Insulin is far from the only way to regulate diabetes. There are various steps you can take that do not require medication, which may help your diabetes. Keep in mind that only your healthcare professional should make decisions regarding any adjustments to your medications. However, by following some of these simple tips, you may be able to get your medication reduced or even come off of it altogether.
Stay Well Hydrated – In order to flush high blood sugar levels out of the blood, the body will deplete its own stores of water through increased urination – as it uses this excess urine to flush out the excess glucose in the blood. This is the cause of excessive thirst in diabetics.
For some individuals, consuming more water throughout their day can completely eliminate their need for insulin. In others, it can assist with preventing insulin resistance, thereby allowing them to reduce their insulin requirements. The minimum recommended intake is three quarts of water each day.
Keep in mind, however, that consuming caffeine and alcohol dehydrates the body. As such, try to keep from consuming too much of either of these, or at least take it into consideration when it comes to your water requirements and increase them as necessary.
Lower Your Carbohydrates – Weight loss can have a dramatic impact on diabetes. In addition, those carbohydrates can cause unfavorable fluctuations in blood glucose levels. If you are not yet familiar with it, one thing that is invaluable for a diabetic to learn about is the glycemic index, or GI for short.
There are resources all over the web that give information on the GI of specific foods. The lower the GI of a food, the better. The main carbohydrates you want to avoid are the starchy and sugary types – pasta, potatoes, sugary cereals, white bread and white rice are all foods that should be avoided (or should at least be consumed in moderation) by diabetics.
Supplement Your Diet with Vitamin and Mineral Supplements – Mineral deficiencies are a known culprit when it comes to diabetes. For example, a zinc deficiency can cause poor insulin production; a chromium deficiency is associated with a lack of insulin efficacy; and a manganese deficiency can cause your body to crave sweets and cause you to have low energy.
For many, a basic daily vitamin can work wonders. However, it is always good to check with your healthcare professional and see if there are any particular vitamins or minerals you are deficient in. They may also be able to recommend a specific daily vitamin that would be well suited to compliment your dietary intake.
More Sleep and Less Stress – Adequate sleep is vital for maintaining good overall health. In fact, one of the body’s reactions to inadequate rest can actually resemble insulin resistance. As such, it is vital that you give your body the rest it needs. This should be at least a solid 8 to 9 hours, and for diabetics, some professionals recommend as much as 10 or more hours of rest each evening.
Following these simple steps will have a tremendous impact on controlling your diabetes and improving your overall health. Diabetes is a condition that, if managed properly, can be controlled. Making these lifestyle changes will help you control your diabetes long-term.