Tuesday, March 27, 2007

So, What helps? Cinnamon, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Milkthistle, Peanut butter?

Harvard Study Shows Half Serving of Peanut Butter
or Full Serving of Peanuts Eaten Daily Significantly Cuts Risk
of Type 2 Diabetes

The study shows women who eat five tablespoons of peanut butter each week can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by almost 20%. Further, the relationship between consuming peanut butter, peanuts and other nuts and type 2 diabetes is linear -- higher consumption provided a greater protective effect. The group of women consuming a half serving of peanut butter or a full serving of peanuts and other nuts one to four times per week had a 16% reduced risk of developing the disease. This large population study includes over 83,000 female nurses who were followed for an average of 16 years in the Brigham and Women's Hospital-based Nurses' Health Study. The women in the study completed food frequency questionnaires approximately every four years between 1980 and 1996, and had no history of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or cancer.

They also go one to say

"According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, rates of type 2 diabetes have tripled in the last 30 years. Over 17 million people in the United States alone have diabetes, while 16 million more are at high risk of developing the disease."

So, if one believes this and replaces red meats and processed foods with a teaspoon of peanut butter a day Diabetes can possibly be avoided, but What if we already Have Diabetes?

Accordingly "Low Glycemic Index Foods Such as Peanut Butter is very beneficial and any major brand is good".

"Non-insulin-dependent diabetes commonly goes into remission with proper diet, weight loss and exercise. The glucose in low glycemic index foods, such as peanut butter, is digested more slowly leading to a gradual increase in blood sugar. For this reason, low glycemic index foods are recommended to help control both non-insulin-dependent and insulin-dependent diabetes

The diet recommended for diabetics is not a "special" diet. It is the same kind of healthful eating plan that is recommended for everybody - high in fiber and low in sugar and fat."

My favorite late night snack is celery and peanut butter, my dogs vie to get their share and trust me it's not the celery they want.

Cinnamon? This is what the American diabetes Association says
A few recent studies have suggested that cinnamon improves blood glucose, triglyceride, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes...

The quantities of cinnamon involved were much larger than traditionally used in cooking and seasoning. The studies are interesting, however, and may point the way to further research.

Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is a powerful antioxidant that is currently being evaluated for its ability to treat a wide range of health problems. Anecdotal evidence and results from animal and laboratory studies indicate that alpha lipoic acid is likely to be highly effective in several areas, but more results from human clinical trials are needed before definitive conclusions can be made. However, at this stage, there seems to be little doubt that ALA has a significant role to play in at least one area of medicine—diabetes.

One of the serious side effects for approximately one third of diabetes sufferers is a painful condition known as diabetic neuropathy. The symptoms are due to damaged nerves, particularly in the lower extremities, which can eventually lead to amputation. The nerve damage is thought to be due to the action of free radicals, and it occurs because of poorly controlled blood sugar level over a long period of time.

Alpha Lipoic Acid-Neutralizes free radicals.Helps regenerate Vitamins C and E increasing their effectiveness in scavenging free radicals.Used since the 1960’s in Europe for its positive effects on blood sugar levels. Key to proper metabolism of glucose in the cell. Helps limit aging effects of free radical damage. Positively affects the metabolism, leading to increased energy. Easily absorbed and beneficial to brain health. Available in 100 mg and 250 mg size capsules.

Blood Sugar Formula contains all the antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and amino acids traditionally used to help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Each ingredient in the Blood Sugar Formula is carefully chosen for its unique properties and its positive effects on blood sugar levels. Included in the formula are Chromium, Bitter Melon Extract, Juniper Berries, Gymnema sylvestre, guggul and much more. Blood Sugar Formula combines the latest research with the highest quality ingredients. The result is a high quality, yet very economical solution for meeting your health needs.

Milk Thistle
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
on Tuesday, October 31, 2006
An extract made from milk thistle seeds may help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes...
after taking the tablets for four months, the milk thistle group showed better blood sugar control and cholesterol and triglyceride levels. (TriglyceridesTriglycerides are a type of blood fat.)

MILK THISTLE~Supports healthy liver function. Powerful antioxidants work in the liver and kidneys scavenging free radicals. May have a protective effect on the liver.
Turmeric and Artichoke extracts are added for additional synergistic benefits.

minerals essential to relieve Diabetes

A lack of chromium can result in Type-2 Diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Dr. Walter Mertz, former director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center, established that GTF chromium consists of chromium bound to the B-vitamin, niacin. ChromeMate® is a unique form of oxygen-coordinated niacin-bound chromium.
The American Diabetes Association says this"If you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, it could be causing problems with your glucose control. For instance, one study found that taking the trace element chromium improved glucose control in subjects who had a chromium deficiency."

Magnesium and potassium can be utilized by physically active individuals to support electrolyte levels in the body. Taurine, a free form amino acid antioxidant, is a cell membrane stabilizer. Taurine enhances the effects of magnesium and potassium because taurine aids osmoregulation (maintenance of proper concentration of ions).

Magnesium is an important mineral that helps the body to complete hundreds of functions, including making and controlling insulin. It also plays a role in lowering inflammation in the body. Headaches and muscle pain, for example, can occur when magnesium levels in the body are low. From the American Diabetes Association.

a Multi-mineral

Minerals are divided into two classes: macrominerals and trace minerals. Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts than trace minerals. Our formula includes the macrominerals calcium, magnesium and potassium. Important trace minerals in our supplement are iron, iodine, zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium and boron. Many of the minerals are chelated which means they have been bonded to a protein molecule. This helps transport them to the blood stream and enhances absorption at the cellular level.
Contains a complete mix of minerals necessary for good health. Keeps cells healthy and reproducing properly.
Necessary for proper nerve function. Helps keep the immune system strong.
Includes 1,000 mg of calcium per serving. Vanadium has shown promise in research trials helping the body achieve healthy sugar levels. It may help promote healthy glucose levels in people with a lack of sensitivity to insulin by increasing this sensitivity. Because of this, Vanadium compounds have been termed "insulin-mimetic."
Vanadium containing compounds have also recently been indiciated in their ability to help promote healthy cellular replication in the body.

Manganese is a mineral found in large quantities in both plant and animal matter. Only trace amounts of this element can be found in human tissue, however. Manganese is predominantly stored in the bones, liver, kidney, and pancreas. It aids in the formation of connective tissue, bones, blood-clotting factors, and sex hormones and plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function.

From the American Diabetes Association
"The researchers wanted to see if there was a link between vitamin D and calcium intake and getting type 2 diabetes. Over the course of 20 years, over 4,800 women developed type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that a combined intake of over 1,200 milligrams of calcium and over 800 units of vitamin D was linked with a 33% lower risk for type 2 diabetes (as compared to women who took much smaller amounts of calcium and vitamin D). The results show that consuming higher amounts of vitamin D and calcium help lower the risk for type 2 diabetes in women."

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