There are more than a few health experts that will tell you that natural remedies often work where traditional medicine has failed. They are great health influencers as alternative and complementary treatments for so many conditions. This is true with diabetes prevention (and treatment). Some studies show that treating type I diabetes shows better results with natural health practices than medications.

Eating right and staying physically active have been shown to reduce the negative impact of type I diabetes on patients where medicines did not provide as good a result.

This means you just have to be more physically active to improve your health. This can both prevent the development of type II diabetes and improve your quality of life if you are a type I diabetic. Several times a day, get up and get moving. You don’t have to run a marathon or become a weightlifting bodybuilder. Just get active.

Studies show that just 150 weekly minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate to intense physical activity can deliver life-altering health and wellness.

Make sure you drink plenty of filtered water and/or herbal teas (without sugar and cream or milk). Get lots of rest. And of course, when you add smart eating habits to a regular physical activity schedule, you do yourself a world of good.

That 1-2 punch of nutrition and exercise has always been effective for preventing type II diabetes and giving type I patients the best quality of life. Where nutrition is concerned, there are definitely some foods you do not want to be eating. Avoid these 5 foods if you want to prevent the development of type II diabetes or if you want to have the best possible type I experience, with fewer symptoms.

 

1 – Too Much Sugar

A teaspoon of sugar is a little more than 4 grams (g). The National Health Service in the United Kingdom is one health authority that believes women should not be consuming more than 6 teaspoons (25 g) of sugar every day. This is the maximum recommended for good health. Men should not eat more than 9 teaspoons (37.5 g). The World Health Organization and Mayo Clinic agree with these recommendations.

Many of humanity’s health problems revolve around eating too much sugar.

Sugar is in roughly 3 out of every 4 highly processed foods on the shelves of your favorite grocery store. People add sugar to their coffee every morning. When you take into account the amount of sugar that is already in processed food and the extra amount of sugar we stir into our drinks and cook into products like baked goods, we are getting way too much.

By the way, If you never ate any refined, processed sugar in your life, you would be just fine. It is definitely not required for human survival. You can delete it from your life altogether and quickly notice positive health benefits.

Diabetes is a sugar-related problem. Because of an inability to produce insulin or use insulin properly, blood sugar levels can spike. Avoiding too much sugar is a simple way to regulate blood sugar levels.

Start eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Start reading food labels. Any word that ends in -ose is sugar in disguise. Many soft drinks contain much more than the daily recommended maximum sugar dosage. Sugar is found in ketchup, frozen breakfast foods, yogurt, protein bars, barbecue and spaghetti sauces, granola and other food you probably didn’t know had sugar.

This is the worst possible food for a diabetic to consume too much of, and if you want to prevent type II diabetes, cutting back on sugar is one way to do so.

 

2 – Processed Meats

You can prevent and manage diabetes if you keep an eye on your carbohydrate intake. This is especially true considering simple carbohydrates. High-protein foods that have little or no carbs are not usually considered bad for diabetics to eat. Unfortunately, deli meat and much of the meat you get from your local butcher has been highly processed.

Type II diabetes is caused by high glucose levels (blood sugar) but it is also a product of bad fats, inflammation and stress caused by oxidation. If the meat you are eating is full of additives, steroids and has been fed genetically modified grains and corn, you increase your risk of developing type II diabetes.

 

3 – Simple, Refined Grains

These are a few of the simple carbohydrates we just talked about. White rice, white bread and white pasta can more than double your chances of type II diabetes. A significant study lasting more than 6 years involved 65,000 women.

Those with high intake levels of white rice, white bread and white pasta were 2.5 times more likely to receive a type II diabetes diagnosis than women who ate whole grains instead.

A separate report showed the data from 4 different studies. This report showed that a single daily serving of white rice increases diabetes risk by a staggering 11%.

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