I’m Like a Spring Chicken

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Today, AIM Member Maria Sipple of Dayton, Ohio is painting her kitchen white with a touch of blue around the trim. She’s seventy-five years old and retired, a mother, married for fifty-four years, who raised five kids and worked part-time jobs at an insurance agency and a bank. She still likes to remain active, doing exercise around the house, visiting her friends and family and helping her twin sister who has health problems.

“My kids think I’m a tough old bird. I tell them, ‘don’t forget it,’” she said. But for over the last decade, Maria struggled with diabetes and glaucoma, problems that she says she inherited from her father. Her ankles would swell up painfully from the diabetes and pressure had built up around her eyes due to the glaucoma. She was even scheduled for eye surgery.

“I went to my eye doctor. I was supposed to have surgery. They asked me if I wanted to wait three months to see what happened. I said ‘Sure. Who wants to have surgery?’”

About that time, she met with AIM Director Barbara Snodgrass, Maria’s friend since high
school. Barbara shared AIM’s BarleyLife and GlucoChrom, demonstrating how to best use the products.

“Barb was doing well. I just wanted to follow suit,” Maria said.

Around Christmastime, Maria went back to the doctor, and the swelling in her eye had gone down. They told her that she no longer needed the procedure. She attributes her success to the AIM products, specifically BarleyLife and GlucoChrom.

“I was just thrilled which anyone would be. And I am also thrilled about GlucoChrom. I used to have swelling in my ankles from diabetes. Now I have very little swelling. My A1C has gone down, and my doctor even took me off one of my medications. I don’t like to take pills. I wish I could get rid of my diabetes, but I can’t. So I’m just doing what I can.”

Maria has introduced BarleyLife to her children who are also taking it. She now uses Mag-nificence spray and RediBeets. She says she feels more energetic than ever.

“You try to do everything you can to stay in the best health that you can. At my age, who knows what tomorrow is going to bring. So I don’t sit around. I’m like a spring chicken, very happy. The secret of life is to stay as active as you can and do it for yourself. Well, I’m doing it for myself.”

3 Things You May Not Know About Your Gut

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Your intestines and stomach, these often overlooked, workaday organs that thanklessly digest your food, may house unique forms of life, never before discovered by science. While not yet proven, researchers in Paris believe that hidden among our mostly uncatalogued gut flora are microbes with highly unusual DNA that may actually be a whole new category of life form. That’s like discovering a brand-new mammal in your backyard.

So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that scientists around the world keep making discoveries about the microscopic dramas unfolding in our bellies and how important a healthy gut biome is to whole-body health.  Here are three recent discoveries.

Gut Flora Plays a Huge Role in Antioxidant Activities

Your gut flora regulates glutathione, an antioxidant found in every cell of the body. Glutathione also governs nitric oxide, plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair and is critical for metabolizing iron. Some believe it is the most powerful antioxidant in the body, definitely important for warding off oxidative stress.

Source: Chalmers University of Technology

Your Gut Microbiome Can Make Weight Loss Easier or Harder

Another study out of Sweden found that gut-flora balance may contribute to the regulation of blood sugar.  And that this might be the key to why some weight loss treatments are effective for some people but not others. In the future, weight loss programs may be tailored to individuals based on their gut biome.

Source: University of Gothenburg

A Link to Type 2 Diabetes 

Scientists in Russia have found that certain bacteria in the gut may be associated with the development of type 2 diabetes.  Three types of microbiota were named as possible signs of diabetes: Blautia, Serratia and Akkermansia. Although healthy people’s guts contain these bacteria, folks who suffer from either diabetes or pre-diabetes have a significantly larger quantity of them.

Source: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

FloraFood, The Building Blocks of a Healthier Gut 

Let AIM’s FloraFood provide you with the building blocks of a healthier gut. It contains a special blend of three powerful friendly bacteria – L. gasseri, B. bifidum and B. longum. These bacteria promote the production of B vitamins, break down and rebuild hormones, protect the body from environmental toxins and help to maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. AIM’s special formula requires no refrigeration.

Magnesium vs. Diabetes: 4 More Things You Should Know

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It’s National Diabetes Month, and it would be remiss of us to not mention magnesium. To be fair, we’ve mentioned magnesium and its inverse relationship to diabetes on more than one occasion, but this month, a large meta-analysis was published in Nutrition.  So, it’s worth bringing up, at least, one more time. Here’s four new things that you may not yet know about the relationship between diabetes and magnesium.

