At my last yearly checkup, my blood sugar level was in the pre-diabetes range.
Q. Dear Terry, “At my last yearly checkup, my blood sugar level was in the pre-diabetes range. My doctor didn’t seem very concerned and said we could discuss a medication when I inevitably develop type 2 diabetes. I feel like there has to be something I can do to prevent my blood sugar levels from continuing to increase. What are my options for dealing with this in a more natural way?”– Flynn U., Islip, NY
A. Dear Flynn, I highly encourage you to discuss any supplementation you are considering with your healthcare practitioner, as they may have additional insight. With that being said, I have some recommendations that can be helpful for balancing blood sugar.
I think one of the biggest changes we can make to help with type 2 diabetes is to adjust our diet. When it comes to diet, I believe it’s important to eliminate all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. For additional information, I also recommend visiting the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com, www.drperlmutter.com, and www.dietdoctor.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
Sensible adjustments to diet and exercise can go a long way towards regulating blood sugar levels, but in addition, I would strongly urge you to add a clinically studied Hintonia latiflora to your daily regimen. Hintonia latiflora has been studied in Europe for over 70 years. This botanical is great for prevention and treatment of blood sugar issues. Research has shown it can also help prevent people with pre-diabetes from developing type 2 diabetes.
The form of hintonia I recommend is combined with trace amounts of B vitamins, folic acid, chromium, zinc, and vitamins C and E. These ingredients help protect against oxidative damage to blood vessels, stop nerve damage, and keep metabolism functioning well. In clinical studies, this combination was shown to lower A1C levels by 10%, improve fasting and postprandial blood sugar by 23% and 24% respectively, balance total cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels, prevent hypoglycemia, and reduce medication use.
I recommend 100 mg of hintonia, 25 mcg of chromium, 5 mg of zinc, 50 mcg of biotin, 0.5 mcg of vitamin B12, 170 mcg of folate, 1 mg of vitamin B6, 0.8 mg of vitamin B2, 0.7 mg of vitamin B1, 5 mg of vitamin E, and 30 mg of vitamin C two or three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally