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Info of Diabetes Health Supplements

Diabetes can be a difficult balancing act. But with the proper diet, exercise, medication, and the will to stick to your program, you can have as close to a normal life as you want. One way to control diabetes is to keep a close watch on your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. When too much sugar stays in your blood it damages blood vessels and nerves. You need to make sure that your blood sugars stay within the levels set by you and your health care provider.

Food is broken down to sugar and starches and turned into glucose where it is used as the basic fuel for your cells. A good, well planned healthy diet is essential in the management of your blood sugar and is a goal whose importance can not be overlooked. A number of factors influence blood sugar levels after meals, and being aware of the carbohydrates you eat can have a big effect. Controlling your blood sugar is the key to managing your diabetes and you play a major role in insuring this management will be beneficial.

If your health care provider prescribes it, insulin helps sugar in your blood get to your cells. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas. Sometimes the pancreas does not make enough insulin, or the insulin it does make is not strong enough to do its job. In type 1 diabetics the pancreas does not make any insulin, while in type 2 diabetics the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore what they get. Type 1 diabetics is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and type 2 diabetes is mostly associated with people over 45. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes and the type most people are familiar with. Diabetes is a chronic disease and managing it means making some changes in your live.

There are many medications that your health care provider can prescribe for you and there are non-prescription health supplements that can also provide benefits. Diabetics need non-prescription health supplements that are a formulated combination of vitamins and herbs that have been designed to keep blood sugar levels in their normal range. They also know what can be caused by fluctuating blood sugar levels, and the serious problems that can be the result. Non-prescription blood support medications can be a benefit in these cases.

Cinnamon is an example. Cinnamon is a spice/herb that can reduce blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics, reduce triglycerides, lower LDL cholesterol, and reduce total cholesterol. Cinnamon is an all-natural, sugar metabolism support dietary supplement. It is a vital organic choice and is one of the finest nutritional supports available. It provides natural anti-oxidant protection and helps maintain your healthy blood sugar levels.

Some Effects of Sugar

Ever have sugar cravings? A term that most people wouldn’t associate with anything meaningful actually reveals one of the true dangers of sugar. Sugar has addictive properties that can be compared to nicotine or heroin, just with different degrees of addiction.

The effects of sugar on health occurs because sugar interacts with your brain causing it to release opioid, which give the body a feeling of pleasure. Research has determined that certain areas of the brain are activated when you have a sugar craving. These areas of the brain are also activated when a person has a crazing for drugs. This research gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘comfort food’.

Sugar withdrawals are also very similar to drug withdrawals. One will experience fatigue, lassitude, depression, moodiness, headaches, and aching limbs.

For most of us, our exposure to sugar occurs at a very young age. Breast milk from our mothers and baby formulas both contain sugar. Also many of the foods we typically eat on a daily basis contain certain amounts of sugar. Cereal is a good example of this.

Sugar has also been linked to violent behaviour, hypertension, and learning impediments. In 1991 Singapore banned sugary soft drink sales in schools and youth centers, citing the danger of sugar addiction to the mental and physical health of children. Some studies have also shown that removing sugar from the diets of prisoners reduced the amount of chronic violence in prisons.

Sugar Dampens the Immune System

Eating that cinnamon roll can do more to your body than add a few extra pounds. Another danger of sugar is the compromising of your immune system by destroying the germ-killing ability of white blood cells for up to five hours after ingestion. It also reduces the production of antibodies in your body.

It also interferes with the transport of Vitamin C and causes mineral imbalance, both of which weaken the immune system. It also reduces the efficiency of omega-3 fatty acid, making the cells more permeable and less capable of stopping invasion by allergens and microorganisms.

As you consume more sugar, your blood sugar level rises. This triggers your pancreas into producing insulin to help clean your cells of this excess sugar. As your blood sugar levels return to normal, so does the amount of insulin in your body. However, when you eat a lot of sugar it takes more and more insulin to normalize your blood sugar levels. This over time may cause the pancreas to stop responding to the sugar and halt insulin production all together. This is known as type 1 diabetes.

Insulin also has the side effect of suppressing the release of human growth hormone in the pituitary gland. Growth hormone is a primary regulator of the immune system. A lack of growth hormone will result in a compromised immune system.

