Since diet and lifestyle are so important, here are 5 key recommendations to fight diabetes and pre-diabetes with a knife and fork:
1. Lose Some Excess Weight.
Research suggests that even a modest weight loss (approximately 5- 7% of your body weight) can reduce the cell’s resistance to insulin so that glucose will be taken up by the cells, and thus, improve blood glucose levels.
Physical activity has been shown to improve the cells sensitivity to insulin and lower blood glucose levels.
3. Choose Your Carbohydrates Wisely.
A well-balanced diet that contains carbohydrate-rich foods including fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes and low fat dairy, along with some lean protein and healthy oils, is the diet of choice in the fight against diabetes, as well as heart disease and stroke. Cut back on the calories from the less nutritious, carbohydrate-rich sweets and treats to lose weight.
4. Beef Up the Fiber In Your Diet.
According to research, dietary fiber, as well as whole grains, has been associated with improved insulin sensitivity, or the use of insulin by the cells. While the current recommendation is to consume about 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily, we are consuming about 15 grams daily. Choose whole grains (whole wheat bread, oatmeal, popcorn) over refined grains and beef up the whole fruits and vegetables in your diet.
5. Watch the Alcohol.
While some studies suggest that moderate enjoyment of alcohol, one to three drinks daily, is associated with a decreased risk of diabetes, more than three drinks daily will increase the risk. To lose weight successfully you have to cut the alcohol to zero.
Follow the program in the FREE Diabetic e-book to lose weight and decrease your diabetic medication requirements. Take the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets with each meal to control appetite, stabilize blood sugar levels and curb cravings.