Self Help Treatment of Diabetes

Self Help Treatment of Diabetes teaches some diabetes self management methods including comprehensive Diabetes diet information and exercise tips.

Watch this video by Dean Ornish explaining how changing our eating habits will save lives. Diseases like diabetes are mostly preventable. Dean Ornish is a clinical professor at UCSF and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He's a leading expert on fighting illness - particularly heart disease with dietary and lifestyle changes.

How to Treat Diabetes?

Diet is the main treatment for diabetics. All diabetics require a special diet for diabetes in which carbohydrate and fat intake is controlled. The objectives of the diet are :

  • To keep to the ideal weight (neither fat nor thin)
  • To keep the blood sugar level normal and the urine free of sugar

Diabetes and Diet

Controlling diabetes with diet is achieved by these diabetes treatment guidelines :

  • eating good food regularly (not skimping)
  • spacing the meals throughout the day (3 main meals and 3 snacks)
  • avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates (eg sugar, jam, honey, chocolates, sweets, pastries, cakes, soft drinks)
  • reduce eating carbohydrates (starchy foods) such as rice or potatoes to about 20-40g a day
  • Avoid all Wheat & Gluten-containing foods - These foods have high glycemic index which increase insulin production and fat accumulation, are appetite enhancers and cause sugar cravings and hunger within 2 hours of eating
  • eating a good variety of vegetables and non-sweet fruit
  • cutting out alcohol or drinking only a little

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Are there Cures for Diabetes?

If the beta cells which produce insulin in your pancreas have not been completely  destroyed and depleted, Dr William Davies (Author of the book 'Wheat Belly') believes that Diabetes can be reversed and cured. It can virtually always be controlled by a proper diabetes diet of low carbohydrates (20g per day), complete removal of wheat/gluten containing foods and regular exercise, but if necessary insulin or diabetes medications. Although the diagnosis comes as a shock to patients, it is not the major problem that it is generally believed to be - most patients lead normal lives.

Diabetes and Exercise

Exercise is important as a treatment of diabetes because it really benefits your health. Exercise is any physical activity that keeps you fit. Good examples are brisk walking (eg 2km per day), jogging, tennis, skiing and aerobics. Aim for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week, but daily is ideal. Go slowly when you start.

Diabetes Self Management

  • Exercise is important.
  • Do not get overweight.
  • A proper diabetes diet is the key to success.
  • A no sugar diet is needed.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Minimise alcohol.
  • Take special care of your feet. Click here for Diabetes Foot Care tips.
  • Self-discipline will help make your life normal.

Diabetes Diet Information

A healthy diet for diabetes follows 4 golden rules :

  1. Don't get fat - Stay trim, taut and terrific. A healthy diet and regular exercise will keep you, your body and your blood glucose in balance. If you don't know what your weight should be, or need some help to trim down, talk to your doctor.
  2. Don't eat too much carbohydrates - 20-40g of carbohydrates (rice or potato) a day is recommended. Contrary to popular belief, Fatty foods like meat, cheese, and butter can be eaten in moderation. Dr William Davies recommends that all wheat or gluten containing foods like grain, cereals, pasta, biscuits, bread etc should be avoided if possible. Vegetables and non-sweet fruit are encouraged. Nuts and beans are healthy snack alternatives.
  3. Eat complex carbohydrates - Complex carbohydrates are starches, for example rice and potato. They are slowly broken down by the body to gradually release glucose. They provide a steady gradual source of glucose for the body. Simple carbohydrates such as sugar, are more quickly taken into the body and cause quicker and higher increases in the blood glucose level. They should be avoided, and complex carbohydrates should be eaten instead.
  4. Spread your Complex carbohydrates - If you eat 3 large meals during the day, there may not be enough insulin to allow your body to use the large load of glucose each meal provides. Therefore the blood glucose level rises quickly after the meal and then falls steeply before the next meal. It is preferable to prevent your blood glucose level from swinging too high or too low. It is better to keep it steady. To do this, you need to eat 3 small meals during the day, with healthy snacks in between. This allows the body's insulin to use the smaller loads of glucose, so that your blood glucose level will not rise or fall as much.

Diabetes Diet Check list

If you need advice and help in changing to a diet low in carbohydrates and moderate in proteins and healthy fats or in losing weight, speak to your doctor. Advice from a dietitian or nutritionist is also helpful, particularly if you have specific problems with your diet.

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This chart will help you determine which foods are high in sugar or fat. It suggests alternatives.

Foods to Avoid or Limit

Suitable Alternatives

High in Sugar

sugar, honey

spreads : jam, marmalade, syrups, nutella

sweet drinks : cordial, soft drink, flavoured mineral water, tonic water, fruit juice drinks, ordinary flavoured milk, milkshakes

sweet wine/sherry, port, liqueurs, ordinary beer

confectionary : lollies, cough lollies, chocolate (ordinary/diabetic/carob), muesli/health bars

Use Stevia (0 calories) instead, tablet or liquid artificial sweetener

low joule jam/marmalade, Promite, Vegemite, meat/fish paste

low joule cordial/soft drink, plain mineral/soda water, pure fruit juice (limit to 1 small glass a day), coffee, tea, herbal teas, Green tea is highly antioxidant

dry wine or spirit (1 to 2 drinks a day)

low joule pastilles

sweet biscuits (eg cream, chocolate, shortbread), cakes, donuts, iced buns, sweet pastries, crispbreads, Cruskits, wholemeal crackers, wheatmeal or coffee biscuits, scones, 'no added sugar' fruit loaf

Rice crackers or biscuits

sweet desserts : ordinary jelly, fruit in sugar syrup, fruit pies, cheesecakes, puddings, ordinary flavoured yoghurt or ice-cream, ice-cream toppings

low joule jelly, fresh or tinned/stewed fruit without added sugar, plain or diet-lite 'no added sugar' yoghurt, plain ice-cream (1 scoop occasionally), low joule ice-cream topping

sweet cereals : some mueslis, Nutrigrain, Cocopops, Honey Smacks, Sugar Frosties, Weetbix, All-Bran


High in Fat

mayonnaise, oily dressings, cream sauces, fatty gravies, sour cream

low joule dressings, vinegar, lemon juice, low joule Gravox, plain yoghurt, Olive Oil based dressings

fat on meat, chicken skin, fatty meats (sausages, bacon, salami)

deep-fried foods, pies/pastries

Vegetable oils are now considered unhealthy oils (including peanut oil)

lean cuts of meat with skin and fat removed

foods cooked without fat, or with a minimal amount of coconut, olive, avacado, flaxseed or nut oils

snack foods : crisps, corn chips

large amounts of margarine, oil, cream, peanut butter, dripping

nuts, raw vegetables, fruit, plain popcorn

limit to 3-6 teaspoons a day, preferably butter, moderate amounts of lard & ghee

Do you think you will find it difficult to commit to a healthier diet as a treatment of diabetes, here is a powerful and pragmatic suggestion in this video from Graham Hill, founder of - Be a weekday vegetarian.

Here is a list of the Best Antioxidants and Free Radical Scavengers that you should be taking as dietary supplements daily as recommended by Dr David Perlmutter, author of 'Grain Brain':

  • Tumeric
  • DHA Omega 3
  • B complex vitamins (including Vitamin B12)
  • Vitamin C & D
  • Bacopa
  • Brocolli
  • Alpha-Lipoic acid 300 (ALA)
  • Ashwagandha
  • Resveratrol
  • Milk Thistle
  • Green Tea
  • Probiotics
  • Coenzyme Q10 (coq10)

These nutritional supplements reduce oxidative stress on your brain and body, thus protecting your health.

How a Wheat-free Diet can Reverse and Cure Diabetes

Can a Wheat-free Diet help you to lose weight and reduce Obesity, Heart disease, Auto-immune diseases & Cancer, even Alzheimer's disease & Schizophrenia or reverse Diabetes & pre-Diabetes? Recent research has also shown promising results that a Gluten-free diet showed a reduction in the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Heartburn/GERD, ADHD, Asthma & allergies, even acne.

Watch the following videos by several doctors (Dr William Davies, Dr Sarah Hallberg, Dr Alessio Fasano, Dr David Perlmutter & Dr Rodney Ford) and decide for yourself whether you should adopt a Gluten-free diet if you are suffering from the above-listed medical conditions. Even unexplained diarrhea, headaches/migraines or chronic fatigue has been alleviated by going Gluten-free.

The case these doctors put forward based on research and empirical evidence from thousands of patients is that Wheat and Gluten contributes to this shocking host of diseases and chronic medical problems, and increasing the incidence of celiac disease and Autism.

What does Wheat & Gluten do to your body?

Foods containing wheat have an extremely high glycemic index (70+ out of a possible 100), that is the body suffers a sudden spike in blood glucose after a meal of food containing wheat. Add to that the fact that the wheat we are eating is completely dissimilar genetically to the wheat of the 1950's, after all the genetic modifications and mutations the plant has undergone.

