7 Most Effective Supplements for Diabetes

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Early signs of diabetes and metabolic syndrome have been shown to be controlled by use of natural supplements alongside lifestyle changes including diet and exercise. You can read more about these nutritional supplements here but first let’s look at some of the causes of diabetes and how they affect the body.

Diabetes is caused by abnormal metabolism of glucose, either because the body does not produce enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or because the cells become desensitized to the effects of insulin (type 2 diabetes).  In type 1 diabetes insulin-producing β-cells in the pancreas are killed by a autoimmune reaction. Type 2 diabetes; also known as adult onset diabetes is becoming more prevalent in children and younger adults. According to the W.H.O. over 180 billion people now have diabetes and this number has been predicted to double by 2030. Diabetes is closely associated with severe coronary heart disease and carries the risks of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and other complications.

Causes of Type 2 diabetes

There are a variety of risk factors for type 2 diabetes, any or all of which increase the chances of developing the condition. These include: obesity, living a sedentary lifestyle, increasing age, a poor nutrient diet and a family history of diabetes. Pregnancy or illness can also lead to type 2 diabetes.
Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Most commonly, patients suffering from metabolic syndrome will exhibit two major symptoms: Abdominal obesity and resistance to insulin. Other signs indicate are: a larger waist circumference, high triglyceride levels, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and higher fasting glucose levels. Some of the common symptoms of metabolic syndrome include: tiredness – particularly after meals, an inability to focus properly – ‘brain fog’, Acanthosis nigricans – browning (hyperpigmentation) of folds of skin such as on the neck, armpits, groin and between the buttocks.

Insulin is the signal for the muscles, fat, and liver to absorb glucose from the blood. As the body becomes resistant to insulin, the beta cells in the pancreas have to pump out more of the hormone to compensate. People with beta cells that cannot keep up with insulin resistance develop the high blood glucose of type 2 diabetes. Gerald Shulman, a professor of internal medicine and physiology at Yale University has a theory that type 2 diabetes is caused not by extra fat alone, but by fat stored in the wrong places. He explains that individuals with insulin resistance have fat accumulation in liver and muscle where it disrupts normal biological processes, leading to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance refers to suppressed or delayed responses to insulin. There is evidence that certain emotions can promote type 2 diabetes. Therefore depression and stress can predispose people to diabetes. Researchers speculate that the emotional connection may have to do with the hormone cortisol, which floods the body during periods of stress. Cortisol sends glucose to the blood, where it can fuel a fight-or-flight response, but overuse of this system may lead to dysfunction.

Type 2 diabetes is often described as an inflammatory condition where the body contains more inflammatory compounds called free radicals. It is a catch-22 disorder as the insulin resistance exacerbates inflammation and a diet low in antioxidant nutrients creates more oxidative damage to the body and faster ageing. Alzheimer’s disease, which is an inflammatory disorder of the brain, has been nick named type 3 diabetes as there is a link to an impaired response to insulin in the brain. Foods that are high in refined sugars and carbohydrates, high-fructose corn syrup for instance and processed foods all contribute to insulin sensitivity. Furthermore a diet high in sugar depletes valuable minerals such as chromium and magnesium which are important for controlling blood glucose levels.

Heavy metals and Diabetes

It is theorized that heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, aluminum, other chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs can bind to sensitive receptor sites for hormones preventing the hormones from being able to interact with the cells. By behaving as nervous system irritants they may be disrupting glucose metabolism and causing oxidative damage. Furthermore mercury and cadmium inhibit the minerals magnesium and zinc in the body. Both these minerals are required for adequate glucose metabolism. Flame-retardants chemicals polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) and polybrominated diphenal ethers (PBDEs) may also increase diabetes risk. A recent study of young adults observed those with higher levels of mercury in their systems had a sixty-five percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Diabetes cure

Insulin action and diabetes type 1 and 2Many individuals with diabetes are managing their condition with conventional medication. However diet and lifestyle factors should be of primary importance in treating diabetes. There are people that have cured and treated their diabetes with diet modification. A diet high in protein rich foods, vegetables, oily fish, seeds and nuts provides a healthy balance of nutrients to keep blood sugar levels stable and reduce insulin resistance.

Exercise is further important in improving insulin sensitivity and is recommended for everyone.

The goal of therapy in individuals with type 2 diabetes in natural medicine is a) reducing after meal elevations in blood sugar levels and b) improving insulin function and sensitivity. Stem cell derived therapies hold great promise for curing type 1 diabetes. Researchers in Australia have been trialing ways that enable individuals to regenerate their own insulin-producing cells. Thereby making their own insulin and regaining control of their blood glucose levels.

The top 7 supplements for treating diabetes naturally

For those on diabetic medication, if you choose to take any of the below supplements you should let your GP know and be monitored, as adjustments to medication or supplements can be made if necessary.

