For someone without diabetes (or if you don’t know that you have it), the idea of having to fight diabetes seems low priority. After all, it mostly happens to the elderly, right? It only effects people who are clearly obese, doesn’t it? It isn’t something you need to worry about at all, huh?
Around the world, more than 347 million people have diabetes and in 2012, more than 1.5 million people died as a direct result of the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers it an epidemic and projects it will become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.
There are three types of diabetes:
- Type 1 – this form is not preventable or reversible. It results from your body’s inability to produce insulin. Approximately 10% (or less) of all diabetes cases are type 1.
- Type 2 – this form is 100% preventable and 100% reversible. It results from your body’s inability to use insulin effectively. Roughly 90% of all diabetes cases are type 2.
- Gestational – this form affects women who are pregnant and is connected to hyperglycemia. This condition can increase complications during pregnancy and delivery as well as raise risk of type 2 diabetes later.
Over the past three decades, the rate of diabetes has risen globally by staggering amounts. It is running parallel to rising rates of obesity and sedentary lifestyles. More than 50% of those with diabetes will die of cardiovascular disease. It is the leading cause of blindness, limb amputation, and kidney failure.
It’s time to fight diabetes before you get it. If you already have it (or suspect you might have pre-diabetes) then now is the time to get busy reversing it! Left untreated, it will kill you.
Type 2 diabetes can be prevented (and reversed) almost entirely by getting your eating plan under control and getting low to moderate exercise each day. Yes, you read that right. Eating right and mild exercise will prevent (and gradually reverse) this disease that is directly linked to so many other devastating conditions. It’s a fact.Type 2 diabetes can be prevented (and reversed) almost entirely by diet and exercise!Click To Tweet
1. Red Onions: Onions are good for so many things and incredibly versatile in regards to how you can use them in your recipes! The active compound in onions that scientists credit for their health benefits is allicin but they are also an excellent source of chromium. Both help lower blood sugar naturally and possess anti-mutagenic, antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties that protect against some of the “ripple effect” that diabetes can cause in your body. Red onions are high in fiber, low in calories, and are considered a low-glycemic food.
2. Kale: This superfood helps improve blood glucose control in diabetics and is loaded with vitamins A, K, and C that are essential for vision, skin health, and better mental functioning. This leafy green is low in calories, high in fiber, and packed with protein. These qualities make it ideal to fight diabetes and obesity simultaneously. Kale is a fantastic heart healthy food that also improves bone health. Adding it to your morning shake is simple and effective or you can dice it fine and throw it over salads (raw) or into soups.
3. Garlic: You can’t get more “ancient goodness” than garlic. This powerful disease fighter has been making headlines for millennia. Garlic possesses antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties that are good for your cells head to toe. It should come as no surprise that it helps fight diabetes (and pre-diabetes) like a champ. It improves insulin resistance by blocking your liver’s deactivation of insulin production, making more insulin available for the body to metabolize. Science has verified its’ anti-cancer and immune boosting benefits as well. Garlic contains good amount of vitamin B-6, vitamin C, copper, iron, calcium, selenium, and manganese so add this to your eating plan now.Don’t become a statistic for a completely preventable and reversible disease!Click To Tweet
There are many foods that are outstanding for diabetics and that make winning the diabetes fight a little more attainable. Here are a few of our favorites:
- Greek yogurt (unsweetened with fresh fruit)
- Berries (blueberries, raspberries, and cranberries)
- Fatty fish (salmon, tuna, and sardines)
- Flaxseed and flaxseed oil
- Melon and citrus
- Nuts and seeds
- Peppers and tomatoes
- Broccoli, spinach, and greens
- Green tea and coffee
- Coconut oil and olive oil
Avoid refined flours and sugars (even if you’re otherwise healthy – this is a good move you’re your entire system). Drink plenty of water and get quality sleep for eight hours a night.
Such simple things…and you can fight diabetes. Don’t become a statistic for a completely preventable and reversible disease! Start making changes right now to protect your body.