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By: Dr. Sushma Shah - Naturopathic Doctor


Millions Have Pre-Diabetes
May 1, 2005


Millions Have Pre-Diabetes

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 health needs.


    Click any of the following Links for details.

    United States Department of Health & Human Services: Revised Definition Means Millions More Have Pre-Diabetes
    Reuters Health Information: Diet, Exercise Best for Preventing Pre-diabetes
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