Alternative Treatments: How to Control Type 2 Diabetes

Author's Sidebar: When I was in the hospital, the nurses were very helpful and supportive in helping me to understand what I needed to do to control my diabetes.

Although I truly appreciated their help, I must admit that I was  overwhelmed by the amount of information that I had to learn just to get through one day of being diabetic!  

This is one of the reasons why I am so impressed by children who have learned how to control their Type 1 diabetes. There is no way that I would have been able to handle this disease as a child! Are you kidding me?

A shout out to my daughter (Cynthia)! She took a lot of notes when the doctors and nurses stopped by to see me each day. By the time I left the hospital, she had a huge notebook of information and things that I needed to do.

And, then, there were my mother and my sister (Margo) who did most of the grocery shopping, meal planning, cooking, and taking care of the house. They even did the dishes! :-)

As I look back now, the support that I received from the doctors, nurses, my mother, daughter and sister all contributed to me being able to better control my diabetes.

More importantly, I learned that there are many different alternative strategies to control my blood sugar and diabetes.

How to Control Type 2 Diabetes 

Here are some of the many ways that you can control Type 2 diabetes:

1. Educate yourself about Type 2 diabetes and do some research.

Knowledge is very powerful. There is nothing more powerful than understanding your disease and how it affects you. The more you understand, the easier it is to figure out how to improve your health.

In today's busy world, you may find it difficult to find the time to take a class and learn more about your diabetes. But, if you don't find the time, your diabetes will make the time. :-)

So, don't wait for something catastrophic to happen before you start paying attention to your diabetes, Be proactive, and take action now.

2. Eat lots of healthy foods to control Type 2 diabetes

I think that most people know that you have to eat healthy foods to better control Type 2 diabetes.

I remember the following between a mother and her young daughter in a grocery store:

Daughter: Mommy, are you okay?

Mother:  Yeah, I'm fine. Mommy's  just a little tired.

Daughter: Mommy, do you think it was the soda you drank at McDonald's?

Mother (smiling & chuckling): Yeah, that was not a good idea.

Daughter gives her thermos jug to her mother and says: Here, Mommy, you can have some of my water.

I just smiled and thought: If a young child knows what is healthy to eat, why do we as adults struggle so much? :-)

Some of the key healthy foods include green vegetables, bright-colored vegetables, avocado, beans, organic eggs (grass-fed), organic skinless chicken breast, nuts, seeds, wild salmon, extra virgin olive oil, extra virgin avocado oil, and extra virgin coconut oil.

Eating healthy foods was easy for me because my mother prepared all the meals.

3. Avoid eating processed foods, junk food and fast food to control type 2 diabetes.

I'm sure that most of us realize that the great-tasting food from McDonald's or Kentucky Fried chicken may not be the best food for a person with Type 2 diabetes. :-)

These foods tend to spike your blood sugar and insulin levels while robbing your body of key nutrients that it needs to control your diabetes.

Some of the foods to avoid include white bread, rice, pasta, corn, potatoes, cereal, fried foods, soda, diet soda, most bottled fruit juices, pastries, sweets, ice cream, vegetable oils (including canola oil), tap water, and alcohol.

I love ice cream, French fries, pizza, fried chicken, fruit juice, soda, etc. But, as I mentioned, since my mother prepared all the meals, it was kind of easy to avoid these foods. 

4. Exercise on a consistent basis to control Type 2 diabetes.

Exercise helps the body to burn off the excess glucose in our blood. Exercise also helps the body to remove toxins from our cells and tissues.

But, if you haven't exercised in a while, start slowly -- don't overdo it the first few times. Give your body some time to get used to moving again.

Try to exercise at least 4 to 5 times a week, 25 to 30 minutes duration.

I had a difficult time exercising in the beginning because I didn't have the energy. But, as I got better, I was eventually able to exercise two times a day!

5. Perform blood glucose testing at least 3 to 4 times a day.

Measure your blood sugar to ensure you're eating the right foods. Don't forget to record your readings.

Also, measure your blood sugar to determine the dosage level if you're taking insulin.

I really didn't like pricking my finger several times a day. Lucky for me, one of the blood glucose monitor companies had just come out with a new blood glucose monitor.

This new monitor allowed me to test using my arm, which was not as sensitive as my fingers. Ironically, this allowed me to test more frequently and understand what the diabetes was doing to me. 

Without the testing (and data analysis), I wouldn't have been able to figure out how to wean off the insulin. So, being an engineer who loves numbers turned out to be a blessing for me.

6. Take a vitamin/mineral supplement to complement what you're eating.

I usually don't mention taking a vitamin/mineral supplements because some people use this as an excuse for eating whatever they want.

Eating junk food and taking a vitamin supplement will do nothing for you. That's why they're called supplements -- they supplement what you're eating.

I started with a multivitamin. Then, later I added alpha lipoic acid and Vitamin D3.

7. Cleanse and detox periodically.

You may not think that this is important, but it helps to remove accumulated toxins and other chemicals from your cells and tissues.

Normally, your liver, kidneys, and colon do most of the work in removing toxins and chemicals from your body. But, if you're fighting a disease like Type 2 diabetes, your organs may need some help. 

I wasn't too keen on this whole detoxing thing. I tended to associate detox with alcohol and other drugs. But, once I tried a green detox smoothie --- Wow! I don't want to get too graphic here, but, I felt like I lost 20 pounds! And, I had so much more energy afterwards! 

8. Get some emotional support.

This is a biggee. Without the support that I received from my family, friends, co-workers, doctors and nurses, I would not be here today -- period,  

It is very difficult if not impossible trying to fight this disease by yourself. Reach out to family members or a close friend for their emotional support.

If you live far away from family members and friends, then, join a local or online diabetic support group.

Just as important, avoid the drama people -- the drama kings and drama queens who are negative thinkers and tend to stir up trouble wherever they are. 

Once you start to feel better, become a community volunteer and help other diabetics in your church or family. You'll be pleasantly surprised how good you'll feel after helping someone.

9. Visit your doctor on a regular basis.

It's very important that you see your doctor on a regular basis in order to get the necessary blood tests and other tests.

The most important thing that you can do is to prepare yourself before the appointment. Write down your top 3 questions and take a notepad; and, take your journal and blood sugar readings with you.

If you're taking any medications, keep a chart of your meds and their dosages, when you started taking each drug, any side effects, etc.

In addition, make sure that you get at least one complete physical exam every year.

Next Steps to Control Type 2 Diabetes

Of course, there are a lot more alternative treatment strategies that can help to control Type 2 diabetes and blood sugar. But, hopefully, this is enough to convince you to take control of your diabetes. 

Take control now -- don't let the diabetes control you.

If you're ready, then, start with my Death to Diabetes book to get you going and moving in the right direction.

This book goes into a lot of detail about the many ways that you can control your blood sugar and your diabetes on a consistent basis.

 Note: If you don't want to start with the Death to Diabetes book, then, get one of the following books to get you started:

Power of Juicing book

Cleanse & Detox book

Low Carb Diets book

And, don't forget that you get a free training class or health consultation with your order.

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