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Natural Treatments for Diabetes. Supplements to Lower Blood Sugar, as Well as Help for Hypoglycemia
New information in the Treatment of Diabetes
A new study that was just published and posted in August of 2012. States that activated vitamin D3, taken orally, significantly reduced blood glucose levels. You can safely take up to 5000IU daily. If you notice easy bruising, cut it down to say 3000 IU. This is a sign that the blood is too thin. Do not combine with coumadin(warfarin) as this may thin the blood too much.
ntroduction: Many studies support the role of vitamin D in the pathogenesis of both types of diabetes. Pancreatic tissues express the vitamin D receptor (VDR) and vitamin D-binding protein
Results: There was highly significant improvement in the concentrations of fetal bovine serum (FBS), serum insulin, HbA1c%, 25(OH) vitamin D, and HOMA-β-cell function in HCV seropositive and HCV seronegative groups after oral 1-alphacalcidiol therapy (p < 0.001). Positive correlation exists between the percentage increase in serum insulin and that in HOMA-β-cell function versus 25(OH) vitamin D (p < 0.021 and p < 0.027, respectively) in HCV negative group. Conclusion: 1-α-Hydroxy vitamin D oral therapy may improve glycemic control in HCV seropositive and HCV seronegative HD patients.
http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/0886022X.2012.706877 Published August 2012 medline plus
Dr Becker On Alpha Lipoic Acid
Dr Oz Explains Pre-Diabetic
Ways to Lower Blood Sugar Levels, As Well as help for Hypoglycemia
Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce, or cannot properly produce enough pancreatic hormone insulin. Insulin controls the amount of glucose in the blood. Type 1 diabetes affects 5-10 percent of people with diabetes. It is an autoimmune disease, whereby the immune system attacks beta-cells in the pancreas. Usually, viral in nature. Olive leaf extract, because of its anti viral properties, might be of help in this type of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes affects 90-95 percent of diabetic people, whereby the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to fuel the cells. Usually, due to being overweight, or a bad diet. Consisting of too many refined carbohydrates, or too much sugar. Which, both cause a spike in insulin, with a crash to follow.
The symptoms of hyperglycemia, too much glucose, often include fatigue, profuse sweating, constant need to urinate, and extreme thirst. The symptoms of hypoglycemia, too little glucose, include fatigue, anxiety, weakness, blurred vision, and numbness of the lips. Hypoglycemia, usually occurs due to a reaction to too much insulin.
The following foods, and supplements are recommended to help stabilize blood sugar levels. As I suffer from hypoglycemia, I have tried many of them, and found them very useful. For hypoglycemia, I included fats, and proteins in my diet. They stay with you longer, and do not cause an insulin spike. Whereby, insulin levels raise sharply, only to plummit into a low, leaving you tired, listless, and searching for a sugar fix. The good fats, and protein are key in maintaining a healthy glucose level, and weight.
The following foods have been shown to help stabilize blood sugar. Berries, brewers yeast, cheese, egg yolks, fish, garlic, kelp, soybeans, and vegetables. Include in your diet complete foods in their natural state. Complex carbohydrates, whole grains, nuts, peanut butter, and seeds. I found that adding natural fats, such as avocados, and coconut oil helped to stabilize glucose levels. The omega fatty acids further helped. Recommended supplements include krill oil, and flax seed oil. These supplements contain all three essential fatty acids, 3,6, and 9, in a balanced formula. Fish oil is only an omega 3 fatty acid. Useful, but in other applications, such as brain health. Do not take fish oil containing PABA, it is known for raising insulin levels.
Other recommended Supplements include the following : Cycle Through The Following Until You Find Relief
Alpha-lipoic Acid, as directed on the label. It is a naturally occurring substance, mainly found in meat. Also in spinach, broccolli, and potatoes. Shown to lower glucose levels, do not take if you suffer from hypoglycemia.
CoQ10 up to 80mg a day. This supplement improves circulation, and blood sugar levels. Found in meat, peanuts, sardines, and spinach.
Vitamin B complex,5-10mg a day. Helps the metabolism of glucose. Is also a co factor to utilize essential fatty acids, necessary for stabilizing blood sugar.
Chromium 400-600 mcg. per day helps by improving insulins efficency. Due to the over processing of our current food supply, many people are deficient in this micro nutrient. Found in whole grains, eggs, liver, chicken, and oysters.
Vitamin D3 up to 1000 iu daily. Many autoimmune diseases have been linked to a deficiency in this vital nutrient.
Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon daily has been shown to lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Sprinkle on your morning oatmeal. A recommended supplement is Cinnulin PF in a dose of 125-250mg 2-3 times daily.
Many complications of diabetes, and hypothyroidism are a result of clogged arteries. This prevents the blood from carrying off waste, and debri. Beta glucan might be of help with this. Beta glucan binds cholesterol, and removes it from the body. See my article on heart health.
The proceeding information was found in the following books:
Prescription for Nutritional Healing
Dr Beckers TV Program, and Bioinnovations.net
From Fatigued to Fantastic, Dr Teitalbaum
Vitamin Shoppe.com health guides
**** I am not a physician these are only suggestions, based on recent research. Consult a physician before starting any new health regimen***
New Study Reveals The benefits of Curcumin for the Prediabetic
Published in Medline plus
National Institute of Health
Friday, July 27, 2012
By Amy Norton
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Supplements containing a compound in curry spice may help prevent diabetes in people at high risk, a small clinical trial suggests.
Researchers found that over nine months, a daily dose of curcumin seemed to prevent new cases of diabetes among people with so-called prediabetes - abnormally high blood sugar levels that may progress to full-blown type 2 diabetes, which is linked to obesity.
Curcumin is a compound in turmeric spice, and lab research has suggested it can fight inflammation and so-called oxidative damage to body cells. Those two processes are thought to feed a range of diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, included 240 Thai adults with prediabetes who were randomly assigned to take either curcumin capsules or a placebo (identical-looking capsules with no active ingredient).
After nine months, 19 of the 116 placebo patients had developed type 2 diabetes. That compared with none of the 119 patients taking curcumin.