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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.

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
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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.
Magnesium Citramate 90 caps
Magnesium Citramate 90 caps
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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.
Chromium (polynicotinate) 200 mcg 90 caps
Chromium (polynicotinate) 200 mcg 90 caps
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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.
T Cell Formula 60 caps
T Cell Formula 60 caps
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T Cell Formula contains specially prepared high potency fractions of thymus and lymphoid tissue. All fractionation procedures are carried out under ice cooling.
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Cal-Mag Citrate Powder 8 oz
Cal-Mag Citrate Powder 8 oz
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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.
Org. Whole Husk Psyllium 12 oz
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Org. Whole Husk Psyllium 12 oz

Dietary Supplement

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Medibulk 8 oz
Medibulk 8 oz
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MediBulk is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which has a bulking action on the stool and promotes normal bowel health.
Unda #34 NDC 62106-1133-8
Unda #34 NDC 62106-1133-8
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For the relief of fatigue and sleepiness after meals associated with thirst.
Biotin-8 (8000 mcg) 60 caps
Biotin-8 (8000 mcg) 60 caps
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Biotin is offered in a unique high-dose formulation. Biotin is thought to stimulate glucose-induced pancreatic insulin secretion and hepatic glycolysis.
DB-7 60 caps
DB-7
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DB-7 provides a synergistic blend of nutrients that help promote proper blood sugar stabilization, carbohydrate metabolism and optimal pancreatic function. Standardized gymnema sylvestre stimulates the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas and, along with chromium, increases the sensitivity of the insulin receptor cells. Zinc l-monomethionine, vitamin C and vanadium are all involved in insulin and blood glucose functions.