Diabetes can truly be considered the disease of modern life – despite the discovery of insulin in the early 20th century, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise. Sugary foods, sugar hidden in various guises: dextrose, maltose, glucose – there’s even sugar in your salt! This often means that, by weight, sugar is the main component of many foods.
What Exactly is Diabetes?
Diabetes occurs due to a lack or insufficient production of insulin -a hormone produced by the pancreas. This leads to high levels of glucose in the blood and a decrease in the absorption of glucose by the tissues (which need it for fuel). Type 1 Diabetes develops in people under the age of 35 while Type 2, also known as adult onset diabetes usually occurs after 40. Type 2 diabetes may also be associated with obesity and pregnancy.
How to Recognise Diabetes
There are various symptoms which may indicate a problem with blood sugar levels – the only way to be sure is to have a blood test carried out by your doctor. Symptoms which you should look out for include:
Fatigue, weakness or apathy
Halitosis (bad breath)
Untreated diabetes can lead to blindness, amputations, coma and even death. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately and have your blood sugar levels checked.
Natural Aids to Help the Body Combat Diabetes
Onion & Garlic – Both help lower blood sugar levels; make sure you include plenty of both in your diet, if you don’t like the taste or smell of garlic, get odourless capsules.
Fenugreek Seeds – Drinking a cup of fenugreek tea daily can help balance blood sugar levels – it’s also helpful for lowering cholesterol and keeping your chest clear if your asthmatic, as it helps the body expel excess mucous.
Brewers’ Yeast – Brewers’ yeast contains chromium, which can help the body normalise blood sugar and the metabolism. It’s recommended to take 2-3 tablespoons daily. Whether you love it or hate it! – Marmite contains Brewer’s Yeast.