Question: Can you recommend a natural remedy for high blood sugar? I don’t want to take medicine.
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
High-fiber diets will help control spikes in blood sugar, but persistently high glucose levels (over 120 when fasting) need more than this. Restricting the number of calories you consume — to 1,800 to 2,400 per day, at least to start — will help solve blood sugar problems, as long as you balance this with a suitable exercise program. Weight management is the real goal here, and many Type 2 diabetics don’t require medication if they reach their ideal body weight.
Most weight-management diets are going to be in the range of 1,000 to 1,200 calories daily. Do not go under 1,000 calories a day without professional supervision. The best alternative for you may be to buy a stationary bicycle or treadmill and burn off those extra calories, or enter a supervised exercise program in addition with a graduated diet as recommended by your dietitian. Avoid soft drinks and fat-soaked fast food. Eat unprocessed foods, and go heavy on the vegetables and light on fruits. Once you have reached your ideal body weight, you can adjust your diet to suit the level of activity you’re getting every day.
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Blood sugar is regulated by the pancreas and is directly related to what we eat. Glucose levels are also modified by the thyroid, rate of gastrointestinal absorption, as well as by the levels of calories burned through exercise and resting metabolism.
Type 1 diabetics require insulin. Type 2 diabetics have adequate or even high insulin levels, but the body doesn’t use it efficiently, often due to obesity and genetics. High glucose raises the risk of vision loss, kidney failure, heart attack, and premature stroke.
In the pre-insulin days, diabetes was managed by starvation diets. Insulin shots revolutionized diabetes management. Oral medications have made the management of Type 2 diabetes more convenient, but all are by prescription can pose safety concerns.
Glucose levels can also be moderated slightly by increasing the fiber in your diet, or taking one teaspoon of Metamucil three times a day. Multivitamin and mineral supplements have no appreciable effect and there are no safe over-the-counter remedies that will reduce your blood glucose. The most natural way of managing your high glucose is calorie restriction combined with increased fiber intake and regular exercise to burn off those extra calories, and prevent fat deposits of any extra calories consumed.
Although oral medications used for diabetes carry side effects, the consequences of heart attack, stroke, blindness, and premature death for uncontrolled diabetes can be far more serious. You must address elevated blood glucose aggressively to avoid the devastation that high blood sugars can cause.
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