Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or prediabetes and told that you need to start taking prescription drugs? Would you rather try natural alternatives first?
- Eat a balanced diet: A balanced diet is important for managing blood sugar levels. Include a variety of foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
- Monitor carbohydrate intake: Carbohydrates have the most significant impact on blood sugar levels. Monitoring the intake of carbohydrate-containing foods, such as bread, pasta, rice, and sugary drinks, can help control blood sugar levels.
- Exercise regularly: Exercise can help control blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity, which means your cells can use insulin better. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight or obese can make it harder to control blood sugar levels. Losing weight can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
- Manage stress: Stress can increase blood sugar levels. Managing stress through relaxation techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing, can help control blood sugar levels.
- Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can affect blood sugar levels. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night.
Regardless of how advanced your diabetes is, you can improve your blood sugar control with dietary and lifestyle changes. If you're prepared to make these changes, you'll see your blood sugar levels drop and your medication dosages decrease, even if you're already taking insulin.
Peripheral neuropathy can also be managed using supplements and acupuncture.
If you think that there is nothing that can be done about your diagnosis of diabetes except start taking prescription medication, make an appointment for a consultation with me and learn about other options that will improve your health. Improving your blood sugar control will give you a much better quality of life now and as you age.