Managing Diabetes Through Diet

    Posted before Dec-31-2007

Diabetes is a widespread state wherein the intensity of glucose present in the circulatory is permanently excessive than in normal conditions. The disease is among the six main reasons for death in America and is accountable for over 180,000 bereavements in the continent every year. Researches have found that people suffering from diabetes are two to four times more prone to die owing to stroke or heart ailments than those free from the ailment. Apart from death, diabetes often leads to kidney disorders, ailments related to the nervous system, amputation, and even impotence labeling this as one of the most pitiless diseases.

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When a person is affected by diabetes, the oxidant resistance system of the individual becomes weak. According to several researches on diabetes, the LDL or bad cholesterol is more disposed to oxidation in this ailment. Moreover, it has been found that the blood of the diabetes patients contain more detrimental substances that are the fall-out of oxidation of fats in the body. The weak oxidant resistance system of the body owing to diabetes leads to the formation of free radicals which are associated with most of the complications in this ailment. The complications or disorders owing to diabetes include heart ailment, stroke or cardiac arrest, diabetic retinopathy (a disease of the retina caused by diabetes), cataracts and destruction of the nerves.

Following numerous researches, scientists are now able to comprehend the manner in which diabetes leads to uncontrolled harm to the arteries and veins in our circulatory system. It has been found that the process of accrual of glucose in the blood called hyperglycemia stimulates an enzyme known as Kinise C or PKC into extra hard level of activity. The PKC not only sends signals to the genes (the basic units of hereditary) and encouraging the cells to develop as well as divide quickly, but also sets off a sequence of reactions that alters the suppleness of the veins and arteries. As a consequence, the hardened or less flexible arteries are disposed to breaking up.

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It has also been found during the researches that PKC also obstructs the small arteries supplying blood to the eyes and this often leads to the disintegration of the arteries causing blindness. On the other hand, rupture of the arteries in the brain can also lead to cardiac arrest or strokes. In the instance of the kidneys, damaging arteries often lead to nephropathy or a disease of the kidney. What is worse is that the blockade or log jam of the larger arteries may result to heart disorders and even malnourish the tissues to fatality. In such conditions the organ of the body may require amputation.

Medicinal food and plants play a role

Various studies have demonstrated that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are crucial to cure diabetes. Omega-3 and omega-6 aid in decreasing oxidation of LDL also known as bad cholesterol, counteract free radicals and fill up the nutritional voids that are frequently associated with diabetes. Filling the nutritional voids can be achieved by controlling and exploiting the gifts of nature. In fact, the use of medicinal plants has a crucial role in this regard.

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Purslane, an herbaceous or a plant without a woody stem that grows each year, has fleshy and juicy leaves that enclose the highest concentration of fatty acids ever found in any green leafy plants. Incidentally, this inconspicuous plant also often described as a 'garden weed' is rich in nourishing substances that may be of great help in controlling diabetes. Chemical analysis of purslane has revealed that the herb contains tocopherals (both the alpha, gamma and delta) that are believed to be potent antioxidants. In addition, purslane also encloses substantial amounts of vitamins C, A and E and a wide variety of essential minerals such as zinc, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicon and manganese. It may be mentioned here that antioxidants like glutathion and vitamins A, C and E are valuable for treating diabetes as they help in thwarting the inflammatory enzyme PKC from going into additional level of activity or overdrive.

Benefits of antioxidants

Antioxidants are of immense remedial value to the diabetes patients. While it has already been mentioned that antioxidants prevent the PKC enzyme from going into hyper activity causing harm to the blood vessels, they also lessen the oxidation of LDL or bad cholesterol that is a primary predicament for diabetes patients. In addition, antioxidants put off platelets from being sticky and also accumulating to form patches on the skin. Most importantly, the antioxidants also help in thwarting blood clots in the circulatory system and consequently save life.

The insulin requirements in type 2 diabetes patients may be lessened considerably by taking the right food and food supplements. Several researches conducted over the years have shown that purslane lessens the quantity of insulin requirement of the diabetics. If any of you or anyone close to you is suffering from diabetes, be prepared to combat the disease with any natural medication. This is because herbal medicines as well as organic food are best to cure the disorder. At the same time, bear in mind the right diet forms the most important aspect of curing diabetes. Another important thing to remember is that a diabetic patient should never stop taking insulin without the advice of his family physician. Stopping the insulin doses may often prove to be fatal for diabetic patients.


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