Author: Patricia Bratianu RN PHD RH-AHG
Some interesting new studies demonstrate that sitting for long periods regularly may increase the chances of women developing type 2 diabetes. A British study reported that the risk was increased for women but not men.
The current exercise recommendation for people with risk factors of developing diabetes is to engage in moderate to vigorous activity for 2 1/2 hours weekly. It may need to be adjusted. Despite exercise, if a woman spends several hours sitting daily, as many workers do, the risk of developing diabetes remains higher than for women who do not sit. This does not mean you shouldn't exercise. What it means is that women need to sit less, even if they engage in regular exercise.
Health findings of concern indicate that increased sitting can result in increased insulin resistance, increased C-reactive protein, increased insulin levels and increased indicators of inflammation. Interleukin and leptin levels were found to be elevated as well. These laboratory results indicate higher chances of developing diabetes, cardiac disease and other health issues.
By eating healthy, exercising and getting up to move around regularly when engaged in sedentary activities, other studies indicate that diabetic and cardiac disease risk factors diminish. Inactivity, such as sitting, reclining or lying down must be reduced in order to promote optimal wellness.
In addition to lifestyle changes, there are some herbs that help to regulate blood sugar levels.
Gymnema sylvestre, also known as Gurmar, benefits pancreatic health. The pancreas is where insulin is produced so a healthy pancreas facilitates the creation of insulin. Some people report that the herb diminishes the sensation of sweetness in foods and assists with cravings for sugar.
Goat’s rue helps to balance blood glucose levels.
Ginkgo biloba is packed with health benefits. Ginkgo is most commonly known for its memory enhancing effects for people suffering from mild to moderate dementia. It also helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Gingko is one of the best herbs to protect and enhance the circulation within the body. Studies indicate that it benefits the tiny blood vessels within the eyes which can be damaged due to elevated blood sugar levels.
Bilberry is another herb that protects the eyes. It benefits insulin production and supports healthy blood sugar levels. It is an outstanding herb that provides benefits to the entire body. It is rich in phytochemicals which prevent circulatory ills and aging.
Chromium picolinate is a well researched mineral that conventional and natural health practitioners recommend to support healthy glucose levels.
Native Remedies makes a product called Insulate Plus which contains all of these healthy ingredients. I recommend it wholeheartedly. The ingredients are safe and backed by multiple studies which indicate their usefulness in blood sugar management.