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This Herb Can Help Treat Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where blood glucose (sugar) levels are consistently too high, eventually leading to damage of tissues and organs such as nerves, blood vessels, skin, heart, kidneys, and eyes.  Approximately 1 in 4 African-American women over age 55 have diabetes, and the rate of diabetes in younger African-American women, and even children is growing at an alarming rate. In addition to diet and exercise, there are many herbs and nutrients that can help to keep blood glucose in check. One particularly effective herb is called Gymnema sylvestre.  This plant has been used in India for the treatment of diabetes for over 2,000 years.  Commonly known as the “sugar destroyer,” it is mainly used to decrease elevated blood sugar levels and help control appetite and sugar...

How to Prevent Diabetes with Simple Food Choices

Does diabetes run in your family?  Are you overweight? Do you have a sedentary job or watch a lot of TV?  Do you smoke? Are you an African-American woman? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you’re at higher risk of developing type II diabetes during your lifetime. The good news is that even with high risk factors, diabetes doesn’t have to be your destiny.  This disease is one of the most preventable diseases known to man.  What causes adult onset (type II) diabetes is a decreased ability of cells in the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that is needed to get sugar from the bloodstream into the cells where it’s used for energy.  Every time you eat simple carbohydrates and sugars, the pancreas has to pump...

FOODS TO EAT AND AVOID TO PREVENT DIABETES

If we’re just talking about prevention and you don’t yet have pre-diabetes or diabetes, then the best diet is a healthy balanced combination of whole “real” foods as described below. Healthy eating for disease prevention is a permanent change, not a temporary fad diet. Here are the basics (for a more detailed diet plan more tailored to your individual health history, see a Naturopathic Doctor): WHAT TO EAT: Whole grains – rice, quinoa, oats, wheat pastas, breads, crackers, etc. Fruit (2-3 servings/day), fresh or frozen, unsweetened dry fruit, unsweetened fruit jams Lots of fresh or frozen veggies (3-5 servings/day); limit potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes Good quality protein sources – seafood, beans, legumes, nuts; organic animal proteins such as chicken, turkey, dairy, and eggs Good oils – for cooking use olive, coconut,...