Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Regain glycemic control

With cardiometabolic diseases (heart disease and diabetes) now at epidemic proportions around the world, lots of people are wondering what they can do to maintain and balance their blood sugar to prevent and treat illness.

It's known that the number one way is through diet - and exercise as a close second.
Studies have shown that a Mediterranean diet, with a focus on moderate to low amounts of carbohydrates is the name of the game when it comes to lowering cardiometabolic risk.

Here are 3 studies recently published on various aspects of glycemic control and their take-home points:
1. Chromium supplementation was found to reduce blood glucose and hemoglobin A1C, and improves cholesterol levels
2. Zinc plus multivitamin/mineral has been found to lower fasting blood sugar, Hgb
A1C and serum lipids
3. Camel's milk has also been found to help manage glycemic control!

But whether or not you choose to use supplements for support, remember that reducing refined carbs and getting moving are the best bets for regaining glycemic control!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Study: Elevated homocysteine found in autistic children

A recent Polish study of 34 autistic and 21 non-autistic healthy children, found urinary levels of homocysteine to be significantly higher in the autistic children (2.36), when compared to non-autistic children (0.76). The higher level in autistic children may indicate deficiencies of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12. As we have long known in the biomed community, supplementing these micronutrients can improve homocysteine levels in this population as well as various symptoms of autism seen in many children. ("Homocysteine level in urine of autistic and healthy children," Kaluzna-Czaplinska J, Michalska M, et al, Acta Biochim Pol, 2011; 58(1): 31-4. (Address: Institute of General and Ecological Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland)