The NATURAL Way: Managing diabetes

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Type 2 Diabetes is a serious condition. Unlike Type 1, you may be able to avoid this one or even after it has developed care for it through diet alone including supplements. Sometimes, prescribed medications are required and this is to be respected. If left uncared for, Type 2 can have serious and harmful effects on your body. This ailment tends to blossom in adulthood and is sometimes called “Adult Onset Diabetes.” According to some forward-thinking MDs, this onset is because of our diet and dietary habits, which then set up a physical ailment.

The thinking is like this: We eat too many sugary foods, drink too many sweetened sodas (artificial sweeteners may actually contribute to the problem as well as white sugar), eat too many refined carbohydrates (like cakes, cookies, refined flour breads) and over a period of time our digestive systems, especially the pancreas, get used to working overtime. Trouble is, life isn’t balanced and eventually we crash. The same is true dietarily with the condition called hyperinsulinemia. This can happen before full blown Adult Onset Diabetes. A low glycemic index food plan is in order with weight loss. Two supplements stand out, namely Berberine and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA).

The berberine researchers studied 36 adults with newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetes and were randomly assigned berberine or the prescribed drug Metformin. They found the usefulness to be similar. They found no negative impact on the liver or kidneys and did find beneficial effects on cholesterol, particularly lowering LDL and triglycerides. Some people had temporary belly cramps that went away on their own. Other studies prove a long list of benefits.

You don’t have to have diabetes to use berberine but you should at least consider it. You see, it not only helps you manage sugar but it also helps with weight loss, reduces cirrhosis (fatty liver) and protects against heart disease/blood pressure. All of these ailments are common to the diabetic. The list gets longer, too. Research supports potential for bacterial and fungal disease, prevention of some types of cancer, protection against Alzheimer’s and other nerve diseases as well as helping with bone and cartilage regeneration. Some showed stabilization of arterial plaque as well as reducing inflammation and lowering blood pressure.

According to the Physician’s Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements, Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) has proven use (in large, multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled tests) especially for reducing pain, numbness and burning sensations in legs and feet due to Type 2 Diabetes. But the long list of benefits doesn’t stop there. People who are pre-diabetic find ALA helps with regulating sugar in the blood, which might slow down or stop the onset of full-blown Type 2 diabetes. The list includes heart benefits (for clogging of the arteries), energy production at the cellular level, causes vitamin C and E to last longer in our systems, helps get rid of the bad effects of cholesterol, may help with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s, Huntington’s disease and glaucoma. There are 14 studies listed supporting the possible benefits in the PDR.