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 imbalance. 

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 boost.  

Note – 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.   

WARNING: DO NOT STOP ANY TREATMENT OR MEDICATION YOU CURRENTLY USE.  CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING THE USE OF SUPPLEMENTS.  

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