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Diabetes
 
by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
Super Seven Prescriptions—Diabetes
 

Studies have found chromium supplementation to be helpful for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as for women with diabetes that occurs during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).

 

In one study, 22 ­ people with type 2 diabetes were given 400 mg of gymnema extract daily for 18 to 20 months while they continued their diabetic medications. Researchers found a significant improvement in blood-sugar levels. Most people were able to reduce the amount of their medications, and 5 were able to discontinue their medications. Another controlled study of people with type 1 diabetes who supplemented gymnema extract found a decreased need for insulin and improved blood sugar control. Those taking a placebo showed no significant decrease in blood sugar or in insulin requirements.

 

Super Prescription #1  Chromium

Take a daily total of up to 1,000 mcg. Chromium improves glucose tolerance and balances blood-sugar levels.

Super Prescription #2  Gymnemasylvestre

Take 400 mg of a 25 percent gymneic acid extract daily. Gymnema improves insulin production in the pancreas, as well as insulin's ability to lower blood-sugar levels.

Super Prescription #3  Alphalipoic acid

Take 300 to 1,200 mg daily. Alpha lipoic acid improves insulin sensitivity and reduces the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

Super Prescription #4  Vanadyl sulfate

Take 100 to 300 mg daily. It improves glucose tolerance in people with type 2 diabetes. Higher dosages should be used under the supervision of a doctor.

Super Prescription #5  Cinnamon extract

Take 500 mg twice daily. Cinnamon improves insulin sensitivity and utilization.

Super Prescription #6  High-potency multivitamin

This supplies many of the nutrients involved with blood sugar metabolism. Take as directed on the container.

Super Prescription #7  Essential fatty acids

Take a fish oil supplement with a combined total of 1,000 mg of DHA and EPA. Also take 1,500 mg of evening primrose oil daily. Essential fatty acids are needed for proper insulin function, and they support nerve health.

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