MAY 2005 NEWSLETTER
By: Dr. Sushma Shah - Naturopathic Doctor
What You Can Do for Prevention
New statistics from the Department of Health
and Human Services show that an estimated 40% of
U.S. adults aged 40 to 74 currently have
pre-diabetes—a condition characterized by blood
glucose levels that are higher than normal, but
not yet considered in the diabetic range. These
statistics are of grave concern since many people
with pre-diabetes develop diabetes within 10
years, and are also at an increased risk for heart
disease and stroke.
With this new information, it is now more
important than ever to address blood sugar level
issues, and to begin preventive measures early on.
New research suggests that lifestyle
interventions—including targeted nutritional
support and a low-glycemic dietary program—are the
optimal methods of preventing pre-diabetes and
associated cardiovascular risk.
Targeted Nutritional Support
Cinnamon. Recent research suggests this
aromatic bark can lower blood sugar, cholesterol,
and triglycerides—even in those with established
type 2 diabetes.
Catechins. Long-term consumption of
these powerful compounds derived from green tea
has been found to reduce the risk of obesity, and
may decrease the risk of related conditions such
as diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid. This powerful
antioxidant nutrient helps to regulate blood sugar
and prevent complications associated with type 2
diabetes, such as neuropathy.
Chromium. This is an essential trace
mineral that plays a role in enhancing the body's
sensitivity to insulin, which is beneficial to
regulating blood sugar levels.
Vanadium. Preliminary research suggests
this trace mineral helps to regulate blood sugar
levels and may possess insulin-like effects.
Low-Glycemic Dietary Program
Medical Food for Blood Sugar
Dysregulation. A medical food for conditions
associated with dysglycemia provides an
easy-to-use meal option that also helps to
maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
Low-Glycemic-Load Diet. Certain foods
(with a high glycemic index) can cause dramatic
increases in blood sugar, while other foods (with
a low glycemic index) cause less changes in blood
sugar. It's important to select foods that are low
on the glycemic index to help maintain normal
blood sugar levels.
Pre-diabetes is on the rise, and it is now more
important than ever to get your blood sugar levels
checked to see if you are at risk. If you have
blood sugar issues, please schedule an appointment
at my office. We can discuss a targeted
nutritional program that suits your individual
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