Blood Sugar Health

Diabetes is a chronic disease in which the body does not properly metabolize carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Essentially, the glucose normally used for energy cannot be used and is dumped into the blood stream. Significant factors in diabetes include genetics, a diet of refined foods, and obesity, just to name a few. If left untreated, diabetes can have serious complications including damage to the nerves, heart, and eyes. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the US today . . .

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There are two categories of diabetes: Type I and Type II. Type I diabetes (insulin dependent) typically occurs in children and adolescents. Type II diabetes (non-insulin-dependent) usually occurs in adults over the age of 40. In the US, diabetes affects about 4.5% of the population with 90% of that number falling into the Type II category.

According to Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D. in Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, studies have shown that diabetes is directly linked to diet and lifestyle. They state that “Diabetes is uncommon in places where people consume a more “primitive” diet. As indigenous people switch from their native diets to the highly processed “foods of commerce”, their rate of diabetes increase.”

Diabetes-Hypoglycemia Connection

Research has also shown a strong connection between diabetes and hypoglycemia (both are blood sugar disorders). Hypoglycemia is the name given to low blood sugar, which occurs when the blood glucose level drops and creates any number of symptoms including headache, shakiness, anxiety, irritability, and so on. If hypoglycemia is not addressed, it will eventually develop into diabetes.

Nutrients

Bevko has several products that contain nutrients that are biochemically needed to process sugars.

  • Diabet: For anyone with diabetes, insulin resistance, carbohydrate intolerance, or hypoglycemia. GlucoProcess contains a multivitamin complex, minerals, herbs, and other natural components, all of which help control blood sugar levels.
  • Lipoic Acid: Another crucial supplement for those with diabetes and insulin resistance. Your body’s cells need lipoic acid to be able to metabolize sugars into energy. As people get older they often have difficulty with this process. When you more efficiently turn sugars into energy, you have more energy and that sugar does not have a chance to turn into fat!
  • When a person has problems with this they often have a build up of fat especially around the waist and have problems losing weight.

Use of Lipoic Acid in Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathy:

In Germany, Lipoic Acid is officially approved for use in patients with diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy is where the patient can experience severe burning and aching pains in their body, most often their extremities. This pain and burning comes from damage to the nerves. Most patients are given pain medications or even narcotics for the discomfort. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota recently completed a study showing that Lipoic Acid significantly improved symptoms of diabetic neuropathy without complications. Some diabetics are able to lower their medications when using Lipoic Acid.

Associated Nutrients

Buffered C, Vitamin E, Omega-3 Fish Oils, and Quercetin Forte

Warning: Patients on medication for diabetes should carefully monitor blood sugar levels. Medications dosages may need to be adjusted. Consult your medical or healthcare professional when adding dietary supplements to your healthcare regimen and for any questions regarding your health.

Diet

Diet plays an important part in both Type I and Type II diabetes. In most cases, Type II diabetes can be controlled by diet alone.

  • Avoid processed foods, sugar, and caffeine. The American Diabetes Association recommends a diet that includes vegetables, whole grains, fruits, non-fat dairy products, beans, and lean meats, poultry, and fish. Most of these foods (except meat and most dairy products) are also part of the alkaline diet, which is highly recommended as a healthy way to eat.
  • Following an alkaline diet is important because our bodies are supposed to be slightly alkaline, but the modern diet creates a state in which most people have an acidic environment. An acidic environment develops when we eat mostly acidic foods: too much animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods. These foods can deplete the body of vitamins and minerals, including calcium and magnesium, which are important to health.
  • Improve digestion (via stimulation of stomach acid and the restoration of “good” bacteria into the intestine).
  • Avoid substances such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and processed foods, which are known to promote diabetes.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water (pure water, not from the tap) daily.

Lifestyle

Exercise adds many benefits for diabetics. It improves glucose tolerance, helps diminish the need for exogenous insulin, reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and aids in weight loss. However, exercise can present risks for the diabetic, so exercise programs should be adapted for each person individually.