By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 26 June 2020
With the obesity crises, diabetes is on the rise and a number of patients are looking for ways to lower their blood sugar levels naturally, without the side effects that prescribed drugs can have. This holistic approach to preventing and treating type 2 diabetes has been a trending topic recently, with a new NHS scheme that will give patients free Fitbits, cookery sessions and exercises classes.
With the apparent demand for natural alternatives our experts are here to help…
What are the most common slips up?
“1. People tend to eat a poor breakfast full of fast carbohydrates or not at all.
2. Also in the middle of the afternoon many people have a dip in their blood sugar and they may be tempted to grab for a quick fix to raise the blood sugar.
3. Early evening when people get home from work and before they eat their dinner – they are at risk from taking sugar in the form of alcohol which not only raises blood sugar levels but will also often lead to people eating more food at dinner and thus aggravating any attempts at losing weight,” explains Dr Wendy Denning.
“Medicine is moving away from the old paradigm of ‘diagnose and treat’ towards one of ‘self-help and prevent.’ Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are providing increasing support for people who prefer to take more control over their own health. Healing systems such as Ayurveda, which uses more natural approaches such as herbal medicines, are also increasing in popularity.”
“The blend of 10 Ayurvedic herbs within CuraLin (£59, www.curalife.co) have a range of beneficial effects on glucose control and metabolism. As a result, users report that their glucose control quickly improves and, in some cases, normalises within 4 weeks. Users also report reduced cravings for sweet food, and experience improved energy, sleep and general quality of life,” advises Dr Sarah Brewer, working on the CuraLife advisory board (www.curalife.co)
5 simple lifestyle changes
“1) Manage stress- if you are stressed your blood sugar is likely to go up so take up yoga, meditation, a good hobby or deep breathing.
2) Exercise at least 30 minutes
per day – most days of the week as exercise lowers blood sugar, helps reduce the risk of heart disease, lowers stress and may help lose weight.
3) Stop smoking – diabetes makes you more likely to have heart disease, eye disease, stroke, kidney disease, blood vessel disease, nerve damage and foot problems and smoking augments this.
4) Eat Healthy – Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit. Eat whole grains and avoid refined carbohydrates and foods that are high in sugar and fat. Get adequate amounts of protein.
5) Keep alcohol intake to no more than one glass of wine for women daily and two units daily for men per week as alcohol increases blood sugar level,” advises Dr Wendy Denning.