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These are my recommendations for preventing diabetes and even reversing many of the symptoms associated with diabetes. My opinions are based on science and practical, clinical experience. I was once diabetic and I've helped many diabetics become symptom-free. This is really very simple; for most people these suggestions will offer amazing results.
Diabetes is a medical condition and you should consult with your doctor before making dietary or lifestyle changes, particularly if you are on medications. Make sure you monitor your blood sugar regularly when making dietary changes.
- If you are not diabetic, a glass or two of coffee has been shown to prevent diabetes. However, if you have diabetes, coffee may make diabetes worse. I am not a coffee drinker and I don't normally recommend coffee.
- Eat more plant-based foods; this includes vegetables, low sugar fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. Fill 3/4 of your plate with vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, peppers, avocados, asparagus, spinach, carrots, sweet potato, winter squash, onions, garlic, beets and leafy green vegetables, etc., at every meal. Most of these veggies should be raw!
- Eat more high fiber foods! Their fiber slows the absorption of their natural sugars. Click here for a list of high fiber foods and their fiber content.
- Eliminate soft drinks, drinks high in caffeine and fruit juices from your diet.
- Be aware that milk and yogurt contain lactose, a type of sugar in milk. Eight ounces of milk has about 11 grams of sugar.
- Eliminate fried foods. The extra weight they pack on adds to insulin resistance and can also cause heart disease.
- Understand your calorie needs.
- Learn and use the glycemic index and glycemic load.
- Avoid simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are great fuel for the body. Aim to get 50-60% of your daily calories from complex carbohydrates, 25-35% from heart healthy fats and the balance from protein.
- Avoid foods with more than 6 grams of sugar per serving.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes or more (at least 1 hour recommended), five days per week. Exercise forces cells to use glucose (blood sugar) for energy.
- Eliminate as much refined flour and processed foods from your diet as possible. Flour is sugar in the body.
- Reduce your intake of animal proteins to no more than 3 times per week and red meats to no more than once per week. However, eliminating most processed animal foods from your diet will show the quickest results.
- Lose weight. Just a 5% drop in weight can make a big difference in your blood glucose readings.
- If you smoke, stop!
- Drink plenty of pure water!