Prediabetes and metabolic syndrome are accompanied by inflammation, increased blood sugar, insulin resistance, oxidative stress, hormonal imbalances, and other sources of bodily stress such excessive body weight. This physiologic and physical strain, combined with the poor dietary habits of our contemporary society, deficiency of essential nutrients, emotional stress, environmental factors, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle issues sets the stage for the development of disease.
The standard American diet (SAD) is one of highly processed and “refined” foods. To complicate this further, we are exposed to low levels of various environmental toxins and chemicals. We live with too much stress, we don’t sleep enough, we don’t exercise enough, and we live in a state of chronic inflammation making the nutritional status of our bodies extremely important. Those with chronic disease are even more physiologically challenged. The Nutrientology blog looks at and discusses the means of prevention and the underlying causes for disease that may be related to our contemporary lifestyle.
Nutrientology supports the prudent use of dietary supplements that have evidence-based scientific support to counteract the disease producing factors described above. Supplements are not meant to replace a healthy diet or prescription medications, but with the proper lifestyle change advocated on this site, it would not be unusual for your doctor to inform you that a prescription medication may no longer be needed. It is possible to get too much of some nutrients, so it is important to think about your diet as a whole, and consider taking certain supplements in a “pulsed-fashion” by taking them for three out of every four months. Another approach would be to use your more potent supplements every other day, or a few times per week, and see how you feel.
Dietary supplementation is especially relevant in those people who have medical problems that affect food absorption, digestion or regulation of nutrients such as alcoholics, smokers, people who have an “extreme metabolism” (either very, very active or completely sedentary) and the elderly who have difficulty absorbing and utilizing certain vitamins and other nutrients. In particular, older people need sufficient vitamins D, C, B6, B12 and folate, as well as zinc, calcium and magnesium. Some medications can also interfere with vitamin/mineral absorption.
Discuss dietary supplementation with your health care providers and/or pharmacist. The active ingredients in some supplements can have strong biological effects, and may not be safe for all users. In fact, some supplements can put you at risk if you have certain medical conditions or are taking certain medications. Some supplements may interact with prescription and over-the-counter medications. Talk to your doctor about supplements before having surgery. Your surgeon may recommend discontinuing some supplements before surgery.
When choosing supplements, make sure to consider the following factors:
- Manufacturers that use GMP (good manufacturing practices). Under the FDA’s final rule on good manufacturing practices, quality is defined as meaning “that the dietary supplement consistently meets the established specifications for identity, purity, strength, and composition and has been manufactured, packaged, labeled, and held under conditions to prevent adulteration under section 402(a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), and (a)(4) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act”.
- Third-party analysis for independent verification of active ingredients and contaminants.
- Products that have some basis in basic science, clinical trials, or have a long history of use and safety.
- Use of clean products, free of harmful preservatives, fillers, binders, flow agents, shellacs, coloring agents, gluten, yeast, and lactose and other allergens.
- More about supplement quality.
The supplements available at the Nutrientology Store abide by these standards.