Unquenchable thirst, frequent trips to the toilet, increased appetite and significant weight loss are often early warning signs of diabetes.
Diabetes is a problem of high blood sugar – either the body produces too little insulin, or the tissues don’t respond to insulin in the way they are supposed to. The end result is excess sugar in the blood, while body cells are starved of their fuel and ‘go hungry’. If you’ve been experiencing these symptoms it’s very important that you make an appointment with your doctor to get tested.
If you’re diabetic, it’s important that you don’t wait too long to eat between meals, otherwise your sugar levels can drop too low. It’s also advised that you avoid refined sugar, alcohol, salt, animal fats, and too many proteins. Rather, include good sources of carbohydrates such as vegetables, grains, cereals, beans, seeds and nuts.
Speak to your doctor about taking the following supplements, especially if you don’t think you’re getting enough from your daily diet:
- Zinc, magnesium and potassium: a lot of which is flushed out of the body with frequent trips to the toilet.
- B vitamins: they help metabolise glucose and are involved in the functioning of many body systems, some of which are vulnerable to diabetic problems.
- Vitamin E: may help lower blood sugar levels in diabetics, and help reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Chromium: helps blood cells to respond to insulin and draw sugar from the bloodstream.