My mother was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Q. Dear Terry, “My mother was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Her father (my grandfather) has had Type 2 diabetes for over 20 years. I am only 26 years old, but I don’t want this to happen to me. What can I do? Do you have any suggestions?” — Ashley W., Cedar Rapids, IA
A. Dear Ashley, Diet is the most important factor in preventing diabetes, especially Type 2 diabetes.
Take a good look at your current 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 natural ingredients that you may also 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 1 capsule of this combination daily with each meal.
And don’t forget about exercise – it is crucial! For more information on a healthy exercise plan, click on Terry’s Exercise Plan.
Terry . . . Naturally