Imagine a disease that slowly quietly weaken bones, often going undiagnosed, even when it breaks them. Your bones are like other parts of your body – alive and constantly growing some bone cells dissolve and grow to replace them in a remodelling process. At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporosis fracture during their lifetime.
Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, which can lead to increased risk of bone fracture. It is known as “SILENT DISEASE”, due to the reason that bone deterioration can occur over a number of years without presenting a symptoms. Unfortunately, if detected at the time of break, the disease is fairly advanced. The most common fracture associated with osteoporosis are hip, spine, wrist and shoulder. Today no single cause has been known.
This article looks at the signs or symptoms, types, causes, foods to eat, foods to avoid when suffering from osteoporosis, how fractures can be prevented by preventing fall, lifestyle precautions that can help YOU stay safer and NATURAL TREATMENTS for those that are interested.
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This write-up will enable YOU to know :
- Symptoms of osteoporosis.
- Causes of osteoporosis.
- Types of osteoporosis.
- How osteoporosis can be prevented.
- Vitamins and minerals that must be included in your diet.
- What to avoid in your diets.
- How you can prevent fractures by preventing falls.
- Life style precautions that can help you stay safer and
- Natural Treatments for osteoporosis.
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Types of Osteoporosis
There are many types of osteoporosis but we will base our explanation on:
(A) Primary Type 1 Osteoporosis: It is referred to as post-menopausal osteoporosis which is more common in women than men that is related to low estrogen levels in post menopause women. However, it is the most common type.
(B) Primary Type 2 Osteoporosis: It occurs due to decrease calcium absorption by the body as a result of vitamin D deficiency. It is also known as “Senile Osteoporosis” . It generally happen when a person is above 70 years of age.
(C) Secondary Osteoporosis: It is caused by a medical condition or treatments that affects bone mass and causes bone loss. Disease and disorders include:
- . Serious kidney failure.
- Cusing’s liver disease.
- Liver impairment.
- Anorexia nervosa and bulima.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Multiple sclerosis.
- Chronic obstructive plumonary disease.
- Multiple myeloma.
- Leukemia and
- Metastatic bone diseases.
(D) Osteopenia : Takes place when bone mineral density is lower than normal but not low enough to be considered osteoporosis. Osteopenia shares the same risk factors as osteoporosis and it raises risk of developing osteoporosis. But not everyone who has Osteopenia goes onto develop osteoporosis. Generally, treatment for osteoporosis include:
• weight bearing exercise.
• adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D and
• Other lifestyle measures.
Symptoms of Osteoporosis
In it early stages, osteoporosis generally causes no symptoms. Overtime, a person with osteoporosis may notice back pain, loss of height and a stopped posture. But in many cases the first symptoms a person may have is broken bone. Bone fractures are most serious, causing death in some cases. Osteoporosis – related bone fractures most commonly occur in the spine, followed by the wrists, hip and pelvis.
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These fractures usually result from minor falls or accidents but spinal fractures may also happen if the vertebrae (spinal bones) weaken to the point of crumbling. While some vertebral fractures causes no symptoms, others can cause back pain and hunched posture. Aside from causing pain and altering your posture. Osteoporosis and bone fracture can reduce mobility and affect your emotional state resulting in depression and anxiety.
Do YOU ever wonder what causes osteoporosis?
Different things combine together to result in osteoporosis, they are:
- Low estrogen in women.
- Low testosterone in women.
- Poor nutrition.
- Hormonal imbalance.
- Lack of or not enough sunshine.
- Problem with proper calcium absorption.
- Certain medical issues.
- Little direct skin contact with the earth surface.
- Being in active.
- Medication: some medications causes bone loss.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Smoking: women who smoke tends to have worse bone mineral density than those who do not, which makes them more likely to break a bone.
Here’s the bottom line…
About 85 to 90 % of adults bone mass is acquired by age of 18 in girls and 20 in boys, so building strong bones during childhood and adolescence can help prevent osteoporosis later in life. There are some lifestyle choices you can make to help prevent osteoporosis such as:
- Get your blood tested for osteoporosis.
- Get proper nutrition.
- Take nutritional supplements.
- Sleep 8 to 9 hours a day to heal and regulate your body.
- Connect with the earth by walking or standing barefoot whenever possible.
- Lower your protein consumption.
- Avoid or reduce consumption of alcohol.
- Get sunshine: The body makes vitamin D when it is directly exposed to the sun. But studies shows that vitamin D production decreases in the elderly and those who are housebound, as well as in all people during WINTER.
- Avoid too much caffeine: After five hours you took your last caffeine, it remain in your system depending on how much you drank and how strong it is.
- Exercise: Weight bearing exercise continues to be vital for maintaining bone health after you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis but caution is necessary to preventing compression fractures of the spine and falls which lead to fractures of the spine and falls that leads to fractures in anywhere in the body. The best activities for someone who has osteoporosis are low impact, moderate – intensity forms of exercise such as:
- Aerobic or using the elliptical machine.
- Recumbent bicycle or stair machine at the gym.
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The following vitamins and minerals are essential when included in your daily diet for stronger bone development when they are taken together. They are:
Calcium, Vitamin D, Phosphorus, Protein, Zinc, Copper, Boron, Potassium, Iron, Fluoride, Strontium, Magnesium, Manganese, Silica, Chromium, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
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the foods to avoid by osteoporosis patients.
These foods eat your bones in large part causing chronic inflammation together with metabolic acidosis, an acidic PH in the body that results in calcium being withdrawn from your bone to restore a more alkaline state. They are:
1. Phosphorus diet: is an essential mineral for cell structure and function but when consumed in excess, it has negative effects on metabolism and health. Excess Phosphorus pulls calcium from your bones, that is lost through urine. It is hard for your kidney to process much phosphorus. High phosphoric acid foods are: red meats, soft drinks and foods with phosphate additives.
2. Refined sugar and excess carbohydrates: there are several issues associated with the consumption of high sugar consumption that raises blood pressure, bad cholesterol-LDL, reduces vitamins, minerals, contributes to heart and liver damage and even causes gout. In short, when it comes to your bones, high blood sugar increases urinary excretion. Replace your sugar intake with honey.
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3. Avoid charred or burnt foods: Want to know how YOU can do this? Avoid dry heat cooking method such as grilling, baking, boiling, searing and toasting. Dry heat can actually increase AEG’s (Advanced Glycation Products) in foods by 10 to 100 times as much uncooked food. Instead boil, steam, slow cook, or pan fry (medium heat) your food. Foods that are high in animal fats and protein- red meat, cheese, fried eggs, butter, highly processed foods are high in AEGs and must avoided completely.
4. Salt intake: a good osteoporosis diet is the one that is low in salt. When it comes to your bones, excess salt intake may increase loss of calcium through urine. Limit or avoid processed foods, cured meats, sauces, salad dressing, cheese soups, bagels and frozen dinners. Better replacement for salty foods are: dark leafy greens vegetables, plain yogurt, unsalted rice and pasta, dried fruits, eggs, fresh fish and cut back or eliminate soft drinks and substitute with water, tea, fresh juice or coconut water.
5. Pro – inflammatory fats: Fats provide you with an immediate energy boost, it allows your body to absorbs and transport fat – soluble vitamins such as A, E and K and without these your ability to absorb calcium would reduce drastically. This fats do not promote inflammation (anti-inflammatory). “Healthy fats” are omega-3 fatty acids that can be source from fish, avocado, flax, diary and olive oil. “Unhealthy fats” such as live vegetable oil are found in soy, sun flower, canola and corn contains high levels of poly unsaturated omega-6 fatty acids that promote inflammation (pro – inflammation).
“Trans fats” This is the worst kind of fats which increases YOUR likelihood of developing insulin sensitivity, chronic inflammation and heart problems. Trans fat raises bad cholesterol levels (LDL) while lowering HDL – good cholesterol levels. All processed foods basically include trans fat. They are: chips, cookies, fries and pastries. Avoid these foods by all means. However, if you don’t have enough healthy fat in your diet, you run the risk of having low energy reserves and not being able to properly absorb fat – soluble vitamins. If you have too much of pro – inflammatory fats in your diet, you run the risk of suffering from diabetes, obesity, heart related diseases, cancer and osteoporosis.
