If you listed genes, obesity, and inactivity, you’re not alone. Most of us think of these issues as the primary causes of diabetes, and medical research tends to focus on these factors.
In fact, there are a few other proven causes of diabetes that are in your control to prevent. Here are a few things to avoid to stay healthy and free of diabetes, type 1 and type 2.
It’s not up for scientific debate: It’s proven that refined sugars are dangerous to your health, and should be minimized in your diet as much as possible.
Refined sugar has had all of its vitamins and minerals removed, and what’s left is just pure, refined carbohydrates.
We already know that sugar is a major factor in dental decay and very harmful to your teeth and overall dental health. A diet with a lot of sugars can also cause weight gain and diabetes. Even just one soda every day can increase your risk of diabetes by 22%!
We know from research that removing sugar from your diet can relieve and even cure symptoms of not not only diabetes, but also cancers and heart illnesses.
And we’ve known this for a while. Sir Frederick Banting, who helped discover insulin, noted in 1929 that, among sugar plantation owners in Panama who ate large amounts of their refined sugar, diabetes was common. But among the native workers, who only ate the raw cane, he saw no diabetes.
To lower your risk of diabetes, reduce the amount of refined sugars in your diet!
Secondary Effects of Medications
Sugar: isn’t the only dietary cause of diabetes. Several studies have discovered a link between type 2 diabetes and certain types of medication. Medications that could cause drug induced diabetes include:
Corticosteroids: These medications are used for a variety of conditions from brain tumors to skin diseases. Thiazides: These diuretics are used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and edema.
Beta-blockers: These medications reduce high blood pressure. Statins: Statins help to lower cholesterol.
4 Ways To Help Prevent Diabetes
There are no guarantees, but it’s not a big mystery why some people get diabetes. We know that these things are a factor, so why not try to avoid them in your life?
Try following these research-backed tips to prevent diabetes:
Reduce your refined sugar intake: You can start by keeping a journal of everything you eat. Once a week or so, take a look at your journal and count the amount of sugary food and drinks you consume. Try cutting down the amounts gradually. You’ll be surprised at how your tastes adjust.
Talk to your doctor about alternative medications: If you’re taking one of the types of medications listed above, talk to your doctor about your risk of drug induced diabetes and whether the risks outweigh the benefits of the medication for you. (Don’t stop taking medication without talking to your doctor first!)
Diabetes Natural Supplements
Pasuchaca: Pasuchaca is a supplement made from the extract of the Geranium dielsiaum plant. The supplement is said to work by suppressing blood glucose elevation, possibly leading to prevention and cure of diabetes.
Cinnamon: Some studies suggest that taking cinnamon supplements could help to lower blood glucose levels, curbing blood sugar by lowering insulin resistance. While more research is needed, the results are promising.
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