1. Bitter gourd (Karela)
Rich in plant insulin-polypeptide-P and compounds like charatin and momordicin, which help in lowering blood sugar levels, bitter gourd is a boon for the diabetic patients. Drinking a glass of bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach every morning can really help diabetic patients.
2. Basil (tulsi) leaves
Basil leaves (tulsi) contain antioxidants that relieve oxidative stress and have essential oils that help in lowering blood sugar levels in the body. Consumption of two to three tulsi leaves whole or about one tablespoon full of its juice on an empty stomach can help lower the blood sugar levels.
3. Green Tea
Unlike other tea leaves, green tea is unfermented and is high in polyphenol content, which is a strong antioxidant and hypo-glycaemic compound that helps control the release of blood sugars and helps the body use insulin better. Drinking a cup of green tea on an empty stomach daily in the morning, before breakfast, not only lowers blood sugar levels, but is also good for overall health.
4. Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Indian gooseberry (Amla), due to its high vitamin C content, promotes proper functioning of your pancreas. Mix two tablespoon of amla juice in one cup of water and drink it daily on an emptystomach.
5. Black Plum or Indian Black Berry (Jamun)
Research has shown that the fruits and seeds of this plant have hypoglycemic effects as they help reduce blood and urine sugar levels rapidly. A glycoside present in the seeds of Indian blackberry prevents the conversion of starch to sugar. Additionally, it also has properties that can protect you from heart diseases and other vascular disorders. Eating around 5 – 6 jamuns in the morning can effectively control the blood sugar levels.
6. Mango Leaves
Mango leaves can be effective to treat diabetes by regulating insulin levels in the blood. Boiling 15 fresh Mango leaves in a glass of water at night and drinking it in the morning helps in improving blood lipid profile.
7. Fenugreek (Methi)
Fenugreek is a herb that can also be used to control diabetes, improve glucose tolerance and lower blood sugar levels due to its hypoglycaemic activity. It also stimulates the secretion of glucose-dependent insulin. Being high in fibre, it slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars. The fenugreek seeds can be soaked in water overnight and should be taken early in the morning before your breakfast.
8. Cinnamon (dalchini)
Also known as dalchini, it improves insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels. Having as little as 1⁄2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can improve one’s insulin sensitivity and help controlling weight, thereby decreasing one’s risk for heart disease.
9. Diet Plan
Giving a professional touch to your efforts can actually make a huge difference. Consult a dietian to get prepared your comprehensive nutritional care plan, based on your body’s dietary needs, Medical history, blood work, current food intake, portion sizes, food preferences, and exercise habits and other specific recommendations and strategies to achieve your goal in an easiest and the most optimized way.
10. Regular monitoring
Regular checkups will keep you aware about blood sugar levels, which is essential for success of any sugar control program. Tests commonly recommended by the doctors for people with high sugar levels, to be done on regular basis are:
1. Sugar fasting And PP
2. HbA1c ( 3 months avg. blood glucose levels)
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