Q: I am a 41-year-old male, 78kg, and have been diagnosed prediabetic since 2001. I am not taking any medication but control my glucose levels through proper diet and regular exercise. My sugar level is almost 140 mg before meal and below 150 mg after meals and also HB1Ac is under control. Can you suggest some natural remedies to manage diabetes?

A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL is considered pre-diabetes. Further testing may be required in your case, so speak to your doctor and set screening tests.

Prediabetes is a condition in which your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Still, the chances are high.

In prediabetes, the long-term damage of diabetes, especially to the cardiac and circulatory system, may already be starting. Progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes isn’t inevitable. With healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating healthy foods, including physical activity in your daily routine and maintaining a healthy weight, you may be able to bring your blood sugar level back to normal.

You may take a teaspoon each of amla and turmeric powders mixed with water at bedtime. Research evidence suggests that regulating irregular food patterns and improper lifestyle choices can help significantly in reversing diabetes.

Foods that must be avoided: sweets, ice creams, fruit sugar, cakes, pastries, sweet biscuits, chocolates, soft drinks, condensed milk, cream, molasses.

Foods to be consumed in a limited manner: those with excessive salt like pickles, red meat, poultry, egg, coffee, tea, pasta, coconut, honey, palm sugar and yoghurt. Avoid having these foods on an empty stomach.

Beneficial foods: fig, pomegranate and citrus fruits, vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, spinach, carrots, radish, beet, garlic, onion, cucumber, lettuce and tomato, cereals, whole grain foods, sprouts and grains such as Bengal gram and chick peas.

Herbal dietary supplements: ginseng, cinnamon, aloe vera, amla, green tea, fenugreek, neem and turmeric.

There are two forms of cinnamon: cinnamomum zeylanicum and cinnamomum cassia. Most of the cinnamon sold in our grocery stores is cinnamomum cassia. Opt for the former. Cinnamon may have an insulin-like effect, increasing the glucose uptake in muscle tissue and the transporter mechanisms that take glucose out of the blood stream and into tissue. Suggested daily dose is 3-6 grams.

Fenugreek seeds improve blood sugar control and decrease insulin resistance in mild type 2 diabetic patients. To help your diabetes symptoms, try taking 2.5 grams of soaked fenugreek with your meals, a couple of times a day.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) helps in preventing insulin resistance among cells. It acts as a channel opener for glucose into the cells.

Vitamin C supplements have been shown to improve glucose tolerance. Clinical trials with oral vitamin C permit reduction in daily insulin requirements for a juvenile diabetic.

Amla is able to block a chemical, which has been heavily implicated in causing cataracts in diabetic patients. If you have an option getting fresh amla, take one-fourth cup of amla juice with a tea spoon of turmeric powder every day.

There are a range of traditional Ayurvedic recipes that could also help. Meet an Ayurvedic doctor in person to determine your body type and to create a personalised diet chart.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurveda physician. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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