Diabetes mellitus is a nutritional disorder, characterized by an abnormally high level of blood glucose and the excretion of the excess glucose in the urine. It results from an absolute or relative lack of insulin which leads to abnormalities in carbohydrate metabolism and metabolism of protein and fat. The word diabetes is derived from the Greek word meaning “to siphon, to pass through”, and mellitus comes from the Latin word “honey”.
The cases of diabetes are much higher these days as compare to the past. The most commonly used screening tests are the determination of the fasting blood glucose level and the blood glucose level tested two hours after a meal. The normal fasting blood sugar content is 80 -120mg. per 100 ml of blood, this can go up to a level of 160 mg. per 100 ml of blood two hours after meals. Anything above these levels can be termed as diabetic levels. It occurs in all age groups but the most common sufferers are obese people in middle or older age
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is the most dangerous type of diabetes and it usually begins during childhood. People who suffer from type 1 diabetes produce little or no insulin for themselves and are dependent upon daily injections in order to remain alive. This is also known as insulin dependent diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and usually develops during adulthood. People, who suffer from type 2 diabetes, are unable to effectively use the insulin that their body is producing. Obesity and lack of exercise are thought to be the main culprits in this form of the disease. Oral medication and a strict diet are the best way to control this type of diabetes.
Pregnant women sometimes suffer from gestational diabetes, with the symptoms going away after the child birth.
Eat foods that are rich in fiber. Fiber slows intestinal absorption of sugar and smoothes out blood sugar levels. Pears, beans, barley, blackberries and chick-peas are some sources of fiber.
Okra is prescribed in Ayurveda as a remedy for blood sugar. Okra is quite delicious as a steamed or roasted vegetable.
Prickly pear cactus is available in the Mexican sections of the grocery store. The pads can be diced and used in a salad or taco. It helps with diabetes, obesity and elevated blood cholesterol.
Dandelion greens are hypoglycemic and they can be juiced or chopped into salads and soups. Ingesting dandelion can improve lipid profiles, cholesterol and triglycerides in diabetic patients.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, cashew, cayenne, ginger, turmeric, bay leaf, coriander seed, turnip, lettuce, cabbage, cranberry, papaya fruit, millet, Jeruselam artichoke, barley, oats and buckwheat are a few other foods helpful for a diabetic. Incorporate some of them into your diet everyday.
Home remedies for diabetes we recommend
Take Alpha lipoic acid It helps to control sugar level in the blood. Alpha lipoic acid is considered among the elite, multipurpose antioxidants.
Take 400 mcg. a day of chromium picolinate makes insulin more efficient helping keep sugar level low. Chromium maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization and can be helpful for people with diabetes and/or hypoglycemia.
Take Garlic in capsules it helps circulation and regulates sugar level.
500 mg of L-glutamine and taurine a day to reduce sugar cravings and to help release insulin.
Huckleberry promotes the production of insulin.
A tea made with kidney beans, white beans, navy beans, lima beans, and northern beans removes toxins from the pancreas.
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