Insulin Resistance

According to the American Diabetes Association, one out of three Americans is insulin resistant, even without a diagnosis of diabetes.

Metabolism is a complex chemical process that cells do to sustain life, grow and maintain structure in order to keep the body healthy and working properly. Those at metabolic risk have several factors—high blood pressure, lipid abnormalities, high blood sugar, genetic predisposition, lack of exercise and excess body weight, particularly at the waistline—that cause them to be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease (“CVD”) or type-2 diabetes mellitus (“T2DM”).

Who is at metabolic risk?
Patients at metabolic risk can be identified with simple measurement and blood tests. A person who is at metabolic risk typically has three or more of the following signs:
• Large amount of abdominal fat—generally speaking, this means a waist measurement more than 40 inches in men and more than 35 inches in women
• High triglycerides (levels of fat in the blood)—150 mg/dL or higher, or currently taking medication to lower triglycerides
• Low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol—less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women, or currently taking medication to increase HDL
• High blood pressure—greater than or equal 130 mm Hg systolic, or greater than or equal 85 mm Hg diastolic, or taking blood pressure medication
• High blood glucose (blood sugar)—fasting glucose of greater than or equal 100 mg/dL, or currently taking medication to lower glucose levels
Focusing on these signs should not take attention away from other known CVD risk factors such as high levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol and family history.

Lifestyle Therapies

Whether the patient being treated is at metabolic risk due to atherosclerosis or high blood sugar, the underlying causes of cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes mellitus respectively, clinical treatment guidelines are the same: lifestyle therapies are preferred. Lifestyle therapies include dietary changes (including supplementation), weight loss and some form of physical exercise. Studies have found lifestyle therapies to be just as effective as medication; in fact, medication is recommended only after lifestyle therapies have failed. This was most recently validated in a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, MD, PhD, and his colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrated that 91 percent of all Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented through improvements in lifestyle and diet. Despite this observation, many practitioners start with medication first before trying lifestyle therapies.

Dietary supplements are another key to helping the body regenerate when metabolic risk factors a present. Doctors Nutritional Support (D.N.S.) was formulated using therapeutic levels of key ingredients proven to effectively regulate insulin levels. These ingredients include vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, herbs and nutrients. This unique combination of ingredients promotes and encourages the body’s natural mechanisms to balance blood sugar levels. Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is an important part of achieving long-term health and avoiding serious complications.

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