How To Treat The Symptoms Of Diabetes Naturally
The disease which affects the way the body uses the glucose in blood is called diabetes. Nearly 21 million Americans are affected by this disease. Diabetes is classified into type 1 and diabetes type 2. Each one differs in the way the organism produces and uses insulin.
In this article, we are going to discuss the differences between these two types of diabetes as well as share some natural remedies that can alleviate the symptoms of this disease.
This type of diabetes is also known as ″insulin-dependent″ and it appears during childhood. About 10% of the people who have diabetes are affected by this type. The immune system of the person who suffers from diabetes type 1 destroys the cells that produce insulin.
• Frequent urination
• Blurred vision
• Weight loss
• Numbness and tingling in the feet
Diabetes type 2 is also called ″non-insulin-dependent″ and it appears during adulthood. The body is insulin-resistant which means it can’t use insulin to convert the glucose into energy. This in turn results in increased levels of glucose in blood. As a result, the pancreas produces less insulin which leads to an insulin deficiency.
• Increased and frequent urination
• Excessive thirst
• Excessive hunger
• Sores that can’t heal
• Blurry vision
Causes for developing type 2-diabetes:
• Poor nutrition
• Having frequent inflammations
• Poor physical activity
• Family history of diabetes
• Stressful lifestyle
• Hypertension or cardiovascular issues
• Being exposed to chemicals and toxins
• Having a hormonal disorder
• Taking medications that disrupt the production of insulin
Natural remedies to alleviate the symptoms of diabetes
There are numerous natural alternatives which can help you to manage the symptoms and control the disease. Here are some of them:
Carrots are high in beta-carotene, which is extremely useful for people suffering from diabetes type 2. It can improve the vision and strengthen the immunity.
2. Fatty fish
People who consume fatty fish such as sardines, mackerel, albacore tuna, salmon and halibut at least two times weekly, are less likely to develop inflammation, hypertension and irregular heartbeat. This food is abundant in saturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. However, be moderate when consuming fish because it contains certain amount of mercury.
3. Aloe Vera
According to the studies, the Aloe Vera juice can enhance the levels of blood glucose. It can also decrease blood lipid molecules, speed up wound healing and decrease swelling.
Turmeric regulates the insulin levels, supports the function of the pancreas and prevents insulin resistance. Its extract can repair damage to beta cells in the pancreas, thus promoting normal production of insulin.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C and soluble fiber, both of which are highly beneficial for people who have diabetes. Vitamin C improves the insulin resistance and decreases the levels of blood sugar, while soluble fiber reduces blood sugar and maintains healthy levels of cholesterol and blood pressure.
Cinnamon stimulates the insulin activity, thus lowering the levels of blood glucose. It should be used in its pure form (Ceylon cinnamon) since the regular cinnamon contains a toxic compound known as coumarin.
7. Green tea
Green tea is abundant in polyphenols which are mighty antioxidants that stimulate the release of glucose from foods. Polyphenols also promote the efficient use of insulin in the body. According to a study conducted in 2013, consuming more than six cups of green tea per day lowers your risk of developing type 2-diabetes by up to 33%.
8. Flax seeds
Flaxseeds are high in fiber, which means they encourage the process of digestion and absorption of sugar and fats in blood. It has been also shown that flaxseeds reduce the post-meal levels of sugar in diabetes by almost 30%.
The regular intake of blueberries keeps the blood glucose at normal levels. Blueberries are rich in flavonoids which lower the risk of diabetes and have anticancer effects. They also contain antioxidant known as anthocyanins which can reduce the type 2-diabetes by up to 23%.
10. Bilberry leaves
Bilberry is a Northern European plant, relative of the blueberry. It has been used in the treatment of diabetes because it can effectively control the levels of glucose in blood. Bilberry contains anthocyanosides (flavonoids) which strengthen the blood vessels and reverse diabetic retinopathy.
This is a collective name for different plant species. Some studies have shown that ginseng can decrease the blood glucose but further research is required to verify its efficacy.
12. Opuntia streptacantha
This plant is also known as prickly-pear cactus and it can be found in the arid regions. It has been used by the inhabitants of the Mexican desert for regulating the blood glucose. According to the animal studies, some properties of this plant can significantly decrease both the HbA1c and postprandial glucose.
In order to control the disease, you have to avoid the following foods as well:
• Refined sugar
• GMO foods
• Cow’s milk
• Hydrogenated oils