Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder characterised by the body's inability to either produce enough insulin or the cells are not assimilating enough sugar. Diabetes thus can occur when the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin (Type-I/Childhood Onset/Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus/IDDM) or if the cells of the body become resistant to insulin (Type II/Adult Onset/Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus/NIDDM). Hence, the blood sugar cannot get into the cells. When this happens it leads to serious complications such as greatly increased risk of cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, infections, circulatory problems, and loss of nerve function. The classic symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst, increased hunger, and increased urination.
There are some nutrients and herbs that affect glucose metabolism which may help to control blood sugar such as chromium, fenugreek, gymnema, and ginseng. Ginkgo can help to prevent complications of poor blood sugar control by promoting healthy circulation. Supplementing with daily vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants and essential fatty acids can also be beneficial. Especially important in this category are GLA, vitamin C, magnesium, and niacin. Diabetes may cause individuals to be deficient of various nutrients. Replacing these nutrients may not only help, but may also help prevent complications.
Effective control of diabetes requires an integrated approach which also includes exercise, weight control and a good diabetic diet. Controlling calories, reducing milk and dairy consumption, plus reducing simple carbohydrates (refined sugars) while increasing complex carbohydrates (starches) and soluble fiber is important to good diabetic management.
Lifestyle changes plus medical attention are both necessary. Diabetes can be a serious condition. Alternative treatments for diabetes should not be attempted without the permission of the treating physician.
|Our Pharmacist's and Naturopath's Supplement Recommendations:|
The following products are recommended by licensed pharmacists and naturopaths who have specialised in natural medicines and dietary supplements.
If you are currently taking medications or other dietary supplements, we highly recommend you ask your Pharmacist or Doctor for additional guidance.
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These products are either of a higher potency or efficacy. Practitioner products in Australia are prescribed by either doctors or naturopaths and usually have higher doses based on the latest in research and development. By purchasing this item you certify that you are under the guidance of a qualified health care practitioner who can direct your proper use of these items.
|GlucoFactors® contains high dose Chromium in combination with alpha-Lipoic acid, Gymnema and Fenugreek to support regulation of carbohydrates and healthy glucose metabolism.|
|Chromium is an essential component of glucose tolerance factor. See your healthcare practitioner to determine if you need additional chromium.|
|Chromium Plus contains a unique form of chromium polynicotinate, along with alpha lipoic acid, inositol & vanadium to assist healthy blood sugar metabolism.|
|Support for blood glucose regulation.
Yeast free chromium 200mcg is an amino acid chelate, a biologically active form of chromium not derived from yeast. Chromium plays a key role in glucose metabolism and has been shown to amplify insulin signalling. This effect is directly dependent on the chromium content of chromium binding oligopeptide, or chromodulin. A chromium deficiency may lead to blood glucose disregulation, insulin resistance and many subtle adverse metabolic events. Repletion with high dose chromium may improve or restore function and prevent such events.
Nutriton Care Chromium 50mcg (Picolinated)
|To improve insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate metabolism.
Chromium is required for chromium binding oligopeptide, a low molecular weight chromium binding substance known as chromodulin, which has been shown to potentiate the effects of insulin on the conversion of glucose into carbon dioxide or lipid. This effect is directly dependent on the Cr content of chromodulin. A mechanism for stimulation of insulin receptor kinase activity has been proposed. In response to increased blood glucose, a rise in plasma insulin levels causes the movement of chromium to insulin dependent cells (probably mediated by ferritin) helping to amplify insulin signalling.
|Lipoec 400 contains 400mg of alpha lipoic acid, the only antioxidant soluble in fat and water. As such, alpha lipoic acid provides extensive antioxidant activity throughout the body, and this is further supported by its ability to regenerate other antioxidants including glutathione, coenzyme Q10 and vitamins C and E. Lipoec 400 also provides nutritional support for glucose metabolism.|
Metagenics Lipoic Acid
|Methyl-Max contains folic acid, Vitamin B12, activated Vitamin B6 and serine.
These key methylating factors are involved in healthy homocysteine metabolism.
Metagenics Meta B Complex
The active ingredients in Activated B6, when appropriately prescribed, may assist patients suffering from the above conditions. This statement does not imply or make a claim for a cure of these disorders. The use of Activated B6 should be based on the published and relevant scientific and clinical data for each condition.
Activated B Complex provides the activated forms of several B vitamins. B complex vitamins may be beneficial during times of stress and help to support general well-being.
Aminoplex® in choc-coconut flavour is a low-reactive rice protein concentrate derived from whole brown rice that delivers 33g of protein per serve. Quality protein in the diet is essential for healthy, toned muscles and cellular repair.
This potent daily multivitamin and mineral supplement establishes a foundation for sensible nutrition. It has been formulated to provide a comprehensive range of nutrients including a high dose of B vitamins, antioxidants and a broad mineral base featuring chromium, calcium, magnesium, selenium and boron.
AntiOx Excel features a scientifically formulated blend of nutrients and herbal extracts to provide maximum protection against free radical-induced damage. AntiOx Excel may be beneficial for oxidative stress, detoxification processes and as an adjunct for conditions that require antioxidant support.
|Essential fatty acids are "good fats" that are absolutely necessary for the reproduction of cells. We also need them as part of the many natural biochemical processes of the body. They are called "essential" because each cell in our body needs a supply of them each and every day. They are also called "essential" because they must be taken in from our diets or in supplement form. As part of a healthy lifestyle, supplementing daily with essential fatty acids helps to keep our bodies functioning at their peak. This formula combines the beneficial omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are most important to our health. Omega-3 EFAs are utilised by the body in several key areas that help influence general wellbeing. As phospholipid components of cell membranes throughout the body, they support healthy cell function and fluidity. Additionally omega-3 EFAs provide anti-inflammatory activity, and also support the maintenance of healthy brain function and healthy triglyceride levels.|
YSCP Vitamin B Complex 200ml
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