Vanadyl sulfate has been shown to mimic the actions of insulin, therefore
improving glucose tolerance by restoring receptor sensitivity to insulin.
Vanadyl Sulfate is a mineral.
Several animal studies and a few small human studies suggest that vanadium
lower blood sugar levels and improve sensitivity to insulin in people
with type 2 diabetes
. In one study of people with type 2 diabetes, vanadium also lowered total
and LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
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It is estimated that nearly 60 million Americans have blood sugar control
issues, with 18.2 million people having diabetes and another 41 million
with pre-diabetes. A common belief, as with most health conditions, is that
we bring this on with our lifestyle choices. Whether you have issues with
hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), the
combination of proper diet, regular exercise or activity, and
supplementation can help control blood sugar and contribute to optimal
Most of the food we eat is broken down into glucose, the main source of
energy for the body. Glucose is also known as blood sugar. Many people with
diabetes have blood sugar swings throughout the day, at mealtime, when
exercising, and even overnight. Having too much or too little blood sugar
can lead to serious health problems, so controlling these swings is an
important goal in diabetes management.
Your body maintains a relatively small amount of blood sugar in your
circulation on a fasting basis (about one teaspoon per five quarts of
blood). Following a meal your blood sugar levels naturally rise, like
sugar, which is fuel for energy, is distributed around your body. This
activity requires the proper function of the hormones insulin and leptin.
Once the refueling operation is complete, then blood sugar levels, insulin
levels, and leptin levels return to a pre-meal baseline.
In order to maintain normal blood sugar levels between meals and during the
night, your pancreas makes a different hormone called glucagon that assists
your liver to make and metabolize blood sugar, while simultaneously burning
It is vital maintaining the healthy function of this blood sugar metabolism
system in good working order a cornerstone of health. The foundation of
this system requires a good diet and consistent exercise. Additionally, as
desired, nutrients can be used to assist the healthy metabolism of blood
sugar and the operation of insulin and leptin. This is where LifeSource
Vitamins Blood Sugar Supports comes in.
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When you have diabetes, you may have high blood sugar levels
(hyperglycemia) or low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) from time to time.
A cold, the flu, or other sudden illness can cause high blood sugar levels.
You will learn to recognize the symptoms and distinguish between high and
low blood sugar levels. Insulin and some types of diabetes medications can
cause low blood sugar levels.
It is important to learn how to recognize and manage high and low blood
sugar levels to help avoid levels that can lead to medical emergencies,
such as diabetic ketoacidosis or dehydration from high blood sugar levels
or loss of consciousness from severe low blood sugar levels. Most high or
low blood sugar problems can be managed at home by following your health
Following your health professional's instructions on the use of insulin or
diabetes medicines, diet, and exercise will help you avoid blood sugar
problems. Home blood sugar testing will help you determine whether your
blood sugar is within a safe range. If you have had very low blood sugar,
you may be tempted to let your sugar level run high so you do not have
another low blood sugar problem. However, it is most important that you
keep your blood sugar in a safe range. You can do this by following your
treatment plan and checking your blood sugar regularly.
Children with diabetes need their parents' help to keep their blood sugar
levels in a safe range and to exercise safely. It is important for children
to learn the symptoms of both high and low blood sugar so they can tell
others when they need help. There are many support groups and diabetes
education centers to help parents and children understand about blood
sugar, exercise, diet, and medicines.
Teens especially may have a hard time keeping their blood sugar levels in
control because their bodies are growing and developing. Also, they want to
be with their friends and eat foods that may affect their blood sugar.
Having diabetes during their teenage years is not easy. However, your teen
is at an excellent age to understand the disease and its treatment and to
take over some of the responsibilities of his or her care.
If your blood sugar level reads too high or too low but you are feeling
well, you may want to recheck your sugar level or recalibrate your blood
glucose meter. The problem may be with either your blood sample or the
High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)*
High blood sugar occurs when the sugar (glucose) level in your blood rises
above normal. Eating too many calories, missing medicines (insulin or
pills), or having an infection or illness, injury, surgery, or emotional
stress can cause your blood sugar to rise. High blood sugar usually
develops slowly over a period of hours to days. However, missing a dose of
insulin can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. Blood sugar levels
just above the safe range may make you feel tired and thirsty. If your
blood sugar level stays higher than normal for weeks, your body will adjust
to that level, and you may not have as many symptoms of high blood sugar.
Unless you don't monitor your blood sugar regularly or you don't notice the
symptoms of high blood sugar, you usually will have time to treat high
blood sugar so that you can prevent high blood sugar emergencies. Three
things can help you prevent high blood sugar problems:
Test your blood sugar often, especially if you are sick or are not
following your normal routine. You can see when your blood sugar is above
the safe range, even if you don't have symptoms of high blood sugar such as
increased thirst, increased urination, and fatigue. Then you can treat it
early, preventing an emergency.
