Naturally Maintain Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Elevated blood sugar levels and Type 2 diabetes can be prevented through proper diet, exercise and other lifestyle choices.

According to the Center for Disease Control over 20 million people in the United States have diabetes, with an additional 1.5 million new diagnoses every year. In addition, over 40 million people have the prediabetic condition of high blood sugar levels. Such statistics confirm that prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes have reached epidemic proportions in this country. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that results in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels). People suffering from Type 2 diabetes can develop insulin resistance, the inability to properly utilize insulin, a necessary hormone which mediates tissue glucose uptake. Insulin utilization is critical to maintaining healthy blood glucose balance and preventing diabetes-related complications such as coronary heart disease and stroke, obesity, nerve damage, kidney damage and blindness. Increased blood glucose levels often occur in people before the actual onset of diabetes. These individuals gradually develop a resistance to insulin. Studies show that most people with elevated blood glucose levels develop Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. The term "prediabetes" has been used to describe this condition, and modest lifestyle improvements can delay or completely prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes in many people.

Many natural nutrients such as Alpha Lipoic Acid, Banaba Leaf Extract, and antioxidants are engineered by nature to help your body's natural mechanisms control and maintain healthy blood sugar levels, to promote insulin secretion, stimulate glucose transport into cells, and to improve insulin sensitivity. They contain insulin potentiators--compounds known to increase the potency of insulin, binding insulin to cell membrane receptor sites. Antioxidants are important blood sugar regulators because high blood sugar causes oxidative stress.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a vitamin-like compound that has antioxidant properties more potent than vitamins E and C. The antioxidant activity of ALA has been particularly beneficial in patients with diabetes because hyperglycemia typically causes increased oxidative stress in the body. Studies have shown the antioxidant activity of ALA reduces this oxidative stress in diabetic rats, reduces cardiovascular complications of diabetes, and slows down the effects of diabetic neuropathy, a nerve disorder which is one of the most common complications of diabetes. Studies have also shown that ALA improves insulin sensitivity by stimulating the signaling of insulin secretion.

Antioxidants are a critical component of blood glucose control. People with diabetes and prediabetes produce more oxygen free radicals in their bodies than people without a diabetic condition. This is believed to contribute to cataracts, microvascular problems, neuropathy and other complications resulting from diabetes. A number of high potency antioxidants, including Tumeric Extract, Bilberry Extract and Rose Hips Extract, contain high levels of naturally occurring vitamin C. This specific antioxidant defense system works to neutralize free radicals and may help prevent many complications resulting from oxidative stress. Quercetin and other flavonoid antioxidant compounds found in the extracts of Bilberry, Green Tea, and Blueberry Leaf have also been found to be particularly beneficial in promoting insulin secretion, protecting blood vessels, preventing cataracts, and supporting the immune system- all of which are important to those with diabetes.

Chromium is an essential nutrient required for insulin activity in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. Chromium is needed for glucose utilization by insulin in normal health. Chromium polynicotinate is the most bioavailable and safest form of chromium. Chromium polynicotinate consists of pure niacin-bound chromium, identified by researchers as the active component of true GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor). GTF is responsible for binding insulin to cell membrane receptor sites. Supplementation with chromium in patients with a high-risk of Type 2 diabetes (moderately obese and a family history of diabetes) was shown to reduce insulin resistance by 40 percent after four months of treatment. A recent human clinical study demonstrated that chromium complemented the antidiabetic drug sulfonylurea in improving insulin sensitivity and glucose control in Type 2 diabetes patients. These studies suggest chromium may be helpful for patients with a prediabetes conditions as well as diagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

Banaba Leaf Extract (Lagerstroemia speciosa) has long been used in Philippine natural medicine for blood sugar control. Animal studies have shown that extracts of banaba leaf have anti-diabetic effects. The active compound in Banaba Leaf Extract is a triterpenoid called corosolic acid, which stimulates glucose transport into cells, and this regulates blood sugar levels and insulin in the blood. Recent human studies support the use of corosolic acid from Banaba Leaf Extract in lowering blood glucose levels.

Bitter Melon Extract (Momordica charantia) is the unripe fruit of a plant found in tropical locations such as East Africa, Asia, The Caribbean and South America. Bitter Melon has been used as an antidiabetic remedy in China, India and the West Indies. Bitter Melon has been shown to improve glucose tolerance and reduce fasting blood glucose levels without increasing blood insulin levels. Researchers in India found that patients with Type 2 diabetes who were supplemented with Bitter Melon had significant reduction in both fasting and after-meal serum glucose levels.

Cinnamon Extract contains water-soluble polyphenols, which have been shown to be excellent insulin potentiators, enhancing the activity of insulin to reduce blood glucose levels. These polyphenols also function as antioxidants. European researchers demonstrated the effect of cinnamon extract in a double blind clinical study. A significant reduction in fasting blood glucose levels was seen in patients with Type 2 diabetes. In addition to lowering blood sugar levels, a USDA study also showed cinnamon reduced cholesterol and decreased triglycerides in patients with Type 2 diabetes, which is a critical function since diabetes and uncontrolled blood glucose levels are a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Dietary supplements taken for the promotion of normal blood sugar levels can help prevent blood sugar issues and possible diabetes in many people. Natural blood sugar nutrients are a good choice to help maintain optimal blood sugar levels.

Posted June 2008 | Permanent Link

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