My blood sugar levels have been increasing over the past few years.
Q. Hello Terry, “My blood sugar levels have been increasing over the past few years. Is it true that diet can really make a difference in preventing diabetes?” — Martin S., Biddeford, ME
A. Dear Martin, I think diet is incredibly important for preventing almost every chronic illness seen today. I would 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 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.
My favorite botanical ingredient for controlling blood sugar is Hintonia latiflora. 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.
Hintonia latiflora has been studied in Europe for over 60 years. In clinical studies, Hintonia latiflora was combined with synergistic ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, zinc, and chromium. Together, these ingredients were 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 always encourage people to discuss supplementation with their healthcare practitioner before making any changes in medication usage.
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. 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. I would take this combination with every meal.
Terry . . . Naturally