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Natural Management of Diabetes

Oct 30, 2020 08:59AM ● By Dr. Kristy Harvell
It’s no surprise that diabetes is a major health problem in our country. In fact, it is one of the top five health conditions that increase mortality. Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes, but is becoming more common in children and teens due to an increase in obesity.

Why is diabetes a problem?

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is important for increased energy, sleep, mood and appetite. Diabetes has been associated with other conditions, including addiction, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, adrenal fatigue, cancer, heart disease, stroke, poor vision or blindness, loss of limbs, neuropathies, infertility, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, premature aging and immunosuppression.

Traditional treatment:
·         Give more insulin to tolerate the increase in glucose consumption

·         Make blood sugar levels look good on paper

·         American Diabetes Association diet full of grains


Alternative treatment:

·         Discover the cause of the elevated blood sugar through diet modification

·         Address inflammation causes

·         Change habits and support the pancreas and digestive system through whole-food supplementation

·         A low-carbohydrate diet, rich in lean proteins and vegetables

·         Educate on hidden sources of sugars in the Standard American Diet

Diabetes is reversible—what you need to know:

Just because diabetes runs in your family, you don’t have to live with it. Diabetes is preventable and treatable. Many patients that follow a low-carbohydrate diet, exercise three or more times per week, and eat a diet of lean proteins and plenty of vegetables have been able to lower or eliminate their reliance on prescription medications and even reverse diabetes altogether. Low-glycemic fruits can be consumed but should be eaten in moderation; the same goes for starchy vegetables. Avoiding sugar, artificial sweeteners, chemical additives, processed meats, fried foods, caffeine and soft drinks is also very important. And getting plenty of fiber and fueling your body with proper supplementation from organic food sources gives your body what it needs to repair and regenerate.

Dr. Kristy Harvell is the founder of Health by Design. For more information, visit