The number of people – youngsters, teenagers and adults being diagnosed with diabetes is growing alarmingly all over the world. At first it used be considered as an adult disease but nowadays, even small children are being affected by it. If you take measures to improve your diet and lifestyle, you will not only prevent and minimize the risk of diabetes but you will also lower the risk of such diseases as heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage and blindness. Diabetes also causes circulation problems and often leads to the loss of foot or leg.
Here Are 5 Ways To Prevent And Minimize The Risk Of Diabetes:
The food that we eat is broken up and the nutrients from it are metabolized by the body. What the body does not need is removed by the liver. All the carbohydrates in the food that we eat, are broken down and converted into glucose which is required for energy but if the glucose levels exceed than what the body requires, it is passed on into the bloodstream. This free floating glucose becomes toxic and results into diabetes. Indian gooseberry not only controls the levels of glucose in the blood but it also controls the amount of it that is passed into the blood. Its chromium content regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates and makes the body more responsive to insulin. Swallow one teaspoon of Indian gooseberry powder with some water every day to keep diabetes at bay.
Fenugreek seeds besides being rich in essential vitamins and minerals are also rich in galactomannan. Galactomannan is a natural soluble fiber which controls the absorption of sugar into the blood. They also contain a unique and unusual amino acid which increases the secretion of insulin and enhances insulin sensitivity. This dual role helps type 1 as well as type 2 diabetes and for people who do not have diabetes, can reduce their risk of this condition considerably. Boil two glasses of water and add two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds to it. Simmer on a low heat for about two minutes then turn off the heat. After ten minutes, strain the tea and drink at least two cups of it daily.
Insulin is a hormone which is secreted by the pancreas to help the cells take up the excess glucose in the body. But if the cells are already dense with glucose then they are unable to hold anymore, and so they do not respond. The pancreas, thinking, the cells did not get the message, releases even more insulin and when this continues for a while, the cells stop responding to insulin. Cinnamon not only enhances the response of the cells to insulin but it also protects the beta cells in the pancreas and controls the levels of glucose in the blood. Mix half a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon into a cup of milk and drink it every day.
Diets rich in sugars and carbohydrates raise the sugar levels which in turn increase insulin levels and which over time causes insulin resistance and damage of overworked pancreas. This becomes a vicious cycle if proper care is not taken and sugar levels are allowed to increase in the body. Ginger contains huge amounts of gingerols which increase the capacity of the cells to take up more glucose without the help of insulin and they also do not allow too much glucose to pass into the blood. Boil a cup of water and add one teaspoon of fresh and grated ginger to it. After ten minutes strain the tea and drink two cups of it daily.
Turmeric is full of powerful antioxidants which not only forbid excess sugar into the bloodstream but also boost immunity, protect the pancreas and the insulin secreting cells from inflammation and damage and keep the blood vessels in a healthy state. Take one teaspoon of turmeric with a cup of milk every day.