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6. Foods sensitivities: like celiac and lactose intolerance are common these days. Anyone whose genetic inheritance includes heptoglobin 1 – 2 or 2 – 2 will react to gluten, wheat, spelt, rye, barley, et cetra made with grains that contains glutens. Those with an intolerance will experience “leaky gut” or intestinal permeability which means that toxins and undigested foods are able to pass through the intestinal lining that triggers an immune response. That response is chronic inflammation which in turn damages your bone health.
While lactose intolerance affect those who have long standing history of consuming unfermented diary. If you struggle from bloating, indigestion, gas reflux or other bowel issues that may be sign that you are suffering from food sensitivity. If you experience these symptoms , try an elimination diets to know the cause. YOU can ask YOUR medical doctor for sensitivity test.
Also, if you are lactose intolerance or avoid dairy for other reasons, there are lots of other options:
(a) Calcium – fortified orange juice, plant – based milk (like soy and almond milk) and cereals.
(b) Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli.
(c) Seafoods like salmon, oysters, ocean perch, blue crab, clams, shrimps, tuna fish, sardines.
7. Avoid alcohol and caffeine consumption in excess: Chronic and heavy consumption of alcohol is not only bad for your bones but for your overall health. Red wine intake in moderation can be actually good for your bone due to resveratol in it, that inhibits bone – resorbing osteoclasts and boosts the bone formation of bone building osteoclasts. The implication of alcohol and caffeine is that, they cut down on how your body absorbs calcium.
8. Non – organic fruits and vegetables: Look for fruits and vegetables that are preserve without pesticides to make them bug free. Try to buy organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Pesticides have been linked to a range of harmful side effects, from bone loss reduced fertility and even ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental disorder in children. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable to control their impulses or they may have trouble paying attention.
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Most Vital Nutrients for People with Osteoporosis
Consumption of diets that contains vitamins and minerals mentioned under the sub head NUTRITIONAL DIET assists the development of your bone and enable your body to retain vital nutrients.
1. Calcium: is a key building block for your bones. How much you get depends on your age and gender. Your medical doctor will determine how much you get. Good sources of calcium are: coconut water, oranges, almonds, kale, bok choy, dried Figs, sardines, salmon, white beans, sesame seeds, seaweeds, scent leaf, tetrapleura tetraptera, cloves, African bread fruit, avocado, Irish potato, lime, dandelion, unripe plantains, thyme, red onion, water leaf.
2. Vitamin D : To find how much vitamin D YOU personally need consider a blood test for the vitamin (25 – hydroxy vitamin D) from your medical doctor. It measures how much vitamin D is in your body. Experts think that vitamin D may do more to protect you from osteoporosis than only helping you absorbs calcium. Vitamin D helps your body muscles move, because nerves need vitamin D to carry messages from your body to your brain. Your immune system also needs vitamin to fights bacteria and viruses. Many people get some vitamin D naturally from sunlight. Excellent sources of vitamin D include: Egg yolks, beef liver, cheese, orange juice, soy milk, tuna, mackerel, salmon, shiitake mushrooms, cod, yogurt, trout, oatmeal, milk (whole, non fat or reduced fat), sunlight.
To strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis, you obtain calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients from diets, supplements or both. However, it is best to get these nutrients from diets or foods rather than supplements. Why is that?
It is easier to remember. You may not take pills every day but you eat every day. Foods are also a more complete source of nutrition than supplements.
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Preventing Fractures by Preventing Fall
If your are suffering from osteoporosis, it is important to try to avoid fall which can lead to broken bones. When you are outside, take these precautions to prevent falls:
- Use a cane or walker to give you stability or wear rubber – soled shoes to help you with traction.
- Walk on grass when side walkways are slippery.
- Carry salt or kitty – kitty to throw on slippery sidewalks in bad weather.
When You Are Inside, Do These to Prevent Falls
• Keep your home uncultured and remove or put away things you could trip on.
• Walk slowly on polished or wet floors.
• If you use plastic or carpet runners to protect your floor, buy those with skid proof backing or tack them on the floor.
• Install enough lights in your home so that, you can see properly.
• Keep a flashlight with functioning battery (ies) next to your bed.
• Install hand rails and grab bars in your bath room or other areas of your home to reduce skipping.
• Use a rubber bath mat in your shower and bath tube.
• Wear supporting low heeled shoes and don’t walk in socks or stockings.
• If you use step stool, make sure it’s sturdy, has a hand rail and wide steps.
• If you have a landline phone, consider getting a cordless phone so that you can keep it close to you.
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Before proceeding to the NATURAL TREATMENTS for OSTEOPOROSIS let’s treat this:
These Lifestyle Precautions Can Also Help You Stay Safer
1. Impaired vision can affect your balance and cause you to fall. Wear glasses or contacts with up-to-date prescriptions that allows you to see as best as possible.
2. Keep your thigh muscles strong through exercise to help you with stability.
3. Tell your doctor about any physical changes you have had that affect your balance or gait.
4. Take note of all medications you are taking , that could cause drowsiness or dizziness such as sedatives, antidepressants and so on.
5. Discuss with your doctor and your loved ones any CHRONIC DISEASES you have that affect your mental and physical functioning.
Ultimately, osteoporosis places heavy financial burdens on the sufferers and their family. Eating the right foods, avoiding wrong ones and exercising your body regularly will go a long way in improving your condition.
This article is not meant to be a substitute where the services of medical professional is urgently needed.
OSTEOPOROSIS NATURAL TREATMENTS
1. Spinach (Gborongi in Igbo; Allayyahu in Hausa; Amunututu, Egungun ori iganna, Toromon iganna in Yoruba) it is rich in calcium. You can add fresh Spinach leaves in your diet. You may steam it , boil it slightly or take it in juice form.
2. Cloves (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa) Due to the presence of phenolic compound such as isoflavones, flavonoids and flavones aid bone mass retention and prevent bone deterioration. Put half tablespoon of Clove powder in 200 ml lukewarm water. Mix thoroughly and drink once a day.
3. Vinegar: helps to increase the efficiency of calcium uptake from the food we consume. You may add few drops of Vinegar in your salads or soups.
4. Figs (Farin baure in Hausa; Opoto in Yoruba) it is rich in VITAMIN B, minerals such as Manganese, calcium and iron that need for the prevention and management of osteoporosis. Eat 2 Figs once a day .
Or: Crush 3 fresh fig leaves into mixed with 200 ml milk. Boil it, when it is lukewarm stop the boiling. Drink when it is cool. Drink 2 times a day.
5. SORGHUM / GUINEA CORN (Oka in Igbo; igu in Idoma; Okababa in Yoruba; Dawa in Hausa) Magnesium in Sorghum is vital in increasing body calcium absorption rate. Always drink Sorghum or Guinea Corn every morning.
6. Coconut Water (Omi agbon in Yoruba; Ame Kokodia in Urhobo; Enyi akuba in Idoma; Aki beke mmri in Igbo) it contains great amount of magnesium and calcium that is vital for bone health. Drink 150 ml of fresh Coconut water daily.
7. Soy beans (Ewa soya in Yoruba; Wake soya in Hausa) have high vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium and calcium that are vital for healthy bones. Include soy beans varieties in your diet.
Avoid fried soy beans cake.
8. Kidney beans / White beans (Ewa funfun in Yoruba; Wake fari in Hausa; Eze enele in Idoma) Regular inclusion of white beans in your diet to prevent osteoporosis.
9. Tiger Nuts (imumu in Yoruba; Aya in Hausa; Akiausa in Igbo; Opu – opa in Igala) Regular consumption of fresh Tiger nuts strengthen your bones and teeth due to it magnesium and calcium content.
Avoid dried Tiger nuts because they contains lot of sugar. Also, avoid Tiger nut that contains added sugar.
10. Banana (Ogede omimi, Igede paranta in Yoruba; Agbo in Idoma; Unine, unere in Igbo; Ayaba in Hausa) Due to it minerals contents Banana strengthen your bones and fight osteoporosis. Eat 2 bananas daily.
