Diabetes is simply the condition of elevated sugar levels in the blood. The two primary reasons why diabetes develops is because of either, the body stops producing insulin or the body does not respond to the insulin produced by the body.
Insulin is what is broken down by the body into energy and is transported to the cells for proper cellular functioning.
Type I diabetes usually occurs in persons below 20 years of age and this takes place when the body is partially or completely unable to produce insulin. This type of diabetes is an autoimmune disease whereby your immune system attacks the pancreas.
The pancreas is where insulin is produced thus these attacks make the pancreas incapable or inefficient in producing insulin. Type 1 diabetes can only be controlled with healthy lifestyle changes and cannot be prevented.
Type II diabetes
Type II diabetes is more common and typically occurs in persons who are above 40 years of age, but it is happening younger and younger…..even in children. Scary, right? Type II diabetes is caused by a resistance to insulin wherein the pancreas produces insulin but the body is not able to respond to it effectively.
There are several contributing factors to type II diabetes such as excessive stress, hormonal imbalance, poor diet, being overweight, high blood pressure, some medications and leading a sedentary lifestyle. Type II diabetes can be reversed, prevented and managed well.
How to treat Type II diabetes at home
What not to eat
There are certain foods that negatively impact your diabetes and these need to be removed from your diet immediately.
It is commonly known that unless sugar is in its most natural form, all other forms of sugar are bad for type II diabetes patients. Refined sugar particularly causes rapid spikes in blood sugar levels. In certain cases, even natural honey can cause a sudden spike in blood sugar levels. All forms of refined sugar should be avoided by a diabetic.
Alcohol consumption greatly aggravates diabetes because it damages not only the liver but also the pancreas which is essential for the production of insulin. Beer also should be avoided because it contains a lot of carbohydrates.
Cow’s milk has the potential of triggering the immune system which can cause inflammation if you are suffering from diabetes. Milk from sheep and goats is not harmful and can help maintain the blood sugar level; however, conventional cow milk should be avoided.
Grains that contain gluten should be avoided because intake of gluten can lead to leaky gut which leads to inflammation that causes autoimmune disease in type II diabetes patients.
What to eat
Cinnamon stimulates insulin activity thus helping regulate blood sugar levels; however, taking cinnamon in excess can increase the risk of liver damage. It is better to consume the true cinnamon and not the one from the shops (cassia cinnamon).
You can consume cinnamon by mixing half or one teaspoon of grounded cinnamon in warm water once daily. You can also boil raw cinnamon in 2 glasses of water and drink once cool after 30 minutes.
Consuming foods rich in Vitamin C every day such as tomatoes, oranges, amla, and blueberry are not only good for your skin but significantly improve blood sugar levels amongst type II diabetes patients.