Fruit Simply Replaced Sugar

In fact, all of the negative health consequences of sucrose, a disaccharide that’s half fructose and half glucose, are attributed to the fructose in it, not the glucose. Even though you can find disagreements in science journals on virtually everything, no disagreement on this topic exists in the science lit. Researchers all seem to agree that fructose makes sucrose the junk that it is. (These points have been covered in my previous article, “Fructose: The Sugar No One Thinks Is Sugar”.)

Well, the man became angry and even left before the end of my short presentation. Believe me, I’d seen reactions like that before. Sugar is a topic I’ve presented on many times over the years (since 1990, in fact, when everyone was still obsessing about fats). Audience reactions to sugar information have often been strong, and that’s interesting because those were presentations, not personal consultations.

In a presentation, I have no idea what the audience members eat, so nothing can be taken personally — or at least shouldn’t be. But addiction isn’t rational or logical. One question in a short test for alcoholism is, “Have people ever annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?” The key word in the question is “annoyed”. Mess with someone’s addiction, and they get angry.

Maybe we should start asking fruit addicts if people have ever annoyed them by telling them fruit is sugar.

It has seemed lately that people don’t care about sugar addiction, including their own. Fairly recently, an obese woman told me that she knew she was addicted to sugar but was “okay with it.” That reminded me of the final criterion for substance dependence in the DSM-IV – which has been moved into first place in the DSM-V criteria for substance abuse disorder: Continued use despite adverse consequences.

The past decade or more has shown a nutrition awareness shift that actually harkens back to the 1970s. In the 1970s, science journals were filled with articles on the negative impact of sugar on health. Videos were available, and at least one popular book was written on the subject (Sugar Blues).

In the wake of this, the sugar industry – a powerful lobby in Washington – got busy, and, starting about 1983, three things happened.

1. Fat became the new dietary demon, and everyone started eating low-fat this and nonfat that.
2. Sugar consumption between 1984 and 1999 increased by 25-45 pounds per person per year. (25-45 lbs represents the increase, not total consumption.)
3. Obesity in the U.S. became an epidemic.

Sugar is Toxic to Health

Because balance or homeostasis is so essential to our bodies, the minerals sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium are utilized to create this balance. For example, in order to neutralize the blood from sugar (sugar creates an acidic body), calcium is taken from the bones and teeth, thus, decay and osteoporosis may occur. If sugar is consumed every day, our bodies eventually will be depleted of these very important minerals and leave you with mineral deficiencies that depletes your health and weakens your defenses against disease. This process allows the dreaded free-radicals to cause major damage. Think of free-radicals as your body’s equivalent to nuclear destruction.

Excess sugar affects every single organ in the body – including the liver. The liver is where sugar is stored in the form of glucose. Eventually, if sugar is consumed every day, your liver will be unable to store the excess sugar and is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. Guess where those fatty acids are stored? They are stored in the most inactive areas: The belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs. After these areas have been filled-up, the fatty acids then get distributed to organs such as the heart and kidneys.

Sugar hinders the body’s immune system and predisposes people to illness and disease. Our white blood cells are adversely affected. Here are just some health conditions associated with over-consumption of sugar: Obesity, cancer, aging, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, adult-onset diabetes, eczema, kidney stones, depression, candida (yeast over-growth), anxiety, dental cavities, atherosclerosis, poor brain function and countless other conditions.

Cancer is affected by sugar due to the cancer cell’s main source of fuel: Glucose. By controlling blood glucose, the cancer cells are starved for fuel and the immune system is bolstered.

We think of sugar as the granulated white stuff but it can be disguised in many forms such as: corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, lactose, molasses, honey, maltose, fruit juice and many other forms. It is essential that we become aware of the hidden sources of sugar found in processed foods.

Control Your Blood Sugar

1) Work with your health care provider and make sure you understand all the instructions given and feel able to implement them when you get home. If you do not feel comfortable with any of the instructions, inform him/her at the time of your office visit.

2) Know your sugars and keep them charted. It is impossible to control numbers if you do not know what they are. If you are not checking your blood sugars now, ask your health care provider if “home glucose monitoring” is appropriate for you. If your sugars are at goal sometimes and not at others, try to figure out why and what changes can be made. Bring a copy of your log to your health care provider. He/She will be in a better position to help if you provide this data.

