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How Prebiotics Can Help with Diabetes

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The information on this web-page/document is NOT intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. Always consult your physician or a qualified healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your diet.

Wishing you good health through common sense!

 

MSc Claudia Münch-Yttereng
CRO sorze4 AS
Nutritionist, Master of Science 
 
 

Introduction

Diabetes mellitus is a type of metabolic disorder whereby patients are unable to regulate glycemia. It is currently a worldwide public health issue and is a burden to society because of its disabling and common complications. Diabetes is multifactorial, and also induces the onset of other diseases. The disorders demonstrated in the form increased levels of sugars for a considerably long period of time. Increased hunger, increased thirst and frequent urination are some of the symptoms. A number of complications can be the consequence if the symptoms are not considered seriously. In extreme cases, amputation of feet or legs may be necessary. Acute or short time complications include hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state ketoacidosis and/or death. Damage to the eyes, stroke, cardiovascular diseases and foot ulcers are among the chronic or long-term complications. Two conditions may cause diabetes. One is when the pancreas isn’t producing insulin up to the required levels. A second type where the insulin produced isn’t used as it should under normal conditions. Broadly, diabetes can be classified into three types.

Type 1

In this type of diabetes, the pancreas is unable to produce the required amount of insulin. This is because of loss of beta cells. The cause or reason of this diabetes is not known yet. This type of diabetes is also referred to as juvenile diabetes or IDDM (insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus).

Type 2

In this type of diabetes, also called the lifestyle diabetes, the cells of the body do not respond properly to the insulin the pancreas produce. This phenomenon is called insulin resistance. An insulin deficiency might be produced with the progression of this disease. Previously, this type of diabetes was known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) or adult-onset diabetes. Insufficient exercise and increased bodyweight are said to be the two main reasons for this kind of diabetes, even though some research may indicate that overweight, insulin resistance and high blood sugar levels could be caused by an unfavorable mix of gut microbiota. Obesity has been attributed to increasing the risk of multifactorial diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Recently, it was reported that type 2 diabetes in humans was co‐related to a lowered abundance of butyrate‐producing microbes and an increased abundance of Lactobacillus[1]

Gestational diabetes

Is a state when high blood sugar develops during pregnancy. Usually it disappears after giving birth. It can occur at any stage of pregnancy, but is more common in the second half. It occurs if the body cannot produce enough insulin to meet the extra needs in pregnancy. Gestational diabetes can cause problems for the mother and the baby during and after birth. The risk of these problems happening can be reduced if it’s detected and well managed.

Treatment and prevention

Treatment and prevention are complex processes. It’s a common belief, and for sure something that help most when the individual performs enough regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet. Maintaining a normal body weight, avoid smoking or the use of tobacco in any other forms are among the usual recommendations. Anyone having, or at risk of diabetes should visit their doctor to ensure that their blood pressure is within the normal range. Injections of insulin are usually necessary in case of type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can often be controlled with the use of prescribed medicine. It might or might not include the use of insulin. A side effect of some oral medications and insulin might be low blood sugar. As mentioned, gestational diabetes is usually resolved on its own after the birth of the child. The main reason for giving such brief explanation of diabetes is a considerable portion of the general population is at the risk of diabetes and it is important that people have credible knowledge about the disease.

The most pleasing aspect of life

Sweet taste is one of the most pleasing aspects of life. However, this taste is usually derived from some type of sugar. Common sugar may be extremely harmful for diabetes patients. However, alternatives to table sugar i.e. sweeteners or sweetening tablets have been developed by several companies. Most are basically artificial sugar is recommended used by diabetes patients, to replace table sugar. Moreover, there are sugar free versions of common products, meant for diabetic patients and those who are trying to lose weight. This phenomenon can also used as an indicator of the fact that diabetes mellitus rather a very common disease. These products can be used to ensure that the disease does not become more intense. However, there is growing evidence that sweeteners may have health consequences of their own[2]. New research from the US, presented at the annual Experimental Biology conference in San Diego, found a link with consuming artificial sweeteners and changes in blood markers linked with an increased risk of obesity and type two diabetes. Increasingly, however, evidence suggests that consuming artificially sweetened products might be associated with an increased risk of being overweight or obese, although this is controversial. If true, it suggests that using sweeteners is fueling, not fighting obesity. Research has suggested that consuming lots of artificial sweeteners scrambles the bacteria in our gut, causing them to make our bodies less tolerant to glucose, the main building-block of sugar.

Biological effects of sweeteners

The new research, from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University, looked at some biological effects of sweeteners in rats and in cell cultures. They wanted to know if artificial sweeteners affect how food is used and stored. These are called metabolic changes and the research combined many different aspects of metabolism to build an overall picture. The team also looked at the impact of sweeteners on blood vessel health by studying how these substances affect the cells that form the inner lining of blood vessels. The scientists gave rats food that was high in either sugar (glucose or fructose) or calorie-free artificial sweeteners (aspartame or acesulfame potassium, also called acesulfame K). After three weeks they saw significant negative changes in both groups of rats. These changes included the concentrations of blood lipids (fats).

Acesulfame potassium linked to obesity and diabetes

They found that acesulfame potassium accumulated in the blood and harmed the cells that line blood vessels. The study authors state that these changes are “linked to obesity and diabetes”. These results suggest that consuming sweeteners change how the body processes fat and gets its energy at a cellular level.

It tastes like sugar, but is not

The natural sweetener used by sorze4, in Fruity n’ Sweet®, the Amazon Secret®, Claudia Münch® and other of the company’s sugar reduced product is not sugar, and it’s not a non-nutritive sweetener. It is a great product if you have diabetes, exercise weight control, or for other reasons are cutting back on carbohydrates, and miss the taste of real sugar.

We have named the sweetener JustSweet®. It is like sugar, but it is not (you read that correct). It is a sweetener that can be added to a most foods for improving or sweetening the taste.

It’s not a non-nutritive sweetener. It has carbohydrates, but all carbohydrates are not made equal. JustSweet contains a prebiotic dietary fiber.

New research[3] suggests that dietary fibers play a critical role in feeding the trillions of microbes that reside in our bodies, known collectively as the microbiome. And that specifically for people with type 2 diabetes, a high-fiber diet along with a favorable gut microbiome can keep patients’ blood sugar and body weight under control. Researchers in China were able to pinpoint the specific “good” bacteria that ferment fiber into acids, and ultimately improves insulin regulation.

Improves the microbiome

Consuming 1 g of JustSweet per day, for 4 weeks, will give you 6 times more of the good bacteria. In terms of beverages that is 250 ml delicious sweet flavors and natural vitamins.

Conclusion

Products from sorze4 are not made to cure, or prevent any disease or condition, but by coincidence the perfect sweetener comes with some “free” benefits for those who want to lower the calorie intake, or reduce the intake of sugar, for various reasons.

 

  1. Journal of Diabetes Investigation, January 2018
  2. Independent
  3. Science

 

 

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