World Diabetes Day is November 14th

Type 1 diabetes has a genetic component that is more difficult to overcome, but it only represents a small percentage of diabetes cases. The good news is that Type 2 diabetes is the most pervasive, but preventable and treatable form—giving us great hope that we can turn around the statistics in this country.

A disorder related to sugar and fat metabolism, Type 2 diabetes frequently develops after a long period of insulin resistance. Insulin is responsible for transporting sugar and protein into cells. Insulin resistance is the decreased ability of certain cells to recognize normal amounts of insulin, which tricks the body into producing more insulin needlessly. Eventually, this overproduction exhausts the cells in the pancreas that produce it, resulting in insufficient insulin levels. This causes blood sugar to rise at constant, unhealthy levels, eventually leading to a diagnosis of diabetes.

Diet and exercise are always at the foundation of diabetes prevention and treatment. Certain nutritional supplements may also help keep blood-sugar levels stable and prevent the early stages of insulin resistance from progressing into diabetes. Here are some suggested products that should be considered by anyone who needs help regulating their blood-sugar levels.

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