Optimal Nutrition instead of Diabetes
When speaking about health and nutrition, we often find it hard to believe that a serious disease like diabetes can be positively influenced by our own inner nutrient balance.
Nutrients now known to play key roles in the prevention and the minimisation of symptoms and side effects of DIABETES include: Chromium, Fibre, Omega 3 Fish Oils, Vitamin C and E, Vitamin B3, B6 and Biotin, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Potassium and Protein/Exercise.
In addition, several herbs and contingent nutrients have been used effectively over the years to improve insulin’s action and sensitivity while at the same time reducing the damage to nerves, skin and kidneys so often seen in progressed diabetes. Some of these include Mulberry extract, Flavonoid rich extracts from fruits and vegetables, Alpha Lipoic Acid (an antioxidant) and a herb used for over 3000 years in china called Touchi extract.
All the above nutrients and extracts are beneficial for Type 2 diabetes and some can significantly help attenuate Type 1 diabetes symptoms and collateral damage.
Importantly, all of these nutrients in foods and herbs have no adverse reactions when taken, while many medication based interventions that attempt to achieve the same results often suffer from numerous debilitating side effects.
Chromium as a nutrient
When speaking about health and nutrition, we often find it hard to believe that a serious disease like diabetes can be positively influenced by our own inner nutrient balance. To make this a little more clear lets look at CHROMIUM as an example.
Proper blood glucose control and the action of our hormone, insulin, is progressively diminished in the early stages of type 2 diabetes. Chromium works closely with insulin to facilitate the proper uptake of glucose into cells. Without adequate chromium, insulin’s action is effectively BLOCKED and glucose levels become elevated.
It has been estimated that more than 50% of people have marginal chromium deficiency. Chromium’s availability from foods seems to fluctuate widely and it can be challenging to get the recommended daily intake from a common diet.
Numerous clinical trials have shown that chromium supplementation was able to decrease fasting glucose levels, improve glucose tolerance, lower insulin levels (a good thing in the early stages of type 2 diabetes), decrease total cholesterol and triglyceride levels while increasing HDL-cholesterol levels. It appears that about 200 micrograms of chromium is required per day.
Note that supplementation of nutrients is USELESS unless nutrient deficiency, excessive nutrient loss or inborn errors of metabolism are present. The existence of nutrient depletion needs to be first established in a comprehensive nutritional based assessment.
Vitamin C and Diabetes
Another star performer in the essential nutrient team that combats diabetes is called Vitamin C. In progressed diabetes, insulin levels start to decline. Insulin is required for the shuttling of Vit C into cells. Hence, even though a person may be getting lots of dietary Vit C, they can still have a relative deficiency and therefore need to take extra of this nutrient.
While Vit C is famous as an anti-oxidant, it is also essential for proper immune system function and connective tissue, cartilage and tendon building in the body. It is also CRUCIAL for wound repair, healthy gums and prevention of easy bruising. Chronic Vit C deficiency in the diabetic also leads to increased capillary permeability and elevations in cholesterol levels.
If you have a chronic health problem, it can greatly benifit you to work with a health practitioner that uses an integrated Nutrition Medicine based approach to assessment and treatment.