Q. Dear Terry, “For my entire life, I’ve had a sweet tooth. I was diagnosed with diabetes ten years ago and my blood sugar is within a healthy range about 50% of the time. This year I want to have better control of my diabetes in hopes of preventing complications down the road. What do you recommend?” – Harold D., Gilbert, AZ
A. Dear Harold, I think diet is incredibly important for improving overall health, especially when it comes to blood sugar management. I recommend restricting all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information or watch the “Breakthrough Botanicals for Diabetes” on the Terry Talks Nutrition YouTube page. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
Sensible adjustments to diet and exercise can go a long way towards regulating blood sugar levels, but in addition, I would strongly urge you to add a clinically studied Hintonia latiflora to your daily regimen. Hintonia latiflora has been studied in Europe for over 60 years. This botanical is great for prevention and treatment of blood sugar issues. Research has shown it can also help prevent people with pre-diabetes from developing type 2 diabetes.
The form I recommend is combined with trace amounts of B vitamins, folic acid, chromium, zinc, and vitamins C and E. These ingredients help protect against oxidative damage to blood vessels, stop nerve damage, and keep metabolism functioning well. In clinical studies, this combination was shown to lower A1C levels by 10%, improve fasting and postprandial blood sugar by 23% and 24% respectively, balance total cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels, prevent hypoglycemia, and reduce medication use.
I would take this combination with every meal. As always, I encourage people to discuss supplementation with their healthcare practitioner before making any changes in medication usage.
Terry . . . Naturally
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