3) The hemoglobin A1C is a 3-month average sugar measurement. If the sugars are consistently at good levels, your health care provider will probably be very satisfied. If a good average is achieved with many high and low sugars, he will probably want to make changes to lower the variation in your sugar level.

4) If the sugar is not at the established goal, the first place you should look is diet. If you are gaining weight inappropriately, you may need to make adjustments. If the sugar is too high after meals, you may be consuming too many carbohydrates. Keep a log of your diet as well as the sugars and bring this into your health care provider. Many people improve their control by changing their diet. In addition to discussing this with your health care provider or a nutritionist, realize that your diet is your responsibility. You will need sufficient cooking skills, knowledge about food labels, and the desire to implement this knowledge consistently. I have found many people with diabetes are unable to implement their knowledge because they lack the desire or ability to cook. Please consult our website (listed below) as well as other sources to learn basic cooking skills as well as how to read food labels.

5) Find out your appropriate weight and set that as an important target. A proper diet involves proper portion sizes as well as proper foods. Watch your weight, and if it increases, review your diet with your health care provider. If he or she feels the foods are all appropriate, you may want to consider decreasing your portion size. You may need a scale to learn the appropriate portion sizes for you.

6) Ignore marketing hype and look at the nutrition labels on all foods. Even if a food is marked “appropriate for diabetes” or “no sugar added,” you must still pay attention to portion size!

7) Try to be consistent with your diet. If you only follow a diet 5 days a week, you will have a very difficult time losing or maintaining your weight at normal levels as well as controlling your sugar.

8) If your health care provider directs you to restrict sodium (Na), green leafy vegetables, or other elements, you will have to follow this advice in addition to limiting carbohydrates.

About Energy Drinks for Healthy

The ingredients contained in the different brands of energy drinks are many. The ingredients common to most energy drinks are taurine, glucuronolactone, inositol, B vitamins, caffeine, sugar, carbonated water, natural flavors, and natural ingredients.

Taurine is a derivative of the sulfer-containing amino acid cysteine. Taurine is often found in infant milk formulas. Taurine helps carry minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium throughout the cells. This helps generate nerve impulses. It is also an antioxidant and is believed to steady irregular heartbeats.

Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring carbohydrate produced by the human metabolic system. It is believed to improve memory and concentration. It can have stimulant and anti-depressant effects.

Inositol is instrumental in how the brain uses serotonin, a chemical that is the same that is boosted by the anti-depressant drugs prozac and zoloft.

B vitamins are necessary for a variety of things. Vitamin B-3 (niacin) metabolizes energy from fat and carbohydrates and can help the body use energy by releasing it from food. Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid) improves mood and boosts energy. Vitamin B-6 helps in the formation of red blood cells, which provides better oxygen utilization. Vitamin B-12 also helps in the formation of red blood cells and helps break down sugar stored in the body to use as energy.

Natural ingredients found in energy drinks include ginseng extract, L-carnitine, guarana extract, milk thistle extract, green tea extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, L-trosine, fruit juices, and citric acid. The amount of these natural ingredients varies among energy drinks, and is usually a proprietary blend.

One could do a Ph.D. dissertation on the ingredients contained in energy drinks. Because of time limitations, this article focuses on the ingredients that receive the most attention regarding health effects: caffeine and sugar.

Achieve Normal Blood Sugar Levels

Exercise

Regular exercise is a vital part of managing and reducing blood sugar levels. It works with the way your body is designed: to use energy from carbohydrates in your food to power your muscles directly when you move. Exercise also has multiple health benefits, both in terms of physical health and in overall well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, which are ‘feel-good’ hormones. This explains the feelings of satisfaction and even exhilaration after a good exercise session or workout. It’s also great if you can exercise outdoors, preferably in the countryside, so you get the benefits of fresh air, more oxygen, sunshine and being in nature.

As you start to exercise, your body uses both glucose and fat to supply your muscles with energy. This could be from food if you’ve eaten fairly recently or from stores in the body. Otherwise, the glucose is released from glycogen stored in the liver and fat is taken from fat stores in your body, so it helps you to lose weight.

