Interesting Strategy for Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Don't let diabetes win.  Strategies beyond diabetic diet.

Free yourself of insulin injections with these 2 tips!

Diabetes management is nothing to be taken lightly. Many people with Type 2 Diabetes are strict about their diets in an effort to control blood glucose levels and insulin dependence. This is important, but there are two other, very important things you should be doing to give your body its best chance at survival.

Your doctor probably told you to exercise and lose weight, but they might not have been specific about why. The exercise prescription is not to help you lose weight, but to burn stored glucose that your body can’t handle. It may be very hard to lose weight because of the inflammation in your body. Don’t exercise to lose weight, but to shuttle glucose out of your muscles.

Exercise increases insulin sensitivity so that you are better able to use any available insulin during and after your activity. But, insulin is not the only way your body rids itself of glucose. When your muscles contract, it turns on your body’s other mechanism for using glucose. Glucose is shuttled out of the muscles where it was being stored and directly into cells to be used for energy, whether insulin is available or not. Exercise has generally a 24 hour effect on your blood glucose levels, which is why it is important to exercise a little bit every day.

If you’re not familiar with the A1C test, you should be. Red blood cells live about 3 months in the body. The A1C test measures how much glucose is attached to red blood cells, giving your doctor a fairly accurate picture of how well you have controlled your diabetes over the last 3 months. Daily exercise is a great way to get good results on this test!

Vitamin C in high enough doses can have many benefits for a person with Type 2 Diabetes. In a study performed on 84 patients with Type 2 Diabetes, they received either 500 mg or 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily for 6 weeks. Fasting blood sugar, triglyceride, total cholesterol, low and high density lipoprotein (LDL, HDL cholesterol), glycated hemoglobin (A1C), and serum insulin were all measured before and after the vitamin C consumption.

There were significant decreases in fasting blood sugar, triglyceride levels, LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), A1C, and serum insulin in the group supplemented with 1,000 mg of vitamin C. There were no significant changes in the group receiving 500 mg of vitamin C for any of the parameters studied. The results concluded that daily consumption of 1,000 mg of vitamin C can be very beneficial in decreasing blood glucose and lipids in patients with Type 2 Diabetes, thus reducing the risk of further health complications.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18160753

http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/A1CTest/#3

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/fitness/get-started-safely/blood-glucose-control-and-exercise.html

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