Penn Herb Wellness Guide
Type 2 Diabetes
- Keep an eye on the GI
Follow a low-glycemic-index diet by avoiding sweet snacks and processed foods, and emphasizing healthy carbohydrates from whole grains, beans, vegetables, and whole fruit, to help keep blood sugar levels stable.
- Fight back with fiber
In addition to eating plenty of high-fiber fruits and vegetables, consider using a fiber supplement such as glucomannan or psyllium with meals.
- Energize insulin function with weight loss and exercise
Lower your blood sugar and improve insulin function with weight loss and regular exercise.
- Check out chromium
Improve glucose tolerance by taking 200 to 1,000 mcg of this essential trace mineral every day.
- Improve and protect with ALA
Take 600 to 1,200 mg a day of an alpha lipoic acid supplement to improve insulin sensitivity and help protect against diabetic complications such as nerve damage.
- Try a topical ointment
An ointment containing 0.025 to 0.075% capsaicin four times a day might help control nerve pain.
- Aim for a healthy weight
Lose excess weight with a program of healthy eating, regular exercise, and group support to maintain healthy insulin sensitivity and prevent type 2 diabetes.
- Get moving
Use regular aerobic and/or strength exercise to maintain healthy insulin sensitivity and prevent type 2 diabetes.
- Keep an eye on the GI
Choose carbohydrate foods with a low glycemic index, such as whole grains, beans (legumes), and other high-fiber, unprocessed foods, to stabilize blood sugar and reduce diabetes risk.
- Go vegetarian or vegan
Vegetarians have been shown to have a low risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Add some olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fat. Increasing monounsaturated fats relative to other dietary fats has been shown to improve glucose tolerance.
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