When it comes to blood sugar control, there are some nutrients that play a primary role in the regulation of blood sugar levels, twenty-four hours a day. If you were to ask a dietitian or nutritionist to talk about vitamin and mineral deficiencies, it would not take too long before they mentioned several points that every type 2 diabetic should know:
- in every nutritional study carried out on any population group, people were found to be seriously deficient in vitamins and minerals. This affected their health, sometimes tragically
- nutrients that play a significant role in regulating your blood sugars include zinc, chromium and vitamin B3 (niacin)
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Years ago, no one knew much about diabetes. Doctors had knowledge of type 1 diabetes and that insulin injections were required by the diabetic. Nothing was known about a sub-type of diabetes called type 2 ... not for some time. When doctors started giving insulin injections to type 1 diabetics, they soon found the mineral zinc could be added to the mixture ... and when it was added, the diabetic had greater control of his blood sugar levels. Now this was discovered in the 1970s.
After a short time, researchers discovered chromium was quite similar to zinc. This too was added to insulin and it was then found the patient was able to gain better control of his blood sugar level during the day.
Another nutrient that also made a big difference was niacin. Researchers found that the Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) was a complex molecule composed of niacin, chromium and zinc, all together, and this molecule could significantly affect the regulation of blood sugar levels in your body. Therefore, If you are deficient in any one of the three parts of the Glucose Tolerance Factor, then the blood sugar regulation process is more difficult.
This tells us that nutrition is very important to the quality of life of every diabetic, both type 1 and type 2.
If your health plan does not include a dietitian or nutritionist who can do a test to find out where your vitamin and mineral levels are, perhaps it would be to your advantage to consult with one who will check these levels for you. It is possible your type 2 diabetes could be due to not having sufficient levels of these nutrients.
It really is not advisable to just start supplementing with these three nutrients, because it is very easy to throw off the balance. For example, if you take too much:
- zinc ... after a few months you will become very tired, indicating high zinc levels have decreased your copper level giving you a copper deficiency
- niacin ... the balance of the other B vitamins will become unbalanced and cause multiple deficiencies in that area
A customized nutritional plan can reverse these deficiencies and maybe others as well. And it is entirely possible, and even probable, that a plan of supplements could contribute greatly to your reversal of type 2 diabetes.
Research has shown that many diabetics who have avoided the complications of diabetes have also been conscientious about taking vitamin and mineral supplements. Don't hesitate to ask your health care provider to recommend a dietitian or a nutritionist to guide you.
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Beverleigh Piepers is a registered nurse who would like to help you understand how to live easily and happily with your type 2 diabetes.
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