12.7% of the population is Diabetic!
We all personally know more than a handful of people who are diabetic. Close to 4.5 million people are diabetic in South Africa which tallies to 12.7% of the population and accounts for up to 4.8% of deaths in S.A.
With these soaring numbers, it is a wakeup call for all. Diabetes is a lifelong condition that needs daily management for best outcomes. Most conditions can be avoided with a health lifestyle. Those with moderate conditions, can avoid the insulin needle with other alternatives on offer. As always, everyone's condition is unique so always consult your Doctor before exploring alternatives.
Glucose is the much needed fuel for our body, while insulin is released once glucose levels rise to either help store the glucose for future use or regulate metabolism. However the problem arises when the pancreas that produces insulin either doesn’t produce insulin (Type 1) or the body does not efficiently use it or respond to insulin (Type 2).
Main symptoms experienced by diabetics are:
- Weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Thirsty and drinking a lot
- Feeling hungry
- Blurry vision
- Bruise, sores or cuts that don’t heal properly
- Numbness, tingling sensation
Besides the above, numerous patients and customers on a daily basis are trying to tackle the complications of diabetes namely, neuropathy, cardiovascular disease and retinopathy. The best part of adding natural supplements is that it can tackle a triad of symptoms in the body.
A go to product is Coyne Advanced Berberine. Berberine is an alkaloid extracted from plants and used to decrease insulin resistance. A study showed ingesting 1500mg of berberine daily is as effective as a dose of 1500mg Metformin, yes you read right. The best added benefits is that it tackles cholesterol and high blood pressure which is usually the typical trio of diabetics. Best of all it aids as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
Other splendid products are Metagenics Metaglycemx and Metagenics Insinase. It has a beautiful blend of green tea, alpha lipoic acid, cinnamon and B12 with other goodies that promote healthy balanced insulin metabolism. Whereas the Insinase takes it a step further by working on insulin signalling by using Kinase response modulators assisting your body to respond appropriately when food is consumed.
Good health Glucozone is another popular product which tends to focus on sugar cravings, weight management and balancing blood sugar levels.
Solgar Alpha Lipoic acid alongside a Magnesium supplement works on lowering fasting blood glucose levels and regulating insulin sensitivity. Though it may take a few months to experience these effects, it may also protect against oxidative damage caused by high blood sugar levels.
While it may seem daunting to be exposed to a long list of products, please remember if you cant make it to one of our stores, please call us [031-2665397] and we can guide you on the best solution tailored to your specific scenario. In the mean time try focus on the following:
- Increasing healthy fats from nuts, flax seeds, fish oils, avocados
- Whole grain carbs such as bulgar wheat, quinoa, millet with high fibre content
- Fresh vegetables
- Fish, turkey, chicken, eggs, beans and legumes
You can always rely on us to assist you. We love helping people. Please reach out anytime for any questions, big or small.
Yours in health,
Dr Keshia Naidoo