According to the WHO data, India has the highest number of Diabetes patients in the world. In the year 2000, there were about 31.7 million diabetics in India. This number is expected to increase by 100% in the year 2030 accounting to 79.4 million patients.
Diabetes is a chronic disease where the patient’s body struggles to control its blood glucose level. This condition may cause heart disease, kidney failure, blindness or amputations.
It is not easy to manage diabetes. The patient needs to constantly check their diet for even the simplest of healthy foods can affect the sugar level in blood at a great extent. In the extreme cases, one cannot do without western medicine. However, at the initial stage when the body becomes insulin resistant, there are certain foods that can be consumed in order to avoid the development of type 2 diabetes.
Turmeric is 100% effective in preventing Diabetes. According to a study, curcumin, an active compound in dry turmeric is 500 to 100,000 times more effective than the prescription drug Metformin at activating glucose uptake.
According to a study, researchers have proved that consuming 1600 mg of ginger per day improves eight markers of diabetes.
Cinnamon is one of the oldest and most popular spices used for its flavouring and medicinal qualities. Cinnamon is known to normalise blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes patients by improving the ability to respond to insulin.
Studies have shown that berries reduce the insulin spike after the meal. The starch in the bread alone can spike the after meal glucose levels. Eating berries requires less insulin to control it.
- Chia seeds
Chia seeds are extremely high in fibre, which does not raise blood sugar. The fibre actually helps lower the blood sugar by slowing down the rate at which the food moves through the gut and gets absorbed.
- Bitter Gourd Juice
Bitter Gourd juice is an excellent beverage for diabetics. According to studies, bitter gourd has a few active substances with anti diabetic properties. One of them is charantin, which is known for its blood glucose lowering effect. Another substance is Polypeptid – p, also known as p-insulin for its insulin like properties which can control diabetes naturally.
This article has been issued in public interest as part of a series on natural healing.
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