Author: Stephanie Mason
Date: 08-19-07 10:04
Someone in a previous post asked for help with Hypertension. Best natural medicine for that is : Sleeping at least 7 hours a night, Cardio exercise at least 4 times a week, and Calcium & Magnesium. Reduce your stress and anxiety, and if you are drinking more than one caffeine beverage a day, CUT BACK !
Of course, losing weight helps everything.
Regarding what a person can do, if they cannot exercise for Insulin Resistance and/or Type 2, such as the disabled person. Number 1 thing is to reduce your Carbohydrates, and pretty much LOSE the pizza, pasta, breads, and cakes. I had a random high BG level once after much anxiety, and a stressful situation in my life.
I cut my carbs, and dieted. My A1c went from 6.9 to 5.7. My fasting BG recently was 86. Some people say they cannot eat fruit, but if you are not that bad yet, plums, strawberries, are LOW-GLYCEMIC fruits, and do not bother me. *** GLYCEMIC INDEX can be very important to see which foods affect your glucose more than
others. There are many websites on this. And they are helpful.
Fiber helps before a meal. But, you have to drink lots of water. Cinnamon did not do anything for me, though studies say it does something. Gymnema Sylvestre is an herb that cuts my SUGAR cravings. And seems to really help. It has a long history, and there is a lot of information on it. I may also try Bitter Melon, and/or Pterocarpus Marsupium. With herbs and supplements, it is trial and error, but you have to give them a few months to work. I lean towards using herbs that have had clinical studies.
Nuts in moderation, and seeds are very helpful. Some people are for or against dairy. Some studies show that low-fat dairy helps. The "Stone Age" diet or Paleolithic Diet seems to make a lot of sense, since some of our genetics go way back. The number ONE thing that raise my sugar a bit for me, are GRAINS and FLOURS, so far. Veggies and salads are great.
Whey Protein with Stevia seems fine (Low carb).
As far as the people saying MEAT causes cancer. I disagree. My grandfather ate meat and chicken , and everything, and lived until he was 97 !! And my other two grandparents lived until 86, and 92. Cancers were so much fewer over 50 years ago !!! I believe that it really is the chemicals, hormones, pesticides, steroids, and other crap that is in our foods and meats. A lot of those chemicals and hormones were not used years ago, and some countries ban them, believe it or not. There are just thousands more chemicals in our food, water, and air, that we cannot control. The rest is lifestyle and genetics.
Oh, and remember too, there is a thing such as moderation. If you eat tremendous amounts of red meat, then that would be a different story. There is a news article linking red meat to increased cancer, but the article says it's because of the hormones and steroids that are added. A vegan diet may be helpful for some, but some people need the boost of protein, that comes from animals. And some people just enjoy eating a variety.
Though I believe exercise is important for everyhting, I believe that DIET , and nutrition is of NUMBER 1 Importance, and even a person who cannot exercise due to a disability can work out a DIET REGIMEN with their nutritionist to find out what works for them as a an individual, and through trial and error.
The only magic cure is the old fashioned traditional ones : Good diet (lose the starches), Exercise, and Smart Supplementation of vitamins, minerals , and herbs. Hey, we all have to make sacrifices. And hope for the best.