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Acupuncture and Diabetes

Porridge DiabetesThe rate of diabetes in America is alarming, 29 million Americans to be exact. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2030 the number of people with diabetes worldwide will double from the current 380 million people who currently suffer from the disease.

A report done in 1994 in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, looked at 60 patients with diabetes, finding that 2/3rds of the patients in the group receiving acupuncture noticed an effect and improvement in their symptoms.

Although a lot of Westerners don’t think of acupuncture as a treatment for chronic disease, specific acupuncture points on the body have been proven to be effective to help diabetes.

Acupuncture has no side effects and is completely natural. The treatment is painless, and along with treating your illness, acupuncture can leave you feeling relaxed and calm. If you or someone you know is suffering with diabetes, ask an acupuncturist how she can help you on the road back to better health.

Diabetes & Diet

Here are some suggestions for healthy foods and recipes that help lower blood sugar. Eating a balanced diet that contains complex carbohydrates, protein (organic sources if possible), and healthy fats can help regulate normal sugar levels in your body.

Add some of these foods to your diet: amaranth, artichokes, black beans, bran, celery, chicken, coconut oil, daikon, fish, flaxseed oil, garbanzo beans, lentils, millet, nuts, oats, peas, pumpkin, quinoa, seeds, turkey and yams.

Recipe: Rice porridge with common yam and lotus seed - Boil a suitable amount of rice, yam and lotus seeds until all are very soft. The final consistency should be of a thick soup.

Recipe: Walnut and black bean porridge - Wash 50g black bean and 100g millet. Cook it with 30g walnuts and water until the consistency is thick and all the ingredients are cooked well.


Sources

Internet Journal of the Institute for Traditional Medicine and Preventive Health Care 
DiabetesResearch.org; What is Diabetes

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