It is now estimated that over 300 million people worldwide have diabetes. This epidemic is very troubling in the United States. About 10 percent of Americans have diabetes and another 20 percent prediabetes. Over 70 million Americans have blood sugar abnormalities. Dr. Stengler and Dr. LaBeau work with patients to address the underlying reasons for diabetes. This includes dietary guidance, exercise, stress reduction, nutraceuticals, as well as hormonal therapies that assist in the normalization of blood sugar regulation.
My experience is that natural therapies such as diet changes, exercise, and specific nutritional supplements are very helpful in helping to better manage type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. When followed closely they can effectively reverse pre-diabetes and often Type 2 diabetes. Proper monitoring is very important.
Diet & Excercise
Without question proper diet and exercise are critical components in controlling diabetes. Make sure to eat three meals a day at regular times, keeping portions moderate. Never skip breakfast which leads to blood glucose fluctuations in the morning. Keep your snacks small, choosing nuts, seeds, protein drinks, vegetables or fruit. Focus on Having at least two servings of fruits and three or more servings of vegetables per day. Many diabetics notice better glucose control by including small portions of protein at every meal. Examples include nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, fish, chicken, turkey or lean meat. Foods shown to reduce glucose levels include vinegar (use in salad dressings), grapefruit, peanuts and peanut butter, chili, and cinnamon.
It is particularly important to limit refined carbohydrates such as found in white flours, candy, fruit juice, soda pop, etc. Natural sweeteners such as Luo Han Go, stevia, and xylitol, are excellent substitute for baking or beverage sweeteners and do not adversely affect blood glucose levels. They are commonly available in health food stores.
A regular exercise program must be followed for those with diabetes. It reduces insulin and glucose levels, and shrinks fat cells making glucose control more effective. It also protects against cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis which people with diabetes are more susceptible to. Talk with your physician about an exercise plan that lasts 30 minutes or more daily.
Stengler Center doctors recommend various nutraceuticals that have published research in their benefit for their blood sugar lowering effects. Many patients are on diabetic medications and with their expertise the doctors’ is able to combine the two therapies effectively.