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by Dr. Julian Whitaker
The Most Common Diabetic Complications
Because elevated blood glucose levels slowly affect cells throughout the body, people with type 2 diabetes often develop additional diabetic complications. These problems occur for several reasons.
Diabetes changes the way your cells function. Excess glucose binds to, and alters, proteins in a process called glycation, which interferes with normal cellular function. Glucose is also converted into sorbitol, another form of sugar that accumulates in and damages cells.
Excess blood sugar makes the blood thick and sticky, causing impaired circulation. Tissues that don’t get enough blood become starved of oxygen and nutrients, leading to irreversible damage.
Diabetes is a nutritionally wasting disease. High blood sugar levels cause dramatic increases in urination as the kidneys attempt to get rid of excess glucose. But along with excess glucose, massive amounts of water-soluble vitamins and minerals also are lost.
The combination of these processes puts people with diabetes at a dramatically increased risk of problems with the blood vessels, nerves, eyes, kidneys and extremities.
Common Diabetic Complications
The following health conditions are the most common and serious diabetic complications. I believe that diabetic complications can and should be treated individually using natural measures, in addition to treating the diabetes itself.
Diabetic neuropathy and foot problems
Treatments for Diabetic Neuropathy
B vitamins. Patients with diabetic neuropathy are often deficient in B-complex vitamins. Be sure to take 1,500 mcg of B12 daily, in addition to 150 mg of B6, which helps prevent diabetes-related damage to the nerves, blood vessels, kidneys and eyes. Also, benfotiamine, a fat-soluble, highly absorbable form of thiamine (vitamin B1), has been shown to reduce diabetic pain and improve nerve conduction velocity. Take 150–450 mg per day.
Alpha lipoic acid is an extraordinary antioxidant that has been shown in clinical studies to improve diabetic pain, burning, numbness and other symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Antioxidants are particularly important because diabetes unleashes a storm of free-radical damage, which plays a key role in the vascular and nerve damage that underlie diabetic complications. Take 600–1,200 mg per day.
Fish oil. For years, people with type 2 diabetes were advised to avoid fish oil because of its presumably negative effects on blood sugar control. However, a recent meta-analysis of prior studies found that fish oil doses ranging from 3,000 to 18,000 mg per day had no harmful effect on blood glucose control—and significantly improved triglyceride levels.
Furthermore, inflammation is a factor with diabetic neuropathy, and fish oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties. I recommend taking a minimum of 2 g of high-quality fish oil per day.
Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) has been shown in studies to prevent the deterioration of diabetic neuropathy and, in some cases, even reverse the condition. Borage and evening primrose oils are the best sources of GLA. I recommend supplementing with evening primrose oil at a starting dose of 500–1,500 mg per day.
Acetyl-l-carnitine improves nerve function, stimulates nerve fiber regeneration and relieves diabetic pain. Take 500–1,000 mg per day.
Diabetic retinopathy and other eye problems
L-Carnosine for Healthy Vision
L-carnosine is a natural combination of the amino acids beta-alanine and L-histidine. In addition to being a potent antioxidant, it is considered the strongest glycation-inhibiting agent ever discovered.
Carnosine competes with proteins for binding sites on sugar molecules, which helps limit glycation and further protein damage. Furthermore, carnosine is believed to bind and modify AGEs that have already formed, which helps our cells target them for removal.
One of the best ways to take L-carnosine is by using special eye drops that contain it. The suggested dose is 1 to 2 drops in each eye daily. If you have a degenerative eye condition, check with your physician before using them for healthy vision.
Grape Seed Extract as a Diabetic Retinopathy Treatment
Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant that protects blood vessels and capillaries from free-radical damage. Research also shows that grape seed extract can specifically help prevent diabetic retinopathy symptoms.
When taking grape seed extract, base the dosage on your body weight. For the first week, take 1 mg per pound of body weight (round up or down to the nearest 50 pounds), in divided doses with meals. After the first week, continue with a diabetic retinopathy treatment maintenance dose of half this amount. For example, if you weigh 210 pounds, take 200 mg a day for the first week, and then continue on 100 mg a day.
Don't Forget Your Multivitamin
Both L-carnosine and grape seed extract work best as diabetic retinopathy treatments in combination with a good multivitamin.
Everyone should take a potent, antioxidant-rich daily multi, but this is especially true for people with diabetes. Diabetes causes a lot of nutrients to be lost through the urine, and a good multi will help replace those losses and promote healthy vision.
Heart disease and stroke
Many nutrients support cardiovascular health. However, if you have type 2 diabetes, these five—when taken in addition to a high-quality daily multivitamin—are especially helpful.
Some of the nutrients specifically address the cardiovascular side effects of excess blood sugar—namely stiffened arteries and blood vessels, thickened blood, and impaired circulation. The others help address an important consequence of impaired circulation, which is the delivery of nutrients to cells.
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Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
Step 3: Take Targeted Supplements
Deficiencies of vitamins A, C and E increase risk of PAD, and a low blood level of vitamin D was shown to raise risk by 80 percent. That’s why everyone, regardless of health status, should take an antioxidant-rich multivitamin and mineral supplement every day.
