If diabetes is in your genes, here's how you can overcome it with a simple vitamin
February 04, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 10
As you may know, genetics plays a huge role in your health. That's why some diseases run in families. However, you don't have to give in to your genetics. While your genes may give a roadmap for future problems, researchers are discovering that you can alter where this roadmap takes you. For example, researchers have just found out that a simple vitamin can help you avoid diabetes even if your genes put you at the highest risk.
In this study, researchers from Stanford University wanted to find out if there were any interactions between blood levels of various substances and these diabetes genes. What they found is extremely important for anyone who has this gene predisposition. They found that people with the "diabetes gene" had a statistically significant, inverse association with their beta carotene blood levels.
In other words, the more beta carotene they had in their bloodstream, the less likely they were to develop type-2 diabetes.
This is huge news. More than 50% of the U.S. population has a genetic predisposition to type-2 diabetes. That means there's a 50-50 chance you have a genetic risk for diabetes. But all you have to do to blunt this risk is take plenty of beta carotene!
Beta carotene is what gives plants, including fruits and vegetables, their red-orange color. It's related to vitamin A. In fact, when you take a multivitamin, the label will usually list beta carotene under vitamin A. A portion of the vitamin will be the actual vitamin A, but most of it will be in the form of beta carotene.
So how much beta carotene do you need to significantly lower your risk of type-2 diabetes? The study didn't say. But the optimal dose is around 10,000 IU. This is the amount you're already getting if you're taking Healthy Resolve. This amount will lower your risk for diabetes whether you're genetically predisposed to the disease or not.
Will beta carotene completely eliminate your risk? It's not likely. You'll need to eat a good diet and exercise regularly as well. A good diet should include beta carotene-rich foods. These include carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes. You also need to avoid processed foods, especially processed carbohydrates and sugars.
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Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.