Costs in Canada Estimated at Ten Billion Dollars Annually
VANCOUVER, B.C. – If you are over the age of 40, are a bit overweight, have a relative with diabetes, suffer from high cholesterol or high blood pressure—you could have diabetes.
Diabetes is now being recognized as a public health problem of enormous proportions. Currently, well over one million Canadians live with diabetes and the rate is increasing. And, as our population ages and rates of obesity increase, the trend is expected to worsen.
The disease is a major cause of heart disease and a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and limb amputation. It is ranked as the seventh leading cause of death in this country. In socio-economic terms, the burden of diabetes to all of us due to healthcare costs, disability, work loss and premature death is estimated to be at least $10-billion annually.
So what causes diabetes? And can it be cured? Diabetes is a chronic condition that results from the body’s inability to sufficiently produce, or properly use, insulin. Without insulin, the cells of the body cannot absorb sufficient glucose from the bloodstream. This, in turn, causes long-term damage leading to the failure of organs such as the kidneys, eyes, nerves, heart and blood vessels.
Dr. Michael Murray, one of North America’s leading naturopathic doctors and author of ‘How to Prevent and Treat Diabetes with Natural Medicine’, says research has recognized that there are special nutritional needs of people suffering from diabetes or other glucose management disorders. He’s convinced that there is a natural way to help people suffering from diabetes.
According to Dr. Murray, “Insulin resistance can be reversed, appetite controlled and normal blood sugar levels achieved through natural medicines. For example, recent research shows that PolyGlycopleX™ (PGX) before each mealwill help regulate blood sugar fluctuations and provide the foundation of a natural blood sugar management method.”
The WellBetX™ line with PolyGlycopleX (PGX) was developed by Natural Factors for insulin-resistant individuals looking for a natural solution to their health problems. WellBetX addresses the special nutritional needs of people with diabetes. It reduces after meal elevations in blood sugar levels, provides optimum nutrition, improves insulin function and sensitivity and prevents or reduces nutritional and oxidative stress.
Dr. Murray notes that clinical studies conducted by Dr. Vladimir Vuksan at the University of Toronto have repeatedly shown that after-meal, blood sugar levels decrease as soluble fiber viscosity increases. The relationship has also been shown to hold true for the other physiological benefits produced by PGX including increased insulin sensitivity, diminished appetite, significant weight control and decreased serum cholesterol.
“Diabetes also often leads to progressive blood vessel damage due to the high amounts of circulating blood sugars and/or insulin. This, in turn, leads to nerve, eye, kidney and cardiovascular damage often resulting in amputations and even death. Simply taking extra vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid can prevent high homocysteine levels, another high risk factor for blood vessel damage. Many of the vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and selenium also act as antioxidants protecting delicate cellular membranes from damaging free radicals,” says Dr. Murray.
Dr. Murray stresses that if you’re a diabetic and you decide to take the WellBetX product, you should work closely with your personal physician because your current drug dosages might need to be altered. The WellBetX family of products can be found at all natural health product retail operations throughout North America.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month in Canada.
Natural Factors Nutritional Products Ltd. is a North American leader in the health products industry. The 50-year old, fully integrated Company offers a full range of vitamins, minerals, specialty supplements and functional foods to consumers around the world. The Company is dedicated to researching and manufacturing evidence-based nutraceuticals and in ensuring the highest quality product. With over one-half million square feet of production, research and laboratory facilities, the Company’s national head office in Coquitlam includes state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities. It also has offices in Burnaby, Kelowna and Everett, Washington.
Kate Jobling, Media & Public Relations
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