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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Helping Those Suffering with Diabetes--Especially the First Nations Community



A recent Alberta study found that First Nations people are more likely to develop diabetes in their lifetime. In the general population of youth, the estimated diabetes risk is 5 out of 10. In First Nations communities, the estimated risk is 8 out of 10 youth. 
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Generally speaking, there are 3 main causes for diabetes: genetics, behaviour (diet/exercise), and environment. In the case of the Native population, the environmental factor may play a more crucial role than people realize. If First Nations people live in an area where fresh food is unattainable or expensive, it can be more difficult to maintain the healthy lifestyle needed to stave off diabetes.

First Nations are not the only culture affected by the rising prevalence of diabetes. It is anticipated that there will be a 141% increase in the number of cases of type 2 diabetes in Africa, amounting to 34.2 million patients with type 2 diabetes in sub-Sahara Africa by 2040. In Kenya, diabetes prevalence is 4–11% in urban areas and 3% in rural areas.

Vanadyl Sulfate has proven to be useful for diabetes. The Journal of Clinical Investigation found that oral Vanadyl Sulfate taken for 3 weeks helped hepatic and peripheral insulin sensitivity in people with non-insulin-dependent diabetes. In another single-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, 8 male and female subjects who had Type 2 diabetes took 50mg of vanadyl sulfate twice each day for 4 weeks. After that time, a 4 week placebo phase was instituted. The patients experienced some improvements in both fasting glucose and hepatic insulin resistance following the trial period and throughout the placebo period. However, it is important to note that those with a medical condition such as diabetes still should be under the care of a health care professional for monitoring.

In 2006, the American Journal of Physiology published a study on the effects of L-Arginine supplementation on obese, insulin-resistant Type 2 Diabetes patients. Thirty three patients participated in a hypocaloric diet and exercise program for 21 days. The patients were then split into two groups, and one group also took L-Arginine, while the other took placebos. At the end of the study, scientists found that those supplementing with L-Arginine had better results in the areas of glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity, endothelial function, oxidative stress, and adipokine release than those who did not take Arginine. 

Chromium Picolinate has been shown to enhance glucose metabolism, which makes it promising for cardiovascular disease, as well, since cholesterol influences cellular glucose uptake. The journal Mutation Research found that Chromium Picolinate upregulates a protein (sterol regulatory element-binding protein) responsible for controlling cholesterol balance. Interestingly, this protein is only increased in an environment of high-glucose cells, much like a diabetic state would be. 

Supplements are always important, but especially for communities that may not have access to a healthy diet, supplements are crucial. Look for professional, therapeutic medicine that you can depend on to help avoid diabeties.

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