Diabetes Type 2: Home Treatment
Type 2 diabetes refers to a metabolic disorder characterized by high blood sugar and insulin resistance.
The body’s response to incoming sugar, or carbohydrates, is for the pancreas to make insulin to get glucose into the cells. A long-term high-carbohydrate diet puts a heavy load on the pancreas and eventually it cannot keep up and medication is required to regulate your blood sugar levels. There are numerous risk factors and some of them may not be related to lifestyle, but most are byproducts of unhealthy habits over which you have some control.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Unusual thirst
- Excess urination
- Blurry vision
- Tingling or numbness in your hands or feet
- Slow-healing wounds
- Recurring yeast infections
Diabetes increases your risk for
- Heart attack
- Kidney failure
- Libido (decreased)
- Limb amputation
- Nerve damage
- Pregnancy complications
The CDC reports that more than 100 million US adults have diabetes or prediabetes. As of 2015, 30.3 million Americans had diabetes.
Treatment probably will encompass lifestyle changes along with medications, and regular monitoring of blood glucose levels. You will have to eat carefully to manage this disease and exercise is important. Those are two things you can do right now, on your own, whether you have diabetes yet or not. Even if you are told you will have a malfunctioning pancreas for life, you can keep your overall health from getting worse, and if you are careful about your choices, live a normal life.
Diabetes is a serious condition. The risks of untreated and unchecked diabetes are huge. Always consult your doctor for his or her advice on natural treatments, especially if you are on medications.
The Zone Diet is so much more than a weight loss program. It was designed as a path to a healthy heart. One of the things it does well is to keep blood sugar within a normal range—if you follow the guidelines. It is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. If you do this faithfully, it’s possible to manage your blood sugar with diet alone, or be able to cut back on medications.
FOODS THAT PROMOTE HEALING
- Adequate fiber
- Bone broth
- Good monounsaturated fats
- Quality lean protein
- Whole, fresh, living food
FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID
- Alcohol (too many carbs)
- Excess carbohydrates, even in healthy forms like vegetables
- Low fat products that are high in sugar, like flavored yogurts
- Processed foods
- Sugar-laden beverages
- Trans fats
TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS
- Black tea
- Green tea
- Matcha tea
HERBS AND SPICES
- Aloe Vera
- Black Seed
- Gymnema sylvestre
- Pterocarpus marsuplum
Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, mixed with a carrier oil (i.e. coconut, almond) and used topically, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.
- Black Pepper
- Clary sage
- Ylang Ylang
OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS
The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need or that might do you harm.
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- Anthocyanic acid
- Banaba leaf extract
- Chromium (consult your doctor if you are taking insulin)
- Omega 3’s
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamins B1 and 6
- Whortleberry extract
Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.
Exercise is part of any lifestyle recommendation that a competent doctor will make to help you manage your blood glucose. Regular exercise sends some of that circulating insulin to your muscles. This cuts your risk by 30%. Discuss vigorous exercise plans with your doctor, however. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.
Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO
- Diatomaceous earth
- Don’t overeat.
- Eat balanced meals throughout the day so that your blood sugar stays in a safe range where you are alert.
- Exercise great care in your dental health.
- If you will not follow a great diet regularly, at least cut out the processed foods (breads, cereals, pastries, pastas, etc.). Eat more vegetables than fruits and when you have fruit, eat the whole fruit. Eat protein along with carbohydrates and fat at every meal.
- Monitor your blood glucose levels so that you know when you are entering a danger zone. It will also help to confirm what works for you and what does not.
- Obesity affects insulin receptors so if you are overweight, make an extra effort to slim down.
- Reduce stress.
- There is also an ADA diet, so choose a diet that actually results in blood sugar control. This diet may call for less protein than the Zone diet and therefore, you could lose lean body mass. Calculate your LBM periodically and if you lose LBM, add more protein to your diet.
- Chinese Medicine (see link for acupuncture)
- Electro-acupuncture (limited evidence of effectiveness)
- Music therapy
- A wholesome, balanced diet
- Low stress levels
- Quality sleep
- Regular exercise
- Lose weight if you are overweight. Even a little weight loss makes a difference.
- If you have diabetes and don’t yet have a wearable monitor, ask your doctor about getting one. You can wave your smartphone (with appropriate app) over the wearable device and get a reading and history of your blood sugar levels.
- Chromium may help regulate blood sugar. Brewer’s yeast is a good source of chromium, but if you are already taking insulin, it may not be safe to use as a supplement; consult your doctor.