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What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a common, chronic metabolic disorder involving the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein. The most common symptom of diabetes is hyperglycemia, but this is a complex disease that can potentially affect every organ in the body.

Regulation of blood sugar is a process dependent upon the presence of insulin (a ...

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a common, chronic metabolic disorder involving the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein. The most common symptom of diabetes is hyperglycemia, but this is a complex disease that can potentially affect every organ in the body.

Regulation of blood sugar is a process dependent upon the presence of insulin (a hormone produced in the pancreas), which fulfills several important roles. It notably allows glucose to leave the blood and enter the cells of various body organs.

Insufficient levels of insulin cause blood glucose levels to rise, especially after a meal. Without insulin, body organs are unable to extract glucose from the blood to produce energy. Body start to use certain fats to replace the sugar that cannot be used anymore. This leads to their accumulation in the small arteries of the body, often those of the eyes, kidneys, heart, and brain. Thus, people with diabetes have an increased incidence of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.

Diabetes is divided into two major categories, type 1 and type 2:

  • Type 1 is associated with complete destruction of the pancreas cells that manufacture the insulin. Type 1 patients require insulin injections for the control of blood sugar levels.
  • Type 2 patients suffer from insulin deficiency (but some is still produced). Type 2 diabetes historically started mostly after 40 years of age in overweight individuals, but today is seen even in children.

About 10% of all diabetics are type 1 and about 90% are type 2.

Supplements for diabetes

Supplements mostly seem to be effective to prevent appearance of type 1 diabetes (the most serious one where no insulin is produced by the organism). These can be useful, especially if you already are in pre-diabetes/type 2 phase. Here are some supplements that might help:

Vitamin D

Taking vitamins seems useful to prevent appearance of diabetes. According to study, it is notably useful for children. Study demonstrated that children who regularly took vitamin D had an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes, while those with a vitamin D deficiency had a 300% increased risk of developing the disease.

Omega 3

Omega 3 fatty acids have been found to have a potent protecting effect against the development of type 1 diabetes. In human studies, giving Omega 3 fatty acids significantly reduced the appearance of type 1 diabetes.

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