The doctors also point out that Gluten causes prolonged periods of inflammation in the body, leading to many of the diseases most prevalent today. Ironically, foods containing wheat are actually appetite-enhancing and can cause sugar cravings.

William Davis MD - Wheat: The UNhealthy Whole Grain

The wheat of today is not the wheat of our mothers or grandmothers. Modern wheat is the product of genetic manipulations that have transformed its properties. Modern wheat is now a 2-foot tall, high-yield semi-dwarf strain, different in both appearance and multiple biochemical features from traditional wheat. Introduction of this new strain of wheat was associated with the appearance of a long list of health problems, along with weight gain and diabetes.

According to Dr. Davis, saying goodbye to all things wheat provides outsized and unexpected health benefits, from weight loss, to relief from acid reflux and bowel urgency, to reversal of diabetes, migraine headaches, and learning disabilities in children.

Dr. William Davis is author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Wheat Belly: Lose the wheat, lose the weight and find your path back to health (Rodale, 2011), now debuting internationally in over ten foreign languages. Wheat belly has helped spark a nationwide reconsideration of the conventional advice to "eat more healthy whole grains."

Formerly an interventional cardiologist, he now confines his practice to prevention and reversal of coronary disease in his practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Davis is a graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, followed by training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Ohio State University Hospitals, and training in interventional cardiology at the Case--Western Reserve Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also founder of the online heart disease prevention educational program, Track your Plaque.

Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines - Dr Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU

Can a person be "cured" of Type 2 Diabetes? Dr. Sarah Hallberg provides compelling evidence that it can, and the solution is simpler than you might think.

Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created. She is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. She has recently created what is only the second non-surgical weight loss rotation in the country for medical students. Her program has consistently exceeded national benchmarks for weight loss, and has been highly successful in reversing diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Dr. Hallberg is also the co-author of, a blog about health and wellness.

Alessio Fasano MD - Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders: People Shall Not Live by Bread Alone

The cultivation of gluten-containing grains that were the backbone of the agricultural revolution have also brought with them the manifestation of conditions related to negative reactions to gluten. These include celiac disease, wheat allergy and the "new kid on the block" of the spectrum of gluten-related disorders—gluten sensitivity. The autoimmune disorder of celiac disease is the most widely studied condition on the spectrum. It affects approximately 1 in 133 people, a rate that has doubled in the U.S. every 15 years over the past 35 years. An estimate from the Center for Celiac Research puts gluten sensitivity at 6% of the U.S. population. With current interest in the human genome and microbiome, research is leading scientists to examine the relationship between the intestinal microbiome and gluten-related disorders. Currently the gluten-free diet is the only available treatment for gluten-related disorders.

World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entreprenuer Alessio Fasano, M.D., founded the Center for Celiac Research in 1996. The Center offers state-of-the art research, clinical expertise and teaching for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease, wheat allergy, and gluten sensitivity. Trained in Naples, Italy, as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Fasano was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1993 and founded its Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Puzzled by the absence of children exhibiting symptoms of celiac disease in the clinic, he resolved to uncover the mystery of missing American "celiacs." His perseverance in the face of skepticism about celiac disease in the U.S. eventually led to his publication of the groundbreaking study in 2003 that established the rate of the autoimmune disorder at one in 133 Americans.

In early 2013, Dr. Fasano was appointed Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He brought the Center for Celiac Research to Boston, where he heads the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center, based in Charlestown, and is Associate Chief for Basic, Clinical and Translational Research for the Department of Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He is a Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. David Perlmutter, Author of Grain Brain

Natural health expert and founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. David Perlmutter about the implications of diet to Alzheimer's risk.

Here is a list of the Best Antioxidants and Free Radical Scavengers that you should be taking as dietary supplements daily as recommended by Dr David Perlmutter, author of 'Grain Brain':

  • Tumeric
  • DHA Omega 3
  • B complex vitamins (including Vitamin B12)
  • Vitamin C & D
  • Bacopa
  • Brocolli
  • Alpha-Lipoic acid 300 (ALA)
  • Ashwagandha
  • Resveratrol
  • Milk Thistle
  • Green Tea
  • Probiotics
  • Coenzyme Q10 (coq10)

These nutritional supplements reduce oxidative stress on your brain and body, thus protecting your health.

Learn more about our affordable Health Screening & Blood test packages here.

- Special Screening Plan for Healthy aging & Detection of Chronic diseases

- Deluxe Screening Plan with Basic Cancer & Hormone screening (including Diabetic Screen)

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MBBS (Monash), B.Med.Sc.(Hons) (Monash), Grad.Dip.Derm.(Wales,UK)

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