With November now in full swing, AgeFocus would like to recognize that it’s National Diabetes Month. According to an article in Healthline, over 29.1 million people in the United States suffer from Diabetes, with anywhere of 90%-95% being Type 2.
Type 2 Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin to keep blood sugar (glucose) at a normal range, which is typically between 70 to 130 mg/dl, according to WebMD, or it cannot use the insulin it does produce effectively enough to maintain normal blood glucose (also known as insulin resistance).
Do you suffer from type 2 diabetes or are you pre-diabetic? Despite what big pharmaceutical companies and doctors want you to believe, type 2 diabetes is completely reversible. For those who aren’t too keen on injecting themselves with needles on a daily basis and are looking for a natural approach, AgeFocus has come up with a way for you to C.A.L.M. your blood sugar.
C.A.L.M. is an acronym for four natural supplements that have a history of helping lower blood sugar levels, meaning with proper diet and exercise, these supplements can bring your sugar back into the normal range.
When someone is diabetic, they are unable to break down sugar and carbohydrates for energy, which is why a symptom of diabetes is drastic weight loss, because it starts converting stored fat into energy. But if blood sugar levels remain uneven it will also start to break down muscle, which can be dangerous.
Why It Works: Chromium is a supplement that is beneficial for people with high blood sugar because it’s primary purpose is to help break down carbohydrates and convert them into energy.
How You Can Take It: According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, about 90% of American diets are low in chromium. It can be found naturally in some of the foods we eat such as whole-grain breads, fruits and vegetables. Some of these foods are not good for your blood sugar, so we recommend taking a Chromium supplement. The recommended dosage is anywhere between 50-200 mcg. We recommend starting small and monitoring your blood sugar to see its effectiveness. Taking too much Chromium might cause your sugar levels to become too low.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
Alpha Lipoic Acid, or ALA, can help people with diabetes by removing free radicals from the blood stream that can damage your cells and tissues.
According to this case study, Long-term complications of diabetes are increased free radical generation and subsequent oxidative stress (the ability to fight these free radicals with anti-oxidants). Free radicals can be beneficial. For example, white blood cells use their “extra electron” to kill viruses and bacteria, but when these extra electrons float around in your body, they start to attack your healthy cells by destroying their cell membrane and DNA. In diabetics, these free radicals have been shown to cause a chain reaction where the body can’t convert sugar into ATP or energy.
Why It Works: ALA works in two ways to help diabetics. The first way is similar to Chromium, ALA breaks downs carbohydrates and helps produce energy. The second way is by being a very powerful anti-oxidant that helps protect your cells and DNA from free radicals in your body.
How You Can Take It: ALA can be found naturally in foods such as yeast, liver, kidney, spinach, broccoli, and potatoes. But yeast and potatoes are not good for diabetics; therefore it’s recommended to take it in capsule form. The recommended dosage is 600 or 1200 mg daily. We recommend monitoring your blood sugar as you begin to take this to see its effectiveness.
L – ARGININE
Insulin is the hormone that helps remove sugar from the blood by giving it to the cells to use for energy. Insulin resistance occurs when cells do not recognize that there is insulin in the blood stream. The pancreas (the organ that produces insulin) becomes confused and therefore produces more insulin to fight this “resistance.” Eventually the pancreas just can’t produce enough insulin to fight the resistance. Glucose cannot be absorbed into the cells and therefore blood sugar levels increase.
Why It Works: According to this study, the amino acid L-arginine has many beneficial effects on the body but in regards to diabetics it helps stimulate the production of insulin in the pancreas as well as increase insulin sensitivity in cells.
How You Can Take It: L-arginine can naturally be found in dairy products, meat, poultry, and fish, as well as nuts, rice, whole-wheat, soy, and raisins. Unfortunately the amount found naturally in food will not make enough of an impact on decreasing your blood sugar levels. We recommend taking a supplement with the recommended dosage of 2-3 grams a day. As always, make sure to constantly monitor blood sugar levels to determine its effectiveness
One of the main symptoms of Type 2 diabetes is frequent urination. This happens because the body has no other way of getting rid of the built up sugar in your blood stream. Of course, this takes a toll on your kidneys, causing them to not be able to absorb water back into the body, which is why diabetics are also very thirsty (a vicious cycle). The kidney’s inability to absorb water and nutrients back into the blood stream can be detrimental to your body’s metabolism.
Why It Works: One of these nutrients that is unfortunately expelled from frequent urination is Magnesium. There have been several studies, that show that magnesium has a multitude of benefits in the body but for diabetics it plays a key role in turning on and off insulin receptors. Low Magnesium is a primary cause of Insulin Resistance. By taking Magnesium, you are helping your body absorb glucose back into cells.
How You Can Take It: Magnesium can be found in green leafy vegetables. But the amount of Magnesium within the vegetable depends on the composition of the soil in which it was grown. Since we feel Magnesium is crucial in helping you lower your blood sugar levels, we recommend taking a supplement. The recommended dosage is 300 to 420 mg per day. Monitoring your blood sugar daily will help you keep track of its effectiveness.
If you are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, or if you have high blood sugar, all you have to do is remain C.A.L.M.
If you have any more questions about how these supplements work, feel free to contact us at AgeFocus. We can also help you build a diet and exercise program and can help monitor your blood sugar to see if your hard work is being effective. Our goal is to help you live a diabetes free life.