1) Cinnamon & Diabetes

Cinnamon’s most impressive health benefit is its ability to improve blood glucose control.
It has been found to have “insulin-like effects” due to a bioactive compound, qualifying it as a candidate for an insulin substitute. Furthermore cinnamon also slows the emptying of your stomach to reduce sharp rises in blood sugar following meals, and improves the effectiveness of insulin. Cinnamon bark contains calcium, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and C, many of which are important for the diabetes treatment. Cinnamon also contains water soluble polyphenols which enhance the body’s antioxidant defenses and the bioflavonoid found in cinnamon called proanthocyanidin may alter the insulin-signaling activity in fat cells. Cinnamon also has other health benefits including supporting digestive function, relieving congestion, reducing inflammation and symptoms of arthritis, helping to prevent urinary tract infections, tooth decay and gum disease. One study by Khan et al (2003) found positive results with cinnamon capsules. The researchers gave volunteers with type 2 diabetes varying does of cinnamon powder capsules a day from 1g to 6g after meals. All the subjects responded within weeks, with blood sugar levels that were on average twenty per cent lower than the control group.

2) Chromium & Diabetes

The link between chromium and diabetes originated in the 1950s, when researchers were able to prevent diabetes in rats by feeding them brewer’s yeast. The chromium is vital to proper sugar control as it is part of the glucose tolerance factor (GTF) which works closely with insulin in facilitating the uptake of glucose into cells. Chromium is an essential trace mineral required by everyone and chromium deficiency is becoming more common and links have shown a deficiency can contribute to the development of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Dietary chromium helps to maintain insulin sensitivity and even mild deficiencies can produce problems in blood sugar metabolism, and contribute to other symptoms such as anxiety or fatigue. Diabetics may want to consider supplementing 400mcg a day. Chromium is also supplemented for other conditions including weight loss and polycystic ovary syndrome.

Chromium might lower blood sugar levels too much if taken along with diabetes medications. If you have diabetes, use chromium products cautiously and monitor blood glucose levels closely. Dose adjustments to diabetes medications might be necessary.

3) Magnesium & Diabetes

Magnesium deficiency has been shown to be common in diabetics. Magnesium is required for the proper functioning of enzymes involved in glucose metabolism and also prevents diabetic retinopathy and heart disease. Many foods have lost their magnesium because of the refining process. Therefore supplementation is recommended and a dosage of 300-400mg in an absorbable form of such as magnesium citrate is recommended.

4) Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema Sylvestre is a plant native to central and western India, tropical Africa and Australia. It has been noted to enhance production and activity of insulin and promoting regeneration of pancreas beta cells. Thereby making it effective for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It improves glycemic control in type 2 diabetes maintaining blood sugar control thereby reducing the need for medication. The dosage is 200mg twice daily.

5) Fenugreek seed extract

Löffel überfüllt mit TablettenFenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower blood sugar by slowing down carbohydrate digestion and absorption. Multiple studies have been carried out to investigate the potential anti-diabetic benefits of fenugreek. In a controlled trial, incorporating 15 grams of powdered fenugreek seed into a meal eaten by people with type 2 diabetes reduced the rise in blood glucose following the meal. A further controlled trial found taking 2.5 grams of fenugreek twice a day for three months reduced blood sugar levels in people with mild, but not those with severe type 2 diabetes. In a double-blind study, 1 gram per day of an extract of fenugreek seeds for two months improved some measures of blood sugar control and insulin function in people with type 2 diabetes. In one study, researchers in India found that adding 100 grams of defatted fenugreek seed powder to the daily diet of patients with insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes significantly reduced their fasting blood glucose levels, improved glucose tolerance and also lowered total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

6) Antioxidant nutrients

Flavonoids are antioxidants that help reduce damage associated with diabetes. One of the most potent flavonoids is quercetin and it has been shown to decrease levels of blood glucose and oxidants and also aids the absorption of the antioxidant vitamins C and E, which slow diabetes progression and aging. Vitamin C and E can also be supplemented together as they work synergistically.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a very powerful antioxidant. It extends the biochemical life of vitamin C and E and positively affects important aspects of diabetes, including blood sugar control and the development of long-term complications such as disease of the heart, kidneys, and small blood vessels. It is an approved drug in Germany for diabetic neuropathy, which is a term that describes various nerve disorders occurring with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Alpha-lipoic acid has been used there successfully for more than thirty years.

7) Bitter Melon and Diabetes

Bitter melon, gourd or karela, in is a vegetable-fruit that can be used as a natural treatment for diabetes. The plant comes from tropical and subtropical regions but the size and bitterness varies depending on which county or region it is grown in. Bitter melon has also long been used as a herbal remedy for a range of ailments, including type 2 diabetes. The fruit contains three substances with anti-diabetic properties, these include charantin, which has a blood glucose-lowering effect, vicine and an insulin-like compound known as polypeptide-p. They may work together or independently to lower blood sugar levels. It also contains a lectin that reduces appetite, blood glucose and acts like insulin on the brain.Diabetes warning
There have been  many clinical trials which used both unripe fruit and the juice. The dosage suggested is 2oz of fresh juice. Researchers from Saint Louis University have observed that bitter melon extract may kill breast cancer cells and prevent them from growing and spreading.

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