Despite being one of the most advanced and innovative countries, America has quickly become one of the most unhealthy nations in the world.
The rotating diet of fried food, packaged goods, and sugar-laden drinks has made disease and obesity skyrocket.
However, there is one disease that can be manageable by looking to nature for support.
Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when you are resisting insulin or your body doesn’t produce enough of it.
It was once called adult-onset diabetes, but now there are tragically 3,700 new cases a year of children with type-2 diabetes, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
There are pharmaceuticals that doctors recommend to help keep blood sugar under control. They include:
* insulin therapy
* metformin (Glucophage, Glumetza, others)
While these treatments can be effective at regulating blood sugar levels, they can come with a slew of side-effects that make living with the disease even more of a nuisance.
Please note that any information in this article should not replace the advisement of a medical professional, and talk with your doctor before beginning any new supplement.
First and foremost a clean diet, which Better Change Project can help you start today, and a regular fitness routine will be your bread and butter through the disease.
There are many individuals who have been able to maintain stable blood sugar levels with those two habits alone.
With that being said, let’s look at a list of nature’s best kept secrets for supporting those struggling with type-2 diabetes.
Many ancient cultures have been using cinnamon successfully to treat many different ailments in the body.
Science has since come around to offer empirical evidence of its efficacy. In a study by Trusted Source, cinnamon was shown to lower blood glucose levels in whole form or the extract.
The great news about this one is cinnamon is delicious, so you can easily add it to your coffee, oatmeal, or take it along with your morning vitamins to keep rising blood sugar levels at bay.
Chromium is one of those essential trace elements that have a great job, but we don’t hear enough about.
It helps metabolize carbohydrates, which is great news for a diabetic. Getting the right dose is crucial though, because too much can make your blood sugar go too low or cause kidney damage.
Start small, with the okay from your doctor. Low doses have been shown to be safe for most people, according to Healthline.
In the Journal of Clinical Medicine, it was found that rats with untreated diabetes had low thiamine, otherwise known as Vitamin B-1, levels.
Why is this?
“Thiamine deficiency leads to an impairment in insulin synthesis and secretion in the pancreas and thereby insulin deficiency,” reports Diapedia.
Thiamine is water solvable so it has trouble being absorbed where needed, so the supplemental form, benfotiamine, is lipid-soluble to be better absorbed.
Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is a potent antioxidant found in foods such as broccoli, spinach, and potatoes; but can be obtained in supplemental form.
This supplement has been shown to lower blood glucose levels and decrease insulin resistance, according to Healthline.
Take with caution because it can work so well that it can lower blood sugar to dangerous levels.
Internationally, bitter melon is commonly used to treat diabetes and related conditions, and there are multiple studies to support that.
Bitter Melon is able to mimic insulin, which invites glucose into the cells for energy.
Who doesn’t like sipping a hot green tea with honey on a stressful day? It can offer you so much more than comfort.
Green tea has the antioxidant polyphenols, one of which is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).
EGCG has been shown to prevent type-2 diabetes, improve glucose control, and improve insulin activity.
You may have heard of this chemical as the component in wine that gives health benefits.
Some studies have found that it also helps prevent high blood sugar and reduce oxidative stress.
This is not a more is better situation where you can drink a bottle of wine and cure your type-2 diabetes, but having a glass at the end of the day every now and again doesn’t sound like a bad idea.
Magnesium, an essential nutrient, helps regulate blood pressure and insulin sensitivity.
Having a diet high in magnesium, found in almonds, spinach, and tofu, can reduce the risk of diabetes and lower insulin resistance.
All of these supplements are easily obtained and easy to consume, whether in whole food form or the extract.
Using these supplements may help you get your type-2 diabetes under control so you can live the life you want.
Please let us know in the comments section if you have type-2 diabetes and if you use any of these supplements successfully to treat it.