11. Sesame seeds/ Benni seeds (Ridi in Hausa ; Ocha in Idoma; Ekuku gogoro in Yoruba; Ishwa in Tiv; Doo in Jukun ; Igogo in Igala; Gorigo in Ebira) combination of Calcium and Zinc minerals in sesame seeds are useful for osteoporosis and bone related ailments. Soak 1 tablespoon of Sesame seeds or Benniseeds in water for 2 to 3 hours. Grind it to paste, mix with 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey. Take once a day.
White Sesame Seeds
12. Pineapple (Ogede oyinbo in Yoruba; Akwu oyinbo in Igbo; Mbuer u butter in Tiv; Aregede in Idoma; Abarba in Hausa; Edin ebo in Bini; Ilalaja in Urhobo) it contains impressive amount of Manganese, Vitamin C and Zinc that are responsible for strengthening of bones, their growth and repair. Drink 1 glass of fresh Pineapple Juice a day.
13. Mushroom (Olu in Yoruba; Nama kaza in Hausa; Apanya in Idoma; Ero in Igbo) adding edible Mushrooms in your diet will enable you to maintain a healthy bone density and structure as a result of it Copper and Calcium contents.
14. Green Mango : it is rich in VITAMIN A, B6, and C and Iron help in osteoporosis prevention that may result in fracture. Prepare Green Mango juice by peeling it flesh and boil, until it becomes soft and blend them. Add some Honey and consume.
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15. Cardus Marianus (Milk thistle in English; Efo yan-rin in Yoruba) it prevent bone loss caused by low estrogen deficiency. Obtain fresh leaves of Milk thistle, wash them thoroughly with clean water. Take as salad.
Or: you boil slightly and take in soup form.
16. Strawberry : Manganese, potassium, Vitamin C and K in Strawberry improves bone health. Prepare tea infusion of Strawberry Leaves. Drink 200 ml two times a day.
Or: Eat 2 Strawberry fruit once a day.
Or: you may add fresh tender leaves of Strawberry in your diet.
17. TOMATO contains Calcium, Maganesium as well Lycopene that is highly beneficial in preventing oxidative bone damage. You can eat Tomatoes in fresh or raw for better results.
18. Unripe Plantain (Ode in Urhobo; Ogede agbagba dudu in Yoruba; Ayaba in Hausa; Agbo ochi in Idoma; Oghede in Benin; Ogbadejieoke, Abereka, Ojioko in Igbo) is rich in VITAMIN B COMPLEX, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium and Calcium that are vital minerals needed for strong bones, nails, teeth and muscles. You may eat it in roasted OR boil form. If you boil it, don’t over boil it so that it will not loss it vital nutrients.
19. Water Leaf (Ebedondon in Edo; Alenyruwa in Hausa; Ipi ape in Idoma; Efo Gbure in Yoruba; Nte oka in Igbo) it is rich Calcium that will make your bone stronger and healthier. It also strengthen the spine and reduce back ache. Obtain 1 to 2 handfuls of fresh water leaves. Cut them into slices including the tender stems. Blend them into juice by adding little water. Strain it. The green liquid is what you will drink and throw away the chaff. Drink 250 ml once a day. Drink within 10 minutes of preparation.
Or: You may slightly boil the water leaf and take it in soup form.
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High Cholesterol (Hypercholesterolemia) Natural Treatments
Cholesterol is a waxy substance your body uses to protect nerves, make cell tissues and produce certain hormones. Cholesterol is an oil-based substance that does not mix with blood that is water based. Cholesterol moves around the body in lipoproteins.
Also, your liver produces all the cholesterol your body needs. Your body get cholesterol directly from the food you eat such as meats, eggs, and diary products. Eating fresh foods and avoiding animal fats and processed items can help people to regulate their body cholesterol levels. At normal levels, cholesterol is an important substance for the body but if the concentrations in the blood becomes too high, CHOLESTEROL BECOMES A SILENT DANGER WHICH PUT PEOPLE AT RISK OF HEART ATTACK.
This article focuses on types cholesterol, symptoms of high cholesterol, causes, risk factors, complications, diets and natural treatments.
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This write up will enable YOU to know:
- The meaning of cholesterol.
- Types of cholesterol.
- Functions of cholesterol.
- Causes of high cholesterol.
- Symptoms of high cholesterol.
- Factors that increases your chances of high cholesterol.
- How high cholesterol is diagnosed.
- Healthy cholesterol levels.
- Diets that can help you to maintain healthy cholesterol, diet or what you must avoid and
- Natural Treatments.
Types of Cholesterol
There are different kinds of cholesterol. They include:
(a) Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) : LDL or “bad” cholesterol, transports cholesterol particles throughout your body. LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of arteries, making them hard and narrow.
(b) High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) : HDL or good cholesterol, moves up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.
(c) Triglycerides : is another type of fat in your blood. When you consume or eat more calories more than your body can use, it turns the extra calories into triglycerides.
However, changing your lifestyle (that is, diet and exercise) can improve your cholesterol levels, reduce your LDL and Triglycerides and raise HDL levels.
What Are The Functions of Cholesterol?
Cholesterol perform four primary functions without which we could not survive. They are:
- Contributing to the structure of cell walls.
- Allowing the body to produce vitamin D.
- Making up digestive bile acids in the intestine and
- Enabling the body to produce certain hormones.
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What Are The Causes of High Cholesterol?
Your liver produces cholesterol but you also obtain cholesterol from food. Eating many foods high in fat content increases your likelihood of high cholesterol levels. Being overweight (obese) and in active will also result in high cholesterol. If you’re overweight you are likely to have a higher triglycerides. If you never exercise and not active in general, it can lower your HDL (good cholesterol) .
Also, smoking promote high cholesterol by lowering your HDL (good cholesterol). Genetic factors can contribute to high cholesterol (high cholesterol is also known as hypercholesterolemia) . People with inherited condition familial hypercholesterolemia have high LDL levels.
Other conditions that can result in high cholesterol levels are:
- Liver or kidney disease.
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
- Pregnancy and other conditions that increases female hormones.
- Underactive thyroid gland.
- Drugs such as anabolic steroids, corticosteroids and progestins that increases LDL cholesterol and reduces HDL cholesterol.
What Are The Symptoms of High Cholesterol?
Often there are no symptoms that specifically relate to high cholesterol and most people don’t know it. If you have high cholesterol your body may store the extra cholesterol in your arteries. Your arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to other parts of the body. Build up of cholesterol in your arteries is known as plaque.
Overtime, plaque can become hard and make your arteries narrow. Large deposit of plaque can completely block an artery. Cholesterol plaques can also split often leading to formation of a blood clot that blocks the flow. If an artery that supplies blood to the muscle in your heart becomes blocked, you could have a heart attack. If an artery that supplies blood to your brain becomes blocked you could a stroke. Several people don’t discover they have high cholesterol until they suffer one of these life-threatening events.
What Are High Cholesterol Risk Factors?
Factors that can increase your risk of high cholesterol include:
(a) Poor diet.
(b) High blood pressure.
(c) Older age.
(d) Have an immediate family (parent or sibling) who has had heart disease.
(e) being overweight or obese.
(f) Inactivity (lack of exercise).
(g) Smoking and
How do you know if …?
How High Cholesterol Can Be Diagnosed
You can’t tell if you have high cholesterol without having it checked. A simple blood test will reveal your level of cholesterol.
You will be instructed not to eat or drink anything, except water for 14 hours before your blood is drawn. You shouldn’t drink alcohol for 48 hours before the test. During the procedure blood sample will be taken from a vein in your arm.
However, men who are 35 years of age and above should have their cholesterol checked. Men and women of 20 years of age and above who have risk factors for heart disease also have their cholesterol checked. Teens may need to be checked if they are taking certain medicines or have a strong family history of high cholesterol. ASK YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR HOW OFTEN YOU WILL HAVE YOUR CHOLESTEROL CHECKED.
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Are There Complications?
If high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is not treated or properly treated it may result in dangerous accumulation of cholesterol and other deposits on the wall of your arteries (atherosclerosis). These deposits (plaques) can reduce flow of blood through your arteries that can cause complications such as:
- Chest pain (angina).
