Mellitus is a chronic disorder characterized by the inability to
properly process sugar, thus causing fasting elevations of blood sugar
(glucose) levels. Diabetes can occur when the pancreas does not
secrete enough insulin (Type-I/Childhood Onset/Insulin-Dependent
Diabetes Mellitus/IDDM) or if the cells of the body become resistant
to insulin (Type II/Adult Onset/Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes
Mellitus/NIDDM). Hence, the blood sugar cannot get into the
cells. When this happens it leads to serious complications
such as greatly increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney
disease, infections, circulatory problems, and loss of nerve function.
The classic symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst, increased
hunger, and increased urination.
are some nutrients and herbs that affect glucose metabolism which may
help to control blood sugar such as chromium, fenugreek, gymnema, and
ginseng. Ginkgo can help to prevent complications of poor blood sugar
control by promoting healthy circulation. Supplementing with
daily vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants and essential fatty
acids can also be beneficial. Especially important in this
category are GLA, vitamin C, magnesium, and niacin. Diabetes may
cause individuals to be deficient of various nutrients. Replacing
these nutrients may not only help, but may also help prevent
control of diabetes requires an integrated approach which also
includes exercise, weight control and a good diabetic diet.
Controlling calories, reducing milk and dairy consumption, plus
reducing simple carbohydrates (refined sugars) while increasing
complex carbohydrates (starches) and soluble fiber is important to
good diabetic management.
changes plus medical attention are both necessary. Diabetes can be a
serious condition. Alternative treatments for diabetes should
not be attempted without the permission of the treating physician.
Blood Sugar Control
of simple carbohydrates (refined sugars)
of complex carbohydrates (starches) and fiber
Pharmacist’s Supplement Recommendations:
Herbs and Phytonutrients
fenugreek, gymnema sylvestre, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, bilberry, garlic, bitter melon
Vitamins and Minerals
especially magnesium, chromium, selenium, vanadium, vitamin C, vitamin E, biotin, and niacin
lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10
Essential Fatty Acids
GLA and omega-3
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Centers Related to Diabetes
Information on Diabetes Support
Activity Tips - Information
provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Frequently Asked Questions- publication by the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention
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