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Friday, October 28, 2016

How Nutrition Plays a Key Role in Supporting Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and a time for reflection on this condition that affects millions of Americans. Recent studies have shown that nearly 60% of the population may have a genetic predisposition to developing diabetes. With healthcare costs on the rise, and standard medical treatments limited in their ability to make diabetes manageable, there is a movement to add alternative therapies to support traditional diabetic care. Of particular focus are nutritional therapies and their associated positive effects on blood glucose management.

The addition of specialized nutritional support can have a positive impact and reduce the health risks associated with diabetes, such as:

Medical Foods: A medical food is typically formulated to help manage conditions for which specific nutritional requirements have been established. For the management of diabetes, a medical food should ideally help the patient manage and stabilize blood glucose levels, while providing satiation without the spike and crash seen with simple carbohydrate products.

Alpha-lipoic Acid (ALA): This supplement has been used to support the treatment of diabetic polyneuropathy, or nerve damage that can lead to leg and foot pain. ALA has also been shown to help lower blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity.

Chromium Picolinate: This essential mineral plays a role in how insulin assists the body with blood glucose regulation and may help diabetics lower blood glucose levels.

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