- Heart attack and
HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL LEVELS –
The lipid profile test reports the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood stream. The following are recommended ranges to assist you in maintaining optimal cholesterol levels.
Below 200 mg/dL
200 – 239 mg/dL
240 mg/dL and above
Below 70 mg/dL
Ideal for people at very high risk of heart disease.
100 – 129 mg/dL
130 – 159 mg/dL
160 – 189 mg/dL
190 mg/dL and above
Below 40 mg/dL (men)
Below 50 mg/dL (women)
50 – 59 mg/dL
60 mg/dL and above
Below 100 mg/dL
Below 150 mg/dL
150 – 199 mg/dL
200 – 499 mg/dL
500 mg/dL and above
Why Does This Work?
Your body needs some cholesterol to Perform optimally but too much of it in your blood can stick to your arteries which narrows or block them putting your at risk of coronary artery disease or other heart diseases.
Adding certain foods, limiting consumption of particular foods and avoiding certain foods in your diet will enable YOU to maintain healthy cholesterol. They include:
- Eating fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in fiber, vitamins and antioxidants such as apple, avocado, strawberry, figs, grapes, citrus fruits, tomatoes, asparagus, cabbage, bananas, prunes.
- Eat legumes such as lentils, white or kidney beans, Lima beans, chick peas.
- Limit sodium (salt) in your diet to lower your risk of heart diseases.
- Limit your consumption of alcohol, if you can’t avoid it. Alcohol add extra calories that lead to weight gain that can increase your risk of heart disease.
- Eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as tuna, herring, sardines, walnuts, almonds. Omega-3 fatty acid foods won’t lower your LDL levels but it may raise HDL levels which may protect heart from blood clots and inflammation and reduce your risk of heart attack.
- Limit or avoid consumption of caffeine. After 5 hours you drank caffeine it contents will still remain in your system depending on how strong it is.
- Limit consumption of yolk egg, organ meats, whole diary products, liver.
- Consume healthy fats such as unsaturated oils such as olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, lean meats and nuts.
- Avoid fried, processed foods and foods with added sugar.
In addition to diet, go for a walk. Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day (it can be a trek). Doing this will help you to raise your HDL (good cholesterol).
This article is not meant to be a substitute to be a substitute to the service of a medical professional is urgently needed.
HIGH CHOLESTEROL NATURAL TREATMENTS
(1) CARROTS :
Are rich in soluble fibre and niacin. The soluble fibre help in binding excess cholesterol in the intestine. Niacin increases HDL (good cholesterol) production while reducing LDL (bad cholesterol) production. Thereby preventing the formation of plaques in the blood vessels. Drink 100 ml of Carrots juice mix with half tablespoon of
fresh Turmeric juice (Ohuboboch, Nwandumo in Igbo; Iblue in Urhobo; Gigir in Tiv; Atale pupa in Yoruba; Kurkur in Hausa). Do it two times a day.
(2) FENUGREEK SEEDS (Hulba in Hausa; Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Kerenkeren in Igbo; Ukpo Idooma in Idoma) Soak 2 tablespoons of dried Fenugreek seeds in 150 ml for 7 to 8 hours. Chew the seeds and drink the water in which the seeds was soaked upon it. After that take 1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey.
OR: Put 2 tablespoons of Fenugreek seeds in 300 ml cup of water. Boil it for 7 to 10 minutes. Allow it to cool down. Strain and drink. Do it two times a day.
(3) SPINACH (Toromon iganna, Amunututu, Egungun ori iganna in Yoruba; Allayyahu in Hausa; Gborongi in Igbo)
contains Lutein that provides layer of protection for the artery from being clogged as a result of accumulation of LDL (bad cholesterol). Drink 100 ml of fresh Spinach leaves juice mixed with
half tablespoon of Garlic (Tafarnuwa in Hausa; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba; Ayu, Ayo ishi in Igbo) pods paste. Do it two times a day.
(4) ALLIUM CEPA(Red onion in English; Alubosa onisu in Yoruba; Yabasi in Igbo; Albasa gudaji in Hausa; Alubarha in Edo; Oyim mbakara in Efik) contains high amount of quercetin that has effect in reducing bad LDL (bad cholesterol) by increasing the levels of good fat known as HDL (High Density Lipoprotein). Add RAW RED ONION in your diet.
blend Cabbage leaves into juice. Add 1/4 tablespoon of
Ginger juice (Chitta in Hausa; Jinja in Urhobo and Igbo; Atale in Yoruba) too 100 ml of Cabbage juice. Mix them together and drink.
OR: Eat raw Cabbage leaves with a piece of Ginger.
Do it two times a day.
(6) PSYLLIUM HUSK : Take 5 grams of Psyllium Husk with meals two times in a day.
(7) WATER LEAF
(Efo Gbure, Gbure in Yoruba; Ebe dondon in Edo; Alenyruwa in Hausa; Ipi ape in Idoma; Nte oka in Igbo) Cut the fresh tender stems and leaves of Water leaves in to slices. Put them in blender and add little water.
After blending add half tablespoon of Onion Juice. Mix them together thoroughly with the green liquid. Drink 200 ml immediately after 10 minutes of preparation. Throw away the chaff.
(8) FIGS(Opoto in Yoruba; Farin baure in Hausa) contains fibre known as Pectin. This fibre permeate itself using metabolism system, it attempts to clean up residues wastes of cholesterol and bring them to excretory system to be pushed out from the body. Add Figs in your diet.
(9) LEMON JUICE
(Omi osan ganyin in Yoruba; Ruwa baba lemu in Hausa; Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Itie akpaenfi in Urhobo) is high in Citric acid is one of the best natural cleanser. It reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the body. Drink 50 ml Lemon juice on an empty stomach before breakfast and dinner.
OR: Boil Lemon peel in water. Drink 200 ml two times daily.
(10) HUNTERIA UMBELLATA
(Eso abere in Yoruba; Otosu, Osu – Igwe in Igbo) After removing the cover of dried Hunteria Umbellata seeds, grind them in to powder. Put them in a steel container. Put hot water on it and allow it to remain for 12 hours. Take 5 ml two times a day.
(11) CAULIFLOWER :
contains glucoraphanin and sulforaphane that enhance the production of good cholesterol (HDL) and reduces bad cholesterol (LDL) production. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids that prevent hardening of arteries. Mix 100 ml of Cauliflower juice with half tablespoon of
Onion Juice (Alubarha in Edo; Yabasi in Igbo; Alubosa in Yoruba; Albasa in Hausa) and
1 pinch of Cayenne Pepper powder (Ata ijosin, Afriremon, Ilufemi in Yoruba; Barkono in Hausa; Ose oyinbo in Igbo). Mix them together thoroughly. Take it two times a day.
(12) OKRA / LADY FINGER(ila in Yoruba; Kubewa in Hausa; Okuru in Igbo; idu in Idoma) Obtain 3 sizeable Okra. Cut them in to slices, put everything including the sticky liquid in to a cup of 300 ml water. Cover the cup for 7 to 8 hours to avoid contamination. Strain and drink the the liquid content only. Throw away sliced pods. Do it two times a day.
(13) LIME JUICE(Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Ruwa lemu tsami, Kadanbuya in Hausa; Omi oronbo, Omi osan wewe in Yoruba; Evwe in Urhobo) contains hesperidin, a flavonoid that reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride in the body. Drink 100 ml of Lime juice two times a day.
OR: Boil Lime peels in water. Drink 200 ml of it tea infusion two times a day.
(14) GYMNEMA SLYVESTRE (Gymnema in English; Yaryadin in Hausa) mix half teaspoon of Gymnema Slyvestre leaf powder with 50 ml maize or corn porridge or pap and drink. Do it two times a day.
(Piya in Hausa; Eso pia in Yoruba; Ube oyinbo in Igbo) is high in fibre, potassium and healthy fats that help in keeping your body cholesterol under check by increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels and reducing total bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. Eat Avocado regularly to get these benefits.
