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Diabetes – Insulin Dependent

“Diabetes, insulin dependent, also known as type 1 diabetes, is a condition where the beta cells in the pancreas do not release insulin. This is called an absolute insulin deficiency. This means that the individual has high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and begins to break down their fats and protein in order to meet the energy demands of the body. This breakdown of fats and protein makes the insulin dependent diabetic build up waste products called ketone bodies, which causes a condition called ketoacidosis. Insulin dependent diabetics need a constant supply of insulin to prevent ketoacidosis and maintain a stable blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes usually occurs in people younger than 30 years of age. It is thought that the disease is a caused by a genetic factor, whereby the body attacks the cells in the pancreas that produce inulin (beta cells). Some studies suggest that this unusual response by the body can be started by a virus, a vaccination, or a toxic fungus. Initial symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, thirst, weight loss despite an increased appetite, fatigue, and irritability. Dizziness, lethargy, irritability, loss of coordination, and perspiration are common during episodes of low blood sugar. Specific dietary management of type 1 diabetes requires the support of a registered dietician, medical physician and/or medical specialist in the field of 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 contains 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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