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Preventing Type II Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 is a risk factor for heart disease and it tends to develop particularly when we donít cope with stress, donít sleep enough, donít eat nutritional diets and donít exercise regularly. Diabetes Type II is completely preventable. Adequate prevention requires regular exercise, weight management, dietary changes and smoking cessation.

Taking nutritional supplements helps your body better regulate its blood sugar. The heart, liver, pancreas, kidneys and nerves are susceptible to damage from diabetes. Vitamins, minerals and herbs can protect organs that become over worked or damaged with poor blood sugar metabolism.

First, a review of the Vitamins and minerals that help prevent Diabetes Mellitus type II. Chromium improves the processing of glucose in people with pre-diabetic glucose intolerance. Double-blind research shows that chromium supplements improve glucose tolerance in people with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 and can increase cell sensitivity to insulin. Magnesium tends to be low in people who have diabetes. This can be problematic because the secretion and action of insulin require magnesium. Taking magnesium can help prevent a deficiency that would lead to problems with blood sugar regulation. Biotin is a B vitamin that is needed to process glucose. Clinical trials have shown a drop in fasting blood glucose levels in diabetics when they take biotin. Vitamin C lowers sorbitol in diabetics. Sorbitol is a sugar that can accumulate and damage the eyes, nerves, and kidneys of diabetics.Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that helps prevent damage from free radical oxidation. Vitamin E prevents blood from clotting too fast and has other effects that protect diabeticsí blood vessels from damage.

Two important antioxidants can be taken to address free radical damage associated with poor blood sugar metabolism. Coenzyme Q10 is needed for normal carbohydrate metabolism. This is important because carbohydrates get transformed into glucose and when they are not broken down properly. Coenzyme Q10 acts as a potent antioxidant which helps address tissue damage from high blood sugar. Lipoic Acid improves the cellsí insulin sensitivity which helps take glucose from the blood into cells; an example would be muscle cells. It is a powerful antioxidant and has been shown to slow the progression of kidney damage in people with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.

There are several botanical medicines that are effective in preventing Diabetes Mellitus Type II. Gymnema improves the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar. It may stimulate the pancreas to produce in people with Type 2 diabetes. It is not a substitute for insulin, but insulin amounts may need to be lowered while taking Gymnema to avoid hypoglycemia. Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption. Animal research suggests that Fenugreek may also contain a substance that stimulates insulin production and improves blood sugar control. Supplementing with Psyllium has been shown to be a safe and well-tolerated way to improve control of blood glucose and cholesterol. In one double-blind trial, men with type 2 diabetes who took psyllium daily lowered their blood glucose, their total cholesterol, and their LDL (bad) cholesterol. Asian ginseng is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat diabetes. It has been shown to enhance the release of insulin from the pancreas and to increase the number of cell receptors for insulin. A recent study found that taking ginseng extract daily improves blood sugar control as well as energy levels in people with Diabetes Mellitus Type II. Bitter Melon in the form of a food, juice or a water extract may improve blood-sugar control in people with Type 2 Diabetes. Bitter melon can usually be found in Indian Grocery stores.

It is often ideal to have one product that includes many of these other ingredients, DB-7 is such a product. All patients currently taking Blood Sugar support should plant to switch to this product.

For patients who need a higher intake of protein to help balance their blood sugar, consider the following proteins as the cleanest (i.e. least-contaminated) and purest (ONLY protein or protein with fiber; no other unnecessary ingredients included). These products serve as REAL foods, as opposed to the highly processed protein products, of which many rice or soy-based protein powders are examples. New Zealand Whey and Hemp Protein and Fiber.

