Type I diabetes develops when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to carry an optimal amount of blood glucose to the individual cells to be metabolized as vital fuel. Type II diabetes and the variously known pre-diabetic conditions are caused by the development of insulin resistance by the body, when the cells’ receptor sites do not bind with insulin. As insulin transports blood glucose to cells for their food, insulin resistant cells become literally starved for nutrition while surrounded by a surplus of blood glucose they are unable to take in. Excess glucose remains in the blood, un-metabolized, and eventually climbs to abnormally high levels. A blood test given under this condition will show elevated triglycerides and low levels of HDL (beneficial) cholesterol. Diafit is specifically formulated to address the nutrient deficiencies of diabetes and prediabetes conditions. Each ingredient in Diafit has been carefully selected for its clinically proven ability to remedy either a cause or a symptom of these conditions. Best results will be achieved in conjunction with dietary modification and exercise.
Gymnema sylvestre (25% gymnemic acid) – 200 Milligrams Extract (15: 1, QCE 3000 Milligrams) Used in India for 2,000 years to treat diabetes, stomach upset, and obesity. Has been proven in modern research to lower and regulate blood glucose levels for Type I and Type II diabetes. It also has the ability to block the “sweet” taste receptors, which has been shown to decrease sugar and dessert consumption. (Widely used in Japan as a weight management supplement) Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa, Leaf) (1% corosolic acid) – 42 Milligrams Extract (10: 1, QCE 420 Milligrams) Traditionally used in Asia. Studies show it is effective in lowering blood glucose levels, acting similarly to insulin as a glucose transport activator. It helps counteract the cellular mechanism of obesity, which is a predisposing factor in the development of diabetic conditions. Bitter melon extract (Momordica charantia) – 70 Milligrams Extract (10:1, QCE 700 Milligrams) Used extensively in folk medicine as a remedy for diabetes. Several of its compounds have confirmed anti-diabetic properties. It has been shown to lower blood glucose levels between 30-48%. It also lowers triglycerides and cholesterol, as well as reducing oxidative stress. Vanadium sulfate- 32 Micrograms Prior to the discovery of insulin, vanadium was used by doctors for diabetic patients to help control blood glucose levels. It exhibits insulin-like properties and has demonstrated an ability to revive and rejuvenate non-functional beta cells in the pancreas responsible for the production of insulin. Chromium(III) picolinate -100 Micrograms An essential micronutrient for normal carbohydrate metabolism. Functions as a cofactor for both insulin binding as well as the subsequent uptake of glucose by cells for energy production The picolinate (an amino acid) form of chromium shows superior absorption and utilization.
Recommended Use: Provides support for healthy glucose metabolism. Recommended Dose: -Adults: 1 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day take 2 hours before or after taking other medications. Cautions and Warnings: -Caution in heart conditions as it can stimulate the heart. Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you have diabetes, if you have intestinal disorders, or symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or fever. Discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner if you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia including feeling of anxiety, dizziness, tremor, sweating, nausea or headache. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen.
One of these studies, a 1997 study involving 180 type II diabetes patients in China, is a classic: it documented “spectacular” results in diabetes patients who took 500 mcg chromium picolinate twice daily. After four months, nearly all of the diabetes patients no longer had traditional signs of diabetes. Their blood sugar and insulin levels dropped to near normal—something that medications could not achieve. Even more importantly, the “gold standard” diagnostic measure of diabetes—blood levels of hemoglobin A1c (sugar-damaged proteins that age cells)—also dropped to normal.[ii] A follow-up study by some of the same researchers monitored 833 type II diabetes patients who took 500 mcg chromium picolinate twice daily: a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar levels and in post-meal blood sugar levels was found during the ten months of the study. No negative side effects were shown from taking the supplements. In addition, more than 85 percent of the patients reported improvements in the common diabetic symptoms of excessive thirst, frequent urination and fatigue.[iii] Although the incidence of type II diabetes is increasing in record numbers, many people don’t yet have diabetes but are at high risk for developing it. Chromium supplements can help in these cases, too. A study directed by William Cefalu, M.D., of Wake Forest University, monitored individuals at risk—people who were moderately obese and had a family history of diabetes. Some people received a placebo; others, 1,000 mcg of chromium picolinate daily. After four months of treatment with chromium, insulin resistance was reduced by 40 percent.[iv] Chromium supplements, therefore, help reverse the underlying disease process that leads to type II diabetes. In other words, they help both prevent and reverse Type II diabetes Chromium picolinate’s benefits for other types of diabetes patients many diabetes patients who inject insulin—both type I diabetes patients, and type II diabetes patients who are in more advanced stages of the disease—respond positively to chromium picolinate supplementation. About 70 percent of both types of diabetes patients show improved insulin responsiveness after taking 200 mcg supplemental chromium per day. Some experience such improved insulin sensitivity that they are able to reduce the amount of insulin they inject or the amount of other blood-sugar-lowering medications they take.[v] Reference : [ii] Anderson RA, Chen N, Bryden NA, et al. Elevated intakes of supplemental chromium improve glucose and insulin variables in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes, 1997;46:1786-1791. [iii] Cheng N, Zhu X, Shi H, et al. Follow-up survey of people in China with type 2 diabetes mellitus consuming supplemental chromium. The Journal of Trace Elements in Experimental Medicine, 1999; 12:55-60. [iv] Cefalu WT, Bell-Farrow AD, Stegner J, et al. Effect of chromium picolinate on insulin sensitivity in vivo. The Journal of Trace Elements in Experimental Medicine, 1999; 12: 71-83. [v] Ravina A, Slezak L, Rubal A, et al. Clinical use of the trace element chromium (III) in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. The Journal of Trace Elements in Experimental Medicine, 1995; 8: 183-190.