Everything We Truly Need for Diabetes

The incidence of diabetes has increased dramatically over the last 25 years and continues to rise. In 1980, the global prevalence of diabetes was 4.7% compared to 8.5% in 2014. The World Health Organization indicates that there are 422 million people in the world with diabetes and the global impact is an enormous burden on individual resources and international economies as more countries adopt the Western diet.

Food as medicine addresses the root cause of diabetes

Diet and lifestyle changes are the solution. The ideal treatment starts with optimal nutrition, increased physical activity, and stress relief. Type 1 diabetes is not curable, however the right foods can help control blood sugar, so less insulin is required. Most importantly, the complications of diabetes are prevented. Most cases of type 2 diabetes are actually reversible, allowing patients to discontinue their medications and maintain normal blood sugars.

Optimal nutrition for diabetes

People with diabetes need to know how to choose the right food, but it is just as important to know which foods to avoid. Certain foods promote insulin resistance and should be avoided. Studies show that animal products, saturated fats, sugar, and processed foods are the most damaging.

Science also shows that eating even moderate amounts of meat and fish increases the risk for diabetes. Less meat allows for more vegetables, fiber, whole grains, and folate.

With overwhelming evidence, science has proven that nutrition and exercise are what we need to know to control diabetes and prevent complications.

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About the Author:

Dr. Carla Hightower, MD, MBA is a certified integrative health coach, speaker, and corporate wellness consultant. She helps busy people develop healthier lifestyle habits and use plant-based nutrition so they can heal themselves. She provides educational information through her health coaching services and an online course on diabetes. In addition she is an engaging speaker on the subject of plant-based food and healthy lifestyle habits that improve health, energy and productivity. In her prior career she practiced anesthesiology for 21 years. In the midst of that career she overcame personal health challenges by adopting a plant-based lifestyle. Also, she observed that most of her patients were suffering from preventable complications of chronic lifestyle diseases. From those experiences she is motivated to teach people how to take full control of their health through better eating and lifestyle habits.

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