I recently had some blood work done and my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic.
Q. Dear Terry, “I recently had some blood work done and my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic. He has encouraged me to start exercising and changing my diet. If you wanted to get your glucose levels down, what vitamins or herbs are good to take?” — Denice C., Houston, TX
A. Dear Denice, When it comes to modifying your diet, I would recommend avoiding 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 on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out 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.
In addition to modifying your diet, there are some ingredients that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen.
While many nutrients have been studied for their beneficial effects on blood sugar, some of the best include benfotiamine, biotin, chromium, mulberry leaf extract, and purslane. These five nutrients work by controlling blood sugar levels, curbing cravings for food, and activating insulin receptors. They also help to decrease triglyceride and LDL (aka “bad”) cholesterol levels, while raising HDL (aka “good”) cholesterol levels. This is significant because diabetes and unbalanced cholesterol levels tend to run together, essentially doubling a person’s risk of heart disease. I recommend taking these nutrients daily with each meal.
Terry . . . Naturally