Diabetes is a well-known illness, but many people are still confused about it. The Internet is filled with all types of misinformation regarding diabetes, this includes the information given to patients from health care providers. One misguided piece of information people receive is that diabetes is irreversible. In the naturopathic community, doctors have proven this wrong.
Various methods are being used to help patients to alleviate their diabetic symptoms and reverse the condition altogether. Integrative medicine centers across the nation are treating patients using holistic practices.
There is an epidemic of diabetes in the U.S. Numbers show that there are up to 29 million people already diagnosed with this condition, which makes up over nine percent of the American populace. This disease knows no age limits – 26 percent of American adults over 20 and over 35 percent of senior citizens are pre-diabetic. That means there’s another 86 million people walking around with the risk of diabetes.
If you or a loved one is currently living with this illness, then it’s important to know that there is a way to reverse it and prevent it from coming back. Here’s how naturopathic doctors are doing it.
Step One: Exercise
You can’t talk yourself out of this one – you absolutely must workout, since it helps to reduce insulin and leptin resistance. If you’re having issues with getting started, then you can ask your naturopathic doctor for a referral to a physical trainer. There are a variety of online programs you can use as well.
Step Two Eliminate Sugar and Grain
You want to reduce your intake of fructose and other forms of sugar. And you also want to toss out grains, since these also raise your insulin levels. Eliminate them both to help regulate your system.
Step Three: Improve Your Diet
It’s not enough to just eliminate sugars and grains – you must also add to your diet, preferably unprocessed, whole foods. This includes fruits, veggies and nuts.
Step Four: Keep Track of Insulin Levels
You need to know your insulin levels in between meals, not just after you eat. It’s best to keep it between two and four.
Step Five: Get More Vitamin D
Vitamin D is known to treat type 2 diabetes and help pregnant women prevent their newborns from developing type 1 diabetes. The best source of vitamin D is right from the sun.
Step Six: Eat Probiotics
Probiotics help your stomach maintain a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria. It will help produce more good bacteria so you can break down foods and boost your immune system.