Dr. Liz and Dr. Erin are happy to help you navigate the numerous supplementation choices when it comes to preventing Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. The take-home message here is that Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 can be prevented. Even if you already have Diabetes donít despair, there are many naturopathic healing techniques that can be used to help you attain good health. Take the time to take care of yourself. Adopt lifestyle and dietary changes that support healthy function of your cells, tissues and organs. If patients feel they need more help with diet specifically, we typically review the patient's dietary record, known as a "diet diary", over one-to-two weeks and then offer specific suggestions.
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Magnesium Oxide 500mg 100c
Magnesium Oxide
Our Price: $6.40

Magnesium oxide is used for relief of heartburn and sore stomach, as an antacid, magnesium supplement, and as a short-term laxative. It is also used to improve symptoms of indigestion.
Chromium (polynicotinate) 200 mcg 90 caps
Chromium (polynicotinate) 200 mcg 90 caps
Our Price: $14.40

CHROMIUM (POLYNICOTINATE) promotes the maintenance of cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range, as well as the metabolism of fats and sugars. Chromium is necessary for the uptake of glucose into cells.
Magnesium Citramate 90 caps
Magnesium Citramate 90 caps
Our Price: $14.80

Magnesium is involved in over 300 enzymatic processes, including the production of ATP. Magnesium helps maintain bone density, normal cardiac rhythmicity, pulmonary function, and aids in blood glucose regulation. Thorne Research provides magnesium as aspartate, citrate, and citrate-malate chelates.
Cal-Mag Citrate Powder 8 oz
Cal-Mag Citrate Powder 8 oz
Our Price: $15.75

Cal-Mag Citrate (Effervescent Powder) provides effervescent qualities coupled with a high dissociation constant to increase mineral bio-availability. Magnesium supplementation, as well as citric acid, helps inhibit calcium oxalate crystallization.
Triple Magnesium 250mg 90 caps
Triple Magnesium 250mg 90 caps
Our Price: $21.40

TRIPLE MAGNESIUM combines magnesium oxide, citrate and glycinate. Magnesium activates enzymes that are essential in many functions of the body. It is also essential for the metabolism of fat, carbohydrates, and amino acids. It supports healthy teeth and maintains bone density. Magnesium helps maintain blood pressure levels that are already in the normal range. It also helps to maintain normal mood and emotional well being premenstrually, and during the menstrual cycle.
Biotin-8 (8000 mcg) 60 caps
Biotin-8 (8000 mcg) 60 caps
Our Price: $23.10

Biotin is offered in a unique high-dose formulation. Biotin is thought to stimulate glucose-induced pancreatic insulin secretion and hepatic glycolysis.
Glycemic Manager 60 tabs
Glycemic Manager 60 tabs
Our Price: $26.50

Glycemic Managerô is a glucose support formula to lessen the impact of high-glycemic foods and support healthy blood sugar metabolism.*
Lutein 20 mg 60's
Our Price: $39.80

Lutein is a carotenoid found in a vast number of fruits and vegetables. Like other carotenoids, lutein has antioxidant activity in various tissues, but is only one of two that is stored within the retina where it promotes the integrity and density of the macular pigment, a key component of ocular health.
CoEnzyme Q10 60mg 60 caps CoQ10
CoEnzyme Q10 60mg 60 caps CoQ10
Our Price: $39.90

COENZYME Q10 increases energy at cellular levels, and nutritionally supports the cardiovascular system to promote additional tolerance for exercise. It helps maintain and support healthy functioning of heart muscle, arteries, and immune system. CoQ10 helps maintain blood sugar levels that are already within the normal range, acts as an antioxidant against lipid peroxidation, and is important in proper cell metabolism.
Vit. C 500mg w/ Bioflavonoids 60% 250mg 220 caps
Vitamin C 500mg w/ Bioflavonoids 60% 250mg 220 caps
Our Price: $39.90

VITAMIN C(WITH BIOFLAVONOIDS) combines two powerful synergistic nutrients to enhance immune function and antioxidant activity.
  • supports the immune system*
  • promotes vein and capillary health*
  • helps support stable mast cells*
This formula contains a 60% citrus bioflavonoid complex. It supports healthy vein function and strength of capillaries. It also helps to support stable mast cells.