Supplements for Diabetics

Supplements for Diabetics

Supplements for Diabetics – About Diabetes is a blood sugar disorder. Excess glucose in the bloodstream doesn’t get into the cells and muscle tissue of the body where it acts as fuel to be burned as energy. Diabetics often find themselves sluggish and tired.

In order to get into the cells, glucose must have both insulin and GTF (Glucose Tolerance Factor). Insulin acts as a key. It opens the cell “door” so glucose can get in where it can be stored and used as energy. Insulin is generated by the beta cells of the pancreas.

Under normal conditions the pancreas produces just enough insulin to get the job done. Insulin production occurs shortly after eating. Things are different for diabetics.

The food you eat is turned into glucose. How much depends on the type of food and how much you eat. A meal high in simple carbohydrates will lead to a sharp rise in blood sugar.

Complex carbohydrates take longer to be converted into glucose. The pancreas kicks in to produce insulin so the excess sugar can be shuttled into the muscle and other cells of the body for future storage and the be used as energy.

There are two types of diabetics. In type 1, the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to get that glucose into the cells. With little insulin to shuttle excess glucose into the cells, glucose stays in the bloodstream where it builds up to dangerous levels and begins to wreak havoc on the organs.

Type 1 is usually prevalent in the early years and usually strikes children and young adults. The reason why the pancreas does not do the job of producing insulin is unclear, though it is assumed that the pancreas becomes damaged or is attacked by the body’s own immune system.

Cancer of the pancreas can contribute to a lack of insulin, though this condition is rare in children. Yet another reason is due to burnout which results in overproduction of insulin and eventual burnout of the pancreas.

Whatever the reason, Type 1 diabetics require insulin shots to do the job the pancreas cannot perform. They need to take insulin before every meal to control their blood sugar and require it for the rest of their lives. Only 5% of diabetics fall into the Type 1 category.

The majority of diabetics have Type 2. They have healthy pancreas that generates adequate amounts of insulin, but the insulin is not able to “open the door” of the cells so glucose can enter. To compensate, the pancreas produces more insulin to get the job done.

But often the cells become resistant to insulin-they simply don’t open up. This situation makes the pancreas produce even more insulin. Eventually, the pancreas cannot produce any more and burns itself out. Type 2 diabetics have no lack of insulin. The cells just don’t recognize insulin.

The reason for this insulin resistance is due to the fact that most type 2 diabetics are overweight and obese. 90% of Type 2 diabetics are overweight or obese. It has been shown that fat around the abdominal region acts like a separate organ, producing compounds which can make cells resistant.

Excess fat interferes with the functioning of the cells. Just by shedding a few pounds, you can better manage your blood sugar levels. Of course, weight loss is not the only solution. Besides excess weight, a sedentary lifestyle aggravates the problem.

The cells need oxygen and the proper nutrients that make them elastic and better able to take in glucose. The proper amount of exercise helps them do the job.

The human body is made to be active. Without some kind of activity whether it’s as simple as walking, cooking or cleaning, cells can’t function. A diet of highly refined and processed food loaded with fat and sugar makes up the standard fare of most everyone, but does little to help those cells.

Diabetes rates a close third behind heart disease and cancer. Many of the food you buy comes loaded with fat, sugar and salt and has little essential fiber like that of our early ancestors.

It’s the lack of the right nourishment that is leading the world to the epidemic of diabetes.

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