The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States recently reported1 that over 100 adults in the country now either have diabetes or are considered to have prediabetes. The 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report2 explains that 23.1 million individuals in the country have been diagnosed with diabetes by a doctor, with only 5% of these people obtaining a diagnosis with type 1 diabetes. Furthermore, an estimated 7.2 million individuals have diabetes without their knowledge.
The highest prevalence of diabetes was observed among men who are older than 65 years. An estimated 25.2% of seniors over the age of 65 have diabetes. Among men, the National prevalence has been estimated to be 12.7%.
The Burden Of Diabetes On Human Health
The large prevalence of diabetes throughout the population of the United States is certainly a call for concern, especially among the older population. Numerous health complications have been associated with the presence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, primarily caused by a constant spike in blood sugar levels.
The complications associated with this disease are often divided into multiple categories, with the primary two categories being macrovascular complications and microvascular complications. Microvascular complications associated with the disease seems to have an alarmingly high prevalence among the general population.
Potential complications that a person may experience when their blood sugar levels are not effectively controlled include3:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Peripheral artery disease
- Diabetic foot syndrome
Natural Ways To Reduce Your Blood Sugar Levels
Conventional treatments are required to assist in the management of diabetes. There are various strategies that may be provided to a person to help regulate blood sugar levels, such as the administration of synthetic insulin hormones through a daily injection. Many people are also opting for natural remedies – with many being supported by scientific research to prove their efficiency in lowering blood sugar levels.
Below, we are going to share a couple of useful natural methods that you can try out to help you stay in control of your blood sugar levels.
- Limit Your Intake Of Carbohydrates
Let’s start with a simple modification in your current diet that could yield impressive results. Your body relies on the sugar in foods to generate energy. It is not only the sugar in foods and drinks that can cause a spike in blood glucose levels, however. Carbohydrates found in your foods are broken down during the digestion process – and this results in sugars being created in your body. In turn, you get more glucose pushed into your bloodstream.
If you have a problem with high blood glucose levels and your diet consists of too many carbohydrates, then this may be the first way to gain more control. In one study4, a group of patients with type 1 diabetes was divided into two groups and monitored. The one group was provided a low-carb diet, while the second group was offered a standard diet. The group who consumed the low-carb diet had a significant reduction in their daily insulin use, as well as their HbA1c levels.
- Reduce Your Stress
Many people do not realize it, but stress can actually have an impact on the amount of sugar that is present in your blood. This is because stress caused cortisol to be secreted in your body, a hormone that has been linked to a spike in blood glucose levels. In one study5, scientists provided evidence that stress even leads to a spike in blood glucose levels among study subjects that do not have diabetes – this means long-term stress may actually cause you to experience a higher risk of insulin resistance, prediabetes, and ultimately type 2 diabetes.
- Eat More Foods That Are High In Vitamin C
One study6 explained that several micronutrients seem to play a role in assisting as an intervention for diabetes mellitus. In particular, vitamin C has been found to be a useful nutrient that may assist in improving the management of blood sugar levels in the human body. There are many foods that contain high amounts of vitamin C. This include oranges, of course, but also Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, Broccoli, red peppers, spinach, turnip greens, cabbage, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and winter squash. Try to add more of these to your diet.
- Give Apple Cider Vinegar A Try
Apple cider vinegar has been associated with quite a few benefits in the last few years and has long been used in salad dressings, cooking, and more. Many people turn to apple cider vinegar as a weight loss tool. In one study7, scientists explain that the vinegar may also be useful in glucose regulation. While the exact mechanism behind this potential benefit is not known, there is a theory that it might be because the vinegar may reduce the hepatic production of glucose – which simply means that the liver will make less glucose. Some have also suggested that the vinegar may help to increase the body’s utilization of glucose.
- Prioritize Physical Activity
Exercising has many benefits for the human body – in fact, it is something that a person needs to expose their body to on a regular basis to remain healthy. There are different ways in which exercise can also improve the regulation of blood glucose levels. First would be the reduction in body weight. By burning calories, it leads to fat reduction. One study8 explains that weight loss that might seem insignificant could actually have a major impact on type 2 diabetes, insulin sensitivity, and blood glucose regulation. Another study9 explains that exercise directly improves insulin sensitivity as well and helps to ensure the body utilizes more of its glucose reserves, which, in turn, leads to a decline in blood sugar levels.
Diabetes is a serious disease with a high prevalence among the population of the United States. The highest prevalence is observed among older men. Treatment options can assist in managing blood sugar levels. A range of natural solutions can also provide an effective way to reduce blood sugar levels and potentially assist in decreasing the likeliness of complications developing.
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1 New CDC report: More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. CDC Newsroom. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p0718-diabetes-report.html
2 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2017. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pdfs/data/statistics/national-diabetes-statistics-report.pdf
3 K. Papatheodorou, M. Banach, E. Bekiari, M. Rizzo, M. Edmonds. Complications of Diabetes 2017. Journal of Diabetes Research. 11 Mar 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5866895/
4 J.D. Krebs, A. Parry Strong, P. Cresswell, A.N. Reynolds, A. Hanna, S. Haeusler. A randomized trial of the feasibility of a low carbohydrate diet vs. standard carbohydrate counting in adults with type 1 diabetes taking body weight into account. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26965765
5 M. Radahmadi, F. Shadan, S.M. Karimian, S.S. Sadr, A. Nasimi. Effects of stress on exacerbation of diabetes mellitus, serum glucose, and cortisol levels and body weight in rats. The Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology. 15 Aug 2005. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16102950
6 J.J. Cunningham. Micronutrients as nutraceutical interventions in diabetes mellitus. Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Feb 1998. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9477383
7 E.I. Petsiou, P.I. Mitrou, S.A. Raptis, G.D. Dimitriadis. Effect and mechanism of action of vinegar on glucose metabolism, lipid profile, and body weight. Journal of Nutrition Reviews. 28 Aug 2014. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25168916
8 K. Fujioka. Benefits of moderate weight loss in patients with type 2 diabetes. Journal of Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism. Mar 2010. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20151995
9 K.L. Way, D.A. Hackett, M.K. Baker, N.A. Johnson. The Effect of Regular Exercise on Insulin Sensitivity in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Diabetes & Metabolism Journal. 2 Aug 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4995180/