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Diabetes – Non Insulin Dependent

“Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition, where there is less insulin than is required by the body to efficiently clear blood sugar (glucose) from the bloodstream. This can be due to decreased secretion of insulin, a problem with the release of insulin, insulin that cannot work in the cells that need it (insulin resistance), or insulin that is inactivated before it is able to function. Insulin resistance is the first stage of diabetes. If left unattended, it can lead to type-1 diabetes, requiring insulin injections. The risk of developing type-2 diabetes appears to be associated with genetic defects. However, new evidence points to diet and lifestyle as important factors that may be responsible for the development of the disease. Research has shown a strong connection between upper body obesity (people with apple shapes”) and the development of type-2 diabetes mellitus. Excess abdominal weight does not stop insulin formation, but it does make the body less sensitive to insulin. Weight loss reverses this problem. Diabetes can affect people of any age and increases the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, retinopathy (a disease of the retina) and blindness, peripheral neuropathies (a disease of the nervous system), circulation problems that can lead to amputation, problems with the immune system, and skin ulcers and poor wound healing. Heart disease and stroke are higher in individuals with diabetes. ”

 

Supplement Considerations

High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral

A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should have levels of vitamin E and vitamin C that are known to improve insulin function. The boosted levels of antioxidants also decrease cholesterol damage, making it less inclined to lodge in the artery wall and cause blockage. The B-50 complex supports energy production and helps to lower homocysteine – a damaging chemical linked to increased heart attack risk and stroke. The 1000 mg of vitamin C has also been shown to reduce risk of cataracts – a common problem in diabetics.

Essential Fatty Acids

An essential fatty acid should contain essential fats that help improve blood flow, maintain healthy blood pressure and decrease blood stickiness- these are all important factors in the prevention of diabetic vascular and vision (diabetic retinopathy) complications.

 

Fat Metabolizing Supplements

A fat metabolizing supplement should contain nutrients that improve insulin function and help regulate blood sugar levels, and encourage the burning of excess body fat.

 

Coenzyme Q10 and Hawthorn Supplement

A coenzyme Q10 and hawthorn supplement should play a key role in dilating (opening up) the blood vessels in the heart and other organs in diabetics, who are known to be at risk for constricted blood vessels from endothelial dysfunction. CoQ10 and Hawthorn, along, with the antioxidant doses from a high potency multiple vitamin and mineral, are known to reverse endothelial dysfunction and improve blood flow in diabetics.

 

Nutrients Enhancing Glutathione

A nutrients enhancing glutathione should contain ingredients that are shown to slow the progression of kidney damage, which is a major complication of diabetes. Other ingredients in this product have also been shown to preserve nerve function and improve diabetic neuropathy – another vital complication to prevent and manage in diabetic subjects.

 

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