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Over 8% of the American population has diabetes and the rate is rising. Of the two main types of diabetes, Type I and Type II, Type II?diabetes is by far the most common. Diabetes is a condition in which your body cannot regulate blood sugar levels, resulting in a buildup of glucose in the bloodstream, which ?can lead to heart disease, nerve damage, kidney failure, and also ?slows the healing? of wounds.

In Type II diabetes, your body?s cells become insulin resistant, causing a rise in blood sugar. To avoid diabetes you need to keep the blood sugar levels close to normal .

Spices and herbs not only flavor your food, but are helpful preventing diabetes and diabetes related conditions. The herbs and spices listed below help prevent heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes conditions, and diabetes. Fresh spices and herbs are best. ?Grind your own spices from the ?dry source?, rather than use pre-ground, packaged spices. ?Use a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder and then store in a glass jar for a month. Just add the spice blend as you finish cooking the dish?about one minute before you turn off the heat. Add to your soups, stir-fry, fish, vegetable and grain dishes.

The recommended ground spices are: cinnamon, fennel seed, cloves, star anise, white pepper, dried parsley, ginger, cayenne pepper, and turmeric. Ensure that meals are taken ?at regular intervals — skipping meals causes blood glucose to spike; ?and eat fresh, natural food.?

A daily 30-minute cardiovascular activity that stimulates circulation, conditions the heart, and builds muscles will encourage your body to metabolize sugars properly, helping with diabetes prevention.

A Specialty Care Services?home care nursing professional?can assist in the adherence to?a healthy diet and exercise routine for their patients.

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