1). A New Study Shows Another Deep Connection

The new meta-analysis looked at nine studies that had, all together, over 300,000 diabetic participants and eight studies with over 300 non-diabetic test subjects.  When all the data was examined, the researchers found that increased intakes of magnesium seemed to reduce the risk of metabolic disorders by 22%. Scientists speculate this may be because of magnesium’s pivotal role in glucose metabolism.

2). Diabetics Have Trouble Retaining Magnesium

People afflicted with diabetes will lose more magnesium through urine, often because of the diuretic blood-pressure-lowering drugs.

3). A High-Sugar Diet Depletes the Body’s Supply of Magnesium 

Dr. Carolyn Dean the author of The Magnesium Miracle writes that sugar overload can cause magnesium deficiency in several ways. Mainly, a high-sugar diet produces an acidic pH within the body. To counteract this, the body uses its stores of alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium. If the situation is dire enough, the body will even remove these minerals from the teeth and bones. This can lead to tooth decay and other health problems.

4). How Much Magnesium Do Diabetics Need? 

The daily RDA of magnesium is 350 mg. The majority of people in the US, diabetic or not, don’t get that much. (Dr. Dean believes that the amount should be doubled).  Some doctors and researchers even go so far as to suggest that 1000 mg per day may be beneficial for diabetics. (Note: Don’t take this as medical advice. See your doctor and ask what’s right for you).

Barley Grass Powder Benefits Type 2 Diabetics

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With diabetes rising to epidemic proportions worldwide, effective ways of treating this debilitating and often deadly disease are of international importance. Natural supplements rarely receive scientific attention; however, a type 2 diabetes study published in the International Journal of Green Pharmacy (2010)1 revealed that barley grass powder “holds promise to be used as a functional food to optimise the health of diabetic subjects.”

Researchers at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda conducted the study using capsules of barley grass powder, produced specifically for their investigation. Over 80 percent of the type 2 diabetics in the test group were either overweight or obese, factors that are associated with the increased risk of developing diabetes. In fact, current thought suggests the cause of type 2 diabetes is a high-calorie diet rich in saturated fats—mainly from animal sources of food—that promote unhealthy weight gain and raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

For two months, each individual in the test group took four capsules daily that provided 1.2 grams of barley grass powder. None of them took any other supplement or pharmaceutical medication nor did the control group of diabetics who were not taking the capsules. The results were impressive for the test group taking barley grass powder: significant lowering of their glycated hemoglobin and fasting blood sugar levels. Lowering blood sugar to healthy levels is the key to reversing diabetes and its ravaging effects.

The study also showed the barley grass powder decreased the test subjects’ bad cholesterol and increased their good cholesterol, results that help to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases, which Type 2 diabetics are prone to developing.

Try the daily addition of AIM BarleyLife®— powder or capsules—for a positive lifestyle adjustment to help lower high blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Fiber vs Diabetes

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In 2010, the number of Americans who suffered from diabetes was 26 million. Now health experts believe that number may be nearing thirty million. A whopping 86 million—that’s one third of the US population!—have a condition known as prediabetes, higher than normal blood sugar but not high enough to be classified as fullon type 2 diabetes. Prediabetics will likely develop diabetes if they do not make changes to their diet and exercise habits. The Centers for Disease Control predicts that one third of prediabetics or over 28 million people who don’t make healthy changes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years.

One simple, healthy change that a diabetic or prediabetic can make is to increase the amount of fiber in their diets. And yes, fiber is a carbohydrate and is usually included in a food’s total carbohydrate count. However, fiber does not add to blood sugar because fiber is not broken down by the body. Fiber has been shown to help people with diabetes because it slows the absorption of sugar thereby improving blood sugar levels.

Earlier this year, researchers in Europe examined information gleaned through the EPIC-InterAct, the world’s largest study of type 2 diabetes that followed 350,000 people (12,000 diabetics in that group) for eleven years. They found that people who consumed more than 26 grams of fiber per day were 18 percent less likely to develop diabetes when compared to those who ate only 19 grams.

The researchers then compared the data from the Epic-InterAct with eighteen other large-scale studies from all over the world. They found that for every 10 grams of fiber a person ate, his or her risk of diabetes dropped by 9 percent.

