As of 2019, almost 30 million Indians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Most of these people reside in urban areas of the country. The top reason for developing this blood sugar-related disease is obesity and inactivity. Some other reasons are genetics, age, and high blood pressure. Over the last 30 years, the prevalence of diabetes has gone up to between 12-18% among the total population. And approximately 14% have pre-diabetes.
Diabetes is a life-threatening disease in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to break down the sugar present in the blood. Over time high levels of glucose in the body can lead to a number of other health problems and in some cases even extreme consequences such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. However, if caught early, diabetes can be prevented or kept in control with a few simple changes in diet and taking the right precautions.
1. Switch to an organic diet
The main reason for the occurrence of diabetes is excess sugar in the body. Most people consume packaged and processed foods off the shelves without realizing the high sugar content most of these contain. Sugar is a drug that causes addiction, more life-threatening than even smoking. If you check the ingredients of the products you purchase like corn flakes, sauces, cookies, and even so called healthy snacks, you will find that most of them contain high sugar content in different forms. Most people are completely oblivious to the amount of sugar they consume on a daily basis.
The best way to combat this is to switch to a completely organic diet and limit the consumption of sugar to natural sugars present in fruits. Not only do greens contain all the vitamins and minerals that the body needs, but many of them can also reverse the effects caused by diabetes. Make a smoothie of cucumber, spinach, celery, cabbage, or any other greens you may want to have and consume throughout the day. Your digestion will improve, excess weight will drop off and you will feel far healthier than you’ve ever felt.
2. Cut out the grains
While the Indian diet consists mostly of grains, these foods are not naturally available in nature and fall under the category of processed foods. Most grains and pulses contain high amounts of sugar and carbs that are difficult to break down. Consuming rice, dal or legumes regularly puts a lot of strain on the pancreas. It is also difficult to lose weight if you continue to eat these foods as the body does not use up the excess stored fat as energy, rather it constantly tries to break down the sugars being added every day.
Switch to a grain free diet consisting only of fiber and protein – vegetables and eggs or meat. If you’re vegetarian, you can get your proteins from sprouted moong or chickpeas. Once your diabetes is under control, you can switch to consuming grains once a week.
3. Discard the dairy products
Did you know that most human beings are lactose intolerant? The food industry has us convinced that milk is the best source of calcium when in fact, this is completely untrue. Humans only need milk up to a certain age and after that, they develop an intolerance to it. This is the primary reason for indigestion, acidity and can even lead to gastritis. Not only do cheese, butter, paneer, and other milk products contain high levels of carbs, they are also sourced unethically, in most cases. The treatment of animals in the production of these products is worse than one can even begin to imagine.
Indians love their cup of ‘chai’ and while one cup may not cause much damage, most people have the tendency to go overboard and almost live on tea. Once again, milk contains compounds that are hard for the body to break down leading to an increase in glucose levels in the blood.
There are healthier options available like almond butter and milk, pistachio or walnut milk, and even soy milk. Use these instead of regular milk in your teas and coffees.
We also recommend that you supplement your new dietary changes with our Dibenex syrup or tablets that contain all herbal ingredients that help to heal the pancreas as well as assist in breaking down the excess sugar in the body Diabetes Products