Diabetes and Juicing: Can Juicing Vegetables Turn Things Around?

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Diabetes is a scary disease, and is one that is becoming more and more prevalent in America. My family members have been affected by diabetes, and know the risks of being diagnosed all too well. Unfortunately, people are being diagnosed at younger and younger ages, and kids are becoming the face of type II diabetes.
According to the Center for Disease Control, “29.1 million people or 9.3% of the population have diabetes. 21.0 million people have been diagnosed. 8.1 million people are undiagnosed, prediabetics (27.8% of people with diabetes are undiagnosed).”
The New York Times highlighted a nation wide study in 2014 on the growth of diabetes among children in the United States. “The prevalence of Type 1 diabetes increased 21 percent among children up to age 19, the study found. The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among those ages 10 to 19 rose 30 percent during the period.”
These numbers are high, and cannot be ignored.
Fortunately for us, we have the ability to take our health into our own hands, educate ourselves on prevention, and ensure we live long, healthy lives.
Juicing is an amazingly healthy habit that has the ability to completely turn things around, health-wise. Many diabetes patients can reverse their disease and get off medication, they just don’t realize it.
When juicing with Diabetes, it is important to incorporate fiber into your diet, through raw veggies. Reboot with Joe recommends eating whole fruits and vegetables every single day, as well as mixing blended vegetables to your juice. He says, “Fiber from complex carbohydrates in the form of whole foods is KEY. It will help keep your sugar levels steady and by making your smoothie or blend with mostly vegetables, you will also lower the total carbohydrate amount while keeping the nutrient levels high.” Joe also recommends drinking tons of water to keep your blood from getting too thick, and concentrated with sugar.
Juicing fruits if you have diabetes may not be the best idea. The fact that juicing fruits and vegetables concentrates whatever nutrients they contain, means that if they’re high in natural sugars those will also be concentrated. It’s best to stick to juicing vegetables, and if you must add fruit, add fruit that is lower on the glycemic index, such as a granny smith apple.
There are many vegetables that are known for helping our bodies regulate sugar levels. Namely, asparagus, cucumber, cauliflower, tomatoes, brussel sprouts, and vegetables that are high in manganese such as parsley, carrots, cabbage, collard greens, endive, celery, beet greens, broccoli, and spinach, according to an article titled “Juicing for Diabetes” published by Best For Juicing.
Adding any of these to your daily juice mix would be a great decision if you’re looking to regulate glucose levels in the blood. The best part is the wide variety of vegetables that you have to choose from, and experiment with. It could be really fun to create some more savory juices to enjoy.
The American Diabetes Association highly recommends dark, leafy greens as vegetables that are extremely beneficial for diabetes patients.
Whatever your reason for jumping aboard the “juice train”, the fact that you are taking charge of your own health is a huge, HUGE first step. The most important thing in the world when it comes to rebooting your health (as Joe Cross calls it), is consistency. Sure, enjoying a single glass of juice comes with benefits, but the real magic happens when juice incorporated into our lives on a daily basis. Adopt it as a new lifestyle, and you’ll surely experience some of the many amazing benefits that come with a fresh juice-filled life.
References
2014 Statistics Report | Data & Statistics | Diabetes | CDC. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/data/statistics/2014StatisticsReport.html
Is Juicing Safe For Diabetics? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://bestforjuicing.com/is-juicing-safe-for-diabetics/
Is String Bean Juice Good for Diabetes? | LIVESTRONG.COM. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/496647-is-string-bean-juice-good-for-diabetes/
Juicing for Diabetics | Reboot With Joe. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/rebooting-and-juicing-with-diabetes/
Study Reveals Sizable Increase in Diabetes Among Children – The New York Times. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/us/study-reveals-sizable-increase-in-diabetes-among-children.html?_r=0