Supplement Hacks for Diabetics

If you have been with me for a while, you know my fiance has Type 2 diabetes.

Over the weekend we were discussing supplements that he should be taking.  It’s been very difficult to get him to follow any type of regimen in the eight years we’ve been together.  But now he’s getting older and his diabetes is changing and so is his body.

And the sad thing is that long-term health consequences from diabetes may lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, glaucoma, cataracts and neuropathy.

To make matters worse there are also health conditions that come from the medications that treat diabetes.

So for your hacks today I want share a few things I’ve learned to help Type 2 diabetes and the other diseases that accompany it.

Happy Monday!

Here are your hacks:

  1. A new fish-oil study shows that taking one gram of omega-3 daily can reduce your risk of developing heart disease or stroke.  Omega-3s also have anti-inflammatory properties and may decrease insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetics.
  2. Another nutrient that’s so important for everyone, including diabetics, is CoQ10.  You see, our food doesn’t contain the proper amount of CoQ10 like it used to. And, as a society, we have also gotten away from regularly eating organ meat.  CoQ10 is made by the body. But with age it starts to slow down. Low levels of CoQ10 have been associated with brain disorders, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.  CoQ10 protects the heart, kidneys, lungs and liver. CoQ10 has also been shown to regulate blood sugar.  For most, 100mgs will keep you protected.
  3. Medication for diabetes may deplete Vitamin B12 levels.  So make sure you are getting foods rich in B12 (meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy) or take a supplement.  It’s also a good idea to have your levels checked.
  4. Berberine, a chemical found in plants, has been shown to help regulate metabolism and can significantly reduce blood-sugar levels.  In fact, berberine has been shown to be as effective as Metformin (a drug used for diabetes). Other benefits of berberine are weight loss, lowered A1C levels, cholesterol and triglycerides. For best results take 1000mgs per day.  
  5. CBD oil is mostly known for it’s pain relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities.  But it’s also gaining interest for its heart and circulatory benefits. Plus, more research is coming in on how it reduces diabetes damage and helps prevent cognitive decline.
  6. Magnesium is something else that gets lowered with high blood sugar.  Taking a supplement is important because magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body.  

Taking supplements and or medication alone may not be enough to help with any health problem.  Exercising, eating healthy, keeping stress at bay, getting enough water and sleep are vital.

For a healthier you!

Sandy DeRose

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