Support For Blood Sugar
- According to: American Diabetes Association
- Prevalence: In 2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes.
- Prevalence: in seniors, age 65 and older, 25.2% or 12.0 million seniors.
- Updated March 22, 2018
- $327 billion: Total costs of diagnosed diabetes in the United States in 2017
Diabetes is a growing problem in this country especially as we get older. When diabetes comes up in conversation most of us will immediately remember what we’ve heard which consists of obesity, exercise, consumption of sugar, refined carbohydrates, and insulin resistance. But is that all there is to know? Any one that has struggled with controlling their blood sugar and A1c through diet and exercise alone knows there must be something they are missing.
Here is what you are missing. Or
as Paul Harvey liked to say,”Now the rest of the story”.
Most of us understand that when we eat the blood sugar rises depending on the amount of sugar and refined carbohydrate in our meal selection. The body wants to prevent the blood sugar from rising out of range (hyperglycemia), because it is dangerous for our brains and nervous systems. So the pancreas releases insulin which draws the blood sugars out of the blood stream and into our cell. To either be converted to energy or stored as fat.
But what happens when we haven’t eaten for a while? The blood sugar starts to drop. So what brings the blood sugar back up? How it is suppose to work is the liver releases IGF (insulin like growth factor) which brings glucose (blood sugar) out of storage and into the bloodstream. If the liver isn’t doing it’s half of the glucose regulation system the blood sugar drops below the control range (hypoglycemia). We feel weak, shaky and start looking for a quick fix such as sugary drinks and candy.
I almost never see the liver as part of a treatment plan to control blood sugar. The common approach is always diet and exercise which ignores 1/2 of the regulatory control system. This may be why people struggle with diet and exercise alone. There are many other factors involved in the glucose regulatory control system. Some of these factors are trace minerals.
This is a list of some of the most recognized but not all of the Cofactors involved in blood sugar regulation and liver support.
- Niacin (vitamin B-3); Acts as a protective antioxidant. Stimulates the pancreas to secrete more insulin and increases insulin sensitivity within cells.
- Vitamin B-6; Helps in reversing diabetic neuropathy, and helps with magnesium metabolism.
- Vitamin B-12; Helps reduce oxidative stress in people with poor blood sugar control.
- Biotin; Helps improve carbohydrate metabolism.
- Vitamin C; Reduces glycosylation of proteins. It is involved in the manufacture and metabolism of hormones including insulin.
- Vitamin D; Is shown to have a protective effect against Type-1 Diabetes.
Vitamin E; Improves insulin sensitivity and normalizes circulating glucose levels.
- Trace mineral Vanadium; Keeps blood sugar from rising too high. Protects against diabetic cataracts and neuropathy. Decreases insulin requirements in patients with insulin dependent diabetes.
- Magnesium; Between 25% and 38% of diabetics have been found to have decreased serum levels of magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has been associated with insulin resistance. Studies have shown that magnesium deficiency resulted in impaired insulin secretion and replacement restores insulin secretion.
- Zinc; Seems to be involved in almost all aspects of insulin metabolism, including syntheses, secretion, and utilization. Zinc supplementation has been shown to improve insulin levels of both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetics.
- Manganese; Is an important co-factor in many enzyme systems that are associated with blood sugar control. Most diabetics have about half the manganese levels of normal individuals.
- Chromium; Appears to enhance the action of insulin and chromium deficiency results in impaired glucose tolerance.
I have recommended Gluco-Support for quite a few years now with good results. Before and after blood test show a reduction in both serum glucose and hemoglobin A1c. As you can see it covers the majority of vitamins, minerals, and herbs that have been shown clinically to be involved in the blood sugar regulator system. The one aspect it doesn’t cover is blood sugar dysregulation caused by Adrenal Fatigue due to chronic stress. This requires a slightly different approach.
So if you are struggling and need help controlling your blood sugar I would suggest giving this product a try. We routinely stock this product because it is popular with our patients. It sells for $45.60 for a 40 day supply.