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Help to Prevent or Control Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is deadly… and on the rise. The history of this metabolic disorder shows it typically affected adults above the age of forty. However, since 1990, its onset began occurring in a much younger population that included teens and children, who were previously only affected by type 1 (juvenile diabetes).

No matter your age, when you have type 2 diabetes, either your body does not produce enough insulin or your cells do not utilize the available insulin, which is vital for channeling blood sugar (glucose) into the cells to be used as energy.

Consistently high blood sugar levels can create a chronic source of inflammation throughout the body, leading to cellular damage of tissue and organs.

Your health care practitioner can conduct tests that measure your blood sugar levels to determine whether or not you have diabetes, which is largely preventable even for those with a family history of this disease.

The Causes

Although the precise cause of diabetes remains unknown, there are associated risk factors including high blood pressure, high blood triglyceride levels and high alcohol intake. For those with a genetic predisposition to diabetes, obesity as well as a sedentary lifestyle can cause the onset of the disease.

Over the last few decades, widespread obesity in the North American population has resulted from lifestyles that include little physical activity combined with the popular trend of opting for foods of convenience over proper nutrition. The top sources of calories come from sugary drinks and primarily wheat-based foods.

It is no wonder that nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, 79 million Americans have prediabetes and 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes - a condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes.

Even with such frightening statistics, a common misconception is that diabetes is not as serious as cancer or heart disease. However, according to Dr. John B. Buse, who is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and serves as the director of its Diabetes Care Center, "It is a disease that does have the ability to eat you alive."

Symptoms and Deadly Effects

You can have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes for many years even before any symptoms appear: unusual thirst, frequent urination, weight change (gain or loss), extreme fatigue or lack of energy, blurred vision, frequent or recurring infections, slow-healing cuts and bruises, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet and erectile dysfunction.

Over time, chronic high blood sugar levels associated with type 2 diabetes can cause a number of deadly effects including blindness, stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and nerve damage to the extremities, which can lead to foot ulcers, numbness, tissue damage and amputation.

The Solutions

Type 2 diabetes is not only controllable, it is preventable. Keep in mind that if you have diabetes, positive lifestyle changes, such as a healthy nutritional intake and an exercise routine, must become long-term habits to effectively control the disease and avoid its deadly effects.

Maintaining your ideal body weight, healthy blood pressure levels and your target cholesterol and triglycerides numbers promotes good health. Effectively managing stress is also a major factor in staying healthy and avoiding diseases like diabetes.

For extra nutritional support, The AIM Companies™ provides a regimen of natural supplements that help to prevent or control type 2 diabetes.

GlucoChrom™

Chromium is an essential trace mineral that enables insulin to work effectively at channeling blood sugar into the cells of the body. GlucoChrom's chromium comes from a common baker's yeast that is organically bound to trivalent chromium to provide a natural bioavailable source of this mineral. This means that the body recognizes it as something that belongs in the bloodstream, unlike a synthetic form that is identified as a toxin that the body must eliminate.

GlucoChrom also provides three additional ingredients that make it one of the most effective natural products available for increasing the effective action of insulin. Vanadium citrate is an ultra-trace mineral that activates insulin receptors. Gymnema silvestre leaf stimulates insulin secretion. Bittermelon fruit stimulates the activity of enzymes that convert glucose into cell energy in the form of glycogen.

BarleyLife®

Supplementing with BarleyLife may just be the best thing that anyone can do to maintain good health. And a 2010 medical study of medicinal plants indicates that barley grass powder is therapeutic for diabetics because it can significantly lower fasting blood sugar levels. In the group studied, those taking the barley grass powder had their cholesterol levels reduced as well, so the risk of coronary heart disease was also lowered.

Herbal Fiberblend®, FibreBalance® (CAN) or fit 'n fiber® (US)

For supplementary fiber, The AIM Companies™ offers a choice of three effective products for increasing the intake of this nutritional necessity. Getting enough fiber - 21 to 38 grams daily – is an integral step in maintaining your overall health and preventing disease.

For those with diabetes, soluble fiber is particularly beneficial in helping to control blood sugar levels by delaying the emptying of the stomach, slowing down the release of glucose into the bloodstream and diminishing the rise of blood glucose after meals.

It's worth repeating: Even for those with a genetic predisposition for the disease, diabetes is largely preventable. Use nutritional products from The AIM Companies™ as a positive factor for prevention.