General Health Information
Diabetes 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.
There 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 complications.
Effective 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.
Lifestyle 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.
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