GlycoTrol for Type II Diabetes
GlycoTrol is a natural supplement designed to help maintain normal blood-glucose levels, cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, blood urea nitrogen (BUN) levels, and homocysteine levels. GlycoTrol was developed by Dr. Charles Jarowski, Former Director of Pharmaceutical Research and Development at Pfizer.
A brief description:
People with diabetes, or those at risk, are often counseled to substitute protein for carbohydrates, with the goal of minimizing sudden increases in blood sugar following a meal. However this ignores a major problem. When proteins are consumed, and one or more of the essential amino acids is in short supply, the protein is not fully utilized. Unfortunately, the unutilized amino acids are mostly broken down into sugar (glucose) and nitrogen waste products such as ammonia, urea or uric acid. Thus, even when you substitute protein for carbohydrates, your blood sugar levels may continue to rise – as well as toxic by-products not found in carbohydrates. The increased nitrogen waste products could prove toxic to individuals with poorly functioning kidneys.
Eighteen of the 20-plus amino acids can be converted to glucose (blood sugar) from the protein you do not use. If the amino-acid profile of your meal is imbalanced, then your blood-sugar levels will rise, along with ammonia, urea and uric acid. This is a problem for diabetics, who must constantly work to keep blood glucose under control and who are in danger of coronary heart disease and kidney malfunction.
If blood concentrations of glucose are too high for too long, glucose will react with proteins and hemoglobin molecules to form dangerous end-products. Glucose reacts with hemoglobin molecules in the red blood cells to form Hemoglobin A1c. Hemoglobin A1c damage eyes and kidneys and when they are formed they remain in blood circulation for up to 120 days and continue to do damage – long after blood-glucose levels have declined.
Vitamin B6: A colorless or white crystalline powder added to evaporated milk base in infant foods. Present in many foodstuffs. Especially good sources are yeast, liver and cereals. A coenzyme that helps in the metabolism of amino acids and fat. Permits normal red blood cell formation. The FDA has stated no limitations other than good manufacturing practices.
Vitamin B12: is the most chemically complex of all of the vitamins and is the general name for a group of essential biological compounds known as cobalamins. Produced by intestinal microorganisms, it is found also in soil and water. Necessary for healthy blood.
Folic acid: A yellowish-orange compound and member of the Vitamin B Complex used as a nutrient. Used in cosmetic emollients. Occurs naturally in the liver, kidney, mushrooms, and green leaves. Aids in cell formation, especially red blood cells. No toxicity known.
L-Lysine HCI: An essential amino acid that is a necessary building block for all protein.
L-Valine: An essential amino acid that is needed for muscle metabolism, tissue repair, and the maintenance of a proper nitrogen balance in the body.
L-Methionine: An essential amino acid that assists in the breakdown of fats.
L-Tryptophan: An essential amino acid that is necessary for the production of vitamin B3 (niacin), which is used by the brain to produce serotonin.
Take 1 capsule, five minutes before a meal. If blood sugar falls below desired level, dosage may be reduced by opening capsules and taking 1/2 of contents. Before using this product consult with your doctor or pharmacists.
- Winter, Ruth. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives. Crown Publishers, Inc 1988.