I'm back again here with another look into the world of alternative treatments for mainstream health problems that either have some basis in fact proven by modern research or have overwhelming anecdotal evidence to their effectiveness.
In this article, I'm going out on a limb in many respects because diabetes is a very mainstream illness that is very treatable by mainstream medicine. That makes it less of a priority to look into natural remedies for diabetes, although there is still some validity in some areas that I will touch upon.
However, the main focus on this article is not so much the remedies themselves, rather some preventative measures that can make a huge difference in the susceptibility to the symptoms of diabetes. There's not much need for me to quote official figures as to the actual numbers of people who suffer from diabetes. Just about everyone has a pretty good idea on this as it's in the news so often.
So let's get straight to it. What we know for certain is that diabetes comes in two main forms, type I and type II, the former being the more severe and its sufferers usually need to inject insulin at certain times as prescribed by their doctor.
The latter is far more prevalent in society and while less severe, can still bring on a host of related illnesses ranging from eyesight problems to tiredness and lethargy, kidney problems and many others. Essentially, diabetes the body's inability to regulate its own blood sugar levels effectively in varying degrees of severity.
No point in going into the medical side of it either as again, it's in the news so often that most people have a pretty good idea of the causes and symptoms. So where am I going with this?
Potential Preventative Measures
Diet is your best form of preventative defense against a blood sugar imbalance severe enough to cause lethargy leading to unconsciousness and coma. It is also an important means of keeping the weight down, so is a real beneficial addition of any collection of premium weight loss tips for diabetics.
You probably hate to hear it, but being careful what you eat and drink can make a huge difference. It's about watching the level of sugars that you take in so as not to overload your bloodstream with too high levels exacerbating your body's inability to produce sufficient insulin to cope with it.
A big misconception that diabetics are under is that while it's not ok to drink fizzy drinks laden with sugar, it is ok to drink the diet versions, or those containing artificial sweeteners. Come on, take your head out of the sand and read up on what those artificial sweeteners are doing to your body!
Aspartame, Sorbitol and Saccharin are the big three and they have all been linked to cancer amongst other things. And that's only where they've been researched individually. No one knows yet what the consequences of combining them in any foods or drinks.
Aspartame is a minefield of trouble. It's like playing Russian Roulette with a gun loaded with more than one bullet!
Do you want to take that great a chance with your health? Among other things, this artificial sweetener may replace sugar which you know is harmful to diabetics, but it still acts in the same way as with non-diabetics, in that it actually stimulates a feeling of hunger causing you to eat more and gain weight.
What is weight gain to a diabetic?
A cause for extreme concern, that's what. It can mean the transformation from type II to type I diabetes if not held in check. Keep drinking those artificially sweetened drinks and that's where you're heading my friends.
Some kind of weight management is a definite necessity and there are plenty of alternatives to try, from mainstream diets to light exercise to simply being very careful what you eat and drink.
So what's the alternative?
Why, isn't it as plain on the nose on your face? Stop drinking canned and bottled drinks, stupid! Why do you need them? You don't. Why do you want them? Because the TV advertisers make you want them. So you're a slave to the TV advertisers, right? You can break free from that easily, just as you broke free from taking in too much sugar.
Just say NO!
If you must have a fizzy drink (which your body really does not need) try sparkling water. If that's too plain for you, mix it with some natural fruit juice like freshly squeezed orange, pineapple etc. Your body will thank you for the extra vitamins and no more artificial crap slowly killing you.
Does that sound harsh?
Well it darn well is meant to be, because the sooner people wake up to the fact that their diets is almost completely controlled by the advertisers, the sooner their health will improve. The same goes for processed foods and junk foods that you buy in fast food restaurants.
It's all laden with bad stuff that is detrimental to your health and if you suffer with diabetes, it's even worse. Hamburgers, fires, pizza, hot dogs etc are all full of artificial crap, often fried in oil that is in itself bad enough to make you break out in acne and the nation practically lives on it.
So the true natural or alternative diabetic remedies are no more than common sense, when it all comes down to the lowest common denominator. You are what you eat. And if you eat rubbish and drink rubbish, then your body will give you rubbish in the form of diseases such as diabetes. Don't let that happen!