Living with diabetes can be pretty exhausting. From counting carbs to checking your blood glucose levels after every meal, it’s all so stressful, right?
But what if there was a way to help lessen the trouble?
We’re kicking off National Diabetes Month by spotlighting how the Purium lifestyle may contribute to healthy living for those living with diabetes.
Plus, we’ll share what Purium products have helped those who are living with Diabetes and a personal testimony from someone just like you!
Let’s get into it.
Special Note: We are not medical professionals. Please always remember to consult with your doctor or practitioner before making lifestyle changes, especially when it relates to serious medical conditions.
Diabetes: What You Need to Know
Prediabetes: The Statistics
Last year, we created this mini-guide, outlining frightening statistics about diabetes and recommended nutrient-rich whole foods to incorporate into your diet.
Has anything changed since then? Actually, yes! More information has become available about diabetes. And unfortunately, it’s not good.
Earlier this year, The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released staggering details about prediabetes.
Remember: Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are high, but not high enough to be categorized as a diabetes diagnosis. People living with prediabetes have a high likelihood of developing diabetes later on in life. In 2012, The American Diabetes Association estimated that about 70% of people with prediabetes will develop diabetes in their lifetime. (1)
As of 2019, the CDC reports that around 84 million American adults have prediabetes–that’s more than 1 out of 3 people. If you’re reading this on your phone and your sitting by two other people, there’s a chance one of you can have prediabetes. That’s crazy, right?
What’s even crazier is that the CDC reports that 90% of people with prediabetes do not even know that they have it. How can they can prevent diabetes onset if they don’t even know they have it?! It’s a pretty sad situation.
With that being said, you may be wondering just how diabetes develops. So, let’s talk about it!
Basically, diabetes describes insulin-production issues in the body. Insulin is a hormone that helps control blood glucose and contributes to how the body produces energy.
When insulin is not properly controlled, the body cannot maintain the steady blood glucose levels that it craves. Because of this, someone may become hyperglycemic (high glycemic levels) or hypoglycemic (low glycemic levels).
When cells cannot respond properly to insulin, this is called insulin resistance, which also contributes to diabetes.
There are three different types of diabetes, all differentiated by what exactly caused the insulin resistance. Here they are:
- Gestational: Occurs during pregnancy (affects both parent and child)
- Type 1: Occurs at any age and attributed to by genetics (a hereditary type of diabetes)
- Type 2: Occurs at any age and attributed to by lifestyle and diet (an unhealthy diet composed of excessive fats and sugars)
The International Diabetes Federation reports that 90% of all diabetes cases are type 2. This is both good news and bad news.
Wait, how can that possible be considered good news?
Well, because if lifestyle can get you into that mess, then lifestyle can also help get you out of it, too.
Ready to learn how?
Diabetes: The Purium Protocol
The American Diabetes Association recommends consistent, healthy eating to help combat diabetes and its symptoms. Hmm…consistent, healthy eating sounds pretty familiar…
Oh, right! Because that is what we encourage during our 40 Day Lifestyle Transformations!
Keep reading to find out how a Lifestyle Transformation can support healthy living for diabetics.
The Ultimate Lifestyle Change: The Recipe for Lasting Change
The Ultimate Lifestyle Transformation consists of two phases:
- Daily Core 4
- 10-Day Superfood Immersion
Core 4 Nutrition
During the first 30 days of a Lifestyle Transformation, we encourage you to become more familiar with plant-based meals and products. Plus, we encourage you to shy away from bad habits, like quick runs to fast food places and gorging on non-organic foods.
Instead, you eat consistent meals made up of fruits, green veggies and clean protein. Fuel up on plant-based nutrients every couple of hours.
The Core 4 is comprised of products that support foundational nutrition. This nutrition is actually great for those eating a diabetes-conscious diet, too
- Super Amino 23: Pure, vegan protein support. Composed from legumes, Super Amino 23 helps support the body’s production of protein. As an essential macronutrient, protein is important for diabetics. Protein can help you full, decreasing the likelihood of snacking and accidentally tilting your glucose levels over the limit. (2)
- Power Shake: Alkalizing greens & antioxidant-rich Rice Bran Solubles. Nutrient-rich greens can help balanced support blood glucose levels, especially vitamin C (3). In addition, antioxidants support the body’s response to inflammation and protect the eyes from macular degeneration (which are important for diabetics). (4), (5)
- Apothe-Cherry: Antioxidant-rich fruit. Antioxidants help support the body by fighting free radicals damage. Plus, tart cherries in Apothe-Cherry help support better and deeper sleep with natural melatonin and anthocyanins (6). Tart cherries have been linked to balanced blood glucose for diabetic patients (7). The National Sleep Foundation reports that deeper sleep can also help blood glucose levels. So, tart cherry is a definite must-try for diabetics!
- Biome Medic: Gut-supporting probiotics, prebiotics and herbs. New studies are discovering that the gut microbiota (bacteria living in the gut) may play a role in diabetes. (8) This is because microbiota can be associated with the metabolic syndrome and how the gut processes food and sugars.
So, what’s the next step of a Lifestyle Transformation?
10-Day Superfood Immersion
During this part of Lifestyle Transformation, we encourage you to refrain from eating meats and processed foods. Instead, you simply stock up on fruits and veggies, and Purium nutrition.
According to a schedule, you supply your body with energy every couple of hours. In this way, you follow a 10-Day schedule that is similar to intermittent fasting.
Intermittent fasting has recently been studied for its effect on type-2 diabetes. (9) Published in the British Medical Journey, the study found that intermittent fasting helped “reverse” diabetes in a small test group.
Critics were skeptical of the study’s accuracy, because it was not clear whether the patients could continue to maintain their remission. Plus, critics believe that constant intermittent fasting is not sustainable.
We tend to agree, at least partly. You should not starve your body of essential nutrients–which why we encourage you to load up on nutritious greens every couple of hours when going through a Transformation. Plus, we encourage you to eat fruits, veggies and flex foods.
But do you think they have a point about maintaining diabetes “remission?” Is that possible?
Actually, yes. Holistic health expert Rebecca Johns knows this first-hand.
It’s testimony time!
Purium Diabetes Testimony
Rebecca Johns is a holistic health practitioner. Visit her Facebook page to learn more about her story.
Rebecca was diagnosed with diabetes during a troubling pregnancy. After the pregnancy, she was advised that she would need to take insulin shots for the rest of her life, but fortunately she took control her life. Read her story.
I was diagnosed with Diabetes during a troubling pregnancy. I was advised that I would need to take insulin shots twice daily for the rest of my life with the expectation that it would increase to four times daily over my lifetime.
With Purium nutrition and the resetting of my metabolism came the ability of my body to handle sugars (and other chemistry) in such a way that I no longer had diabetes or the requirement of medication.
Doctors were astonished. I was blessed. My health has only gotten clearer since.
What’s more, Rebecca’s lab results were improved, including her A1C levels. The AIC lab test determines how much glucose is present in a sample of hemoglobin (blood sample).
We’re so glad our product were able to help her. But we must remind you that not all results will be the same.
* Individual results using Purium may vary. Rebecca Johns was not paid for her testimony. Always seek advice from your health practitioner.
Purium Product Honorable Mentions
At Purium, we’re here to support every lifestyle. Here are three other products that may be of help if you’re living with diabetes.
- Rice Bran Solubles: Contains antioxidant-rich rice bran, which may support blood glucose
- Control Pre-Meal Capsules: Contains whole foods and plants that may support blood sugar levels and neutralizing starches found in processed carbs
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These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The recommended use of Purium Health Products is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Always consult with a professional medical practitioner before taking any dietary supplement, especially if pregnant, nursing, taking prescription medications or under a doctor’s medical care.
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