Juicing Recipes for Diabetics that will Actually Lower Your Blood Glucose Level
from Juicing With G Disclaimer: These recipes (particularly the first one) are so potent (when combined with medication) that it can excessively lower down blood sugar level to dangerously low levels. Please do your due diligence and have a regular blood test to monitor blood glucose level. These recipes will work best with type-2 diabetes. Diabetes is an epidemic.
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If you check out the statistics in Diabetes.org close to 30 million Americans have diabetes and that number is rising with around 1.7 million new cases per year.
As of 2014, over 347 million people worldwide have diabetes, if that number doesn’t scream epidemic I don’t know what will.
This is close to my heart because my father, brother and uncle have diabetes and if I’m not careful I might get it too.
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What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition where our bodies have elevated blood sugar levels because of two things – (1) the body does not produce insulin or (2) it does not respond well to insulin.
The first form of diabetes I described is type-1 diabetes, the 2nd which I’ll be talking about here is type-2 diabetes which accounts for 90 to 95% of diabetes cases.
We have to take this condition seriously because once you have it your whole life changes. Depending on the type of diabetes you have, you may either have to have oral medication, insulin shots or both.
When left untreated or undiagnosed this is a silent killer. Severe cases of diabetes can result to heart disease, hypoglycemia, blurred vision, and amputation.
That’s why it is important that we have our regular blood tests even if we are less than 30 years of age because this disease does not choose age. People young and old will be affected by this.
What causes diabetes?
There are five factors that play a role in diabetes (two of which you cannot control).
1. Unhealthy eating habbits
First is an unhealthy lifestyle that includes a diet rich in processed sugar, carbohydrates and red meat. Modern living has brought us a lot of great innovations, unfortunately that includes fast food that is rich in preservatives and high in sugar.
So it is no surprise that people diagnosed with diabetes have had a meteoric rise in the past few decades.
The less processed the food is the better it is for your body.
For example brown rice or wild rice would be a better option than white rice because the later contains a lot of refined carbohydrates.
The later in contrast has lots of fiber complex carbs which is considered slow release carbohydrates – these are digested more slowly preventing your body from producing too much insulin.
2. Lack of exercise
In a study done by the American Physiological Society, lack of exercise lowers the body’s sensitive and/or responsiveness to insulin which is one of the causes of diabetes [source].
Science Direct further reinforces this by stating that increased physical activity lowers the risk of IGT from progressing to type-2 diabetes. In their studies, they found that exercise increases the body’s blood glucose and free fatty acid utilization thus lowering blood glucose levels. In other words, blood glucose and fatty acid is used as energy during physical activity. [source]
The second way of getting diabetes is hereditary. If any of your parents have diabetes, the greater chance you have getting this ailment so you have to be very careful when any of your folks have this ailment.
Watch what you eat closely because it won’t take a lot for your body to have elevated blood sugar levels.
4. Ethnic Background
Third, your ethnic background can also play a role. According to EveryDayHealth.com, Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans are more prone to diabetes but take note that lifestyle factors play a big role like the food they eat, culture, etc.
In contrast to the list above, the Japanese probably have the healthiest diet in the world. Only 4 percent of the population are overweight and if you look closely at what they eat it’s easy to figure out why.