Exercise increases insulin sensitivity and for people with type 2 diabetes, it reduces insulin resistance. For people with type 1 diabetes, increased insulin sensitivity means that if you are going to exercise after the meal, you need less insulin for a meal.

Do some of each type of exercise regularly each week:

  • Aerobic/ cardio-vascular – 20 to 40 minutes per day, 5 days a week
  • Anaerobic/ strength training – 10 – 20 minutes, 3 days a week
  • Stretching/ flexibility – 10 minutes a day, yoga class once a week

Meditation for stress reduction

A wonderful way of relaxing and reducing stress is through regular meditation. There are huge numbers of scientific studies and papers describing the benefits of meditation on physical, mental and emotional health.

By far the most effective way to meditate that I’ve come across is by using binaural beat technology. It is a way of meditating that enables you to go very deep into meditation at the press of a button! You can do this by listening to meditation CDs with binaural beat technology.

This is a fantastic way of meditating effectively, with virtually no effort, using ‘binaural beat’ technology. This method allows you to meditate as though you had been practising for 10 or 20 years, like a Buddhist monk, and you get the benefits of meditation much more quickly and reliably. The beauty of this method is that it is very effective and easy to use. You can even do it while you are sleeping!

Achieve normal blood sugar levels

The information in this article will help you achieving normal blood sugar levels. It will also help you get your blood sugar stable and your long-term average blood sugar levels into the normal range, i.e. HbA1c between 4% and 6% or at least into the healthy blood sugar levels range, up to an HbA1c of 6.5%, so you won’t get any long term complications. You will be able to reduce the amount of insulin you need and possibly even to come off insulin completely. If you pay directly for your medical bills, you will save money on buying insulin and you will avoid expensive unscheduled hospital visits and hospital stays.

Sugar Or Artificial Sweeteners

The average American eats about 145 pounds of sugar per year. That is about 2-3 pounds a week, which is almost a half a pound a day. No one would purposely eat a half a pound of sugar a day, but it really does add up. There is a lot of sugar hidden in our foods that we don’t realize. That’s why it’s so important to read the labels. Sugar can have many names, such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and many more.

Some experts classify sugar as a drug. Studies show that sugar is as habit forming as any narcotic. Sugar gives you a high, then you crash, just as you would when taking a drug. If you cut out all sugar today, your body would probably go through withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, depression, low energy, cravings and more.

In one 12 ounce can of soda, there are about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Think about that next time your little one says, “I’m thirsty”. Also, if you drink one can of soda, you need 32 ounces of pure water just to neutralize the acid that is formed in your body. Drink a cup of coffee, and you’ll need half as much water. Can you see why, if you drink a lot of these drinks, your body is not full of energy and vitality.

Our bodies were not made to handle processed sugar. In trying to eliminate it, vitamins and minerals are leached from the body. As you continue to eat more sugar, an acid state is created. When your body is in an acid state, you gain weight. Keep gaining weight, and body functions begin to get sluggish, thus creating ill health. The demands sugar makes on our bodies in trying to get rid of it are too great and insulin levels rise, the immune system weakens, calcium is leached from our bones and teeth, signs of aging such as wrinkles and gray hair speed up, depression and memory loss occur, and much, much more. Would you agree that sugar is poison?

So what do most people do? They switch to diet drinks and sugar free foods. That is a disastrous choice for your health. Artificial sweeteners are even worse than sugar. They are not a food; they are chemicals. The diet food industry has played a sneaky little trick on us. They put artificial sweeteners in diet food items and drinks so that you think you will lose weight. Well, the artificial sweeteners are just as addictive as the real thing, they make you crave more, so you eat more. When you are addicted to a food, it makes it tough to lose weight. Stay away from diet foods and artificial sweeteners. It’s better to eat real sugar than chemical sugar.

Sugar Free Diet

Sugar is available everywhere you look. In fact, only when it is cut from the diet, does one become aware of just how many forms of sugars there are in our convenience shops, petrol stations and supermarkets. Confectionary, snacks and even some low fat yogurts are packed with it. It is used to flavour and preserve the shelf life of many processed foods.

Some interesting facts about sugar help to illustrate just how much hidden sugar enters our diet. In just one can of cola, there are 7 teaspoonfuls of sugar. A glass of dry wine can have about 5 grams of sugar. One more hidden sugar trap is tropical fruit such as pineapples and mangos which can raise your blood sugar dramatically leaving you craving more. Sugar comes in many forms. Canned fruits can be absolutely packed with sugar as syrup is often used to help preserve it.