Notify your health professional if you have frequent high blood sugar
levels or if your blood sugar level is consistently staying above the safe
range. Your medicine may need to be adjusted or changed.
Drink extra water or non-caffeinated, non-sugared drinks so you will not be
dehydrated. If your blood sugar continues to rise, your kidneys will
increase the amount of urine produced, and you can become dehydrated.
Complications of high blood sugar can cause serious problems, including
coma and death. Over time, high blood sugar can damage your eyes, heart,
kidneys, blood vessels, and nerves.
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)*
Low blood sugar occurs when the sugar (glucose) level in your blood drops
below what your body needs. Not eating enough food or skipping meals, take
too much medicine (insulin or pills), exercising more than usual, or taking
certain medicines that lower blood sugar can cause your blood sugar to drop
People who lose weight or develop kidney problems may not need as much
insulin or other medicines as they did before they lost weight or developed
kidney problems. Their blood sugar may drop too low. It is important to
check your blood sugar often when your body goes through changes.
When your blood sugar level drops below 70 milligrams per deciliter
(mg/dL), you will usually have symptoms of low blood sugar. This can
develop quickly, in 10 to 15 minutes.
If your blood sugar level drops just slightly below a safe range (mild low
blood sugar), you may feel tired, anxious, weak, shaky, or sweaty, and you
may have a rapid heart rate. If you eat something that contains sugar,
these symptoms may last only a short time. If you have had diabetes for
many years, you may not always notice symptoms of mild low blood sugar;
this is called hypoglycemia unawareness. If your blood sugar is
well-controlled and does not change much during the day, you may have an
increased risk for hypoglycemia unawareness.
If your blood sugar level continues to drop (usually below 40 mg/dL), your
behavior may change, and you may feel more irritable. You may become too
weak or confused to eat something with sugar to raise your blood sugar
level. Anytime your blood sugar drops below 50 mg/dL, you should act
whether you have symptoms or not.
If your blood sugar level drops very low (usually below 20 mg/dL), you may
lose consciousness or have a seizure. If you have symptoms of severe low
blood sugar, you need medical care immediately.
You may have symptoms of low blood sugar if your blood sugar drops from a
high level to a lower level. For example, if your blood sugar level has
been higher than 300 mg/dL for a week or so and the level drops suddenly to
100 mg/dL, you may have symptoms of low blood sugar even though your blood
sugar is in the normal range. However, if you have had diabetes for many
years, you may not have symptoms of low blood sugar until your blood sugar
level is very low.
If your health professional thinks you have low blood sugar levels but you
are not having symptoms, he or she may ask you to check your blood sugar
more often. Your health professional may ask you to check your blood sugar
in the middle of the night or to use a 3-day continuous glucose monitor
Review the Emergencies and Check Your Symptoms sections to determine if and
when you need to see a health professional. (1)
Maintaining adequate blood sugar control, or glycemic control, is much like
keeping enough gas in your car so that it will run. If your car runs out of
fuel, it will stall. Similarly, if your body does not have an adequate
level of blood sugar (the fuel that the body gets from food), you too will
stall. Classic symptoms of a low blood sugar level are headaches, brain
fog, sweet cravings, nervousness, inability to think clearly, and even
depression in some situations.
For some people, the problem goes unnoticed because there are no obvious
symptoms. To ensure that you have an adequate blood sugar level, you must
eat the proper foods. Eating the right food fuels the body by providing
adequate blood sugar. If your blood sugar level is low, your body will go
into a predominantly catabolic state, breaking down muscle, organ, and bone
tissue in order to keep the body going. At the same time, your immune
system may become compromised.
Clinically speaking, blood sugar control occurs when insulin and glucagon
(two hormones) are in balance. The pancreas produces both of these hormones
in response to the foods you eat.
Things that may affect Hyperglycemia:
A number of factors can contribute to the development of hyperglycemia. As
we age, almost everyone becomes insulin resistant. Lack of exercise is
another factor contributing to insulin resistance, as is a diet high in
sugary, processed foods. Even exposure to certain pesticides is related to
an increase in insulin resistance and this association becomes even
stronger in overweight individuals. (2)
Inadequate sleep also can contribute to unhealthy blood sugar levels as
studies have linked low levels of the hormone melatonin to hyperglycemia
and weight gain. (3) Therefore, in addition to undertaking the blood sugar
supporting supplement regimen I outline below, I also suggest that
individuals supplement with melatonin and remain asleep in a dark room
between midnight and 4 a.m. to enhance the body's natural melatonin
Finally, stress remains as damaging to healthy blood sugar levels as is a
poor diet. Recent data from animal studies and large epidemiological
studies in humans provide a strong linkage between psychological stress and
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