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10 ways to control diabetes naturally

Fed up of taking pills and bearing the side-effects? Here are a few ways to control diabetes naturally.

Written by Editorial Team | Updated : May 10, 2016 11:04 AM IST


Try Alterative Therapies

Certain alternative therapies such as acupressure, homeopathy and Ayurveda have shown to significantly control diabetes.


Have Citrus Fruits

Fruits like oranges, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, berries, melons and sweet limes have properties like insulin, which help to control blood sugar levels naturally. Other than that diabetics can have all fruits except avocados, olives, pineapple, and watermelon.  Also Read - Ankle Sprains: How to Treat This Common Musculoskeletal Injury At Home


Drink Load Of Water

A study has suggested that increased water intake plays an important role in how the body regulates blood sugar levels. When the body is dehydrated, vasopressin, a hormone that helps to retain water in the body, signals the liver to produce more glucose, which increases blood glucose levels.


Drink Green Tea

Researchers have revealed that green tea contains polyphenols, a substance that helps to increase insulin activity. Green tea also inhibits certain enzymes involved in digestion of carbohydrates, which reduces the rate at which glucose is released into the bloodstream. Also Read - Oral Hygiene Day: How Gum Disease Goes Beyond the Mouth


Try Herbal Remedies

Several plant extracts have shown to have anti-diabetic properties. Especially, methi (fenugreek leaves), tulsi leaves (Basil), neem leaves, Pterocarpus or Vijaysar, Karela (Bitter gourd), Gurmar leaves (Gymnema) and Amrit (Guduchi). They either reduce the rate at which glucose is absorbed in the intestine or by increasing the production of insulin.


Manage Stress

Increased stress levels can completely disturb the glandular system of your body. Since diabetes is a hormonal disorder, stress can have a negative impact on health. So meditation, relaxation and good sleep are important for controlling diabetes.


Exercise Regularly

Diabetics are always told to increase their physical activity and lose weight. This is because, when you’re exercising, your body derives energy from glucose reserves of your body. When that stored glucose is exhausted, your body extracts glucose from the bloodstream. This causes a drop in blood glucose levels. After your finish exercising, your liver restores the exhausted energy reserves, which further helps to reduce blood sugar levels. Regular exercise also increases your sensitivity to insulin. It also helps to burn fat, lower blood pressure cholesterol and improves circulation.  Also Read - 10 Health Benefits Of Being Happy: It Can Increase Longevity, Boost Heart Health And More


Opt For Natural Sweeteners Like Stevia

Stevia, a naturally sweet plant is shown to be an excellent substitute of sugar in diabetics. It stabilizes blood sugar levels by increasing insulin resistance, inhibiting absorption of glucose and promoting health of the pancreas.


Follow A Vegan Diet

Recent study has shown that people having type 2 diabetes can remarkably control their sugar levels by following a vegan lifestyle. Foods from these groups can especially be beneficial. Grains: Whole wheat pasta, brown rice, high-fibre cereals, corn, oatmeal, couscous, bulgur wheat, millet, barley, rye, etc. Legumes: Beans (black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, white, etc.), peas, lentils, non-fat soy products like tofu. Vegetables: All except white potatoes. Examples include tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, collards, squash, green beans, bok choy, sweet potatoes, and artichokes.  Also Read - Dental Concern: Children Growing Up with Clefts


10 Ways To Control Diabetes Naturally

With increasing number of diabetics in India, natural ways to control diabetes have received more attention. Here are a few natural ways that you can try. However, if you’re on diabetes medication, don’t stop taking them at once. Talk your doctor about how you can gradually introduce these natural ways to control you sugar levels.