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Nutrition Support for Diabetics

nutrition support for diabetics

Learn tips about nutrition support for diabetics.

It’s estimated that 34.2 million Americans are suffering with diabetes. Officials say cases are rising at an alarming rate, and now more than ever, Americans need to be taking better care of themselves. The most important thing we can do to avoid and/or live with diabetes is to pay closer attention to the food we eat. That’s why November has been deemed American Diabetes Month, an important reminder to focus on nutrition support for diabetes.

The Truth About Diabetes

You’re probably aware that there are two main types of diabetes. Both are characterized by the inability or inefficiency of the pancreas to produce insulin, a hormone that our bodies produce to control blood-sugar levels. Here are some of the key differences between Type I and Type II diabetes.

Type I Diabetes

  • Only accounts for 5.2% of all diabetes cases.
  • Must be controlled with exogenous insulin.
  • Most commonly diagnosed in children, teens, and young adults.

Type II Diabetes

  • Most common, makes up 90% of all diabetes cases.
  • Treatment focuses mainly on diet, exercise and weight loss rather than exogenous insulin.
  • Typically develops after age 35.

Diabetes Complications

Diabetes is a serious disease that can have serious consequences if not cared for properly. That’s why lifestyle changes and nutrition support for diabetes are so important. Serious diabetic complications can include:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Nerve damage (tingling, numbness in limbs due to neuropathy)
  • Kidney failure
  • Poor circulation in feet resulting in infections or amputation
  • Loss of eyesight
  • Skin infections
  • Hearing Loss
  • Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Nutrition Support for Diabetes Support

The number one line of defense against compilations is nutrition support for diabetes. Research shows that diabetes is best managed with a healthy balance of vegetables, protein, and carbohydrates.

To be clear, we are talking about natural, whole, minimally processed food that limits sugar and helps regulate blood sugar. It’s important to think of nutritional support for diabetes in terms of what you CAN eat, versus what you CAN’T eat.

Supplements are important too. Here are some tips to help keep you on track.

Load Up on Veggies – Fill at least half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables. Pick the ones you like, but also experiment with new veggies and different ways to cook them or incorporate them into your favorite recipes. Examples of good, blood-sugar stabilizing vegetables include:

  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage (green, red, napa, bok choy, chinese)
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Leafy greens (kale, collards, mustard greens, or Swiss Chard)

Use a Natural Sweetener – You don’t have to say goodbye to dessert, just get a little creative with your sweets. Using natural sweeteners like Stevia or seeking out low-carb treats such as Net-O Keto Ice Cream which limit your intake of sugar and carbs can make all the difference in the world.

Fill Up on Lean Protein – Protein is what keeps you full and satisfied for longer. Choosing lean meats and alternative protein sources reduces your risk of cholesterol buildup, and can help you maintain a healthy weight. Examples of lean protein include:

  • Lean white fish (cod, tilapia, haddock, flounder)
  • Powdered Peanut Butter
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Skinless Chicken or Turkey Breast
  • Lean Beef (95% lean)
  • Low-Fat Milk
  • Lean Pork (Pork Loin)
  • Beans, Peas and Lentils
  • Low-Carb Protein Shakes

Vitamins and Supplements – It’s important to choose high quality vitamins and supplements to help with nutritional support for diabetes. Some great support choices for diabetics are:

Nutrition support for diabetes is critical when it comes to maintaining your health for the long haul. With so many support options out there these days, staying on track has never been easier. Make a decision to take back your health today!

Most Read Health, Wellness and Lifestyle Articles of 2019

Most Read Articles of 2019Susan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Season’s Greetings from Professional Supplement Center! As 2019 comes to a close, we would like to extend our appreciation to our loyal customers and our weekly Your Good Health Newsletter subscribers. With every edition, we strive to provide articles of interest, that not only inform and enlighten, but deliver current content to help support our customers’ health and lifestyle objectives. As we all gear up for our individual wellness and fitness goals for 2020, we pledge to continue to provide useful information, as we believe that achieving and maintaining good health is much more challenging without proper knowledge and support.

We hope you look forward to receiving our informative newsletter each week. If you do not currently receive our Your Good Health newsletter, sign up by clicking here: http://www.professionalsupplementcenter.com/  Then simply scroll down to Sign Up and & Save and enter your email address. In addition to the newsletter, signing up keeps you in the know on new and current products, and entitles you to receive special offers, coupons, and subscriber-only sales promotions. As well, subscribers are automatically entered in our monthly drawing where three lucky winners each receive a $100 gift certificate to Professional Supplement Center.

The entire team at Professional Supplement Center extends our warmest wishes for a joyful and peaceful holiday season along with our hopes for good health, happiness and prosperity in 2020! The following links will take you to the most widely read Your Good Health newsletter articles and blog posts of 2019:

Nutrition, Diet and Weight Loss:

The Surprising Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed with Weight Loss?

Proper Nutrients for Healthy Brain Aging

Seniors, Strength Training and Protein Intake

Goodbye Paleo – Hello Keto?

Exercise and Fitness:

The True Value of Exercise

For The Love of Your Heart, Exercise!

