Type 2 diabetes is known as adult diabetes. This means you have developed the disease as an adult instead of being born with a defect which causes your body to not produce enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the United States over the last fifteen years or so. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled in the last 15 years, and 54 million more people have prediabetes.
Now, diabetes is such a large topic that we can’t begin to cover it in just one article, but we will be publishing additional articles throughout the coming weeks and months to try and cover it in much more detail.
Generally, type 2 diabetics are considered to be “non insulin dependant”. Many can control their blood glucose levels with the foods they eat, though some will take oral medications to help as well. Some type 2 diabetics however, do have to take one or more insulin shots each day when they’re diabetes is not able to be controlled by other means.
There are herbal diabetic supplements at almost any health food or herbal supplement store, which are natural sources of insulin – the best is known as GoldenSeal. These can be beneficial to many diabetics, depending on the severity of their condition and what other medications their doctors have them on.
One of the best remedies for diabetes however, is to simply change the types of foods you eat. This may not solve all of your diabetes problems, but it does help tremedously in most cases.
First, you’ll need to cut sugar from your diet. This may sound obvious to some, but it’s not uncommon to see diabetics eating foods and drinking liquids which are quite sugary. It’s also not easy to cut all sugar from your diet, because almost everything bought prepackaged in stores today contains added sugars.
So the most important step involved in changing your diet is to learn to read the food labels. Glucose is a form of sugar. So is fructose. Many things that end in “ose” are forms of sugar. Sucralose however, is a sugar substitute. This substance is made from sugar cane but it is not a form of sugar to your body.
The next dietary step you’ll need to take, is eliminating or drastically reducing the amount of simple carbohydrates you eat. Carbs are converted to glucose in our bodies. And the more simple a carbohydrate is, the more sugar it provides us. White breads, pastries, white enriched pastas, cookies cakes and candies… these are all sources of very quick, simple sugars that can cause severe problems with our body’s blood sugar levels.
There are also many fruits and vegetables which are quite high in natural sugar, and these can be quite problematic for diabetics. Fruits such as watermelon and cantaloupe will make your blood sugar rise quickly. Potatoes and carrots can too, but the effects of these are not quite as severe.
This is very brief start to dietary changes you should consider if you’re diabetic or at risk of becoming so in the future. We’ll look at additional food changes in later publications.