Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects over 12 percent of adults in America. It is sometimes referred to as non-insulin dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes. This condition affects the way that the body uses sugar. It occurs when the body either does not produce enough insulin, or the body is resistant to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar.
There are a number of symptoms that a person may experience if he or she has type 2 diabetes, none of which should be ignored. Some of those symptoms include weight loss, fatigue, increased hunger, and slow-healing infections.
There are a variety of factors that can lead to type 2 diabetes. Some of those factors include inactivity, excess body weight, and family history. People who have pre-diabetes, which is a condition where the blood sugar is elevated but not high enough to be classified as diabetic, often develop type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition, but it can be managed. To supplement the necessary medication diabetics must take, you may also want to consider these natural remedies.
The benefit of taking chromium has been studied and debated for several years. You need the mineral to make glucose tolerance factor, which helps insulin work better. Several studies suggest that chromium supplements may improve diabetes control, but we don’t have enough information to recommend it to treat diabetes yet.
Coenzyme Q10 is naturally produced in the body. However, things like birth control pills, cholesterol medication, and the natural aging process can deplete coenzyme Q10 levels. That is why diabetics can benefit from taking coenzyme Q10 supplements.
There was a study done in 2009 that tested the effectiveness of coenzyme Q10 supplements. There were 23 diabetic subjects who also took statins. The results of the study showed that coenzyme Q10 supplements help lower blood sugar and protect the blood vessels.
Several types of plants are referred to as ginseng, but most studies have used American ginseng. They’ve shown some sugar-lowering effects in fasting and after-meal blood sugar levels, as well as in A1c results (average blood sugar levels over a 3-month period). But we need larger and more long-term studies. Researchers also found that the amount of sugar-lowering compound in ginseng plants varies widely.
What your score means
Score 27 to 36: Your eating habits are already pretty good. So why are you overweight? Chances are, your portion sizes are too big or you aren’t getting enough exercise.
Score18 to 26: You’re off to a good start, but your eating habits could use some improvement. What changes should you make? Look back at your answers. Did you circle any 1s?
Score 12 to 17: You tend to make poor food choices, but that means you have the most to gain from even small improvements. Review your answers: Did you answer any with 3s or 2s? These are successes: Give yourself credit, and make more 3s and 2s your goal.