Diabetes

Why do people develop Type 2 diabetes?

When you're healthy, your pancreas secretes insulin so your body can store and use sugar from food. A number of factors contribute to diabetes:

  • The pancreas does not produce insulin.
  • The pancreas produces a small amount of insulin.
  • The body doesn't use insulin as it should.

Type 2 diabetics make insulin, unlike those with type 1 diabetes. In some cases, however, their pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or their body cannot recognize the insulin and utilize the insulin effectively. (This is known as insulin resistance.)

Overeating and refined carbohydrates, such as bleached white flour, white rice, grits, cooked potatoes, and refined white sugar, usually cause diabetes. 

When the liver is weak, it cannot metabolize fats, which leads to a craving for carbohydrates like sugar. Drugs, processed foods, processed oils, and radiation affect the liver.

The presence of sugars in foods, such as table sugar and HFCS (high fructose corn syrup), is often surprising. Therefore, they may sneak into your diet and cause various health problems. 

Refined sugars are found in the following types of foods:

  • Sports drinks, coffees, energy drinks, Vitaminwater, fruit, and drinks.
  • Breakfast cereals, cereal bars, muesli, and granola.
  • Chocolate bars, candy, pie, ice cream, doughnuts, and some bread, baked goods.
  • Canned vegetables, fruit, and baked beans.
  • Fruit preserves, jams, nut butter, and spreads
  • Yogurts, peanut butter, and sauces.
  • Dressings, sauces, and ketchup.
  • Ready-made meals include pizza, frozen, mac, and cheese.

The risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease may increase when you consume refined sugars. Additionally, they increase the risk of depression, dementia, liver disease, and certain types of cancer.

Consume fruits to reverse diabetes

There is no doubt that natural fruits are electrifying. Look no further than your refrigerator's produce drawer, on your kitchen table, or in your fruit basket, when you're looking for a diabetic-friendly treat.

A popular diabetes myth that fruit isn't safe when you're watching your A1C and it has been debunked again and again. There are many types of fruit that are loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, fiber is a powerful nutrient that helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Maintain a healthy blood sugar level by consuming fruit in its natural form and avoiding syrups or processed fruits with added sugar.

What is intermittent fasting?

 An intermittent fast occurs when one alternates between fasting and eating regularly. Several studies have shown that intermittent fasting slows down the aging process and prevents or reverses certain types of diseases. What is the best way to do it? And is it safe?

While fasting can be accomplished in several ways, all are based on determining regular eating and fasting periods. For example, you might fast for the rest of the day and only eat for eight hours. You can also choose to eat only one meal per day or eat only two or three days per week.

Intermittent fasting has been shown to have the following benefits:

  • Mental health. 
  • Cardiovascular health. 
  • Performance on the physical level. 
  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes. Several studies have found that intermittent fasting prevents obesity, and obese adults who fasted lost weight. Researchers have found that intermittent fasting can help type 2 diabetics to lose weight, reduce their fasting glucose, fasting insulin, and leptin levels, and increase their adiponectin levels. Intermittent fasting has been shown in most studies to decrease insulin resistance, decrease levels of leptin, and increase levels of adiponectin while reducing fat and weight. Fasting has been able to reverse the need for insulin therapy.

Herbal Remedies

While some fruits contain more sugar than others, that doesn't mean you shouldn't eat them if you have diabetes. Foods with high carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels more than fruits with natural sugars.

Several plants from around the world have a significant impact on the body and aid in regulating blood sugar levels. When consuming a fruit diet and intermittent fasting, the following plants are recommended.

Here are herbs you can consume for diabetes:

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is beneficial for regulating blood sugar levels and managing diabetes.

Nopal

Tea made from Nopal helps protect nerve cells, contains antioxidants, regulates blood sugar levels, treats enlarged prostate, reduces cholesterol, and helps eliminate hangovers.

Chamomile

The herb has been consumed for centuries as a natural remedy for several conditions. Chamomile tea is loaded with antioxidants that may play a role in lowering your risk of heart disease, and diabetes.

Papaya Leaf

The papaya leaf is a powerful natural antioxidant and blood sugar-lowering agent. This is how papaya leaves protect insulin-producing cells in the pancreas from damage. Promotes hair growth. Reduce inflammation. Support digestive health. Provide anticancer benefits.

Blue Vervain

Its effect is to expel mucus through sweat, which prevents colds, coughs, and fever. As a result of the sweating and diuretic effect, it is an excellent herbal remedy for removing toxins from the body.

Nettle

Among its benefits are reducing inflammation, hay fever symptoms, blood pressure and blood sugar levels..

Soursop

Among its beneficial effects on diabetes, soursop helps control blood sugar levels. Soursop helps combat inflammation, coughs, weight loss, herpes, swelling of the nose and throat, and parasitic infections like lice.

Burdock Root

Powerful antioxidant and pain reliever. Enhances blood circulation and gives the body natural plant iron. Burdock root is useful for treating fevers and skin diseases such as boils, canker sores, styes, carbuncles, and eczema. 

Bilberry

Reduce inflammation and blood sugar levels as well as improve vision and heart health. Furthermore, they may reduce ulcerative colitis symptoms, improve brain function, and fight bacteria. European wild blueberries, also known as bilberries, belong to the same plant family as blueberries, but they are smaller and darker in color.

Alfalfa Leaf

This alkalizing herb contains a wealth of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals that support liver function, especially vitamin K, which is stored in fatty tissues and the liver. It helps keep your blood clotting healthy and is found in extremely high amounts in alfalfa. In addition to lowering cholesterol, the herb may help manage blood sugar levels and relieve symptoms of menopause.