(16) Slice the following vegetables:
- 2 Garden egg or Egg plant (Dauta, Yalo in Hausa; Ikan in Yoruba; Anara, Afufa in Igbo)
- 2 Fresh Tomatoes
- 2 pieces of carrots
Sprinkle 2 pinches of Cayenne Pepper powder (Ata ijosin, Ilufemi, ijeye, Afriremon in Yoruba; Ose oyinbo in Igbo; Barkono in Hausa) Do it once a day. Make sure you eat them RAW to get the best results.
(17) TERMINALIA CATAPA
(Almond in English; Oblonu beke in Idoma; Ofio in Yoruba) regular consumption of Almond help in increasing the High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels and reduces the Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) levels. Soak 5 to 7 Ripe Almond in water for 8 hours. Remove the flesh and eat. Drink the water in which the Almonds was soaked also.
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Catarrh Natural Remedies
Catarrh is a build-up of mucus in an airway or the body cavity. Catarrh can also be defined as much thick phlegm or mucus in one of the airways or cavities of the body. Mucus is a natural product of the body and protects the body against infections by trapping germs in the nose, throat and airways of the lungs. There is an excellent system that produces a thin layer of mucus on those linings. The mucus is cleared from the lungs and sinuses by specialized cells with minute hairs that beat it away.
In this write-up, I’Il be sharing with YOU: what causes catarrh, symptoms and NATURAL REMEDIES.
You must be wondering:
What will you gain from reading this article?
Here are what you’ll gain; you’ll know
(a) About catarrh.
(b) What causes catarrh.
(c) Catarrh symptoms and
(d) CATARRH NATURAL REMEDIES.
Now, let me me set the stage for this write-up…
When there’s infections, the lining responds by increasing it production of mucus. Also, it sends in great numbers of white cells to attack invading germs. This turns the normally clear mucus into mucus that is yellowish or greenish in colour by debris of Invaders and defenders that’s the discoloured mucus known as CATARRH, when they cough it up, blow it out or feel it dripping down the back of their throat.
Some people complain that the flow of mucus is continous or much, although what is in excess to one person may not be so with another person. Catarh is often temporary but some people experience it for months or years which is known as CHRONIC CATARRH.
What do you think CAUSES catarrh?
Catarrh is caused by the body’s natural defences, the immune system reacting to an infection or irritation. When this occurs, it sends white blood cells to the source of the infection or irritation, which then releases molecules that cause the mocous membranes to swell and produce mucus. The swelling also narrows the cavity further congestion and this catarrh can be clear and runny or thick and coloured.
But that’s not all…
For unknown reasons, some people have abnormally sensitive blood vessels that react to environmental triggers such as cigarette smoke and pollution. This causes the affected blood vessels to swell in a similar way to an infection or allergic reaction and it is this swelling that leads to congestion and catarrh known as vasomotor rhinitis or non – allergic rhinitis. Cigarette smoke and pollution are common triggers for this, with others including : perfume, alcohol, spicy foods, stress and changes in weather.
So far this write-up has examined causes of catarrh. Now, let me move on to the SYMPTOMS of catarrh.
The signs and symptoms of catarrh are:
- Cracking sensation in the middle ear and temporary hearing loss.
- Persistent cough.
- Runny nose.
- Constant need to clear your throat.
- Headache or facial pain.
- Reduced sense of smell and taste.
- Feeling that your throat is blocked
- Blocked or stuffy nose that you can’t clear and
However, catarrh can be frustrating to live with and may affects your sleep, making you feel tired. Consult your doctor, if your catarrh continue and it is making life difficult for you.
This article is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of medical professional is urgently needed.
You don’t want to miss the next part…
CATARRH NATURAL REMEDIES
(1) TUMERIC (Iblue in Urhobo; Gigir in Tiv; Kurkur, Gangamau in Hausa; Atale pups in Yoruba; Ohuboboch, Nwandumo in Igbo) Boil half tablespoon of Tumeric in 300 ml water.
When it become cool add 2 tablespoons of Lime juice (Kadanbuya, Ruwa lemu tsami in Hausa; Omi osan wewe, Omi oronbo in Yoruba; Oroma nkirisi in Igbo; Evwe in Urhobo)
and take 1 tablespoon of ORGANIC PURE HONEY (Oyin igan Oyin gidi in Yoruba; Iyio in Tiv; Dorawa in Hausa; Zmanu in Igbo).
Mix them together and drink. Do it three times a day.
(2) BARLERIA PRIONITIS (Sin-kin-mini in Yoruba; Porcupine flower in English) prepare tea infusion of Barleria Prionitis leaves. Drink 200 ml of the tea infusion mix 1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey. Do it three times a day. Drink when it is lukewarm.
Or: Extract the juice of fresh Barleria Prionitis leaves. Take 2 tablespoons mix with Organic Pure Honey. Do it twice daily.
(3) Boil Guava leaves ( Gwaaba in Hausa; Igobe in Urhobo; Gorofa in Yoruba; Gova in Igbo) and Violet plant leaves (Ewe Karo in Yoruba) in water for 25 minutes. Drink 250 ml three times a day when it is lukewarm.
(4) Mix 2 pinches of Black Pepper (Masooroo in Hausa; Uziza, Uzize in Igbo; Ata iyere in Yoruba), half tablespoon of crushed Garlic pods (Tafarnuwa in Hausa; Ayuu in Igbo; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba) and and 1 tablespoon of Organic Pure Honey. Take it three times a day with lukewarm water.
(5) Boil the following items in water:
(I) Fresh leaves of Bambusa Arundinaecea (Bamboo in English; Otosi in Igbo; Gora in Hausa; Kewe, Kewal in Fulfulde; Songough in Tiv; Okpo in Urhobo; Apaye, Oparun, Apala in Yoruba)
(II) Lemon Rind (Itie akpaenfi in Urhobo; Baba lemu in Hausa; Osan gayin in Yoruba; Oroma nkirisi in Igbo)
(III) 2 Ginger Rhizomes (Atale in Yoruba; Jinja in Urhobo & Igbo; Chitta in Hausa)
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Diabetes / High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia) Natural Treatments
Blood sugar control is at the center of any diabetes treatment plan. Hyperglycemia is a medical term for high blood sugar. Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes blood sugar to rise because people suffering from diabetes either do not produce enough insulin or unable to properly utilize insulin. Insulin helps glucose from blood to enter muscle, brain, and liver cells. Where it is used to generate energy. When glucose build up in the blood, the cells become starved of energy. It can cause damage to your nerves, blood vessels and leading to other serious medical conditions.
The management or treatment of diabetes is focused on the following:
- Regulating the metabolism of carbohydrates and so therefore, normal blood sugar levels.
- Regulation of sugar absorption.
- Stimulating secretion of insulin and
- Regeneration of the beta cells of pancreas.
This write-up will focus on meaning of diabetes, types, causes, symptoms, complications, diets and NATURAL TREATMENTS.
And now you’re thinking:
How will this article benefit me?
- The meaning of diabetes.
- Types of diabetes and risk factors.
- Cause of types of diabetes type I & II.
- Symptoms of type I and II diabetes.
- What each fast blood sugar level stand for.
- Importance of PANCREAS.
- How BETA CELLS functions can be improved.
- Complications that results from diabetes.
- Foods to eat and foods to avoid by diabetics people.
- How diabetes can be managed and
- NATURAL TREATMENTS.
TYPES OF DIABETES
(1) Type 1 Diabetes: It is also known as juvenile diabetes, it occurs when the body fail to produce insulin. People with type I diabetes are insulin- dependent which means they must take artificial insulin to stay alive.
(2) Type II Diabetes: Unlike people with type I diabetes, people with type II diabetes produce insulin. However, the insulin their pancreas secretes is either not enough or the body is unable recognize the insulin and use it properly. When there is not enough insulin or the insulin is not used as it should be, glucose cannot get into the body cells.
(3) Gestational Diabetes: Is triggered by pregnancy. Hormone changes during pregnancy can affect insulin’s ability to function properly. This occurs in approximately 4% of all pregnancies. Pregnant women have an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes in those who are 25 years old, above their normal body weight before pregnancy, have a family history of diabetes.
Screening for gestational diabetes is performed during pregnancy. Left untreated, gestational diabetes increases risk of complications to both the mother and her unborn child. Usually, blood glucose levels returns to normal within 6 weeks of childbirth. However, women who who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk of developing diabetes type 2 later in life. A PREGNANT WOMAN suffering from gestational diabetes is strongly advise to see her MEDICAL DOCTOR.
