Managing Type 2 Diabetes without medication takes effort and accountability. For some people, the motivation comes naturally, but for others, the addiction to sugary foods doesn’t lose a grip easily. That reason is why many doctors will prescribe medication; they understand human nature. But, if you are willing to do the hard work, Type 2 Diabetes can be managed effectively without medication.
One of the first actions to take is to understand how foods affect your blood sugar. You can’t just eliminate sugar and expect good results. Different foods are digested at various rates with some releasing the sugar into the body faster than others. Sugary foods, for instance, quickly release the glucose quickly. Other foods, however, are slow to be absorbed, such as fibrous vegetables.
This measurement is known as the glycemic index. Examples of foods that are high on the index are high fructose corn syrup (a major ingredient in sodas), white bread, white rice, and white potatoes. It is best to avoid these because of how high they can spike your blood sugar, which will cause a large release of insulin. As your body does this more often, it becomes less effective, and it will lead to Insulin Resistance, a cause of Type 2 Diabetes. Some foods can be eaten in moderation because they fall in the middle of the scale. Whole wheat Basmati Rice, baked potatoes, juice, sweet potatoes, some fruits are examples. On the bottom of the scale, which should be the staple of a good diet, are beans, nuts, intact grains, whole grains, vegetables and most fruits. The goal should be having a high protein, low carb, high fiber and low glycemic index diet.
In tandem to a diet, any management plan should include exercise. With exercise, you want to be active each day. Walking a few miles a day is helpful, but mixing it with 3-4 days of aerobic exercise for 30 minutes works best. Exercise is a very quick way for the body to lower blood sugar.
If you are managing your Diabetes, following these ideas can help you manage it without medication. Let Advanced Functional Medicine guide you in developing better habits to help you control or eliminate your Type 2 Diabetes.
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