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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a disease where there is persistent hyperglycemia (high blood glucose levels), especially after eating.

Reasons why diabetes is dangerous: Diabetes doubles the risk of heart disease, which leads to stroke or heart attack. Diabetes also causes kidney damage (diabetes is the main reason for dialysis), eye damage which can lead to blindness, nerve pain, nerve damage which can lead to erectile dysfunction (impotence), gangrene with risk of amputation of toes, feet, and even legs. These complications are unlikely in people who control their blood glucose levels well with their lifestyle, medications and SOLAL supplements. Other health problems that accelerate the damaging effects of diabetes are smoking, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, high blood pressure, and lack of regular exercise.
Diabetes and heart disease are terrible twins – they often go hand-in-hand, since diabetes can cause heart disease. Together they greatly increase the risk of death.
Types of diabetes:
Type 1 diabetes is characterized by decreased or ceased production of insulin, the hormone that instructs muscle and fat cells to suck glucose out of the blood stream. This type of diabetes is rare and is treated with insulin injections.
In type 2 diabetes, the more common form, body tissues become more resistant to insulin, and the body often produces less insulin. In other words there is both insulin resistance, and low levels of insulin. This combination results in very high blood sugar. Type II diabetes can be managed by dietary monitoring, weight reduction, exercise, oral medication (such as metformin) and SOLAL supplements, to make the body more sensitive to insulin.

Causes of Diabetes:

  • Genetic – diabetes runs in families; Obesity; Lack of exercise; Poor diet – high in refined carbohydrates, large meals; Low fibre; Age – type II diabetes, generally develops in older people, but this is not always the case.

Signs and symptoms (diabetes may take years to develop):

  • Frequent urination, especially at night; Increased thirst; Fatigue; Altered vision; Wounds that take a long time to heal.

Diagnosis:

  • Fasting plasma glucose level at or above 7.0 mmol/L (126 mg/dL).
  • Plasma glucose at or above 11.1 mmol/L (200 mg/dL) two hours after a 75 g oral glucose load in a Glucose tolerance test.
  • Random plasma glucose at or above 11.1 mmol/L (200 mg/dL).

Pre-diabetes/Metabolic syndrome:

Before full blown type II diabetes develops, the body goes through a condition known as pre-diabetes or hyperinsulinaemia, where insulin levels are raised (unlike full diabetes, where insulin levels are low). This occurs because the body is becoming resistant to insulin, and therefore responds the only way it knows how: by producing more insulin. As the body becomes more insulin resistant, it produces more and more insulin. Therefore a predibetic state is characterised by somewhat elevated levels of glucose coupled with high levels of insulin. After a while the pancreas becomes exhausted and stops producing insulin. This is now full type II diabetes and is characterized by very high blood glucose, and low insulin. Pre-diabetes normally occurs hand in hand with obesity, high cholesterol & blood fats (triglycerides), high homocysteine and high blood pressure. Collectively this is known as Metabolic syndrome and is a major cause of accelerated aging and premature death. Treatments for metabolic syndrome include taking Solal supplements for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high homocysteine and pre-diabetes.

To differentiate between pre-diabetes, and full-blown diabetes, blood tests will show a high insulin level in pre-diabetes, but a low to normal insulin level in full diabetes. Blood glucose will be high in both cases, but more-so in diabetes.

SOLAL supplementation:

SOLAL’s products can be used alone, or can be combined with medication to improve their effectiveness.
SOLAL’s products do not require a prescription and have extra health benefits which prescription medicines don’t have, by working in multiple ways.

SOLAL’s Diabetes Protocol:
Products are listed in decreasing order of importance. Ideally all of the products listed below should be taken. However, if only one product can be afforded, the patient should take the top one. If two products can be afforded then the top two should be taken, etc.

FOR TYPE I & TYPE II diabetes (ie for low insulin combined with high blood glucose):

1. Insulin Resistance formula: works in four ways by

  • slowing carbohydrate absorption from the gastro-intestinal tract (GIT)
  • improving insulin sensitivity (up-regulating insulin receptors)
  • hastening glucose transport into cells (glucose transport is normally the rate limiting step to elevating intra-celluar glucose stores)
  • stimulating a damaged pancreas to produce insulin.
  • DOSE: 1 capsule twice daily, usually 30 minutes before meals
  • Composition and mechanism of action:
    • Gymnema sylvestra, -Slows the transport of carbohydrates from the GIT into the blood stream, reducing the glycaemic (sugar) burden entering the blood stream. Gymnema sylvestra also stimulates a damaged pancreas to produce more insulin.
    • D-pinitol, mimic’s insulin and hastens the transport of glucose across the cell membrane into the cell.
    • Goat’s Rue plant extract -enhances the sensitivity of insulin receptors, making them more responsive to insulin.

2. Alpha Lipoic acid: greatly improves insulin sensitivity, and reduced diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage). DOSE: one capsule twice daily, 30 minutes before meals.

3. Chromium polynicoinate: Improves insulin sensitivity. DOSE: 2 tablets twice daily

4. Bitter melon: Improves insulin sensitivity. DOSE: one capsule twice daily, 30 minutes before meals.

FOR PRE-DIABETES (ie for high insulin, combined with normal-high blood glucose):
Do not use Insulin Resistance formula as this will raise insulin levels further; rather ONLY use lipoic acid, chromium polynicotinate and bitter melon which will improve insulin sensitivity, lowing both glucose and insulin levels.

 
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