(4) Pre – Diabetes : Doctors refers to some people as having pre-diabetes or borderline diabetes when blood sugar is usually in the range of 100 to 125 milligrams per deciliter (mm/dl). Normal blood sugar sit between 70 and 99 mg/dl, whereas a person with diabetes will have a fasting blood sugar higher than 126 mg/dl.
The pre diabetes level means that blood glucose is higher than usual but not so high as to constitute diabetes. People with prediabetes are however, at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, although they don’t usually experience the symptoms of full diabetes.
Risk for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
The risk factors for prediabetes and types 2 diabetes are similar; they are:
- Being overweight.
- A family history of diabetes.
- Having a high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels lower than 40 mg/dl or 50 mg/dl.
- Having history of gestational diabetes or having birth to a child with a weight of more than 9 pounds.
- A history of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
- Being more than 45 years of age and
- Living a sedentary lifestyle.
If a doctor discovers that a person has prediabetes, he or she will recommend that such individual makes healthful changes that can ideally stop the progression of prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Losing weight and having a more healthful diet can help prevent the disease.
Causes of Type 1 Diabetes
The exact cause of type I diabetes is not known. What is known is that your immune system – that normally fight harmful bacteria or viruses – attacks and destroys your insulin – producing cells in the pancreas. This leaves you with little or no insulin. Instead of being moved into your cells, sugar builds up in your blood stream.
Type 1 diabetes is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic susceptibility and environmental factors, though what exactly cause those factors are still not clear. Weight is not believed to be a factor in type 1 diabetes.
Causes of Type II Diabetes
In type 2 diabetes, your cells become resistant to the action of insulin and your pancreas is unable to make enough insulin to overcome this resistance. Instead of moving into your cells where it’s needed for energy, sugar builds up in your blood stream. The cause of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) include:
(a) Consumption of too much carbohydrates.
(b) Skip or forget to take your glucose lowering medication.
(d) Exercise less than usual.
(e) Old age.
(f) Have an infection.
(g) fatty foods and sugary foods.
Now this is important…
The symptoms of type one diabetes often happen suddenly and can be severe. They are:
- Increased thirst.
- Increased hunger (especially after eating).
- Dry mouth.
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained weight (even though you are eating and feel hungry).
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling).
- Blurred vision.
- Laboured heavy breathing (Kussmaul respirations) and
- Loss of conciousness (not common).
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes may be similar as those mentioned above. Most often, there are no symptoms or a very gradual development of the above symptoms. Other symptoms are:
(a) Slow healing sores or cuts.
(b) Itching of the skin (usually in the vagina or groin area).
(c) Yeast infection.
(d) Recent weight gain.
(e) Numbness or tingling of hands and feet.
(f) Impotence or erectile dysfunction.
(g) Ants feeding on your urine when you urinate (pee) in an open place or on the ground.
(h) Going to toilet always (diarrhea).
(i) Trouble concentrating and
(j) Unexplained loss of weight.
Want to Know What Each Blood Sugar Level Stand For?
A fasting blood sugar level that is less than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L) is NORMAL. A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L) is considered PRE DIABETES. If it is 126 mg/dL (7mmol/L) or higher in two separate tests, you have DIABETES. Blood sugar levels below 70 mg/dL can indicate HYPOGLYCEMIA (low blood sugar) which can be life – threatening, if such individual doesn’t receive treatment that will aim on returning blood to safe levels.
How Important is YOUR Pancreas?
We hardly think of pancreas as a vital organ of the endocrine. Unless, it begin to cause a problem. Pancreas have two important functions. They are:
- Produce insulin for the control of blood sugar and
- Create enzymes for metabolism of fats and proteins.
Malfunction pancreas could result in various problems, of which the most common is DIABETES. Infact, pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and trauma can all harm the BETA CELLS or make the less able to produce insulin, resulting in diabetes. If damaged pancreas is removed, diabetes will occur. YOU want to know why? It is because of the loss of beta cells.
How Do YOU Improve YOUR Beta Cells Function?
The primary function of beta cells in your pancreas is to store and release insulin. Insulin is the hormone that assist your body to utilize glucose – which is the building block of carbohydrates and your body primary energy source. When beta cells fail to function properly, your body cannot uptake glucose effectively, trapping large amounts of glucose in your blood – metabolic state known as HYPERGLYCEMIA, that is, high blood sugar.
However, visceral fat is located in your abdomen and surround your liver, stomach and intestines. VISCERAL FAT CAUSES POT BELLY which increases your chances of high blood pressure, insulin resistance, and increase your risk of chronic diseases such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, various cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.
Furthermore, sub – cutaneous fat have weaker correlation with chronic diseases. Higher sugar levels cause result in high insulin levels that can cause the destruction of beta cells that causes high blood sugar levels.
Insulin resistance is the main cause of both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes which is a condition that desensitize both your muscle and liver to the action of insulin. Overtime, several people with type II diabetes ends up damaging beta cells function, resulting in insufficient production of insulin. The main cause of beta cells dysfunction is the accumulation of fat inside your liver and muscle. When your muscle and liver become insulin resistant you do the following:
- Reduce your insulin resistance by eating low fat, plant based and whole grain food diet.
- Or injecting yourself with insulin.
Also, eating a diet that limit stress on your insulin producing beta cells can help you to prevent or manage diabetes. Beta cells in your pancreas respond to high blood glucose by producing more and more insulin and your body may become more resistant to this important hormone. You can help prevent insulin resistance and protect your beta cells by avoiding foods that can quickly raise your blood sugar levels. Eat more of foods that allow your blood sugar levels to rise slowly.
The problem is…
Diabetes is a serious, chronic condition that is one of the leading cause of death worldwide. While diabetes itself is manageable, it’s complications can severely impact on daily living and some can be fatal, if not treated immediately. Diabetes complications are:
- Dental and gum diseases.
- Eye problems and loss of sight.
- Foot problems including numbness, leading to ulcers and untreated cut and injuries.
- Heart disease.
- Nerve damage such as diabetic neuropathy.
- Stroke and
- Kidney disease.
In the case of kidney diseases, this complication can result in kidney failure, water retention when body doesn’t dispose of water correctly and an individual an individual experiencing difficulties with bladder control. Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels and moderating glucose intake can assist people to prevent damaging complications of type 2 diabetes. For those with type 1 diabetes, taking insulin is the only way to moderate and control the effects of the condition.
What exactly is diabetic diet?
Diabetic diet deals with eating healthy foods at regular time of the day that can prevent abnormal spikes in blood sugar and make sure that your body can properly utilize the insulin it produces. Of great importance is the concept of Glycemic Index (GI). Glycemic index is the food ability to raise blood sugar level two (2) hours after consumption of foods that are rich in carbohydrate.
A low glycemic index (less than 55) means that the carbohydrate in those foods are absorbed slowly which can be helpful for the body to better manage post – meal changes food that have greater glycemic index (greater than 70) raise blood sugar levels more quickly. Low glycemic index carbohydrates foods are cereals, starchy vegetables, legumes and most fruits that are known as functional foods as a result of their beneficial effects on individual health and well-being.
Diabetic diets include:
(a) Fibre rich foods: Dietary fiber can control the rate at which the insulin and glucose are released into the blood stream. Eg broccoli, avocado, quinoa, lentil, oats, chia seeds, coconuts, bananas, carrots, almonds, flax seeds, okra, white beans.
(b) Nuts and Seeds: Are low in sugar, high in dietary fiber and rich in certain antioxidants that can bring down body cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar. Examples of seeds are: benni (sesame), flax, chia, fenugreek and pumpkin. While examples of nuts include boiled peanut (ground nut) with no salt, almond, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, cashew nuts. Nuts are packed with lot minerals and vitamins including vitamin E and magnesium. Eating of nuts may help reduce risk factors associated with several chronic diseases and diabetes.
(c) Starchy Vegetables: Starchy vegetables that contains COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES that break down slowly thereby preventing sudden spikes and fall blood sugar levels. Good examples include: water yam, cocoyam, and Irish potatoes.
