Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented and progression stopped. But it cannot be reversed. A healthy diet, physical activity and well managed lifestyle are the factors in diabetes prevention.
To supplement diabetes management, home remedies work wonders to improve glycemic control. Let us discover some amazing products that can improve your health and control diabetes progression:
Methi Seeds/Fenugreek Powder: taking one teaspoon of methi seeds or fenugreek powder before every meal is an excellent blood glucose lowering agent. You will find an improvement in your post prandial blood glucose readings if you follow this dosage for three months. Taking soaked methi seeds is also recommended by Indian Dietetic Association. Nutrition science experts were the pioneers in discovering anti diabetic potency of fenugreek seeds at National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. Adding powder of methi seeds is recommended in chappatis and dosa/idli batter by nutritionists on a diabetic plan.
Bitter Gourd: drinking a teaspoon of juice of bitter gourd once a day before breakfast may help lower diabetic medication. Most Asian Indian homes start their day by drinking juice of karela/ bitter gourd. Also, known as bitter melon it is assumed to lower insulin resistance. Scientists suggest the enzymes in the juice may act as nature’s action to insulin.
Philippine Department of Health quoted in 2007, investigated that 100 mg per kg of body weight of bitter melon consumption daily may decrease the need for, a sulfonylurea, an anti diabetic oral drug which is advised n twice per day.
Curry Leaves: South Indian meals are incomplete without garnish of curry leaves. Food researchers in India claim that eating fresh leaves of curry leaves may enhance absorption of blood glucose levels in the cells and improve diabetes profile. This is a humble shrub found in most homes. It is ideal to garnish each meal with these leaves or make a chutney and have in each meal.
Stevia: Stevia can replace sugar and help control sweet cravings. If you have diabetes artificial sweetening agents are an alternative to sugar. But, if you are not comfortable consuming aspartame or sucralose, natural sweetener that is zero calories is Stevia.
Cinnamon: The latest buzz in diabetes self management is cinnamon consumption. Cinnamon tea, cinnamon in spices and
meals is the recommendation by diabetes educator. It is observed by researchers that 1 gram, 3 gram, 6 gram of cinnamon per day improves glucose and lipid profile in individuals with type 2 diabetes.
Jamun: The Indian fruit Jamun is seasonal and rich in antioxidant. Eating a handful of these black plums as mid morning and evening snack can certainly improve post prandial blood glucose levels. It is advised not to drink jamun juice.
Salad: Eat a quarter plate of salad or raw veggies in each meal daily. Fiber allows satiety and slows down glucose release from digested food. This helps regulate blood glucose levels. Nutritionists suggest that eating raw veggies with bread or rice is okay and reduces glycemic index of the meal.
Psyllium husk: Isabgol or psyllium husk is a laxative. Having a teaspoon of this fiber before dinner with water is being advised by nutritionists. It curbs the appetite and soluble fiber slows down release of glucose in blood stream from digested food.
Experts are recommending psyllium husk as bulking agent to reduce weight and also improve diabetes profile and triglyceride, cholesterol levels in the body.
The American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition, 1999 indicates in a study that introduction of Psyllium Husk in the traditional diet can improve lipid and diabetes profile of the individual.
Exercise: Physical activity is important. Without exercise the insulin resistance cannot be lowered. According to American Diabetes Association, 45 minutes of exercise regularly be it walk or a jog is essential to keep diabetes at bay. 10, 000 steps a day is the recommended physical burn out recommended by American Heart Association. Keeping track of your work out using pedometers and gadgets is advised.
Massage Therapy and Reflexology: Diabetes affects the nerves and tissues of the body. Blood circulation is affected due to high blood glucose levels. Claudicating pain and neuropathy is common in diabetes. Massage and Reflexology are scientific techniques to improve blood circulation and decrease neuropathy.
Diabetes needs clinical management. Medications, diet and exercise are important to stop progress of the disease. The suggested home remedies are just supplemental care to enhance self management of diabetes. Endocrinologists and diabetes educators need to be consulted regularly for treatment of diabetes and discussing all options with them is important.