Type 2 diabetes often develops later in life and is associated with being overweight.
With a person who has the condition, the pancreas does produce insulin, but the body stops responding to it and becomes insulin resistant.
To overcome this resistance, the pancreas will try to produce more insulin.
But left untreated, high glucose levels can damage blood vessels, never and organs.
The NHS states even a mildly raised glucose level that doesn’t cause any symptoms can have long-term damaging effects.
Your GP will recommend the best form of treatment, but simple lifestyle changes will also make a huge difference.
A group of nutritionists have recommended five simple lifestyle tips to work into your everyday routine and help manage the condition, including adding supplement CuraLin to your diet.
Try a supplement
If you find yourself becoming easily fatigued and you’re struggling to resist those sugar cravings, it can be worth trying a natural supplement.
Nutritionist and fitness trainer Cassandra Barns said: “CuraLin is a specially formulated dietary supplement containing ten herbs and plant extracts traditionally used to support insulin sensitivity and help keep blood glucose under control.
“A word of caution, however: if you’re being treated for type 2 diabetes, consult your doctor before changing your diet or exercise or starting a supplement.”
Balance your plate
One of the most important and also confusing issues when you suffer from Type-2 Diabetes is making sure you’re eating the correct foods. An effective way of managing it is to imagine each meal you eat is an entire plate. Make sure half of it is filled with non-starchy vegetables such as kale, broccoli, aubergine and asparagus.
The majority of the rest should be made up of plenty of whole grains, lean-protein, low-fat dairy and nuts. Then add a small portion of fresh fruits and healthy fats such as avocado, cottage cheese and nut butters.
Nutritionist Pippa Campbell also advises that you try and eat protein with every meal to help prevent your energy levels from crashing during the day.
She said: “Eating protein at each meal which will help to balance blood sugars and feel full for longer. Try eating eggs for breakfast or add some protein powder to yoghurt.”
Join a support group
If you are struggling with your type 2 diabetes, you’re not alone. In fact your one of 3.9 million people living with the condition in the UK. This means there is plenty of support out there for you. If you’re struggling to find support in your area try asking your GP and they should be able to help you find a suitable support network.
Say no to sugar
Nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville, author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar, said: “Sugar is the biggest culprit in our health in general and in particular our risks of most degenerative diseases including Type 2 diabetes.”
We often don’t realise how much sugar is found in supposedly healthy snacks, so Marilyn suggests preparing your snacks at the beginning of the week by making your own homemade granola bars with coconut sugar instead of refined sugar.
Alternatively, apple with nut butters, crudités with hummus or low-fat Greek yoghurt with fresh berries and flaxseeds are all great snacking options.
Find an exercise you love
Nutritionist Cassandra explained: “Staying active is vital when managing type 2 diabetes. Exercise helps the body respond to insulin, keep blood sugar levels down and manage your weight.
“You can get the greatest benefits by including both aerobic exercise such as cycling, dancing or jogging and strength training with weights or bodyweight exercises.”
Spend some time finding an exercise you enjoy such as dancing, rambling or a group sport like netball. Even if it’s just a brisk 20 minute walk each day, anything that gets your heart rate going is great.
See your GP as soon as possible if you think you may have diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment for type 2 diabetes is very important as it may reduce your risk of developing complications later on.
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