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Natural Methods for Managing Diabetes

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Cruciferous, root, and leafy green vegetables are the best source of minerals that diabetics require.

It is no secret that diabetes cases are on the rise both in the United States and around the globe. If you have received a diagnosis, the staff at Johns Creek Family Medicine would like you to know there are certain steps you can take to improve your health, and you can start by changing your lifestyle.

 

Hydrate

Poor hydration is common among diabetics because the high blood sugar causes the body to draw water from itself to help flush out the excess glucose in the blood. This is the main reason for excessive thirst and frequent urination that co-occur with diabetes. In some cases, simply better hydration can help prevent the insulin resistance, or even reverse the diabetic condition altogether. Thus, adults should drink at least three quarts of carbon-only filtered tap water or spring water daily. Also, avoid fruit juices, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol.

 

Reduce Your Carbohydrate Intake

Simply reducing carbohydrate-rich and starchy foods alone can work wonders in preventing glucose fluctuations and unwanted weight gain. The most likely results are steadier blood sugar levels and weight loss. Foods such as grains, bread, and certain cereals are high up on the Glycemic Index and should be avoided.

 

Eat Whole, Organic Foods

If possible, always settle for unprocessed, chemical-free foods. Cruciferous, root, and leafy green vegetables are the best source of minerals that diabetics require. Steaming and cooking them breaks down the insoluble fiber and makes it easier for the body to absorb the essential nutrients and also activate their healing energy. Also, when selecting meats, choose those that are grass-fed, wild game or free-range. And for your dairy products, always go raw.

 

Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

Diabetes is often associated with mineral deficiency, especially chromium (poor insulin effectiveness), manganese (low energy and craving for sweets), and zinc (poor production of insulin), and other minerals that are further depleted by the consumption of carbohydrates.

Without a good intake and absorption of these vital nutrients, your body cannot perform the basic functions that are necessary to sustain life, let alone manage blood sugar. While specialists recommend a targeted and nutritional balancing program, a person with diabetes can benefit from taking high-quality food-based supplements of these minerals. You can as well add omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, vitamins A, B complex, and D, calcium, kelp, magnesium, and a digestive enzyme.
 

Sleep More and Avoid Stress

Plenty of sleep and rest are critical to your overall health. Unfortunately, many people overlook this fact. For diabetes patients, doctors recommend at least 10 hours of sleep every night, as well as going to bed early. Sleeping consistently at 9 pm or earlier is ideal for your Circadian Rhythm, and can be vital for getting a sufficient night’s sleep. Also vital is the reduction of your daily stress levels, which can strain your adrenal glands, causing the secretion of excess sugar into the blood. Many diabetics neglect their self-care and adopt an exhausting lifestyle. If not corrected, this pattern can cause greater health complications.

Diabetes is a serious condition, and this makes it important to adopt a healthy lifestyle. If you hydrate well, eat a healthy diet, take mineral supplements, and reduce stress, you will improve your health greatly. If you need any advice and help regarding your diabetes condition, visit Dr. Charkawi at the Johns Creek Family Medicine that is located in Johns Creek near the Peachtree Parkway (Highway 141) and McGinnis Ferry Road intersections, directly opposite the Emory Johns Creek Hospital on Hospital Parkway. Johns Creek Family Medicine serves patients from South Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties and the surrounding North Atlanta areas such as Duluth, Alpharetta, Suwannee, Cumming, Roswell, Johns Creek, and Dawsonville.

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