There are also several other supplements that target the underlying issues associated with PAD. The ones I recommend to my patients include:
Ginkgo biloba, an herb with mild blood-thinning effects that is a popular PAD therapy in Europe. In a recent German study, researchers gave patients with moderate PAD and intermittent claudication 40 mg ginkgo supplements three times a day for 24 weeks, and their walking performance significantly increased. I recommend taking 120 mg of ginkgo per day, in divided doses. Caution: Do not take ginkgo if you are on Coumadin (warfarin).
Propionyl-L-carnitine, an amino acid. In a year-long clinical trial, this supplement improved walking distance in patients with relatively severe PAD by 44 percent compared to placebo. I suggest taking 2,000 mg of propionyl-L-carnitine daily, in divided doses.
Inositol hexaniacinate, a form of vitamin B3 and no-flush cousin of niacin, has also been shown to extend the distance PAD sufferers can walk prior to the onset of debilitating pain. I recommend taking 4,000 mg of inositol hexaniacinate per day, in divided doses.
I suggest trying these one at a time and giving each a two- or three-month trial until you find what works for you. Other supplements you may want to consider are:
A special seaweed extract (Seanol) and nattokinase (an enzyme present in the Japanese fermented food natto), both of which help normalize fibrinogen and other clotting factors in the blood. This is important because the poor blood flow to the extremities associated with PAD increases the risk of blood clots, which can lodge in narrowed arteries and cause serious complications, including death. These supplements also improve overall circulation. Use as directed. Caution: Do not take nattokinase if you are on Coumadin (warfarin).
Vitamin K2 is active in the bones and soft tissues, escorting calcium into the bones where it belongs and out of the arteries and other soft tissues. When you have deficiencies in vitamin K2, calcium can build up in and contribute to hardening of the arteries. Dutch researchers have discovered very strong links between vitamin K intake, arterial calcification and cardiovascular death. I recommend taking 100–150 mg of vitamin K2 (the MK-7 form) daily. Caution: Do not take vitamin K if you are on Coumadin (warfarin).
Fish oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet and cardio-protective effects, which is why I recommend taking 2–5 g of a high-quality product daily.
These other therapies can help keep your gums healthy, prevent periodontal disease, and even treat it:
Brush and floss every day, and see your dentist regularly for cleanings. In addition, I recommend using an electric toothbrush like the Sonicare. The bristles of this toothbrush vibrate at about 500 strokes per second. This not only cleans the teeth but transmits acoustic energy that cleans and removes plaque between the teeth and below the gum line, the area normally reached only by flossing.
Clean your tongue. The protective mucous coating on your tongue makes it an excellent hideout for bacteria. You can brush your tongue along with your teeth, or borrow a tool from Ayurvedic medicine and scrape your tongue once a day. Curved thin metal strips designed for this purpose not only remove plaque-forming bacteria, but are also one of the most effective breath fresheners around.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This nutrient has been shown to reduce inflammation and other signs of gum disease. I recommend 100 mg of CoQ10 once or twice a day.
Vitamin C. This do-it-all nutrient also plays a key role in preventing gum disease, as it helps maintain the integrity of the supporting structures of the oral tissues. Take 2,500 mg of vitamin C daily.
Zinc and vitamin A. Deficiencies in both of these nutrients are common in people with periodontal disease. Zinc, in particular, stabilizes cellular membranes, inhibits plaque growth and hastens wound healing. Take 30 mg per day, along with 5,000 IU of vitamin A.
Xylitol. This natural sweetener that prevents tooth decay and reduces periodontal disease. Xylitol looks like sugar and tastes like sugar, but unlike sugar, it is slowly and only partially absorbed by the body–making it an excellent sweetener for people with diabetes. Xylitol also raises the pH level of the mouth, making it less hospitable to the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, which produce acids that eat through the enamel of teeth and cause decay.
Stop smoking. If you have diabetes, you are at higher risk of developing it—and if you smoke, you are at even higher risk. Statistics show that people with diabetes who smoke and are 45 years or older are 20 times more likely to develop severe gum disease than people who don’t have these risk factors. If you smoke, take whatever steps necessary to quit now!
Lifestyle Changes Are the Best Type 2 Diabetes Treatments
Eat a low-glycemic diet. Studies have shown time and again that the best diet for people with diabetes is one that is centered on healthy, low-glycemic foods. Examples include green vegetables, beans, and legumes. These foods are also high in fiber, which is another proven type 2 diabetes treatment.
Be active every day. One of the greatest risk factors for type 2 diabetes is a sedentary lifestyle. But regular exercise is equally important for treating type 2 diabetes. In fact, some researchers found that overweight and obese diabetic patients who exercised and ate a low-glycemic diet for three weeks reduced their diabetic medication requirements by 86 percent!
