[Reprinted from NaturalNews by Aurora Geib]
Diabetes mellitus, according to the Mayo Clinic’s disease definition page (1) is a group of diseases that all affect how your body processes the sugars that come from you diet. Commonly referred to as glucose, the sugar in your blood literally feeds all of your cells. Blood sugar is your body’s energy source, and without it, even your brain cells starve. The sugar in your blood does not just come from sugary foods. Your body processes sugar naturally from carbohydrates of all kinds, including grains, vegetables and fruits.
When someone is diagnosed with diabetes, it means that their body is no longer processing sugars properly. Their blood levels of glucose have become unnaturally — even dangerously — high. High levels of blood sugar, if left untreated, can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, blindness, ulcers, infections, gangrene and even premature death.
Diabetes is becoming epidemic
If you have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you are not alone. According to the Harvard School of Public Health’s online magazine The Nutrition Source (2), 24 million people in the United States have this serious condition, and as many as 6 million of those don’t even know they have it. And, if the rate of new cases continues at the present pace, by the year 2050, 48 million Americans will have diabetes. Furthermore, the magazines states, diabetes is already the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure among adults.
Standard medical treatment
Insulin, at the time of its discovery, was considered a wonder drug. So little was known about diabetes at the time, and people were dying from the disease. But, as with many medications, even as insulin saved lives, it brought its own bag of side effects, some of them as life threatening as the disease itself.
Is there another option?
Wouldn’t it be better if the ravages of high blood sugar levels could be addressed as a part of overall good health, rather than simply as an illness in need of drug treatment? Recent studies have revealed that many foods have blood sugar-stabilizing effects. Here are seven of them:
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