Astaxanthin and Diabetes
Diabetes is a serious disease that can have a devastating effect on your health and wellbeing. Fortunately, there are many different drugs and supplements available to help you manage your symptoms so you can live a long and healthy life. Evidence shows astaxanthin happens to be one supplement you can take that can help you manage type 2 diabetes. This little antioxidant may not be well known, but it is a powerful compound that can have a profound effect on your body. Let’s take a closer look at what diabetes is and how astaxanthin can help you fight it.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that is marked by chronic high blood sugar levels and the bodies inability to properly manage blood glucose. When you eat, your blood sugar rises. In order to keep blood sugar levels at a normal amount, your pancreas responds by producing insulin. Insulin’s job is to take the sugar out of your blood and give it to cells to be used for fuel or storage. When you have diabetes, your body either no longer produces insulin or no longer responds to it. When cells no longer respond properly to insulin and blood sugar levels remain high, then there are dire consequences. People who have diabetes may then go on to develop a host of health problems such as heart disease, foot problems, eye degeneration, or go into a coma. Therefore, it is incredibly important to manage diabetes properly.
There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, your body no longer produces insulin. This type of diabetes is not caused by a prolonged poor diet, rather it occurs at birth with the immune system attacking the cells produced by the pancreas. In type 2 diabetes, your body may not produce insulin or it may not respond properly to insulin. Type 2 diabetes is generally caused by eating a diet high in sugar and processed carbohydrates, burning out the pancreas, sometimes resulting in obesity, high blood pressure, and other risk factors.
What is Astaxanthin?
Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that is found in algae, shrimp, salmon and other sea creatures. Carotenoids are powerful compounds that fight oxidative stress by eliminating free radicals and reducing inflammation. Astaxanthin is the most powerful of the carotenoids.
How Can Astaxanthin Help Fight Diabetes?
Astaxanthin can help you fight diabetes by lowering a variety of risk factors associated with the disease. It improves your body’s ability to metabolise the sugar in your blood, helping to increase sensitively to insulin and keeping blood sugar levels in a normal range. Studies have also shown that taking astaxanthin can even help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol as well. Astaxanthin may even be able to keep you from developing severe complications from diabetes, like kidney disease! Astaxanthin will also help those with diabetes feel better because of its ability to reduce inflammation and fight free radicals.
In a randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial researchers examined the effects Astaxanthin supplementation with people dealing with type 2 diabetes. They measured metabolic aspects and symptoms of diabetes including lipid peroxidation, glycemic control, insulin sensitivity and body mass index, waist to hip ratio and body weight. After 8 weeks of taking 8mg of astaxanthin, the participants of this study experienced lower blood pressure, reduced body fat, improved glucose metabolism and lower blood triglyceride levels.
Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It’s important to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and carefully monitor your blood sugar levels when you are diabetic. In addition to this, you can take medications and supplements to help control the disease in order to live a healthy life free of complications. Astaxanthin is one of those supplements that can help you feel better and improve your overall quality of life. Talk to your doctor about adding this powerful supplement to your diet!
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Ron Goedeke MD, BSc Hons MBChB, FNZCAM
Dr Ron Goedeke, specialises in alternative and functional medicine. He is a foundation member of the New Zealand college of Appearance medicine and has been a member of the American Academy of Anti-aging medicine since 1999. With over 20 years of experience in the anti-aging field, Dr Ron Goedeke is recognized as one of New Zealand’s leaders in this new and growing field of medicine.
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