How To Use Probiotics For Diabetes Treatment

 
23-Nov-2011 by

 

woman eating yogurtDiabetes is an incurable but extremely manageable lifestyle disorder. Management of this disorder requires a versatile and dynamic approach that involves drugs, dietary changes, lifestyle changes, and complementary therapies, like use of natural remedies and Probiotics For Diabetes Treatment. This article will help you understand everything you need to know about probiotics and how to use it in daily diet for diabetes management.

 

How Probiotics Help Treat Diabetes

Diabetes is characterized by unusually high blood sugar levels due to insufficiency or absence of insulin (hormone required for glucose utilization in the body) or insulin resistance. If th blood glucose levels are uncontrolled it leads to many secondary complications like nephropathy, neuropathy, retinopathy, etc. Diabetics are also prone to infections and stomach upsets.

Probiotics improve gut microflora, boost immunity, promote digestion, increase absorption of nutrients, increase production of biotin in the gut, change the gut environment acidic which is inhospitable for pathogenic bacteria.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder, probiotic supplementation was found to modify gut micro flora favorably, decreases oxidative stress, inflammation, and reduces intestinal leakage. Type 2 diabetics had lower proportions of phylum Firmicutes and class Clostridia and higher levels of Betaproteobacteria. A strong relationship has been established between metabolic diseases and the composition of bacterial populations in the intestines, and the balance of bacteria influenced blood glucose levels. Thus, researchers believe controlling microbial count an prove to be an effective strategy in the management of diabetes.

Expectant mothers given probiotics on a regular basis throughout pregnancy had reduced chances of developing gestational diabetes.

Lactobacillus acidophilus was given in the form of a supplement to people suffering from type 2 diabetes improved their blood sugar control. The mode of action was deduced as improved insulin sensitivity due to increased probiotic intake. Diabetic neuropathy, a secondary complication o diabetes affects the functioning of your digestive system, as altered nerve control of the small intestine causes diarrhea, and probiotics help control this condition. Diabetics also tend to suffer from gastrointestinal problems like abdominal bloating and constipation, and infections like urinary tract infections, which can be easily prevented or managed by use of probiotics.       

  

How To Use Probiotics To Treat Diabetes

  • Probiotics are generally safe and well tolerated in the body and good for maintenance of general health and wellness, but for treatment specific beneficial bacterial strains should be used.
  • The curative capability of the probiotics is dose dependent.
  • Probiotics must contain active cultures, and care on the microbial strain consumed and date of expiration.
  • Probiotics should be taken on a regular basis for maintenance of a healthy digestive and immune system.
  • Probiotics can be consumed in daily diet in the form of diary products like acidophilus milk, kefir, cultured milk, cultured buttermilk, and yogurt.
  • Probiotics can also be added to daily diet by incorporating soy, rice or coconut milk with live microbes, pickled vegetables (Raw kimchi, sauerkraut or pickled beets, carrots or other vegetables), hummus, tempeh, natto, formulated health bars, miso, cereals, and certain probiotic salad dressings.
  • Probiotics are also available as a wide variety of dietary supplements in capsule, tablets or liquid forms for easy use.
  • Prebiotics when consumed along with probiotics boost their efficacy.

 

Best Probiotics for Diabetes

Bacteria of the lactobacillus, especially L. acidophilus and bifidobacterium species are ideal for use in diabetics. Some probiotic products available in the market are Acidophilus milk, Nutrition now PB8 Acidophilus, Probiotic complex quantum, Probiotic yoghurt, ThreeLac, Choice Super 8 High Potency Probiotic, Advanced Adult Probiotic, Yakult, Align, Activia yogurt, EcoVag, Yoplait YoPlus, Stonyfield yogurt, Pearl, Dong Quai, Coco Biotic, Goodbelly splash, Goodbelly probiotic fruit drink, Mutaflor, Actimel, etc.

 

Things to Remember while Using Probiotic Therapy

  • Probiotics are not a cure for diabetes, they can only help in management of the health condition.
  • Always consult you health care professional before introducing any new probiotic product or supplements in daily diet.
  • Regular monitoring of blood glucose levels is a must

 

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