Can Vitamins & Minerals Help Manage Diabetes?
The most essential include vitamin D3, B12, Zinc and Magnesium, these vital ingredients to life, can help prevent, alleviate and control the life changing effects of diabetes, and many other chronic disease and illness.
I aim to shed some light on the major players that have an extremely beneficial impact on your immune system.
An impact that can significantly stop the development and aid in the treatment of all 3 types of diabetes.
I truly believe that our immune system and its complex systems are the key to the prevention, management and treatment of diabetes and many other long term chronic diseases.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a long-term chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy
The sugar contained in what you eat and drink is broken down into glucose.
When you eat, your blood sugar levels rise, instigating the release of insulin from the pancreas.
The insulin then allows blood-sugar (glucose) to enter into the cells of your which then convert it into energy.
If you suffer from diabetes you either make to much or to little insulin, both regulatory dysfunctions can equally lead to serious health problems.
How Does Diabetes Effect The Body?
Damage, failure and dysfunction to many organs of the body occur, most significantly the eyes, kidneys, heart, nerves and blood vessels all are the long-term effects of diabetes.
The risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes increases with diet, lifestyle, age, weight and the lack of any form of physical exercise.
What is Insulin?
Insulin is a hormone produced and stored in the islet tissues of the pancreas plays a vital role in the regulation of blood glucose levels, cell growth, digestion and fat metabolism producing incorrect levels leads to many different health complications.
Seriously…. Diabetes is No Joke!
Diabetes is an extremely serious condition that can lead to loss of sight, limb and life.
Diabetes is on the increase worldwide, however western societies today suffer from both Type 1 & 2 Diabetes mainly because of diet, convenience, lack of exercise and lifestyle choices such as smoking.
The numbers in the US and the UK continue to grow with sufferers becoming younger and younger each year.
What Vitamin & Minerals Help Diabetes?
It’s also really important that you know exactly what vitamins and minerals are beneficial to you, your personal needs and circumstances along with the correct daily amounts to you need to take.
*Please note that it is extremely important that you fully understand that overdosing on vitamins and minerals can do a lot more damage than good. Serious consideration, due diligence and consultation with your either doctor or health worker is essential before adding any supplements to your diet.
Vitamin D3, plays a vital role in aiding the control of glucose levels, research also suggests that being deficient in this particular vitamin can play a major role in insulin resistance.
Older people, those unable to produce D3 naturally by sunshine alone along with being overweight can prevent Vitamin D getting into the bloodstream.
This is where it is needed most in the prevention and regulation of diabetes and (blood sugar levels.
A vitamin B12 deficiency in diabetic sufferers can present itself as type of neuropathy, that causes tingling or numbness in your hands, legs and feet, that can be accompanied by memory loss and mood swings.
B12 can also help lessen the pain, elevate symptoms and help to regulate mood.
Recent research has suggested that supplementing your diet not only with vitamin B12 alone, but in conjunction with the Vitamin B Complex Family as a whole which has many beneficial effects for people with diabetic nephropathy.
Diabetic retinopathy which causes damage to the eyes is the other big diabetic complication that can be addressed by Vitamin B12.
Vegetarians and vegans may be at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency because it is found mostly in animal and dairy products.
Vitamin E is an essential fat-soluble vitamin that acts primarily as an antioxidant, because of this behavior antioxidants have been proposed and promoted as a preventive measure and as an aid in the treatment of diabetes.
Free radical damage can play a major role in the cause of many other diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and also interferes with normal cellular aging.
Again, vitamin E acting in the capacity of an antioxidant has been suggested as preventive and treatment measures for these conditions too.
Studies have also suggested that low levels of vitamin E may contribute to the recent increase in diabetes, and that people with diabetes tend to have decreased levels of antioxidants.
An essential mineral that plays a major role in the synthesis and action of insulin, both physiologically and in diabetes.
Zinc stimulates insulin action and insulin receptor tyrosine kinase activity and may be a crucial element in insulin metabolism.
Along with the regulation of every phase of wound healing, from immune defense, membrane repair, to scar formation, making sufficient zinc levels essential for diabetics.
Supplements have been shown to lower blood sugar levels in some type 1 cases, protects against viral infections and may also act to protect beta cells from destruction.
Magnesium is a mineral that helps the body break down sugar in the body studies have suggested there is a strong indication that this particular mineral can help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Functioning as an essential co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, magnesium is essential for all energy-dependent transport systems, glycolysis, electrolyte balance, and cell membrane stabilization just to name a few.
Magnesium deficiency has been associated with the complications associated with diabetes such as insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, hypertension (high blood pressure) and cardiovascular disease.
Older people, those on low-carb diets as well as alcoholics are also at risk of magnesium deficiency and are also at risk of suffering from osteoporosis, high blood pressure, headaches and migraines.
The research that supports and promotes the use of specific essential vitamin and minerals (a tailored combination, in the correct quantities, according to individual need and requirements)
With most chronic disease we have to take a look at the imbalance that has been created within the body as a result of unhealthy lifestyle choices and/or years of unhealthy habits e.g smoking, over eating, alcohol and lack of general exercise or activity.
Does Diabetes Cause Depression
It is also worth noting that stress and depression are major causes of a weakened immune system which not only manifests as mental illness but can and will lead to many physical illness and disease.
As the word disease itself clearly spells out “Dis-Ease”, when your whole being, your mind and your body is in a uncomfortable, unstable, unnatural.
Your immune system becomes under nourished and under pressure, struggling to function at its full potential.
I believe the key to chronic disease reversal rests on correcting our past indulgences and strive to correct and treat as much of the damage caused as you possibly can.
This is by no means impossible and is very much achievable, set your mind to it and anything is possible.
It is extremely important that diabetics along with sufferers of other chronic disease get enough of the right vitamins, minerals and nutrients, along with exercise and other lifestyle habits as a first step to undo some of the damage which caused the disease in the first place.
For those that are at risk of developing diabetes you can address prevention right now.
For those that are want to ensure they do not become at risk in the future need to be aware and understand that by looking after your immune system and body in the best way that you can ensure that it can and will always look after you.
As always, please contribute to the conversation, your comments, suggestions and advice are always encouraged and always very much appreciated.
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*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for the purpose of general information and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals.