Published on April 1, 2014.
In recent research, doctors say that that people who eat about six servings of fruit and vegetables per day were at the lowest risk of developing type 2 diabetes and that VARIETY played an important role. People who averaged 16 different types of fruit and vegetables per week were nearly 40 percent less likely to develop diabetes than people who averaged eight types.
Writing in the journal Diabetes Care, the researchers said “These findings suggest that a diet characterized by a greater quantity of vegetables and a greater variety of both fruit and vegetable intake is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.” (1)
When we see a new patient for type 2 diabetes management we look at blood and urine tests, as well as identifying any vitamin and nutrient deficiencies and/or food allergies or sensitivities.
In many cases, our first line of defense in helping treat patients with diabetes is a healthy weight loss program. We work with patients to help them achieve their ideal body weight – either through dietary modifications, or, often, through more aggressive approaches that help patients take the weight off more quickly, including medically-based diets that utilize naturally-occurring hormones that stimulate metabolism, suppress appetite and mobilize fat.
Diabetes is an inflammatory process so one of the best approaches to managing the disease is following an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, unrefined and unprocessed grains – plant foods that are rich in fiber, which is beneficial for helping control blood sugar levels. Essentially, we advise our patients to eat foods that are slowly metabolized – often called low glycemic index foods. For example, we have found that certain plant foods like Brewer’s Yeast, broccoli and other related greens, okra, peas, Fenugreek seeds and sage have helped our patients with type 2 diabetes manage their condition.
Regular exercise is not just recommended – it is crucial – to help insulin work more effectively.
We also use nutriceuticals and herbal and nutritional supplements to assist in metabolism and help combat glucose intolerance. These include chromium, magnesium, zinc and vanadium. In some cases, we will utilize intravenous vitamin infusions to help protect the body from nerve damage – this procedure allows delivery of vital nutrients directly to the bloodstream, rather than having to be routed through the intestines where many may be partially absorbed.
Magaziner Center for Wellness
1907 Greentree Road
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003
1. Cooper AJ, Sharp SJ, Lentjes MAH et al. Diabetes Care April 3, 2012 doi: 10.2337/dc11-2388