Type 2 diabetes, if left untreated, can develop into more serious health conditions such as nerve damage, kidney problems and cardiovascular disease. But there are some simple lifestyle changes you can make to prevent the condition developing. Alongside exercising regularly and maintaining your weight, eating a healthy, balanced diet is key. As part of this, experts recommend eating an egg a day.
A recent study showed the consumption of one egg everyday seems to associate with a blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
The study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland found that blood samples of men who ate more eggs included certain lipid molecules that positively correlated with the blood profile of men who remained free of type 2 diabetes.
Dr Sarah Brewer, working in association with CuraLin, a type 2 diabetes supplement, explained the impact diabetes can have on your life and ways you can help control your blood sugar levels.
She said: “Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes has a major impact on your life.
“It will involve major changes in your current diet and lifestyle to help bring your blood glucose level down to the target agreed with your doctor.
“If you don’t take steps to control your blood glucose levels, then you are at risk of serious long-term health complications, including loss of vision, heart disease, kidney disease, leg ulcers and even amputation.”
As well as consuming eggs, Dr Brewer recommends following a healthy, more plant-based diet (low fibre, low-glycemic index with only healthy carbs such as wholegrains, pulses, fruit and vegetables), low-fat dairy products and oily fish.
“You should aim to lose at least some excess weight,” advised Dr Brewer.
“If you are classed as obese and manage to lose more than five per cent of your body weight you may regain blood glucose control.”
But if you’re not a fan of eggs, Dr Brewer recommends taking a supplement – CuraLin.
She said: “CuraLin is a natural blend of 10 Ayurvedic herbs. These herbs have a long history of use in Ayurvedic medicine to help balance glucose control, these include Bitter Melon, Fenugreek, Amla fruit and Turmeric.
“These herbs are prescribed by Ayurvedic doctors to help support glucose balancing.
“By combining different herbs which work in different ways, glucose tolerance can improve through different mechanisms.
“CuraLin is ideal for someone who is diagnosed with pre-diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance and is not currently taking any medication and someone who is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and is managing this with diet and lifestyle changes alone.”
A number of clinical studies have been conducted to evaluate the link between bitter melon in the treatment of diabetes.
In January 2011, the results of a four-week clinical trial were published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. It showed a 2,000 mg daily dose of bitter melon significantly reduced blood glucose levels among patients with type 2 diabetes, although the hypoglycemic effect was less than a 1,000 mg/day dose of metformin.
Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fibre, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates.
A controlled trial incorporated 15g of powdered fenugreek seeds into a meal eaten by people with type 2 diabetes. The results were it reduced the risk in post-meal blood glucose.
Finally a 2013 review of studies suggests curcumin (found in turmeric) can decrease the level of glucose in blood, as well as other diabetes-related complications.
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