Los Angeles residents have a major problem with diabetes. A large number of local residents have been found to be obese, which often results in Type 2 diabetes…and that doesn’t touch on the number who suffer from this disease unknown, due to lack of medical insurance, lack of health education or other reasons.
As well, a growing number of Angelenos are finding themselves in the position of being unable to afford the health coverage needed to care for their sugar. For those with diabetes or other glucose-related problems, the battle to control blood sugar levels is continual. Much like walking a tightrope, the ensuing struggle to keep it not-too-high, not-too-low, somewhere in the middle at all times, is much more than a never-ending source of frustration. It’s downright dangerous. Not only can slipping in this balancing act lead to numerous complications, it can cause death at any age. Nor does being Type 2 (non-insulin dependent) grant one immunity from all these horrendous risks. Adult Onset, as it’s often called, is now found frequently among young children, due to poor diet leading to obesity.
So, today, even with insulin, which is the only way of absolutely controlling this disease (NOTE: there is NO CURE for diabetes), many diabetics also must rely on a variety of drugs to assist their injections (if any). These drugs help lower the blood sugar and make the body more sensitive to insulin, in some cases. However, some have been found to be dangerous and have been taken off the market. For those with no medical coverage, what alternatives are there? What if we turned to natural substances, instead, to lower the body’s glucose levels? Certainly they’re a much more affordable, easily-available option, not to mention safer.
One spice, common to most kitchens, found to be quite successful in this matter, iscinnamon. Even in small amounts, this tasty substance, used in many desserts, can naturally lower glucose levels. According to a study by University of Georgia researchers, printed in the Journal of Medicinal Food, there are several other common household spices as well that can be used in the fight against diabetes. The list they came up with includes cloves, allspice, oregano, marjoram, sage, mint and thyme as well. Additionally, teas made from leaves and flowers of the crepe myrtle–a tree abundant in the Los Angeles region–works wonders in glucose control.
Certainly, a meal cooked using several if not all of these substances could leave someone not only well-satisfied, but with a better chance at a longer, healthier life.