Diabetic or Pre-diabetic?

By Guest writer
Wednesday - June 10, 2009

“PGX”- ‘Umeke Market’s Supplement Pick of the month

Diabetes is one of the oldest known human diseases. Its full name is diabetes mellitus, which comes from the Greek words for syphon and sugar. In Europe during medieval times, physicians diagnosed diabetes by tasting the urine of the afflicted patient. If the urine was sweet, the physicians confirmed the diagnosis. Unfortunately, these physicians could not effectively treat the disease.

In the later part of the 19th century, two German doctors worked out that the pancreas - a large gland behind the stomach - must be producing some substance that stopped the level of blood glucose rising. In 1921, three Canadian scientists isolated the mystery substance, which they named insulin, from small groups of cells within the pancreas, called the islets of Langerhans. When insulin became available as a treatment for diabetes after 1922, it was seen as medical miracle.

Until the early part of the 20th century, when insulin and its effect on the body were first identified, there was no treatment for the disease and people with the condition eventually died. Some 30 years later, it was found that one form of diabetes could be treated with tablets to lower levels of blood glucose. This new development led doctors to distinguish between two forms of the condition:

1. Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus(IDDM) also called Type I, this type of diabetes starts most commonly in younger patients, who have to have regular injections of insulin to remain well.

2. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus(NIDDM) also called Type II, age-related or maturity onset, this form of diabetes is more common in middle or later life, and can be controlled by tablets or just by diet.

A diagnosis of diabetes does not mean having to give up everything you enjoy - even sports. Most people can lead a normal and active life. It’s a well known fact that a diet rich in fiber is a great start to managing sugar levels which is very important for those that are hypoglycemic, diabetic, or pre-diabetic.

PGX, a new, highly viscous, soluble fiber is 15 times thicker than any fiber blend. In such a short time PGX has become a household brand for a healthy approach to blood sugar and Weight loss.

PGX is a proprietary blend of naturally-occurring, water-soluble polysaccharides (fibres) and is the result of intensive clinical and laboratory research at the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Canadian Center for Functional Medicine. Research has shown that taking PGX with food slows gastric emptying and can reduce a meal’s glycemic index by up to 50%, contributing to healthy blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity.

PGX also helps control appetite by providing a feeling of fullness. The Ultra Matrix Softgel is a unique delivery system where PGX granules are suspended in a matrix of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) derived from purified coconut oil. When taken, it responds to the acidic environment of the stomach. It starts to disperse and quickly becomes “gooey” within minutes. This phenomenon is referred to as “acid-induced viscosity”. The rapid dispersal substantially increases the volumetric potential of PGX, three to five times greater than other highly-soluble fibres. Because of this rapid dispersal mechanism, PGX Daily is even more viscous than any top granules which can take 30-45 minutes to disperse.

PGX is the only nutritional ingredient proven to promote healthy blood sugar management by slowing digestion, reducing the glycemic index of your meals, and helping you get off the blood sugar roller coaster. Incorporating PGX Daily into your diet can help you lose weight safely and steadily, even if you aren’t quite ready to make other positive diet and lifestyle changes.

Keep it healthy!!!!



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