According to some health experts, sugar not only makes you gain fat but can cause depression and lack of concentration too and that the average person is 3.5 stone heavier now than they were back in the sixties due to increases in sugar intake. It destroys collagen in the skin meaning you age quicker. It is highly addictive meaning you will crave more, the more you eat. Sugar is easily turned into fat in the body because of the speed at which it enters the blood stream giving us little chance to burn it off. A direct link exists between sugar consumption, weight gain and obesity. That is why some governments have considered putting a tax on foods with high sugar content due to its long term cost to the health service in the form of diabetes and obesity treatments along with fat related illnesses.

Information of Carbohydrates Pure Sugar

Carbohydrates are long chains of simple sugars, nothing else. When your body digests carbohydrates, the long chains of sugar molecules are broken and converted into the simple sugar, glucose.

The only reason bread, pasta, cereal and potatoes don’t taste just as sweet as the sugar in your sugar bowl is that the long chains of sugar don’t fit into your taste buds to give you the sweet taste. But, the glucose your body makes from the carbohydrates in mixed whole grain cereal, whole wheat bread, mashed potatoes or corn is exactly the same as the glucose your body makes from the sugar in ice cream, cake or table sugar.

Because your body makes sugar from carbohydrates, eating too many carbohydrates will harm your body in exactly the same way as eating too many sweets.

Because It’s so important to understand that carbohydrates are sugar, in my book called “They’re Making You Fat and Sick,”, the word sugar is attached every time the word carbohydrates(sugar) is used.

Small amounts of sugar in the diet never hurt a healthy person. And small amounts of carbohydrates(sugar) don’t threaten your health either. But eating a lot of sugar, or forcing the body to make a lot of sugar by eating a high carbohydrate(sugar) diet is at the top of the list of reasons why obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and other diseases are running rampant through our society.

Reading Food Labels

If you want to be healthy in our modern world of unnaturally high carbohydrate(sugar) foods, you must know how much sugar you’re eating. To do that, you must read food labels. It also helps to have a book that gives the approximate amount of nutrients in foods that don’t have labels.

To determine the total amount of sugar in a food, begin with the amount of “total carbohydrate” printed on the label. Then subtract the amount of fiber listed on the label. Because many foods contain no fiber, the amount of sugar in one serving of the product is simply the amount of “total carbohydrate” listed on the label.

You can ignore the amount of “sugar” that’s printed on the label because that sugar is already included in the amount of “total carbohydrate” on the label. You need to know the total amount of sugar that’s in the food you eat. That’s why you look at how many “total carbohydrates” are in the food, not just how much simple “sugar” is printed on the label.

The reason you subtract the amount of fiber from the amount of carbohydrates(sugar) to get the amount of sugar in a food is that fiber is an indigestible form of carbohydrate that the body cannot turn into simple sugar.

When you begin to read food labels, you may be shocked at how much sugar you’re eating. Spaghetti and other pastas are about 90 percent sugar, unsweetened breakfast cereals are about 60 percent sugar, and breads and potatoes are about one-half sugar. If you ignore the water content of breads and potatoes, about 85 percent of these foods are sugar.

Potatoes and flour made from grain have practically no fats in them. When labels on foods made from these high carbohydrate(sugar) foods indicate there are one or more grams of fat per serving, these fats are most often artificial fats made from grain, soy beans or other seeds. They’ll be listed in the ingredients. As will be seen in later chapters, mixing large amounts of carbohydrates(sugar) in grain and potato with these artificial or excessively processed oils, creates foods that are even more dangerous to your health than eating excessive amounts of carbohydrates(sugar) alone.

Labels on packaged foods made from potatoes, grain, peanuts, beans and other food crops usually indicate there’s protein in these foods. That’s false or misleading advertising. The proper name for what is provided by these foods is amino acids, not protein. Metabolism of human protein requires certain amino acids that are not provided in these foods. Therefore, under normal circumstances, the quantities of protein printed on food labels of these high carbohydrate(sugar) foods can not be used to satisfy the daily protein requirements of the body.