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Coconut Oil and Diabetes – Health Benefits!

Diabetes has become prevalent with rising obesity and sugar consumption. 8.3% of the entire population in the United States has diabetes. This is approximately 2.8 million adults and children. Moreover, the rate of Americans becoming diabetic doubles every 10 years. Therefore, pharmaceutical companies are capitalizing on this epidemic especially with drugs for type 2 diabetes. However, these drugs are not dealing with real underlying causes. Besides improving the regulation of blood sugar, coconut oil can also eliminate cravings and relieve neuropathy; improve circulation in order to get rid of numbness.coconut oil for diabetes

How does Coconut Oil Reverse the Effects and Symptoms of Diabetes?

Imagine being able to eliminate or reduce the amount of medications you are taking. There are various beneficial properties of coconut oil that make it very effective in reversing the effects and symptoms of type 2 diabetes.

Try using Coconut Oil for Diabetes Control!

It nourishes your body

The digestive system normally converts what we eat into glucose. The glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream hence triggering the production of insulin by the pancreas. Insulin hooks to the cells in order to help bring the glucose into the cells. The cells use glucose as energy. However, with diabetic people, either insulin is not produced or it can’t attach to cells. As a result, the cells can neither absorb nor use glucose.

However, coconut oil can be absorbed by the cells and used as energy even in the absence of insulin. Moreover, the body can use MCFA’s (Middle chain fatty acids) in the same way as glucose without necessarily depending on glucose in order to do so. This gives the pancreas time to heal. In some cases, the pancreas may rest and recover the ability to manufacture insulin.

Boost your Metabolism – Use Coconut Oil for Weight Loss

Due to the problems with the absorption and use of glucose, weight gain and lower energy levels are common problems with most type 2 diabetics. When your cells lack glucose to power them, the metabolic rate drops thus resulting in low energy levels. (We all know that feeling!)  However, coconut oil counters this effect due to its structural composition and the way it is used by the body.  Coconut oil boosts metabolism and as a result, the body burns fat at a faster rate. Moreover, it slows digestion allowing you to feel fuller and energetic for longer.

Coconut Oil for Diabetes Control – Helps Regulate Blood Sugar

In my daily diet, I use coconut oil for diabetes control, as I had to deal with many complications as a result of my body’s inability to regulate the blood sugar levels. These problems mainly include constant hunger, obesity, food cravings and hypoglycemia. However, I realized that my blood sugar level which was usually 80 to 90 points above normal reduced within half an hour after taking a teaspoon of coconut oil. This helped reduce my cravings and hunger. Moreover, it helped me avoid other life threatening complications such as severe hypoglycemia, diabetes shock and loss of consciousness.

Is Coconut Good for Diabetes, Coconut oil has a very low GI (glycemic index) of about 35 which helps prevent fluctuations in blood sugar by balancing the amount of insulin produced with the amount of sugar in the bloodstream in order to improve glucose control and reverse insulin resistance.

Neuropathy and Blood Circulation

Good blood circulation is very important for diabetics. Many diabetics who experience numbness in their limbs get cuts or infections on the limbs without realizing it until it is too late. This can lead to serious complications. Coconut oil helps to get rid of numbness by improving blood circulation.

My feet and legs used to get numb constantly! However, feeling returned to my feet and legs within ten days of eating 2 teaspoons of coconut oil! Therefore, eating 2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil per day can help reduce or even eliminate tingling and diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain) that occurs in the limbs.

Improving brain function

This is vital especially for type 1 diabetics. The MCFA’s (Middle chain fatty acids) found in coconut oil improves brain function. The medium chain triglycerides help improve and preserve brain function under ideal hypoglycemic condition. However, using coconut oil for diabetes control, helps preserve the brain without causing the deadly hyperglycemia.

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Diabetic Foot Pain

Diabetic Foot Pain

Diabetic Foot Pain

 Are Your Experiencing Diabetic Foot Pain?

Being a diabetic, many parts of the body get damaged, due to having too much glucose in the blood for extended periods. One of the main complaints of diabetics, I’d say would have to be the feet!  In a nutshell, the cause of diabetic foot pain is mainly brought about by two main conditions

1.Diabetic Foot Pain & Nerve Damage

Diabetic neuropathy (damage to the nerves) is a very common complaint which occurs in the legs and feet. Basically, this condition occurs as a result of the normal process of the disease.

This condition can be quite dangerous:

  •  you may not feel any pain,
  •  you may not feel hot or cold
  •  sores, ulcers and even infection may be present and you’ll never know as you can’t feel it.

How often do we hear the words ‘my feet are killing me’!

Well, those words may well be too true for diabetics, unless good care is taken of your feet and in turn, lessen the diabetic foot pain you are experiencing. There are many home remedies for Diabetic Neuropathy.

Diabetic Foot Pain Treatment

  1. Start by Checking the trend of your blood sugar readings over the past few weeks (has it been a little on the high side). You should ask your Health care professional, his opinion regarding an A1c test. This test determines your levels over a time period.  If your blood sugar levels are constantly high, this can contribute to nerve pain.
  2.  A good little gadget is a diabetic foot roller.
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    Diabetic Foot Pain Relief

    Just gently massage your feet by running them over the roller. This may help reduce the severity of the pain.

  3. Massaging the feet with some specialized diabetic foot cream, can play an essential role with preventing some of the problems.
  4.  Make sure you always wear good fitting, comfortable supportive shoes. You could also invest in some inserts for extra comfort.

2.Diabetic Foot Pain and Poor Circulation.

Diabetes often also brings about poor circulation to the legs and feet. Once again, this is due to high glucose (sugar) levels in the blood, and the effects this has on the arteries, veins and capillaries. Capillaries tend to stiffen and get thicker with extra fatty deposits – this causes problems with delivering correct amounts of oxygen and vital nutrients to the tissues.  (Peripheral vascular disease). Veins can swell up, when there becomes more blood they can cope with. Blood then pools into the legs and feet, sometimes even leaking out onto the skin.

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I was visiting my Mom recently – she has problems with her feet due to poor blood flow. She bought herself a Circulation Booster and I tell you, the difference for her, was amazing!

How can I help Foot Pain from Poor Circulation?

  1. It’s a great idea to have a regular check up with your podiatrist – perhaps once every 6 months.
  2. Wear support hose, or get yourself a good pair of ‘diabetic socks’, for when you have long periods of sitting, or when travelling.
  3. If you are a smoker, give up!  If you are suffering from Peripheral vascular disease (bad circulation) you will definitely benefit from giving up smoking.
  4. EXERCISE EXERCISE! Of course the best way to improve this condition, is to make sure you get regular exercise. Walking is great!  If you can manage 20-40 minutes a day, 5 days a week, this will make a significant difference to your circulation. A perfect situation, is to make sure that you are walking quick enough to  puff a little, but not too much so that you have problems holding a conversation. To sweat just a little is also good. It means you’re body is working.You will have to make this a life change – a regular part of you daily life from now on.  If you’re not quite up to 5 days a week, just start with 2 or 3 and build it up over time.
  1.  Once again, massage is great and may also help to reduce diabetic foot pain.
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Neuropathy Cures

Neuropathy Cures

Neuropathy Cures

One of the fastest growing health problems of the modern age is neuropathy, and neuropathy cures have become big business. The word neuropathy means nerve pain, and neuropathy is usually a sign of some underlying health problem, such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.

This is not always the case, however, and some forms of neuropathy are idiopathic, which means that the cause of the problem is unknown. In either case neuropathy causes tingling, numbness, and in some cases pain so severe that it can greatly decrease the quality of life for those who suffer from it.

In some types of neuropathy, where the cause is known, neuropathy cures are aimed squarely at treating whatever is causing the disease. In most cases, when the cause can be determined and mitigated the neuropathy will resolve and cease to be a problem. In other cases, the cause can’t be readily or easily determined, and the neuropathy cures are aimed simply at treating the pain or numbness that is associated with the neuropathy itself.

In mild cases of neuropathy over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen may be sufficiently effective at treating the disease. In most cases however, and oral pain medication is prescribed by the patients physician as a way of taking care of the pain. In some cases antidepressant medications are even more effective than traditional analgesics, and may also help the patient’s mental status in the meantime. Topical medications, like lidocaine patches and gels may be prescribed to treat some forms of neuropathy and can be quite effective.

No matter which neuropathy cures a patient chooses to try, one of the most important things that can help is maintaining a good attitude. As long as the patient can maintain a good attitude about their condition they can still find enjoyment in life, and hope that a cure is right around the corner.

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Medication for Diabetic Neuropathy

Medication for Diabetic Neuropathy

Medication for Diabetic Neuropathy

When it comes to medications for diabetic neuropathy the first and foremost thing that should be addressed is the cause. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which the body either does not produce sufficient quantities of the hormone insulin, or the cells of the body are resistant to the insulin that is produced. In these cases the lack of insulin action allows glucose levels in the blood to rise to dangerous levels. It is this high glucose which causes the complications to diabetic patients and unless the glucose is controlled there is no amount of medication for diabetic neuropathy that will suffice. The word neuropathy means “nerve pain,” and medication for diabetic neuropathy is aimed at mitigating the pain. The type of medication for diabetic neuropathy that is taken usually depends on the severity of the pain that the patient is experiencing. Continue Reading →

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