally been included in diabetic diet recommendations is the variation in effect from different carbohydrates. It has been recommended that carbohydrates eaten by people with diabetes should be complex carbohydrates.
Even modest weight loss can improve insulin resistance (the basic problem in type 2 diabetes) in people with pre-diabetes or diabetes who are overweight or obese. Physical activity, even without weight loss, is also very important.
It is important for everyone to restrict their sodium (salt) intake. People with diabetes should reduce sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg daily. Limiting or avoiding consumption of processed foods can go a long way to reducing salt intake. Simply eliminating table and cooking salt is also beneficial.
No one should take potassium supplements without consulting a doctor. Kidney problems can cause potassium overload, and medications commonly used in diabetes (such as ACE inhibitors or potassium-sparing diuretics) also limit the kidney’s ability to excrete potassium. Patients with diabetic nephropathy (kidney disease) and kidney failure need to restrict dietary potassium, as well as phosphorus. Phosphorus-rich foods that should be avoided include meats, dairy products, beans, whole foods, and nuts. In addition, many processed and fast foods contain high amounts of phosphorus additives.
Choosing foods with low glycemic index scores often has a significant effect on controlling the surge in blood sugar after meals. Many of these foods are also high in fiber and so have heart benefits as well. Substituting low- for high-glycemic index foods may also help with weight control.
Watermelon: Like tomatoes, watermelon is a good source of the antioxidant lycopene, which may help protect against some cancers and cell damage associated with heart disease. The American Heart Association has certified fresh watermelon for its Heart-Check program as being low in saturated fat and cholesterol. When selecting watermelon, look for ones without bruises or dents. Store whole melons at room temperature for up to 10 days. One serving is 1-1/4 cups cubed.
It is best for everyone, but especially diabetics, to sip and savor such drinks. They have relatively high carb loads and enter the bloodstream at least five or six times faster than nature designed them to enter the bloodstream if you were to simply chew the food. Gulping and guzzling juiced and blended drinks leads to elevated blood-sugar levels for diabetics. In working with overweight diabetics we routinely see blood-sugar levels eclipse 600 mg/dl and stay there for over 4 hours. This spells death to cells that do not require insulin to allow sugar through the cell wall, such as optic nerves, organ cells, and cells of the nervous system in general. Thousands of these cells are destroyed when blood-sugar levels remain chronically high. Over time this leads to blindness, organ failure, amputations, and so forth.
Rates of death from cancer and from all causes were about 3 three times higher for men in the lowest quintile of dietary-fibre intake than for those in the highest quintile, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0140673682906006 and http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/88/4/1119.full
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating fish twice a week. Unlike many meats, seafood is low in unhealthy saturated fat and cholesterol, plus it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids — particularly fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, halibut, and albacore tuna. According to the American Heart Association, omega-3 fatty acids lower the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death. Omega-3s also decrease triglyceride levels, slow the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, lower blood pressure, and curb inflammation. Further, ongoing studies are evaluating their effectiveness for decreasing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
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I recommend juicing as soon as you wake and an hour before you go to bed. Each juice should contain 1/2 an apple, 1 whole carrot, a small piece of ginger, 1/2 tablespoon of turmeric (root or powder), a green (pick one: spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, collards, etc.), a dark berry (pick one: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries*, raspberries, etc.) Lastly, add your multivitamin (Andrew Lessman’s Essential 1 Multivitamin) to the smoothie. Just dump in the powder, then throw away the capsule.
My good man. Thanks for your insights and commentary. I loved the video and I’ve just taken your Saline wash and I’m going to purchase organic veggies for a 21 day cleanse. Did you say you’d been diagnosed with Type1 or 2? If yes, did you incur any nerve damage. I’ve not been to Dr for any diagnosis but experiencing burning feet sensation for past few weeks. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
Some studies show that, in many people, the brain actually reacts to sugar like it does to drugs and alcohol. This explains why, when you initially remove sugar from your diet, you feel horrible for a few days. It’s sort of like trying to cut a coffee habit cold turkey. You get headaches, feel jittery, and you’re a bit sluggish.
Do you experience… Sugar cravings or carb cravings Energy spikes and dips throughout the day fatigue, lethargy, depression or anxiety brain fog, cloudy thinking, trouble concentrating hunger that goes from mild to intense very quickly
Detox once or twice a year. Use a comprehensive program designed to do three things: release toxins from their storage sites; support the liver in changing them into compounds we can more easily excrete; and eliminate them from the body. This can be accomplished with a diet low in sweets and starches, regular exercise, stress management, good sleep, sauna therapy and supplements that deliver the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids needed for detoxification.
Potassium and Phosphorus. Potassium-rich foods, and potassium supplements, can help lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Current guidelines encourage enough dietary potassium to achieve 3,500 mg per diabetes detox for people with normal or high blood pressure (except those who have risk factors for excess potassium levels, including kidney disease and the use of certain medications). This goal is particularly important in people who have high sodium intake.
The serving-size guideline for seafood is the same for meat and poultry: 3 ounces. Even though fish might be more expensive than other protein sources, preparing it at home rather than ordering it in a restaurant keeps the cost down.
Improved glucose tolerance with lower or similar levels of insulin has been reported in more than ten trials of chromium supplementation in people with varying degrees of glucose intolerance. Chromium polynicotinate supplements increase sensitivity to insulin and therefore combat the onset of diabetes.
Because people with diabetes are at higher than average risk for heart disease, they should always check with their doctors before undertaking vigorous exercise. Moderate-to-high intensity (not high-impact) exercises are best for people who are cleared by their doctors. For people who have been sedentary or have other medical problems, lower-intensity exercises are recommended.
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Type I diabetes is a condition in which the body produces very low amounts of insulin or none at all. Type II diabetics have low insulin receptors. Either way it creates a no-holds-barred situation for your internal system, and that’s exactly how you need to fight back… NO HOLDS BARRED!