Welcome to this special edition of our newsletter, where we will be focusing on World Diabetes Day. Taking place on the 14th November, World Diabetes Day is a chance to take a moment to reflect on the millions of lives affected by diabetes and talk about how we can support those living with this condition.
In this edition, we will be looking at our Diabetes Support Formula and how it has been designed to complement a healthy lifestyle and provide individuals with diabetes the nutritional support needed. Managing diabetes can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected and our supplement can be part of this difference. So please join us as we explore the importance of World Diabetes Day.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose, commonly known as blood sugar. The condition arises when the body either fails to produce enough insulin, a hormone responsible for regulating blood sugar, or when the cells become resistant to insulin's effects.
There are two primary types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Currently, individuals with Type 1 diabetes must rely on insulin injections for their entire lives.
On the other hand, Type 2 diabetes, the more common form, typically develops later in life when the body cannot effectively use insulin. Lifestyle factors such as diet, physical activity, and genetics play significant roles in the development of Type 2 diabetes.
If left unmanaged, diabetes can lead to serious complications, including cardiovascular diseases, kidney dysfunction, vision impairment, and nerve damage. Regular monitoring of blood sugar levels, a balanced diet, exercise, and medications are essential components of diabetes management, aiming to maintain blood glucose within a healthy range and prevent complications.
What is World Diabetes Day?
World Diabetes Day is an internationally recognized event observed on the 14th November each year. It was established by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the escalating prevalence of diabetes worldwide. The date, 14th November, was chosen to coincide with the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, a Canadian scientist who, along with Charles Best, played a key role in the discovery of insulin in 1921, a life-saving hormone for people with diabetes.
The primary goal of World Diabetes Day is to raise global awareness about diabetes, its risk factors, and the importance of early diagnosis and proper management. Each year, the campaign focuses on a specific theme related to diabetes, addressing various aspects of the condition, such as prevention, treatment, and support for those affected. 2023’s theme is Access to Diabetes Care.
Activities on World Diabetes Day include educational programmes, public awareness campaigns, seminars, and events organised by healthcare professionals, diabetes organizations, and communities worldwide. The aim is to promote a better understanding of diabetes, reduce stigma associated with the condition, and encourage individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles to prevent and manage diabetes effectively. The blue circle, the global symbol for diabetes awareness, is prominently featured in events and campaigns to signify unity and support for those living with diabetes.
Nutritional support for diabetes
Our Diabetes Support is formulated with a combination of ingredients designed to help nutritionally support your blood sugar levels. Here is how:
Glucose metabolism is the process by which the body manages and utilises glucose, a primary source of energy derived from carbohydrates in our diet. It begins with the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream after eating. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, regulates glucose levels by helping its uptake into cells. Once inside the cells, glucose is converted into energy providing the fuel needed for various bodily functions.
The body can also store excess glucose for later use and when necessary. Glucose metabolism is crucial for maintaining stable blood sugar levels and ensuring our cells have the energy they require to function properly.
The following in our Diabetes Support Formula support this, please see below:
Magnesium- - Magnesium is a cofactor for various enzymes involved in glucose metabolism. It helps facilitate the breakdown of glucose and its utilisation within cells. Normal amounts of magnesium ensures that the body can process glucose efficiently.
Chromium- Chromium is thought to be involved in the metabolism of glucose. It may support the normal breakdown of glucose in the blood stream and its transportation into cells, where it can be used for energy.
Ceylon Cinnamon- Ceylon Cinnamon contains compounds that can influence enzymes involved in glucose metabolism. It may support the breakdown of glucose in the bloodstream and its utilisation within cells, contributing to better blood sugar control.
Low insulin sensitivity, often referred to as insulin resistance, means that cells do not respond well to insulin, leading to elevated blood sugar levels and in some cases the development of conditions like type 2 diabetes.
Insulin sensitivity is a measure of how responsive the body’s cells are to the hormone insulin. It indicates how effectively insulin can lower blood sugar levels by allowing glucose to enter cells. In individuals with high insulin sensitivity, the cells readily and efficiently take up glucose in response to insulin, helping to maintain stable blood sugar levels.
The following minerals and nutrients can support this, these are;
Magnesium - is involved in insulin signalling, which is essential for the uptake of glucose from the bloodstream into cells. For some people with diabetes, primarily those with type 2, insulin resistance is a common problem. Optimal magnesium levels support the cells so they can respond more effectively to insulin and absorb glucose, thereby reducing blood sugar levels.
Chromium- Insulin resistance is common in type 2 diabetes, where the body’s cells do not respond well to insulin. Chromium supports the body to manage blood sugar more effectively; it does this by dupporting insulin receptor activation, insulin signaling pathways, influencing glucose transporter activity, regulating blood sugar levels, and mitigating insulin resistance, potentially contributing to more effective glucose uptake and overall metabolic balance.
Ceylon Cinnamon- may support insulin sensitivity, making cells more responsive to insulin. This can result in improved glucose uptake by cells, helping to lower blood sugar levels.
Grape Seed Extract- Grape seed extract is a dietary supplement derived from the seeds of grapes and is rich in antioxidants. Grape seed extract may support insulin sensitivity through it being a powerful antioxidant, protecting against oxidative stress, and its anti-inflammatory effects as inflammation is closely linked to insulin resistance.
Turmeric- - Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is closely linked to insulin resistance and the development of type 2 diabetes. By reducing inflammation, curcumin may support insulin sensitivity, allowing cells to respond more effectively to insulin.
Here are other ways the ingredients in our diabetes support can help with diabetes and regulating blood sugar levels.
Diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular problems. Normal magnesium levels can support heart health by maintaining a normal steady heart rhythm and supporting overall cardiovascular function.
Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect cells from damage caused by oxidative stress. This can be particularly relevant for individuals with diabetes as they are often at higher risk of oxidative damage.
Grape seed extract may support vascular function. Optimal vascular funtion ensures regulated blood pressure and normal blood flow, which is important for individuals with diabetes as they often face circulatory issues.
Improved beta cell function
Turmeric and piperine are known for their potential to support beta cell function in people with diabetes. Known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, these compounds may contribute to normal beta cell health by reducing inflammation, protecting against oxidative stress, and potentially improving insulin sensitivity. Normal beta cells are essential for adequate insulin production and blood sugar regulation.
How to support World Diabetes Day
As we pay tribute to World Diabetes Day and reflect on the challenges that individuals with diabetes face, we aim to provide support that can make a meaningful difference with our Diabetes Support supplement with ingredients that have been selected to aid in blood sugar control and overall health.
Show your support by sharing this article and other resources around diabetes this World Diabetes Day to spread awareness.
Stacie Henson has been working at Metabolics for two years and has immersed herself in learning more about Metabolics products and nutrition generally.
She has completed basic nutrition courses and recently completed a Level 4 Nutrition Diploma. Stacie is currently studying for a Level 4 Transformational Nutrition course to further her experience and knowledge to better support Metabolics customers.