Lose weight. It’s no secret that type 2 diabetes and obesity go hand in hand. That’s why achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is, perhaps, the most critical type 2 diabetes treatment. Obviously, following a low-glycemic diet and engaging in regular exercise will help with weight loss. But, if you have a lot of weight to lose, I strongly encourage you to consider the mini-fast with exercise. This clinically studied intermittent fasting diet has produced excellent—and in some cases, astounding—results for everyone I know who has given it a try.
Take supplements for diabetes. While the three type 2 diabetes treatments I just described work wonders when it comes to lowering blood sugar levels, you should also take targeted supplements for extra support. For decades, I’ve been recommending trace minerals like vanadyl sulfate and chromium and herbal extracts such as purslane, banaba, and cinnamon, along with a high-dose daily multivitamin/mineral supplement. But a few years ago, I came across a botanical that is now among my top nutritional supplements for diabetes. Berberine is not only as effective as prescription drugs at lowering blood sugar, but it also helps address common diabetic complications, especially heart disease. So if you want to start with one supplement, this is the one I would recommend.
By incorporating these type 2 diabetes treatments into your daily routine, you can safely, naturally, and effectively help keep your blood sugar levels in check.
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What does L-Citrulline and L-Arginine do?
Together they help:
Support cardiovascular health by boosting nitric oxide production and helping blood flow more easily throughout the body,
Support healthy blood pressure and boost the immune system,
Detoxify the liver and eliminate ammonia from the body,
Improve sexual stamina and enhance recovery from an intense workout
Who might benefit from taking a supplement containing
both citrulline and arginine?
Anyone who wants to support healthy blood pressure, Individuals who want to avoid angina (chest pain),
Individuals who want to avoid leg pain due to poor blood circulation
Anyone who wants protection from heart attack and stroke,
Men suffering from erectile dysfunction,
Athletes who want a faster recovery
Will citrulline and arginine help my sex life?
The answer is yes. Arginine has been well studied for its ability to enhance sexual satisfaction. Both men and women report longer and more intense orgasms when their intake of arginine increases. Additionally, arginine is often used by men to achieve long lasting and harder erections. Since citrulline is a precursor for arginine and arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide, you can combine the two for enhanced sexual pleasure and vascular health.
Taking two forms of carnitine, propionyl-L-carnitine, 2,000 mg/day, and acetyl-L-carnitine, 2,000 mg/day, improved erectile function,
propionyl-L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine can help men with sexual dysfunction
Carnitine supplements may enhance erections as effectively as testosterone, according to an Italian study. Taking two forms of carnitine, propionyl-L-carnitine, 2,000 mg/day, and acetyl-L-carnitine, 2,000 mg/day, improved erectile function, modestly exceeding the benefit seen with oral testosterone.
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why not try vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12 and see if it helps with your erectile dysfunction?
For the best chance of success, take 100 milligrams daily of the pyridoxal-5-phosphate form of vitamin B6, 3,000 micrograms daily of methylfolate, and 3,000 micrograms daily of the methylcobalamin form of vitamin B12. As these are B-vitamins, it’s best to take part in the morning, and part in the evening.
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N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) Helps Alleviate COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine)
The amino acid N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) is an antioxidant, and is also the precursor to the body’s most powerful endogenous antioxidant—glutathione. Glutathione is considered the “master antioxidant” because unlike all the other antioxidants it doesn’t need any other antioxidants to help it do its job.
NAC was first developed as a dietary supplement to help break up mucus in the lungs in conditions such as bronchitis. But current studies are showing that it is an effective tool for slowing down the progression of, and easing the symptoms of COPD—chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
What You Need to Know: N-A-C (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine) Broad-Spectrum Benefits
Long relegated to infrequent use in unusual circumstances, the amino acid-derived compound N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) has drawn increased scientific attention.
NAC replenishes levels of the intracellular antioxidant glutathione (GSH), which is often deficient with advancing age and in chronic illness.
NAC also regulates expression of scores of genes in the pathways that link oxidative stress to inflammation.
These dual effects give NAC a unique role in the prevention and treatment of many common diseases, both acute and chronic.
NAC can protect against avian influenza and more common seasonal flu symptoms.
NAC reduces the frequency and duration of attacks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and may slow the clinical course of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
NAC protects tissues from the effects of exercise-induced oxidative stress, adding value and safety to your workout.
NAC improves insulin sensitivity in people with some of the most difficult-to-treat metabolic disorders.
NAC blocks cancer development at virtually every step in the process, and through multiple mechanisms, making it an important cancer chemopreventive agent.
NAC fights the stomach infection Helicobacter pylori on two fronts, inhibiting the organism’s growth while reducing production of inflammatory cytokines that can lead to gastritis and cancer.
Though most individuals gain benefits from 600-1,800 mg/day, clinical studies have found that doses of up to 2,000 mg/day are safe and effective. A recent study demonstrated the safety of 2,800 mg/day for 3 months in patients with COPD.23
For a list of alternative and natural physicians in your area, contact the American College for Advancement in Medicine at (800)532-3688 or online at www.acam.org.
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