ABSCESS   
ACID/ALKALI   
ACNE   
ADRENAL
AGE SPOTS   
AGING   
ALCOHOLISM   
ALLERGIES   
ALUMINIUM TOXICITY   
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE   
AMINO ACIDS   
AMOEBA   
ANEMIA   
ANOREXIA   
ANTHRAX   
ANTI-AGING   
ANXIETY   
APPENDICITIS   
ARTHRITIS   
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS   
ASPARTAME   
ASTHMA   
ATHEROSCLEROSIS   
ATHLETES FOOT   
ASTIGMATISM   
BACK PAIN   
BAD BREATH       
BED SORES   
BEE STINGS   
BELLS PALSY   
BLEPHARITIS   
BLOOD PRESSURE   
BODY ODORS   
BRAIN HEALTH   
BREAST CANCER   
BREAST PAIN   
BRONCHITIS   
BRUXISM   
BULIMIA   
BURNS   
BURSITIS   
CANCER   
CANDIDIASIS   
CANKER SORES   
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME   
CATARACT   
CELIAC DISEASES   
CHELATION THERAPY   
CHEMICAL ALLERGIES   
CHEMICAL POISONING   
CHICKEN POX   
CHLAMYDIA   
CHOLESTROL   
CHRONIC FATIGUE   
CHRONIC PAIN   
CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS   
CIRRHOSIS   
COLD SORES   
COLOR THERAPY   
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DEMENTIA   
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ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICITY
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EYE HEALTH   
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FAT BURNING   
FATTY ACIDS  

FATTY LIVER   
FEVER   
FIBROMYALGIA   
FLU   
FRACTURES   
FRIGIDITY   
GALL BLADDER   
GANGRENE
GASTRITIS   
GLAUCOMA
GOUT   
GINGIVITIS
HAIR LOSS   
HANGOVER   
HAPPINESS   
HAY FEVER   
HEARING LOSS   
HEART DISEASE   
HEART ATTACK   
HEMOPHILIA   
HEMORRHOIDS   
HEPATITIS A   
HEPATITIS C
HIATAL HERNIA   
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HIVES   
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HYPERACIDITY   
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IMPETIGO   
IMPOTENCE   
INDIGESTION
INFERTILITY
INCONTINENCE   
INSECT ALLERGY
INSECT BITES   
INSECT REPELLENTS
INSOMNIA   
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME   
JAUNDICE   
JOCK ITCH   
JOINT PAIN   
KIDNEY DISEASE
KIDNEY STONES
KNEE HEALTH   
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE   
LARYNGITIS
LAW OF ATTRACTION
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OBESITY   
OILY SKIN   
OSTEOARTHRITIS   
OSTEOPOROSIS   
OVARIAN CANCER   
PANCREATITIS   
PARASITE
PARKINSON’S DISEASE   
PERIODONTAL DISEASE   
PLANTAR FASCIITIS   
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME   
PROSTATE cANCER    
PSORIASIS   
RABIES   
RAYNAUD’S DISEASE   
REYES SYNDROME   
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SHIN SPLINTS
SIDS    
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ULCERS   
UNDERWEIGHT   
URINARY TRACT INFECTION   
UTERINE FIBROIDS   
UVEITIS   
VAGINITIS   
VARICOSE VEINS   
VERTIGO   
VITILIGO   
WEIGHT LOSS   
WEST NILE VIRUS   
WHOOPING COUGH   

DIABETES

They say eating too much food causes diabetes. Or they say, reduce your food intake so you will not develop diabetes. But why are we advised to eat these power foods to fight diabetes? Isn’t diabetes all about eating a lot? What is diabetes, by the way?

Diabetes has long been regarded as the accumulation of too much sugar in the body. But this is such a rudimentary notion. Diabetes is not just about sugar accumulation, it is also about another factor – insulin.

There are three major food nutrients that our body needs: carbohydrates, fat and protein. This is written in this order because that is how our body successively utilizes the said nutrients. First, carbohydrates, in its simplest form, glucose, are used by the body as fuel. When glucose is absent, fats are broken down into fatty acids; and lastly, protein through amino acids is utilized. In order for the cells to use glucose as food, it needs insulin. Insulin serves as a key. Without insulin, glucose flowing through the bloodstream, or the blood sugar, accumulates and cause several symptoms of diseases, which are called diabetes. Producing the insulin is the pancreas. Sometimes, the pancreas is impaired by parasites and toxins that it cannot produce enough insulin. But sometimes, even if the pancreas can produce enough insulin, the cells are unresponsive to the instructions of insulin. Both are the common reasons why diabetes develops.

