Diabetes Expert Temecula –
Dr. Emanuel Botelho, DC

Prediabetes is a disease process in and of itself, not just a warning sign of impending diabetes. It is a precursor to the development of premature retinopathy, neuropathy, kidney disease, risk of macrovascular disease, mild cognitive impairment, and eventually type 2 diabetes.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that in 2015, 33.9% of adults in the United States older than 18 years and 48.3% of those older than 65 exhibited prediabetes symptoms. To make matters worse, a good 7.1 million of those Americans remained undiagnosed.

Furthermore, according to the International Diabetes Federation, there’s an expected increase in the prevalence of prediabetes to 482 million by the year 2040.

What Is Prediabetes?

Although different institutions may define it differently, the American Diabetes Association defines prediabetes as:

  • Fasting plasma glucose between 100-125 mg/dl
  • HbA1C greater than or equal to 5.7%
  • An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) greater than or equal to 140 mg/dl

The good news is that there are a bunch of dietary ways to control elevated blood sugars before they control you. Let’s look at 6 natural ways to get your blood sugar under control with nutritional manipulation.

1. Weight

We know that losing just 7 percent of your body weight will lower your risk for type 2 diabetes by 58%.
Diabetes Expert Temecula - 6 Natural Nutritional Ways to Control Prediabetes

The best way to do this is to work with an experienced provider who can customize a plan that is unique to your biochemical individuality. It is important to keep in mind that there are healthy ways to lose weight as well as unhealthy ways to lose weight. In addition, if you have a provider customizing a plan for you, it is often much easier to lose weight compared to the common life-altering diet and exercise programs with a combination of a low-calorie, carbohydrate-controlled diet individualized for the patient in conjunction with an exercise program consisting of at least 150 minutes per week of a combination of strength and cardiovascular exercise. A daily deficit of 500 calories will help you lose 1 lb. of body fat per week. No more than 2 lbs. of weight loss per week is recommended for sustainable weight loss. Exercise by itself may increase insulin sensitivity and promote a lowering of glucose levels.

2. Meal Plan

A meal plan for diabetes should be individualized as to likes, dislikes, food allergies, diagnosis, labs, health conditions, and weight goals. A diet that is made up of whole foods that include clean animal protein, organic fruits and vegetables, ample amounts of healthy dietary fat, and low glycemic carbohydrates is usually the mainstay of the diet. Restricting sodium to 2,300 mg also allows for control of leptin, the hunger hormone, as well as blood pressure if that is an issue.

Another important component of the diet is to avoid added sugars and high fructose corn syrup as well as artificial sweeteners.

3. Chromium

Chromium is needed in small amounts for healthy functioning on a day-to-day basis. Some people, however, show an increased need for chromium either because of increased excretion or inadequate intake. A thorough assessment would determine if this is the case.

Nevertheless, there have been studies that have shown an inverse correlation between chromium levels and the diagnosis of diabetes. Chromium deficiency does lead to a derangement in carbohydrate and fat metabolism, and supplements may prevent carbohydrate cravings, prevent insulin resistance, and glucose intolerance while regulating body composition.

Supplementation of chromium may range from 100-1,000 mcg per day in divided doses to be taken with a carbohydrate meal.

4. Magnesium

Low serum magnesium levels are associated with an increased risk of prediabetes, and this increased risk is similar to that of diabetes. Common variants in magnesium regulating modified genes and diabetes risk are partially mediated through insulin resistance.

Low magnesium intake and blood levels have been associated with type 2 diabetes— a significant finding considering that almost half (48%) of the US population consumed less than the required amount of magnesium from food in 2005-2006, and the figure was down from 56% in 2001-2002.

In one study, 116 men and nonpregnant women who were just diagnosed with prediabetes took 97.5 mg of magnesium for 4 months. Fasting blood sugar improved by 25% in the study group compared to 11% in the placebo group.

5. Cinnamon

Abundant evidence exists for use of cinnamon as an adjunctive therapy in diabetes in doses ranging from 1-6 grams per day.

Cinnamon can be taken as a supplement or used in foods and recipes to incorporate its glucose-lowering effects.

6. Coenzyme Q-10

Diabetes Expert Temecula - 6 Natural Nutritional Ways to Control Prediabetes

The mechanism behind the glucose-lowering effects of Coenzyme Q10 appears to be in its ability to soothe low-grade inflammation and oxidative stress. In fact, a deficiency of this nutrient is brought on by oxidative stress.

Coenzyme Q10 treatment for 24 weeks improved insulin resistance, showing an involvement in glucose regulation in one study, while another 2018 study concluded that based on current evidence, coenzyme Q10 may assist glycemic control, decrease triglycerides, and improve HDL-C in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Supplemental doses range from a low dose of 90 mg to a high dose of 200 mg.

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