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Dave Foreman

Blood Sugar Control

by Dave Foreman

Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

It is estimated that nearly 60 million Americans have blood sugar control issues, with 18.2 million people having diabetes and another 41 million with pre-diabetes. (see My belief, as with most health conditions, is that we bring this on with our lifestyle choices. Whether you have issues with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), the combination of proper diet, regular exercise or activity and supplementation can help control blood sugar and contribute to optimal health.

Suggested Supplements: Minerals
Regarding supplements, I always start with minerals - primarily Magnesium, Chromium and Vanadium. We are a mineral deficient society, due to our over-consumption of processed foods. Processing takes out the "good" in most cases. Often times, companies need to "fortify" foods to put back what they just processed out. Research from as early as the 1900s showed that Chromium-rich Brewer's Yeast was helpful in restoring blood sugar levels (Journal Provincial Med Surg Soc 1854:374). Current research shows that chromium supplementation with doses as high as 1000 mcg per day has been helpful at improving glucose tolerance in those with Type II diabetes (Diabetes, 1997 Nov; 46(11): 1786-91). Magnesium consumption has shown to improve insulin sensitivity and decrease fasting blood glucose levels in those Type II diabetic subjects with low or decreased magnesium levels (Diabetes Care 2003 Apr; 26(4): 1147-52). The last of the three minerals I recommend is Vanadium. Most people haven't heard of this mineral; yet research at 150 mg. per day has shown that it helps improve glucose control in Type II diabetics in as little as six weeks (J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2001 Mar; 86(3): 1410-7).

Alpha-Lipoic Acid
Another supplement that is helpful with supporting healthy blood sugar levels is Alpha Lipoic Acid. Alpha Lipoic Acid could end up being the big winner in the future for those with blood sugar control issues. This supplement has been shown to increase glucose uptake. L-carnitine is a popular dietary supplement because it has been shown to produce many health benefits, one of which is controlling blood sugar, when administered by constant IV infusion (J Am Coll Nutr. 1999 Feb; 18(1): 77-82). Adequate L-Carnitine improves insulin-mediated glucose disposal (Ann NY Acad Sci. 2004 Nov;1033: 99-107).

Other Beneficial Nutrients
The previous supplements are on my top list of nutritional support for blood sugar control. The following is a list of other nutritionals that may also provide benefits:

· Fish Oil (Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
· B-Vitamins
· Vitamins C, D & E
· Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

Herbals have been shown to play a critical role in blood sugar control. Three herbs stand out above the rest: Gymnema, Cinnamon and Maitake. Water-soluble extracts of 400 mg. per day of gymnema has been shown to improve the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar levels in Type I IDDM (J Ethnopharmacol. 1990 Oct; 30(3): 281-94, 295-300). Cinnamon (yes, the spice) extract is known to improve blood sugar levels and lipid levels in those with Type II diabetes.

Diet Tips
Eating a diet low in refined foods (white flour, juice, packaged foods) would be a
great start. Try to consume more fruits and veggies - the fiber alone from these foods can have a stabilizing effect on your blood sugar. Avoid hydrogenated fats and consume more good fats like fish and flaxseed oil. Make sure you are eating enough protein, while avoiding meats high in fat.

Importance of Exercise
Increase your activity level. Slow and steady wins the race every time. You don’t need to do hours of vigorous aerobics! Any additional activity around the house or at the gym will assist your body in maintaining healthier blood sugar levels. The American Diabetic Association recommends striving for 30 minutes of aerobic activity per day, five times per week. Strength training is also a great activity to help with blood sugar control. Increasing muscle activity helps the body utilize or burn sugar for energy.

If you are looking to take control of balancing your blood sugar, then you need to be aware that popping a pill or pills is not the answer. Even if you subject yourself to the pharmaceutical answers for blood sugar control, you are not going to "cure" yourself of the problem without other lifestyle modifications. I firmly believe that the answer to your problem lies in proper diet, regular exercise or activity, and supplementation. The choice is yours, but in the meantime, you now have some tools to assist your body with your blood sugar issues.

The information in this newsletter is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace nutritional advice. Approaches and suggestions offered in this newsletter are not intended as cures, prescriptions, or diagnoses. The author and publisher assume no responsibility for the correct or incorrect use of this information. No attempt to use this information should be made as a form of treatment without the approval and guidance of your physician or health care provider.

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