There are various ways to reduce the risk of developing diabetes. One of them is by eating these power foods that have been studied and had been found to help in lowering the risk of developing Diabetes Mellitus.

1.      Walnuts

For those who are diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, a joint research by the University of Toronto and St. Michaels’ Hospital showed that eating at least 2 ounces of nuts every day to replace carbohydrates can help in the control of glucose as well as lipid. Whether it is roasted, raw, mixed or unsalted, nuts, such as walnuts, those who ate them in the study lowered their glycosylated haemoglobin (HbA1c). HbA1c is the long-term marker that the body was able to control its glucose. Additionally, they also showed that their LDL cholesterol is reduced.

2.      Flaxseeds

Linum usitatissimum, or flaxseeds, have several health benefits. Larger than sesame seeds, flaxseeds is rich in omega-3-fatty acids, manganese and dietary fiber. Its ability to fight diabetes is due to its omega-3-fatty acids which is able to assist in the rapid rejuvenation of cells. These precious fatty acids are able to generate a new cell membrane that is highly flexible. With flexible cell membranes, it is able to respond effectively to the instructions of insulin. Because of that, glucose is greatly absorbed and glucose in the bloodstream is reduced.

3.      Lentils

Just a cup of lentils can already provide you with daily value of 198 percent molybdenum, 89.5 percent folate, 62.6 percent dietary fiber and about 50 percent of manganese and tryptophan. The power of lentils in fighting diabetes is in its ability to stabilize the blood sugar levels of the body. This is due to the high fiber content of lentils.

4.      Green Vegetables

In a study published in the British Medical Journal, it affirmed that those who increase the amount of green leafy vegetables in their diet has lowered their risk in developing type 2 diabetes by at least 14 percent. There is still a blur as to what cause this, but there are indications that it is due to the green vegetable’s high antioxidant content. Additionally, the high magnesium contained in green vegetables also helped in lowering diabetes risk.

5.      Dates

Dates may be very sweet, in fact, chopped and powdered dates are being used as artificial sweeteners in several location. But despite its sweetness, dates have the power to control diabetes. The high glucose and fructose contained in dates are not necessarily harmful since they can easily be utilized as energy. Additionally, dates have the roughage necessary to control the blood sugar, while providing the needed energy of the body.

6.      Berries

Among the berries that can lower diabetic risk are the blueberries and the strawberries. In a research that was presented during the conference of Experimental Biology in 2009, there are indications of the potential of blueberries to fight diabetes. Although tested on the rats, the experiment showed that by eating blueberries, belly fat is reduced, there is lowered total cholesterol and triglycerides, and the sensitivity of glucose and insulin after fasting is greatly improved. As for strawberries, studies showed that those who are ingesting daily strawberries have lowered risk of developing type 2 diabetes, perhaps because of its polyphenols that can help in regulating the blood sugar and insulin responses.

7.      Oats

It is the beta-glucan that is implicated in the diabetes-fighting power of oatmeal. When two groups were compared, those are given oatmeal regularly and those that are given rice or bread, the first group showed a slow rise in blood sugar levels. Aside from being fiber-rich and being able to control cholesterol levels, oatmeal is highly effective as an early morning blood sugar stabilizing food.

8.      Barley

A study conducted by HealthGrain has shown that barley’s indigestible carbohydrates are able to regulate glucose by utilizing the mechanism that ferments the microorganisms found in the intestines. During the fermenting process, a hormone from the intestine called GLP-1 is released. GLP-1 lowered the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, such as diabetes, and activated the satiety benefits. Not only will GLP-1 cause antiobesity and antidiabetes, it also lowered the person’s appetite, thereby controlling his blood sugar levels.

9.      Tuna

Tuna is mostly known for protecting the body from developing cardiovascular disease. But tuna is also effective in the regulation of insulin and lowering the tendency of obesity. This is due to tuna’s high omega-3-fatty acids content, particularly eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which has the ability to accelerate the secretion of leptin. Leptin is actually a hormone that can help in the regulation of food intake, metabolism and body weight.

10.  Salmon

Still the culprit in many of salmon’s health benefits is its high omega-2-fatty acids content. In a study of the Yup’ik people in Alaska who are having salmon-rich diet, their prevalence of developing adult-onset diabetes, or the type-2 diabetes is lower compared to those who have low intake of salmon. In the study, it would seem that the recommendation is to increase the intake of foods rich in omega-3-fatty acids for better control of sugar and insulin.

11.  Amaranthus seed (Terere, Mchicha)

 Grain amaranth contains exceptionally high levels of Lysine, Methionine, Leucine and trytophan.   Amino acids are “building blocks” of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria and virus; they are a part of the enzyme and hormonal system; they build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA); they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in muscle activity.


 

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