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Early Warning Signs of Diabetes
2 in 5 Americans have pre-diabetic symptoms. Pre-diabetes
is associated with a variety of serious medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, and, of course, diabetes. It's
vital to know the symptoms of pre-diabetes and always watch
for their development. If you catch the symptoms early on,
you can drastically reduce your chances of reaching
pre-diabetes and eventually diabetes. Failure to do so,
however, has major consequences.
In this article, we outline the key signs of pre-diabetes that you must not ignore. Let's walk through a list of them so that you can do a self-check right now and then keep on the lookout for any of them developing.
Feeling Tired After Eating
The first symptom to be on the lookout for is if you start to feel very tired and sluggish after a meal containing carbohydrates. If you eat carbs and your body isn't processing them correctly, this can lead to ongoing fatigue and muscle weakness.
While most people will feel tired if they eat a very high carb meal or simply too many calories at once, if you are noticing this even after a lighter meal containing 25-50 grams of carbohydrates, it could be a sign that something's up.
High Cravings For Carbohydrates
At the same time, if you often find yourself craving carbohydrates or sugar foods for that matter, this too can be a sign of diabetes. Realize that there is a difference though between a psychological craving because you simply have come to love sugar-dense foods and a feeling like you must eat carbohydrates because your blood sugar is low.
If you feel shaky, jittery, anxious, or like you might faint, these are all classic signs of low blood glucose levels and could indicate your body isn't responding to insulin as it should.
Excess Body Weight Focused Around The Stomach
The next symptom to be aware of is excess fat,
particularly focused around the midsection. If you have
more of an apple shape to your body than a pear, you are
holding your fat in areas that are particularly dangerous for
those who are trying to fend off diabetes.
Apple shapes store fat in central locations around the organs, which can cause a higher likelihood of insulin resistance developing, which will then lead to full blown diabetes.
Not to mention fat in this region is also far more dangerous as far as heart disease is concerned, so that's yet another reason to be aiming to lose weight if this is where you're storing it.
High Blood Pressure
Finally, if you have high blood pressure levels, this should not go ignored. Many people tend to think of high blood pressure as being a sign for heart disease, but in addition to that, it's also a sure-fire sign diabetes could be right around the corner.
High blood pressure levels along with elevated triglycerides and cholesterol are also all a sign of pre-diabetes.
So keep these warning symptoms in mind and be on the lookout for them at all times. If you notice any appearing, take action immediately to reverse them so that you don't become impacted by type 2 diabetes.
In addition, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have many treatment options to get blood sugar under control.
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Diabetes & Diet
It is important to maintain normal sugar levels
in the body through diet.
* Eating a balanced diet that contains complex carbohydrates, protein (organic sources if possible), and healthy fats can help regulate normal sugar levels in your body.
* Eat smaller meals at regular times throughout the day.
* Avoid spicy and heat producing foods such as lamb, ginger,
hot pepper, cinnamon and red/Korean Ginseng.
* Drink Tea: Add 1/4 oz of green tea leaves to 1 cup of cold
water and soak for 5 hours. Sip throughout the day.
* Add 1 whole, diced onion to 500 ML of red wine.
After it soaks for 10 days, you can drink
Foods Commonly Used in the Treatment of Diabetes
30 ML before each meal, twice per day.
|Grains & Legumes:
||Amaranth, Bran, Millet, Quinoa, Rice, Sweet Rice, Fresh Corn, Black Bean, Lentils, Mung Bean, Garbanzo Bean
||Wheat Grass or Barley Grass, Spirulina
Chlorella, Liquid Chlorophyll
E3 Live (klamath lake blue green algae)
|Fruits & Veggies:
||String Beans, Peas, Carrots, Celery
Radish, Jerusalem artichoke, Daikon Root
Turnip, Asparagus, Yams, Pumpkin,
Spinach, Avocado, Pear, Plum, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime, Blueberry (frozen and
then thawed), Huckleberry
||Coconut Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Nuts, Seeds
||Organic, Free Range Beef in small amounts
Organic Beef Broth, Chicken, Fish, Turkey
||Licorice Tea or Powder (contraindicated in high blood pressure),
Stevia Powder or Extract
Health Tips for Diabetics
* Maintain a positive attitude *
Stress and anxiety can affect your physiological function, and emotional upset will raise your blood sugar levels.
* Exercise *
Staying active is one of the best ways to lower your blood sugar levels. Try to get in a daily walk, swim or yoga class. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are also wonderful to add to your daily routine.
* Take care of your feet and ankles *
You may want to see a podiatrist to make sure you have the proper footwear to avoid any problems to your feet that can occur if you have diabetes.
* Take warm epsom salt baths (not hot) *
Take warm epsom salt baths a few times per week.
Key West Black Beans & Rice
* This recipe comes from the Diabetes Cookbook
and is a recipe to keep blood sugar levels stable. *
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
- 1 medium, 5 ounces (150 g), yellow onion, minced
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 15-ounce (450 g) can black beans, rinsed and well drained
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) crushed dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon (7.5 ml) red wine vinegar
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 2 cups (350 g) hot cooked rice
Makes 6 servings.
- Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté, stirring often, until onion is soft but not browned, about 4 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except cooked rice. Simmer for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf.
- To serve, divide beans and sauce between 6 heated serving plates. Pack 1/3 cup of the hot cooked rice into a mold. Unmold onto the beans and serve at once.
Diabetic exchanges: 1-1/2 carbohydrate (bread/starch), 1/2 fat
140 calories (18% calories from fat),
5 g protein,
3 g total fat (0.4 g saturated fat),
24 g carbohdyrate,
4 g dietary fiber,
162 mg sodium.
The information contained within the
newsletter is only used to educate
and inform. This newsletter is
not a substitute for the advice of a licensed
and registered health
care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult
a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before
starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.