Have you recently checked your blood sugar levels? Do you maintain a healthy diet and control your weight? You may have diabetes if you are overweight, eat poorly, experience depression, and have a compromised immune system. According to a study published in the British medical journal The Lancet, the number of cases of diabetes has doubled over the past 20 years, making the disease a growing global health concern.
At the moment, more than 400 million people are suffering from the disease around the world, which is about 5% of the world’s population. The study showed an increase of 45% in diabetes cases from 1990 to 2013 – nearly all the cases were type 2 diabetes, which is the more common form of the disease and is related to obesity and other diseases. The disease manifests through a number of symptoms – these are the most common ones:
- Excessive thirst
Excessive thirst is the main symptom of diabetes, and occurs as a result of the increased presence of sugar in the blood. The kidneys are forced to work harder in this case, resulting in increased urination and loss of fluids, which may lead to dehydration.
As the cells fail to produce insulin and energy, the body recognizes this as a sign of fasting. The brain then signals a need for food, which results in frequent hunger.
Fatigue is another common symptom of diabetes caused by the overworked kidneys.
- Slow healing of wounds
The high blood sugar levels will interfere with the normal wound healing process.
- Blurred vision
Blurred vision is caused by the excess levels of sugar in the blood, which causes swelling in the lens of the eye and reduces the ability to focus.
- Weakened immune system
Diabetes can weaken your immune system and affect the body’s ability to fight infections.
Diabetes can affect every part of your body including your teeth. Over time, the excess sugar in the blood may cause your teeth to become more sensitive and prone to cavities, which can result in big problems. If you have noticed any of the aforementioned symptoms, we suggest visiting a doctor who will put you on an appropriate treatment.
The main causes of diabetes are unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle, as well as eating an unhealthy diet. Insomnia and other sleeping disorders are also related to diabetes, as is depression. If you want to protect yourself against diabetes, experts recommend consuming a healthy diet and staying away from excess sugar and carbs.
Natural remedies against diabetes
Onion and lemon mixture
For this remedy you’ll need 1 onion and 1 lemon. Chop the onion finely and squeeze it through a cloth to obtain onion juice, then mix it with lemon juice and drink the mixture twice a day. Check your blood sugar and cholesterol levels after a few weeks and we promise that you’ll be surprised by the results. The same mixture will also help you lose some weight.
Garlic is one of the healthiest foods you can eat – it can treat a variety of diseases and conditions including diabetes. According to several animal studies, garlic increases the secretion of insulin and improves insulin sensitivity, which helps control the disease. According to these studies, the vegetable is able to reduce blood glucose levels almost immediately. To use it against diabetes, consume garlic raw as cooking it destroys its beneficial compounds. You can also take garlic capsules, but going raw is the better choice.
Experts recommend taking 500-1000 mg. of garlic every day. You can also drink garlic water – just mince a garlic clove and add it to a glass of water, then refill the glass with water during the day and throw the garlic out in the evening. However, stick to the recommended amount of 1-2 garlic cloves a day, as excessive consumption of garlic may cause poor digestion and irritate the gastric mucosa.
Garlic should also be avoided if you’re on certain prescription drugs. The vegetable shouldn’t be consumed by pregnant woman, infants and children up to 4 years old as well as people allergic to it. Due to the risk of blood loss, the vegetable should also be avoided before and after surgical procedures.