Another factor to consider is fiber’s ability to improve satiety. The more fatty tissue a person has, the more resistant they become to insulin. Obesity is also one of the top risk factors of diabetes. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that people on a high-fiber diet were able to lose nearly as much weight as those on calorie-restricted diets. The high-fiber group lost 4.6 pounds after a year on average while those on the restrictive diet lost six pounds. The fiber diet has the distinct advantage of being simpler, more permissive and easier to maintain than a restrictive diet because it helps to reduce the temptation for unhealthy foods.

The AIM Companies provides two wonderful fiber choices in Herbal Fiberblend and fit ‘n fiber. Herbal Fiberblend has been one of our top-selling products for years and years and contains 5 grams of fiber per serving. fit ‘n fiber is great in a smoothie and adds 7 grams of fiber. The average person only gets 15 grams of fiber per day. Adding these two products to your diet, will ensure you get the healthy, daily fiber that you need.

Diet High in Plant Protein Benefits Kidneys, Diabetics New Study Shows

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November is National Diabetes Month, but we’re going to start the ball rolling early with research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. In the past, there have been conflicting findings as to whether or not a high-protein diet was beneficial for diabetics. Researchers in Germany set about to make sense of these studies. They presented their results in September.

Less than forty people with diabetes around the age of sixty-five participated in the study. Scientists had one group of participants consume a high-protein diet—defined as 30% protein, 40% carbohydrates, 30% fat–with their protein coming from animal sources and a second group consume a similar portioned diet but with their protein coming from plant sources. Both groups maintained their eating regimens for six weeks.

The Findings:

  • Liver enzyme tests improved in both groups
  • Reduction in liver fat in both groups
  • Reduction in glycated haemoglobin (A1c) or HbA1c in both groups.
  • Insulin sensitivity improved in animal protein group
  • Significant reduction of plasma creatinine in plant protein group (better kidney functioning)
  • Improvement in general kidney functioning in plant protein group.
  • More research on a larger group of subjects needed

From Medical Xpress: 

The authors conclude: “In diabetic subjects, the 6-week high-protein diet leads to an improvement in glucose metabolism and decrease in liver fat independently from the protein source. The high-protein diet has no adverse effects on kidney parameters, moreover the kidney function actually improved in the plant protein group.”

This isn’t the first study to link plant-based protein to a moderate reduction in diabetes. A much larger study found that diets that supplemented plant-based protein in place of meat sources reduced the likelihood of diabetes.

From Harvard: 

…a 20-year study that looked at the relationship between low-carbohydrate diets and type 2 diabetes in women. Low-carbohydrate diets that were high in vegetable sources of fat and protein modestly reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes. But low-carbohydrate diets that were high in animal sources of protein or fat did not show this benefit.

and (from the same source)

Substituting one serving of nuts, low-fat dairy products, or whole grains for a serving of red meat each day lowered the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by an estimated 16 to 35 percent.

If you’re looking to add some plant-based protein to your diet, AIM offers ProPeas. It’s a clean, vegan protein that tastes great in water or almond milk and has only sixty calories per serving.

Fiber Linked to Decreased Risk of Diabetes in Large-Scale Study

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New research out of Europe has linked the increased consumption of cereal fiber to a reduced risk of diabetes. This isn’t the first time that scientists have found an inverse link between a high fiber diet and diabetes. However, the study–The EPIC-InterAct–is the world’s largest study of type 2 diabetes. Over 350,000 people participated in the 11-year study, including over 12,000 type-2 diabetes sufferers.

Recently, data collected from that study regarding fiber was analyzed and published in Diabetologia.  Those who consumed more than 26 grams of fiber per day were 18% less likely to develop diabetes when compared to people who only ingested 19 grams of fiber daily. Next, they pooled the information found in the EPIC-Interact study with 18 other studies worldwide and found that for every 10g increase in daily fiber, the risk of diabetes dropped by 9%. Amazingly, however, when they examined cereal fiber (fiber from grains, not fruits and vegetables) the risk of diabetes dropped by a whopping 25% for each 10g daily increase.

From Medical Xpress

 “Taken together, our results indicate that individuals with diets rich in fibre, in particular cereal fibre, may be at lower risk of type 2 diabetes. We are not certain why this might be, but potential mechanisms could include feeling physically full for longer, prolonged release of hormonal signals, slowed down nutrient absorption, or altered fermentation in the large intestine. All these mechanisms could lead to a lower BMI and reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. As well as helping keep weight down, dietary fibre may also affect diabetes risk by other mechanisms—for instance improving control of blood sugar and decreasing insulin peaks after meals, and increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin.”