A Guide to Complementary Treatments for Diabetes: Using Natural Supplements, Nutrition and Alternative Therapies to Better Manage Your Diabetes by Gene Bruno MS, MHS is an excellent book for managing diabetes or preventing the worst symptoms and damages over the long term. Typically, patients experience chronic pains with the onset of diabetes. These pains may include numbness in the hands or feet, pink and itchy legs or ankles, blurred vision or reduction in the volume of urine, as well as darkening of the urine. Patients who have frequent thirst are candidates for a diagnosis of diabetes.
The A1C blood test is an important measurement of how diabetes is impacting the body generally, according to the author. Glucose can attach itself to the protein in the hemoglobin, also called A1C for short. When this process continues unchecked, compounds called advanced glycosylation endproducts (AGEs) become fixtures in the cells. The AGE(s) are reactive and they frequently interact with other proteins. The walls of blood capillaries thicken, eventually blocking off blood vessels. This is the underlying cause of kidney complications (nephropathy) and eye complications (retinopathy). An A1C statistic of seven or more requires continuous medical supervision.
High blood glucose over a prolonged period of time and/or high blood pressure are principal reasons the kidney filtering system begins to fail. High blood glucose, combined with high blood pressure, puts enormous stress on the kidney’s ability to function normally. As kidney function decreases, the amount of protein or albumin that ends up passing through the kidneys increases. If blood glucose and blood pressure are not brought under control, the kidneys will continue to deteriorate to the point where full kidney failure could occur; thereby hastening the need for kidney dialysis.
Gene Bruno MS, MHS indicates that raw food vegetarian diets have been known to be effective for normalizing the A1C statistic. Chromium is necessary in the formation of glucose tolerance factor or GTF — a complex that works with the hormone insulin. Diabetics often have chromium levels below normal. High blood glucose levels cause an increase of urinary loss of Vitamin C. In controlled experiments, people using alpha lipoic acid (ALA) had significantly greater insulin sensitivity and reduced glucose levels in patients with Type Two diabetes.
Exercise and relaxation techniques can help normalize blood glucose levels. Supplementation with 200 milligrams of Coenzyme Q Ten each day significantly lowers systolic and diastolic blood pressure by several points and improves long-term blood glucose control in patients with Type Two diabetes. Garlic extract has a similar beneficial effect.
According to Gene Bruno MS, MHS, bilberry has been shown to strengthen capillaries in the retina. Coleus has been shown to promote the breakdown of fat in cells. Research cited in this book shows that fish oil dietary intake enhances weight loss, decreases blood glucose, and insulin concentrations in overweight patients when combined with exercise. Most vitamin supplements are best taken with a meal.
A Guide to Complementary Treatments for Diabetes is an excellent resource for managing diabetes in its many manifestations. The guide is easy to read and understand. There is an extensive reference section of 37 pages at the end of the book. The price is very affordable for consumers.