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Effect of a Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement on
Infection and Quality of Life
--of Diabetics

According to Dr. Thomas Barringer, "In type 2 diabetics who were predominately obese, there was a dramatic reduction in the risk of minor respiratory infections such as colds and influenza"  when taking a multi-vitamin.  --CBS News at 11, March 7th, 2003 ---We suggest PowerVites and Diabetiks!

A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial
T.A. Barringer, J.K. Kirk, A.C. Santaniello, K.L. Foley, and R. Michielutte

A multivitamin and mineral supplement reduced the incidence of participant-reported infection and related absenteeism in persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus and a high prevalence of subclinical micronutrient
deficiency. A larger clinical trial should be done to determine whether these findings can be replicated in other populations. Diabetes and Nutrition....

Annals of Internal Medicine, 4 March 2003 Volume 138 Number 5 http://www.annals.org/issues/v138n5/toc.html

Diabetes is widespread and many people are not aware that nutrition is an important aspect. According to the American Diabetes Association, over 16 million Americans have chronic diabetes.

Diabetes is more than just Blood Sugar

Blood Sugar is not the whole picture. Many people are under the misconception that eating too much sugar causes diabetes. This misconception exists because diabetes is diagnosed by measuring blood sugar (glucose). But dietary sugar is only part of the picture. According to two recent Harvard studies, a diet rich in certain high-carbohydrate foods -those low in fiber and with a high glycemic index -increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes in those predisposed to it.

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One study tracked 65,000 female nurses (age 40 to 65); the other followed 43,000 male health professionals. Over the course of six years, a total of 1,438 developed diabetes. Men and women whose diet had a high glycemic index and low fiber content more than doubled their chance of developing diabetes. Foods that seemed to pose the greatest risk were white bread, white rice, potatoes, and sugary soft drinks. In contrast, whole grain breads and cereals (rich in fiber and with a lower glycemic index) appeared to reduce the risk of diabetes. Fruits and vegetables didn't seem to have an effect, good or bad.

Carbohydrates are a problem.

The researchers suggested that excessive amounts of carbohydrate-rich foods with a high glycemic index put pressure on the pancreas to produce more of the hormone insulin, which stimulates the body's cells to take in and store glucose. Over time, the body may become resistant to insulin. IN such insulin-resistant people, the cells become less and less sensitive to insulin. This is characteristic of Type 2 diabetes. Of course, not everyone on such a low-fiber, high-starch diet develops diabetes. These seem to be a genetic predisposition to diabetes, which may be exacerbated by this kind of diet. With out these dietary factors, the men and women in these two studies might have developed diabetes later in life, or perhaps not at all.

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New Alternative to USDA Dietary Guidelines Nearly Twice as Effective in Reducing Risk for Major Chronic Disease Harvard Study challenges USDA Dietary Guidelines

...Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health developed and alternative to the current U.S. food pyramid that may significantly reduce the risk for major chronic diseases.  Researchers assessed the diets of 100,000 men and women and found the lowered risk for major chronic diseases to be nearly twice as high for those who followed the new guidelines compared to those who followed the USDA guidelines.  According to the researchers, foremost among their concerns about the current guidelines is the USDA pyramid's emphasis on large amounts of carbohydrates and lack of distinction among sources of protein.  The Alternate Healthy Eating Index proposed by the Harvard scientists highlights specific dietary patterns associated with lower chronic disease risk and also emphasize the quality of food choices.  For more information about the study, visit  http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/press/releases/press11212002.html

Obesity is a risk factor

Obesity is probably the leading risk factor for Type 2 diabetes. Family history of the disease, advancing age, and lack of exercise are other important factors.

Nicotine Link:

US researchers have discovered that a chemical called nornicotine - which is naturally
present in tobacco and is also produced as a metabolite of nicotine - may contribute to the pathology of diabetes, cancer, ageing, and Alzheimers disease.

Whole Grain Helps Diminish Diabetes Risk 

Men who consume whole grains as part of their daily diets may decrease their risk of type 2 diabetes.  The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (vol.76, No.  3:  535-540), assessed 1,197 men with type 2 diabetes.  Those who consumed the highest amount of whole grains (3.2 servings per day) reduced their risk of the disease by 30 percent to 10 percent compared to men who ate less than one serving per day.  Researchers attributed the reduced risk of diabetes primarily to intake of cereals rather than other forms of whole grains.

Diabetic Supplements

The Green Turtle Bay Vitamin Co. is the leader in Diabetics Nutritional Formulations since 1997.  "Diabetiks, the First FDA Permitted Multivitamin Supplement for Diabetics"

Want to know the nutrient value of foods? Go to the USDA's web site http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/

The Green Turtle Bay Vitamin Co. has developed and excellent combination of nutrients that can be beneficial to a diabetic. This formula is called Diabetiks and was formulated with the help of Dr. Richard Podell, clinical professor at New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical. For more information see diabetes and nutrition.

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