(d) Low Glycemic Index Fruits: Are fruit which contain carbohydrates and starches that break down slowly that are of benefit to the body and prevent quick rise in blood sugar levels. Good examples are : pears, oranges,dates, unripe plantains, unripe pawpaw (papaya), cherries, African star apple, strawberry, plum, lime, lemon, nectarines, peach, prunes.
(e) Whole Grain Foods: Are sources of dietary fiber that regulates the release of insulin and glucose spreading it out evenly for a long period of time that prevents sudden rise in blood glucose levels. Examples include: soy (soya) beans, wheat, millet, sorghum, white beans.
(f) Lean Meats: Fatty fish such as tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel, et cetra that are rich in omega-3 fatty acid that lower bad cholesterol. Free range chicken and free turkey are good choices.
(g) Healthy Fats: Consumption of healthy fat such as poly unsaturated and mono saturated fat help to lower raised blood sugar levels and put diabetes under control when add in your diet in moderation. Good examples include: coconut oil, red oil, extra virgin olive oil.
FOODS TO AVOID
If you are following a strict diabetic diet. You should avoid foods high in starch (that’s simple carbohydrate or eat them in moderation), red meat, whole milk, processed or fast foods, sugary drinks. Other foods to avoid are foods high in sodium (SALT) saturated fats, caffeinated drinks, foods high in cholesterol, trans fats, white bread, fried foods and excess food preservatives or excess condiments.
If you must consume these these foods, eat them in moderation because they block the arteries, lead to cardiovascular problems, OBESITY, high blood pressure , and may raise raise your blood sugar levels and disrupt insulin process.
As a diabetic patient avoid staying idle. Exercise your body regularly to regulate the insulin in your blood stream. Eliminating excess calories and foods high in fat are excellent ways to monitor your blood sugar, together with cutting down overall consumption of simple carbohydrates (starch) that are basically sugars that breakdown into glucose in the body.
In addition, to eating the right foods, you must eat them at the proper time of the day and they must be evenly spaced out which is vital for people with type II diabetes. As the proper diabetes diet will allow your body to effectively utilize the insulin that your body produces.
Then, how is diabetes managed?
Presently diabetes cannot be cured but it can be treated and controlled. The goals of diabetes management are to:
- Keep your blood glucose levels as near to normal as much as possible by balancing food eating with medication and activity (that is, not staying idle).
- Maintain your blood cholesterol and triglyceride (lipid) levels as near their normal ranges as possible by reducing total amount of fat to 30 % or less of your daily total calories by decreasing saturated fat and cholesterol.
- Control your blood pressure. Your blood pressure shouldn’t go over 130/80.
- Slow or possibly prevent the development of diabetes – related health problems.
Furthermore, you hold the key to managing your diabetes by :
- Planning what you eat and following a balanced diet.
- Exercising regularly, even if it is walking.
- Taking medicine, if prescribed and closely following guidelines on how and when to take it.
- Monitoring your blood glucose and blood pressure at home and
- Keeping your appointment with you health care provider(s) and going for laboratory test as directed by your doctor.
Always remember that what you do at home every day affects your blood glucose levels more than what your doctor can do every few weeks or months during your check-ups.
This write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of a medical professional is urgently.
Always monitor your blood glucose levels, eat the right diets, adjust your medication accordingly. It is better to start your diabetes medication from lower to smaller dose.
DIABETES/ HIGH BLOOD SUGAR (HYPERGLYCEMIA) NATURAL TREATMENTS
(1) OKRA / OKRO ( Lady Finger in English; ila in Yoruba; Okwuru in Igbo; idu in Idoma; Kubewa in Hausa) Get 2 sizeable Okra pods, cut off their heads. Put the sliced Okra with it sticky liquid (slime) in cup of 300 ml water. Cover it for 7 to 8 hours overnight to avoid contamination. In the morning take out the the pods and drink the water in the cup on an empty stomach. Okra water regulate blood sugar levels that cooked one. Do it everyday to regulate raised blood sugar levels. If it is severe take it before evening meal too.
(2) FENUGREEK (Ewedu in Yoruba; Hulba in Hausa; Kerenkeren in Igbo; Idooma in Idoma) Blend the fresh leaves of Fenugreek in water. Take 150 ml of the juice two times a day.
OR: Take 1 tablespoon of Fenugreek seeds powder with water two times a day.
(3) ALOE VERA (Ebube agu in Igbo; Tinya in Hausa; Ahon Erin in Yoruba) Take 1 tablespoon of Aloe Vera leaf juice or gel after ever meal with water.
Aloe Vera contains laxative properties, if it purges you stop taking it.
(4) IVY GOURD (Gurjin daaji in Hausa; Apa igbo, Ewe ero in Yoruba) Consume one Ivy Gourd every day.
(5) ORANGE (Lemu in Hausa; Sokoro in Efik; Oroma in Igbo; Osan didun in Yoruba) Drink fresh natural Orange Juice daily with no added sugar.
(6) MILLET / GUINEA CORN (Okababa in Yoruba; Igu in Idoma; Dawa in Hausa) Millet contains good amount of magnesium that aids the body to use insulin produce efficiently and help to regulate blood sugar. Prepare pap of Guinea corn or Millet porridge and take it always early in the morning before breakfast.
(7) MIMOSA PUDICA (Kparochuku, Kpakochuku in Igbo; Ewe Patanmon, Ewe Padimon in Yoruba; Mata gara kafa in Hausa; Enada abapa olutu kla in Idoma) Grind shade dried Mimosa Pudica leaves into powder. Take 1 tablespoon with water two times a day.
OR: Take 3 tablespoons of fresh Mimosa Pudica leaves juice twice a day.
(8) AZADIRACHTA INDICA (Neem in English; Aforo Oyinbo, Ewe cassia in Yoruba; Ogwu akom in Igbo; Bedi, Ko Dongoyaro in Hausa) Chew 5 fresh Neem leaves with water two times a day.
OR: Take 1 tablespoon of Neem leaves juice on empty stomach in the morning and at night before meal.
OR: Prepare tea decoction of fresh Neem leaves. Drink 150 ml two times a day.
(9) ACACIA NILOTICA (Bargaruwa in Hausa; Booni in Yoruba) Chew some gum of Acacia Nilotica gum.
(10) PSYLLIUM HUSK : Take 1 teaspoon of Psyllium husk powder two times a day daily with meal. Psyllium husk regulates blood sugar with the aid of forming fibers to slow down process of digestion.
(11) MISTLETOE (Afomo isana in Yoruba) Prepare tea infusion of Mistletoe leaves. Pour the tea in a flask after boiling. Drink 200 ml two times a day.
The stronger the tea decoction, the more effective it will be.
(12) DISCOREA ALATA (Water yam in English; Isi ovuna in Idoma; Dem pwen in Berom; Arunfanfan, Isu ewura in Yoruba; Agbo tsabagbu a in Tiv; Akenodo in Urhobo; Wura in Nupe; Igiorua, Udin in Edo; Bakar dooyaa, Jikin mutum, Sakataa in Hausa; Abire in Ibibio; Ji – m bala m bala, Ji – abana, Ngbede, Onoko in Igbo; Iyo ro buru in Ijo-Izon) water contains dietary fiber that help to stabilize digestion rate and regulate blood sugar levels in individuals with diabetes. Include boiled or roasted water yam to your diet.
Avoid fried water because it contains less nutrients and can raise your blood pressure.
(13) PLANTAINS LEAVES : Prepare tea infusion of shade dried leaves of Plantain leaves. Drink 250 ml two times a day.
(14) WATERMELON SEEDS : Boil 3 handfuls of Watermelon seeds in water. Strain it and pour the water in a flask. Drink 250 ml two times a day.
OR: Chew 2 tablespoons of Watermelon seeds three times a day.
Avoid the watermelon pulp because it contains diuretic properties that will make to urinate excessively and raise your blood sugar levels.
(15) CLOVES (Kanafuru in Yoruba; Kanumfari in Hausa) It contains properties that improves blood glucose levels. Chew 2 pieces of Cloves twice daily with water.
