This surprised me, you may feel the same. Diabetes is a form of accelerated aging! For decades, scientists have been uncovering the real causes of premature aging. Research has shown that life expectancy for people with this condition is four to eight years less than for people without it. And they have found supplements are a effective intervention.
Signs and symptoms in common include:
- loss of elasticity and flexibility of skin and other tissues
- skin conditions such as rashes and discoloration are often present
- cardiovascular problems including heart attack, poor leg circulation, atherosclerosis (thickening and hardening of the arteries), and stroke
- increased prevalence of some cancers
- vision problems including cataracts, glaucoma and retinal degeneration
- hearing loss
- memory loss
As diabetes and aging share many similarities, it’s not surprising to find they also respond to many of the same interventions.
Research by innovative scientists is:
- continually coming up with new options for the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases (type 2 diabetes)
- showing the impact of certain supplementation of nutraceuticals and the enhancement of healthy blood glucose metabolism at a molecular level
This would need to be discussed with your health care provider especially if you are taking any kind of medication. Many of these supplements have a special synergy with prescription medications as well as your diabetic eating plan.
Many of the studies focus on the use of nutraceuticals to support beta-cell function, insulin sensitivity and healthy blood glucose levels.
Beta Cell Health:
- the main function of beta cells is to secrete insulin in response to the glucose in your bloodstream.
- coffee berries and ginseng have shown promise for supporting beta-cell health
Insulin sensitizers and healthy blood glucose levels:
- the more sensitive your cells are, the better your blood levels are controlled
- barley extract, chromium, magnesium, carnitine and cinnamon have been shown to increase sensitivity
- also DHEA levels in the body decline after the age of 30. Lower levels of DHEA are associated with high glucose levels
Along with diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes, research has shown many people are able to significantly reduce their dependence on diabetes medication. Always speak with your health care provider when thinking of including supplements with other diabetes treatments.
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Knowledge is power and do you know, it is knowledge you will need to direct you to make the best choices for your life and health. Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your Type 2 Diabetes.