Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Can Diet With Supplements And Exercise Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

Can Diet With Supplements And Exercise Reverse Type 2 Diabetes? by Ng Peng Hock

It is believed by most people that adult-onset diabetes is irreversible. Once you become diabetic, medication seems to be the only way to help you manage the condition to prevent you from getting into more health complications, for example, becomes a possible candidate of heart disease.

However, some health professionals and experts do believe that a low-glycemic load diet, coupled with multivitamin, chromium and cinnamon, plus moderate amount of exercise usually can reverse this condition.

This strategy does not seem to be accepted by many qualified dietitians. They argue that, for the management of diabetes, there is no clear evidence to support the benefits from vitamin or mineral supplementation in people without any underlying nutrient deficiencies.

So, whom should we listen to?

The diabetes experts, Dr Fedon Lindberg also recommends the aforesaid strategy. His vast experience with Type 2 diabetes patients is that a balanced low-glycemic load diet coupled with a healthy lifestyle can reverse the disease.

His many patients who came for injecting as many as 200 units of insulin daily manage to quit insulin and medication for blood pressure and other conditions. These patients have achieved perfect, non-diabetic, long-term blood sugar values (HBA1c) and normal blood pressure, cholesterol and lipid levels merely through diet and lifestyle improvement.

His book, The Greek Doctor's Diet, give very clear instructions as to how to achieve this.

A diabetic patient weighing 140 kg, whose blood sugar was 19.2 and had to take Metformin, was asked by his doctor to follow Dr Lindberg's recommended diet for 4 weeks. His blood sugar is down to between 5.8 and 6.0 and he had lost 12 kg.

There are research reports that support the use of cinnamon and chromium on better managing of blood sugar, and essential fatty acids for diabetes and cardiovascular protection.

For example, a study conducted in China proved that doses of chromium up to 1000 mcg per day was highly effective in relieving many of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Another study on the effect of cinnamon on diabetics showed that 1, 3 or 6 g of cinnamon daily (up to 1 teaspoon daily), lowered the sugar levels by up to 29 percent. Other markers such as triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol also improved.

Nonetheless, what works for others may not be suitable for you! So, diabetics should not take the risk of arbitrarily replacing their medication with supplements or herbs without consulting their doctors. Do your research!

Remember, some supplements especially herbal preparations may interact with the medications prescribed by doctors.

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Monday, January 29, 2007

How To Prevent Diabetes

How To Prevent Diabetes by Ann Marier

How to prevent Diabetes has been a concern for many of us since we were kids. In my own family, my baby cousin was born with diabetes, so she had to have shots--injected once a day by my aunt, who just happened to be a Registered Nurse. Of course, while this many years later we have sub-lingual solutions, we have different levels of Diabetes (those not requiring shots included), and we have do-it-yourself daily blood glucose testing, for those with Diabetes or those with a concern for how to prevent Diabetes from going full speed ahead into full blown stages of the disease.

Besides my cousin on my mother's side having the disease, on my biological father's side, my grandfather had it. So my emphasis has always been (as it was taught to me) how to prevent Diabetes from setting in if you are genetically prone to it but don't yet have it.

Is there a surefire solution for how to prevent Diabetes, though? Yes and no. Evidently, we can "delay" such forms of the illness as Type 2 Diabetes. According to such institutions and studies as NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases) and NIH (National Institute of Health), diet and exercise are found to help stave off the onset and symptoms. These findings are only reinforced by the additional smaller studies by organizations and institutes all over the world: from Finland to China, it has been found that at-risk people can slow the onset or fight the disease with rigorous exercise (with a goal of losing 2 to 7 percent body weight) and balanced, low sugar diets (with a goal of avoiding "trigger" foods). The sugars mentioned include, that is, sucrose, fructose, lactose, and other sugar forms found naturally and synthetically present in most foods.

In addition, from what I understand, Diabetes Prevention programs set up a regime that includes, besides diet and exercise, standard care and the drug metformin. According to CDC (Center for Disease Control), the studies applying such treatment/prevention measures found that participants who included a healthy diet, metformin, and moderate physical activity of 30 minutes a day/5 days a week, reduced their risk of getting Type 2 Diabetes by 58%!
I used to go every year but now go every two years to get a glucose tolerance test along with a general physical. And since I have Diabetes in my family history, the doc always admonishes me about "dumping great amounts of sugar" into my system. If I can conquer that, and walk at least five days a week, you can too!

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