Natural Management Guidelines for Diabetes 1 and Diabetes 2
Â Whether you suffer from Diabetes 1 or Diabetes 2, there are a number of safe, natural supplements you can take and guidelines you can follow to lessen the severity of this dreaded disease.
Research has shown that diabetics who eat more raw food may be able to decrease or even eliminate their need for insulin. Being that there are so many dietary guidelines already available to diabetics, we are going to skip this area and jump right to the supplements that have shown great promise in the management of Diabetes 1 or Diabetes 2.
Chromium is required for the peripheral action of insulin and enhances the density of insulin receptors on adipocytes. Without chromium, insulin's action is blocked, and glucose levels are elevated. Clinical studies in diabetics have shown that supplementing the diet with chromium decreases fasting glucose levels, improves glucose tolerance, lowers insulin levels, and decreases total cholesterol and triglyceride levels, while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. Good food sources of chromium include brewer's yeast, cheese, wheat germ, broccoli and prunes.
Zinc is essential for healthy blood sugar regulation and required for insulin production, secretion and utilization. Zinc has been shown to improve and regulate insulin levels in both Diabetes 1 and Diabetes 2. Zinc is involved both with insulin synthesis by pancreatic B cells and insulin binding to liver and adipose tissue cells. Diabetics with zinc deficiency have shown significantly higher glucose levels and lower insulin levels than diabetics without zinc deficiency.
Vitamin C supplementation is extremely effective in reducing sorbitol accumulation in the erythrocytes of Diabetes 1 and Diabetes 2. Due to vitamin C's tissue distribution and low toxicity, it is superior to pharmaceutical ARIs (aldose reductase inhibitors). Vitamin C also inhibits the glycosylation of proteins. Both sorbitol accumulation and glycosylation of proteins are linked to many complications of Diabetes 1 and Diabetes 2, especially eye and nerve diseases. The transport of vitamin C into cells is facilitated by insulin; therefore a vitamin C deficiency exists in many diabetics despite adequate dietary consumption.