Health Information – Minerals and Other Questions (Part I)

Health Information – Minerals and Other Questions (Part I)

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DIABETES

Q: My husband loves his alcohol and sweets. I’m worried that he might become diabetic.

A: You can prevent blood sugar from increasing by taking chromium. Under normal circumstances, sugars from the foods we consume are converted to glucose and make their way through the body. Glucose is absorbed by our cells with the help of insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. When the amount of glucose entering the blood exceeds the ability of insulin to process it, the body’s cells become unable to absorb and use it completely. Eventually, excess glucose is expelled from the body in the urine. The illness that results is called diabetes.

It is vital, therefore, to avoid eating so much that the quantity of glucose from the foods consumed exceeds the ability of the body’s insulin to process it. In additon, you also need minerals that boost the benefits of insulin.

Insulin is important because it allows our blood to enter our cells, where it is converted into energy. Another very important part of the equation is GTF (glucose tolerance factor), a kind of amino acid based primarily on chromium. As a matter of fact, the great majority of people suffering from diabetes have insufficient levels of GTF. Because chromium is an especially difficult mineral for the body to assimilate, a balanced dilet is extremely important.

MINERAL GUIDE

Chromium

Chromium has attracted a great deal of attention lately for the way it aids the function of insulin. It also plays a role in the metabolization of fats and cholesterol in the liver. It also helps stimulate the hunger center located in the hypothalamus of the brain. When this area is stimulated, the effect is a feeling of satiety.

(The information provided should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Consult your physician before attempting any new program. Readers who fail to consult appropriate health authorities assume the risk of developing serious medical conditions.)

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