Proper management of the disease
ACCORDING to World Health Organization, in 2016, an estimated 1.6 million deaths globally were caused by type 2 diabetes mellitus and the figure is expected to increase tremendously in the years to come.
Type 2 diabetes is a common chronic disease. It is a condition where one’s body is unable to detect and use insulin efficiently, leading to high blood glucose level.
Insulin is the hormone that controls blood glucose levels. Without insulin, cells cannot absorb sugar (glucose), which is needed to produce energy.
Many are unaware that type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that has no cure. Therefore, blood glucose management is important to control a diabetes patient’s blood sugar levels.
Type 2 diabetes is ascribed to high carbohydrate intake and an unhealthy lifestyle. Therefore, besides taking oral diabetes medication or insulin boosts, type 2 diabetes management also includes losing weight for those who are overweight, correct portioning of high-carbohydrate foods, increasing exercise frequency and quitting alcohol and cigarettes.
Recent research shows that some herbs and spices such as purslane, bitter melon and cinnamon extracts could be useful in complementing first-line diabetes treatment.
Purslane herb extract (Portulaca oleracea) is a culinary ingredient that is traditionally used for achieving a healthy blood glucose level.
It is said to have anti-glycaemic effects where it reduces glucose absorption from the intestine into the bloodstream and increases cell sensitivity towards insulin to facilitate glucose uptake, thus reducing glucose level in the blood.
Cinnamon extract (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) not only provides a distinctive aroma in food, it is also known as an anti-glycaemic herb.
The polyphenols within cinnamon are known to improve digestion and assist in the breakdown and usage of carbohydrates in our bodies.
In addition to helping to improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels, cinnamon extracts have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Bitter melon extract (Momordica charantia) assists in glucose metabolism and prevents sudden blood glucose spikes by aiding glucose uptake by the cells.
Bitter melon extract has also demonstrated its capability to activate body enzymes to regulate the body’s glucose metabolism.
Bitter melon is a well-known traditional herbal remedy used since ancient times in Chinese medicine and by Ayurvedic practitioners as an adjuvant therapy for individuals with high blood glucose levels.
The combination of purslane herb extract, cinnamon extract and bitter melon extract is an effective way to control and maintain healthy blood glucose level.
Last but not least, the best way to keep your blood glucose at a healthy level is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Good management is key to enjoying sweetness in life even if you have type 2 diabetes.
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Purslane, bitter melon and cinnamon extracts can help maintain a healthy blood glucose level.