Diabetes is a serious disease that requires proper treatment and is associated with many other diseases and symptoms. Hypoglycemia is associates with a long list of symptoms from depression, mental confusion, migraines and brain functions to PMS.
Syndrome X is a set of cardiovascular risk factors that include the following due to a western diet which is high in sugar, refined grains, and animal protein.
Hypoglycemia or Diabetes
High blood cholesterol or Triglycerides
Elevated blood pressure /Android obesity
A diet high in complex carbohydrates and high dietary fiber and low in fat is the diet of choice when dealing with diabetes or hypoglycemia. Eating every 2-3 hours small meals throughout the day. Eating a small amount protein or fat with each meal is also important for regulating blood sugar level- this slows the rate of food passing through the stomach e.g. spelt bread toasted with almond nut butter or apple with 5 walnuts
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods with added sugar or sugar syrup. This includes ice cream, soda, cookies, cakes, pies, jam, doughnuts and other pastries. Limit fruit and severely limit fruit juices. Avoid honey and maple syrup. Each of these foods can raise your blood glucose, causing it to sharply fall as a rebound effect.
Avoid caffeine this increases adrenaline levels, which causes the symptoms of hypoglycemia. In addition to coffee and soda, you may need to avoid chocolate, tea and cocoa.
As in most healthy diets, animal fats should be limited, such as those found in high-fat hamburger meat, sausage, hot dogs and whole milk.
Eliminate margarine and hydrogenated oils
Avoid white flour and alcohol
Foods to increase
Lean meats and poultry such as chicken and turkey, fish
Whole grains -Quinoa, brown rice, spelt pasta
Vegetables – all leafy greens
tomatoes ,onions, garlic,carrots, lettuce, kale, arugula, cabbage, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, spinach, collards, peppers, mushrooms, cucumbers etc
nuts – walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds
nut butters - almond
Beans (all types)
plain yogurt (no sugar, no aspartame)
flax oil- 2tbsp daily
Lifestyle factors in controlling blood sugar level:
- Start exercising- improved cardiovascular and respiratory function, lowers cholesterol, increased energy Exercise 30min 3 times a week
- Reduce alcohol consumption- stresses blood sugar control, it increases insulin secretion.
Supplementation for Diabetes and Hypoglycemia
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