Maintaining Life Quality with Aging

Good Reasons to Add Strength Training to Your Exercise Routine

Chronic Pain? Yoga May Help

 Overall Wellness:

Restorative Sleep and Brain Health

Maintaining Life Quality with Aging

Sleep, There’s a Time for Everything

Stress: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

To Maintain Health, Protect the Gut Barrier

Health Information:

Are “Health” and “Wellness” The Same?

Neurotransmitters – The Great Communicators

What is Inflammaging?

Does BMI Still Matter?

Oh, My Aching Joints!

OsteoarthritisJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common progressive and degenerative joint disorder, as well as the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Due to the obesity epidemic and aging of the population, OA is expected to affect one in four adults, or 67 million people, by the year 2030. Arthritis is a term for a diverse group of chronic painful inflammatory conditions that negatively affect joints and surrounding structures. Many factors are involved in the epidemiology or root causes of OA, particularly in the weight bearing joints. These can include genetic predisposition, aging, obesity, muscle weakness and female gender. Additionally, joint injury or deformity, recurring joint movement, overuse such as with sports, or repetitive heavy lifting can repeatedly damage joints, tendons and ligaments and speed cartilage breakdown, resulting in painful movement and other symptoms.

As OA most often affects middle-aged and elderly people, many think of the disease as simply normal “wear and tear” on the joints. This is inaccurate, however, as OA affects not only the joint but also the cartilage, joint lining, ligaments and bone. Breakdown of cartilage that normally cushions the ends of bones between the joints occurs over time, as tendons and ligaments deteriorate. Bone spurs may develop on joint edges, accompanied by various degrees of joint lining inflammation. The estimated lifetime risk of symptomatic knee OA is approximately 40 percent in men and 47 percent in women. That risk increases to 60 percent in those who are considered overweight or obese with a BMI greater than 30. Symptomatic OA is generally defined by the presence of joint pain, aching, tenderness, stiffness and mild swelling, as well as loss of flexibility, making movements like walking, climbing stairs and even holding onto objects difficult.

As there are no proven protocols for reversing damage caused by OA, treatment is aimed at reducing joint pain and improving function. Modifying certain risk factors may reduce the risk of OA and may help prevent subsequent pain, stiffness and disability.

Weight maintenance: Carrying extra body weight puts additional pressure on weight bearing joints. Weight loss, if needed, can lessen the stress on the knees, hips and back and help prevent further damage. Metabolically active fat tissue produces cytokines that can cause harmful, painful inflammation in the joints and surrounding tissues. Maintaining a healthy weight helps to ease symptoms such as pain and swelling.

Exercise: Physical activity is considered one of the most beneficial ways to manage symptoms of OA. Regular gentle exercise such as walking, yoga, tai chi, stretching or swimming can effectively improve balance and strengthen muscles, as well as increase range of motion and reduce pain and stiffness. Exercise can help to prevent muscle weakness and may also improve balance, making one less susceptible to falls and fractures. Physical therapy can be helpful to strengthen muscles and stabilize affected joints. Exercising to the point of pain is not recommended and is an indication that the exercise intensity level needs to be lowered.

Nutrition: Following a balanced, whole food anti-inflammatory diet such as the Mediterranean diet can help to improve OA symptoms. This healthy fiber-rich diet provides immune and health supportive nutrients which mitigate painful inflammation and also keep chronic age-related diseases at bay. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are likely to worsen inflammatory conditions, while foods rich in antioxidants may help reduce inflammation induced cell and tissue damage.

Nutritional Supplements: Glucosamine sulfate provides raw material needed for the maintenance and repair of healthy cartilage and other joint structures. Chondroitin protects the cartilage and attracts fluids that help cushion joints. Botanicals such as ginger, rosemary and turmeric have naturally occurring anti-inflammatory compounds. Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been consistently shown to have anti-inflammatory activities that have a positive effect on joint swelling and flexibility.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality nutritional supplements in support of overall healthy function:

Advanced Pain...Advanced Pain Formula by Diamond Formulations: Advanced Pain Formula provides specific ingredients that relieve minor aches and pains, support healthy joint function and encourage a normal stress and inflammatory response. Ingredients include magnesium malate, MSM, turmeric, alpha lipoic acid and hyaluronic acid. Free of wheat, soy, yeast, gluten, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. Non-GMO kosher formulation.

Arthroben Unflavored...Arthroben™ Unflavored/Unsweetened by Designs for Health: This powdered formula provides collagen peptides and flavonoids for the dietary management of metabolic processes of osteoarthritis. Specific ingredients help to reduce inflammation, provide antioxidant protection to support joint health and deliver nutritional building blocks for cartilage, ligaments and skin. Gluten, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Glucosamine/MSM with...Glucosamine/MSM with Joint Comfort Herbs by Pure Encapsulations®: This formula provides glucosamine sulfate, MSM, ginger and turmeric in support of healthy cartilage formation, as well as joint structure and function. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Bone and Joint...Bone and Joint Support by Quantum Nutrition Labs: This comprehensive formula provides quantum-state support for proper joint function and a healthy inflammatory response, as well as healthy bones and joint tissues. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

 

References:
Epidemiology of Osteoarthritis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2920533/
By The Numbers. Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions (AORC). https://www.boneandjointburden.org/docs/By%20The%20Numbers%20-%20Arthritis_4E_Nov%202018%20%282%29.pdf
Osteoarthritis. https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/osteoarthritis/
What is the best diet for osteoarthritis? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322603.php