Where are the natural diabetes products?
If you ask your local Pharmacist for a natural product to combat pre-diabetes or help lower elevated blood sugar levels, then you might be surprised at the lack of response.
It’s generally accepted that people living with pre-diabetes should include a programme of diet and exercise, so why would most pharmacists be so keen to pushing pills?
Pharmacists and Doctors generally rely on recommending drugs even though there is a plethora of evidence that show that drugs are not working to reduce this epidemic.
Diabetes Australia has estimated that there are over two million people in Australia living with pre-diabetes and are at a high-risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
What non drug options are available?
Health Food stores can provide some complementary products that can help manage blood sugar levels. These products contain extracts that may assist in improving your overall health. Chromium Picolinate is one common extract in this category. However, the proof that these products work is lacking for these retailers and for most pharmacists, it’s simply easier for them to keep on selling pills and drugs. Online searches provide little comfort as most articles provide mixed messages. Even the leading Chemist Warehouse provides little help when searching for blood sugar level control.
The key to combat pre-diabetes is to promote good Gut Health
Over the past 5 years major gains have been made in our understanding of gut health and our microbiome. It is now accepted that good gut health helps in many ways to reduce chronic health conditions.
Given that pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes are largely diet and lifestyle driven, it is logical that gut health could play a part in helping those people. Diabetes NSW understand the importance of gut health and in 2018 produced this summary.
The Ideal Gut Health food product for pre -diabetes
The checklist for such a product:
- Is it clinically and scientifically proven to treat diabetes by not only lowering but also improving control of Blood Sugar Levels (BSLs)?
- Is it a food that is proven to promote good intestinal health? It is well known to the medical community that a healthy microbiome has positive effects not only on BSLs but a range of conditions from weight loss to mental health.
- It should contain soluble and insoluble fibres, resistant starches, antioxidants and essential minerals, all in bioavailable forms the body needs to manage BSLs and improve the microbiome. Unlike simple supplements such as Chromium Picolinate.
If Pharmacists and Healthcare professionals had such a natural food product, they would then have a recommendation for helping people with pre- diabetes or elevated blood sugar levels.
It might be available today.