Updated July 2021
Living with diabetes can be exhausting. From counting carbs to checking your blood glucose levels after every meal, it’s time consuming and can trigger stress. But what if there was a way to help lessen the trouble? To help, we’re shedding light on important statistics, giving a guide to the essentials of a healthy diet for diabetics and discussing where Purium can fit in.
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.
Diabetes is a rising topic in the health world in recent years and for good reason. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) estimates around 9.4% of Americans have diabetes (about 30 million people). This accounts for both adults and children.
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. Lifestyle has such a profound effect showing that the power to lower that number is up to us.
Healthy Eating with Diabetes
Whether it was home economics, nutrition or health class, you might remember being given a special laminated meal plate. The plate was split into three separate sections.
One side of the plate is dedicated to greens/veggies. The other side is split between two sections: protein, and grains and starchy foods. Together, they made up “the ideal meal.”
As it turns out, that diet isn’t just beneficial to children. In fact, The American Diabetes Association recommends using “the plate method” to help prepare meals for diabetics. This is because It helps control portion size, but at the same time, it gives freedom of choice.
It should be mentioned that you can add one serving of fruit and/or diary if you’d like. Just be mindful and make smart choices.
What to Eat
So, what exact foods should you be loading your plate with? Good question! The Mayo Clinic recommends sticking to a healthy carb diet, including fiber-rich foods and “good” fats.
What foods fall under these categories? Here are some go-to’s courtesy of NIDDK:
For non-starchy veggies, you’re safe with the following:
- Broccoli and other greens
If you remember, starchy veggies are allowed as well, but in smaller quantities. These should be okay:
- green peas
For your proteins, it’s best to stick to lean meat, chicken and turkey, preferably without the skin. The Mayo Clinic actually recommends fish as well, because they are heart-healthy.
Looking for vegan protein options? No problem. Make sure to include these in your diet:
- chickpeas and split peas
- nuts and peanuts
Protip: To keep things low-fat, be sure to use canola and olive olive at room temperature while cooking.
Diabetes: The Purium Protocol
Here at Purium, we like to support healthy living. So, how does the Purium lifestyle work in a diabetes diet? Well, our Ultimate Lifestyle Transformation is all about detoxifying and creating lasting change.
The products in this 30-day program will nourish and detoxify your body with vegan protein, greens, healthy fats, gut health, organic super fruit, and natural colon cleansing support. Not to mention that the products that comprise the program are great for those eating a diabetes-conscious diet, too.
The Ultimate Lifestyle Change: The Recipe for Lasting Change
The Ultimate Lifestyle Transformation consists of two phases:
- Daily Core 4
- 10-Day Superfood Immersion
Daily Core 4
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.
- 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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