diabetes epidemic

Diet Therapies Support Healthy Blood Sugar

Start with diet improvements. Do NOT skip meals. Most diabetics should eat 6 mini-meals a day, especially if they’re on insulin therapy. Ask your doctor

  • Avoid highly processed foods permanently (they’re usually laden with hidden sugars), and all sweeteners.

  • Focus on a largely plant-based, fresh food diet for complex carbohydrates that don’t require much insulin for metabolism.

  • Make sure you are getting enough high quality protein from fish, beans and green superfoods like barley grass, spirulina and chlorella.

  • Boost your fiber intake from vegetables and whole grains like oats and brown rice to stabilize blood sugar swings.

  • Keep fat intake low, no more than 15% of total calories, to support better heart and weight management. But boost essential fatty acids (EFA's) from seafood (especially salmon), sea greens and evening primrose oil. EFA's promote healthy metabolism and high energy, and improve circulation.

  • Morning aloe vera helps balance those blood sugar swings, too. One tsp. in water daily also enhances liver health, critical.

  • Diabetics need more chromium, an essential trace mineral needed for glucose tolerance and sugar regulation. Add more chromium-rich foods to your diet, like nutritional yeast, onions and garlic and wheat germ. Supplement chromium (500 to 1000 mcg. daily) if you like, to enhance benefits.

  • A new study in the British Medical Journal in 1998 finds that diabetic patients who control their blood pressure cut their risk for heart disease by up to one half. Eat more potassium-rich foods like bananas broccoli and sea vegetables to help keep blood pressure under control and keep plaque from sticking to artery walls.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page