Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body either cannot produce enough insulin (type 1, or IDDM), or doesn’t use it properly (type 2, or NIDDM). (The majority of people with diabetes have type 2.) Pregnant women who have never had diabetes before can develop gestational diabetes, which affects about 4 percent of all pregnant women.
The main symptoms are 3 more and 1 less – eat more, drink more, urinate more but lose weight. Since diabetes patients lose blood sugar through urination, they usually feel thirsty. Besides, the body also starts to consume protein and fat, and they lose weight (emaciation) gradually. Other symptoms are vision loss, itching and tiredness.
Diabetes is on the rise. In the last 10 years, the number of people with diabetes has increased by 50 percent. This is due, in part, to the increase in overweight and obese American adults and children. There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States, or 7.8% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 17.9 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have the disease. About 95% of Diabetes patients in US are suffering from type II diabetes, and it is the 7th leading cause of death.
Diet for Diabetes
Although diabetes is a life-long condition, you can still lead a healthy life and avoid complications. These actions are key: a meal plan to help you eat well, staying active, keeping your blood sugar (glucose) levels as close to normal as possible, and monitoring your blood pressure.
So, in addition to the care and guidance you receive from your physician, you may control/improve blood sugar by a natural way – just follow our Juice Recipe for Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) and Juice Recipe for Diabetes (Type 2).
What NOT to eat
- any fried food
- high-fat meat
- milk products such as milk, butter, cheese, pizza, chocolate.
- wheat powder products such as noodle, bread, cake.
- soda and beer
- sugar, sugar substitute, honey, syrup
- most fruit (except lemon, blueberry, guava, mulberry)
What to eat
- bitter melon, cucumber, pumpkin, swiss chard, chayote, gymnema sylvestre.
- white bean, chickpea
- barley, oat, buckwheat
- spices such as ginger, garlic, clove, sage, bay leaf, cumin, cinnamon, fenugreek powder, caraway.