Category Archives: Diabetes & Syndrome X

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) Helps to Reverse Early Kidney Damage in Diabetics

Kidney damage is a progressive condition that can lead to poor quality of life, the need for dialysis, and possibly death

Stopping kidney damage at its early stages is crucial. You do this by controlling blood sugar, decreasing exposure to toxins, and drinking plenty of water. Research suggests that supplements may also help to prevent kidney dysfunction.

In one study, subjects that received the thiamine enjoyed a 41% decrease in protein in the urine, an indication of kidney damage. 35% of the subjects receiving thiamine saw a total normalization of urine protein.

Besides thiamine, omega-3 fats and ubiquinol (activated coQ10) can all help to protect failing kidneys

Is Iron Causing Diabetes or Metabolic Syndrome?

Diabetes is most commonly caused by an excess of carbohydrate intake, however, there can be other factors that can increase the likelihood of developing insulin resistance

Researchers recently noticed that patients whose ferritin levels, an indication of how much iron your body is storing, may correlate with diabetes risk

When ferritin levels are normal, there is no connection. If, however, your body is holding onto excess iron, researchers noted a 300% increase in risk of type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome

Excess iron can lead to high levels of free radicals that can interfere with insulin receptors

Ask your doctor to test your ferrritin levels. If they are elevated, you may consider donating blood regularly to keep them in the healthy range.

What is Hemoglobin A1c and how do I use the results?

Hemoglobin A1c is a tool used by doctors to assess a patient’s blood sugar level over a three month period

Hemoglobin A1c measures how much glycation is occurring on red blood cells. Glycation occurs when sugar reacts with and damages the cell membrane.

The ultimate goal is to get the hemoglobin A1c to below 5.9% and ideally to below 5.5%.

Most people can regulate hemoglobin A1c by consuming few carbohydrates while exercising often, but some people are genetically prone towards having high blood sugar

People who have tendencies towards high blood sugar and high hemoglobin A1c should try Berberine 500 mg three times daily

Green Tea Improves Blood Sugar

Hemoglobin A1c is a test used to measure average blood sugar over a 3 month period

A study involving 60 people with mildly elevated hemoglobin A1c found that green tea could help to lower hemoglobin A1c to a normal level of 5.9% after just 2 months

If the study had been continued for a full three months, we may have seen even more significant lowering of blood sugar

The dose used in the study was standardized green tea that provides 544 mg of polyphenols per day

We recommend Mega Green Tea by Life Extension Foundation one capsule once or twice daily