(16) INSULIN PLANT : Assist in boosting of production of Insulin naturally by activating beta cells of pancreas. Chew 1 to 2 leaf(or leaves) of insulin plant every morning.
(17) RED CABBAGE JUICE: The natural red pigment in Red Cabbage contains Betalians that assist in lowering high blood sugar levels and boost production of insulin. Take 150 ml of Red Cabbage juice two times a day. You can also add raw Red Cabbage in your diet.
(18) TINOSPORIA CORDIFOLIA (Epa ikun Yoruba) Prepare tea infusion of Tinosporia Cordifolia. Drink 30 ml two times a day.
(19) COLOCASIA ESCULENTA (Cocoyam in English; Koko in Itsekiri; Jwe pwen, Jwe sunan in Berom; Agbaha in Idoma; Ukovuvu in Degema; Iyokho in Edo; Eka – Ikpo in Annang; Kolokass in Arabic; Bonntore, Bonntoje in Fula-Fulfulde; Goojare, Meeroore Fulfulde in Gwari; Ikpon in Ibibio; Gwaazaa, Gwaazaa Mai Gudaji in Hausa; Ede oyinbo, Ede Osi li, Akasi ite in Igbo; Odu, Lodu in Izon; Ata m kpo in Efik; Okile in Epie; Udu in Urhobo; Isu Koko in Yoruba) It contains isoleucine that is a protein which regulate blood sugar, increases muscles strength and energy levels. Add boiled or roasted Cocoyam to your diet.
(20) CAYENNE PEPPER (Apoko eeke in Idoma; Ata ijosin, Ilufemi, ijeye, Afriremon in Yoruba; Barkono in Hausa; Ose oyinbo in Igbo) Inclusion of this Pepper in diet will help to treat and prevent diabetes. This pepper also enhances insulin response to blood sugar flunctuation.
(21) MORMORDICA CHARANTIA (Bitter gourd, Bitter melon in English; Garahanu in Mbula; Ndakdi in Dera; Dagdaggi in Fula-Fulfulde; Hashinashiap in Gomai; Daddagu in Hausa; iliahia in Igala; Akban Ndene, Okwunuolo in Igbo; Dagdagoo in Kanuri; Akara aje, Ejinrin nla, Ejirin weewe, Ejirin weere, Igbole Aja in Yoruba) take 2 tablespoons of fresh Mormordica charantia juice two times a day. Taking the fresh juice 30 minutes before your breakfast not only lower your blood sugar levels. It will also take of complications such as needle and pin sensations, visual defects and other conditions linked with diabetes.
(22) BANANA FLOWERS (Ododo Ogede tutu in Yoruba) Obtain 5 Banana 5 flowers. Take the yellow part and white bulb. Wash them with clean water. Cut them in to slices. Eat three times a day.
(23) BLACK PEPPER (Masooroo in Hausa; Ata iyere in Yoruba; Uzize, Uziza in Igbo) Include Black Pepper in your diet.
(24) CASSIA Occidentalis (Aborere, Asundegbe, Papala omode in Yoruba; Tafasaar Masar in Hausa) Prepare tea infusion of of Cassia Occidentalis. Drink 100 ml twice daily.
OR: Extract the juice from the fresh leaves of Cassia Occidentalis. Take 2 tablespoons two times a day.
(25) GYMNEMA SLYVESTRE (Hyena Bone in English; Yardin Kura in Hausa) It help the muscles to absorb sugar from the blood stream better. Take half tablespoon of Gymnema Slyvestre leaf powder two times a day.
OR: Prepare tea decoction of fresh Gymnema Slyvestre leaves. Take 100 ml two times a day.
(26) STAR APPLE / AFRICAN CHERRY (Otien in Edo; Ibi in Idoma; Agbalumon in Yoruba; Ehya in Igala; Udala, Udara in Igbo; Agbaluba in Hausa; Eha in Ebira; Utieaga dava in Urhobo) Make tea infusion of root or bark of Star Apple or African Cherry. Drink 200 ml twice a day.
OR: You can also add it fruit in your diet as well. Whenever you eat the fruit always eat fruit skin together with the pulp because it contains lot of nutrients.
(27) Grind shade dried leaves of both Gymnema Slyvestre and Azadirachta Indica into powder. Take 1/4 tablespoon two times a day.
(28) Dry the following leaves plant under the shade:
Cashew, Mango and Cocoyam leaves. Prepare tea infusion of the mentioned leaves. Drink 200 ml three times a day.
(29) PLANTAIN ROOT JUICE: Plantain root juice provides great hope for diabetes. Take 2 tablespoons of Plantain root juice two times a day. If the case is severe, take 2 tablespoons three times a day.
(30) HUNTERIA UMBELLATA
(Osu in Edo; Abere in Yoruba; Mkpokiri, Otosu, Osu – Igwe in Igbo) Obtain dried seeds of Hunteria Umbellata. Remove the cover. Grind the seeds into powder. Soak the powder in 900 ml of Coconut water
(Omi agbon in Yoruba; Ruwa Kwankwar in Hausa; Ame kokodia in Urhobo; Mmri Aki beke in Igbo) for 12 hours. Take 2 tablespoons two times a day before or after meals.
(31) Bark of Detarium microcarpum (Taura in Hausa; Ofo in Igbo; Egbo Ogbogbo in Yoruba), Root and bark of Scoparia dulcis (Sweet broom weed in English; Aiya in Igbo; Roma – fada in Hausa; Mesen – mesen gogoro in Yoruba) Boil the combination of the herbs in water. Drink 150 ml two times a day.
(32) WATER LEAF (Nte oka in Igbo; Ipi ape in Idoma; Gbure in Yoruba; Alenyruwa in Hausa; Ebe dondon in Edo) regulate blood sugar levels due to it essential minerals contents and high dietary fiber that assist in slowing down digestion and conversion of carbohydrates to complex starch. Prepare Water Leaf juice by cutting one or two handful(s) of water leaves and it tender stems in to slices. Squeeze in water or blend by using blender. Take 200 ml of the green liquid immediately after preparation. Throw away the chaff. Do it two times a day.
(33) Bark of Tamarind Indica (Tamarind in English; Icheku in Igbo; Awin in Yoruba) and Morida Lucinda leaves (Oruwo in Yoruba; Eze ogu in Igbo; Ufu Ogile in Igede) put them together in pot with water. Boil for 30 minutes, take 200 ml two times a day.
(34) Africa bread fruit leaves (Ukwa in Igbo; Afon in Yoruba; Ize in Benin; Ediang in Efik; Jekri, Sobo, Izea in Ijaw), Bush buck leaves (Utazi in Igbo; Arokeke in Yoruba) and Sand Paper tree leaves (Ewe eepin in Yoruba) Boil the herbs in water. Drink 150 ml twice a day.
(35) Securdiaca longedum (Violet tree bark in English; Epo ipeta in Yoruba) Cut the bark into shred. Put 2 handfuls of Securdiaca longedum bark in 5 liters water.
Add little potash (Kahun in Yoruba; Kanwa in Hausa) and 200 ml of lime juice
(Omi oronbo, Omi osan wewe in Yoruba; Ekpe nkirisi in Igbo; Ruwa lemu tsami, Kadanbuya in Hausa; Evwe in Urhobo). Put them in plastic container. Shake them together. After hour of preparation. You can start taking it. Drink it 150 ml two times a day.
(36) Obtain enough quantities of fresh Fluted Pumpkin leaves
(Ugu in Igbo; Ikong – Ubong in Efik; Origo in Idoma),
Amygdalina fresh leaves
(Bitter leaf in English; Onugbo in Igbo; Olugbo in Idoma; Shuwakar in Hausa; Etidot in Ibibio; Chusar – doki in Hausa)
and Ocimum Gratissimum fresh leaves (Scent leaf, Basil leaf in English; Daiddoya in Hausa; Nchuanwu, Arigbe in Igbo; Ewe Effinrin tutu in Yoruba; Kunguleko in Tiv) Blend all the leaves together in water in a big bowl. Sieve and pour the liquid in a gallon. Keep it in refrigerator. Take 200 ml three times a day.
The more concentrated the decoction is, the more effective it will be.
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