One symptom of diabetes is lack of energy. To help improve this problem there are several supplements that can be considered.
One supplement is ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate,
called OKG. It has been shown to
increase insulin secretion in patients and healthy subjects.
In the book, "Optimal Sports Nutrition," by Michael Colgan,
M.D., a study by Dr. Luc Cynobar and colleagues of the Laboratoire de Biochemie
at the Hospital Saint Antoine in Paris is described. Dr. Luc Cynobar, "fed
healthy males oral doses of 10 grams of ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate or a
placebo. Ornithine alpha-ketoglutarate causes a marked increase in
insulin levels." In other
words it is able to stimulate insulin drive.
This can increase insulin sensitivity.
OKG works at the muscle cell level and it stimulates insulin secretion to
mediate at the muscle cell level. This
means OKG can aid insulin in getting into the muscles.
This can produce more energy. The
doses that are recommended by Dr. Michael Colgan for non-diabetics are 2-4 grams
of OKG a day. Dr. Bob was a MD
internal medicine, orthomolecular doctor, MD psychiatrist, chiropractor, and
healer 65 years. He was a diabetic
who lived to 108 years with only 1 side effect 2 years before he passed away.
Dr. Bob advised 1 and ˝ to 2 and ˝ grams of OKG in the morning for
diabetics. For some a second dose
can be at bedtime. He said the nighttime dose may help control high blood sugar
levels in the morning.
Another supplement that can help increase energy in
diabetics is CoQ10. It is a
compound necessary in almost all energy production.
It works by aiding transfer of electrons in the energy cycle in the
mitochondria. The mitochondria is
the part of every cell where energy is produced, they are the furnaces of the
cell. CoQ10 is essential in the energy cycle of the cells and may be of benefit
for increasing energy for diabetics. Consult
with a nutritional specialist to consider CoQ10 supplements for diabetics.
Potassium supplementation can improve energy in
diabetics. Many diabetics are low
in potassium; one reason being frequent urination leads to the loss of potassium
through the urine. The article,
"Leg Cramps in Diabetics," on this web site describes potassium loss
and what you can do about it. Basically,
if you are so weak you cannot lift your arm, then you may be potassium
deficient. You can measure
potassium levels through laboratory testing. If you are low or high, see a
nutritional specialist for appropriate supplementation to correct the
In summation, diabetics can use specific natural
substances at the optimal and appropriate doses, to get a potent edge on
fighting diabetes. The supplements
mentioned in this article are ways a diabetic can increase the ability to gain
energy. Many diabetics can use this
– In order for these nutritional ideas to be successful, you must use
supplements of the highest quality. Dr. Bob often said, “almost all supplement
companies produce poor quality.” You
can consider the product page of this web site. Almost all the products
met Dr. Bob’s approval. Since he
passed away we have attempted to keep the same high standards.
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