Diabetes Information Library 
Your Source For Articles On Diabetes  
Search Articles:
Bookmark Our Site! Free Newsletter | Special Offers | Archives | Diabetic Dictionary  
acetyl l-carnitine
alpha lipoic acid
american diabetes assoc.
bitter melon
blood sugar
blood sugar level
cause of diabetes
diabetes care
diabetes diet
diabetes education
diabetes food
diabetes information
diabetes insipidus
diabetes management
diabetes medication
diabetes mellitus
diabetes menu
diabetes news
diabetes nutrition
diabetes recipe
diabetes research
diabetes statistics
diabetes symptom
diabetes test
diabetes treatment
diabetes type ii
diabetic cake recipe
diabetic complications
diabetic cookie
diabetic cooking
diabetic dessert recipe
diabetic diet
diabetic exchange
diabetic food list
diabetic meal planning
diabetic menu
diabetic neuropathy
diabetic nutrition
diabetic product
diabetic recipe
diabetic retinopathy
diabetic symptom
exchange diet
food exchange
gestational diabetes
gestational diabetes diet
glycemic index
gymnema sylvestre
healthy carbs
hemoglobin a1c
herb for diabetes
high blood sugar
high triglyceride
idiopathic neuropathy
insulin resistance
juvenile diabetes
low blood sugar
low carbohydrate diet
metabolic syndrome
nerve damage
neuropathy symptoms
normal blood sugar level
peripheral neuropathy
preventing neuropathy
pterocarpus marsupium
sign of diabetes
sugar diabetes
symptom juvenile diabetes
syndrome x
type 1 diabetes
type 2 diabetes
type 2 diabetes diet
types of neuropathy
vanadyl sulfate
Printer Friendly Version


Author: Jack Challem and Burton Berkson, M.D., Ph.D.
Source: The Complete Nutritional Program to Prevent and Reverse Insulin Resistance


Zinc, the second most abundant trace mineral in the body, plays critical roles in glucose regulation, the proper function of insulin, and weight control. A number of present-day factors have caused zinc deficiencies to become quite common. These factors include modern agricultural and food-processing practices that have caused the zinc content in our food supply to plummet, and the recent trend for Americans to avoid zinc-rich meats in favor of low-zinc processed convenience foods and vegetarian foods.

Unfortunately, deficiencies of zinc put people at greater risk for Syndrome X. A recent study of 3,575 rural and urban adults found that the prevalence of coronary artery disease, diabetes, and glucose intolerance was significantly higher among those consuming lower intakes of dietary zinc. This same study also found that as zinc intakes rose among subjects, there was a significantly lower prevalence of hypertension, high triglyceride levels, low HDL levels, and abdominal obesity. These, of course, are all components of Syndrome X.

Zinc and Insulin Function

The link between zinc deficiency and Syndrome X makes sense when you consider zinc's role in insulin function. Zinc is needed to help the pancreas produce insulin, to allow insulin to work more effectively, and to protect insulin receptors on cells. In healthy individuals, you will recall, insulin is secreted from the pancreas after carbohydrates are eaten, and this hormone lowers glucose levels in the blood and drives sugar into the cells, where it can be used as fuel for energy.

When zinc levels are low, two things can happen. One, the pancreas may not secrete adequate amounts of insulin, so glucose levels remain high. Two, the insulin that is released may not work as effectively as it should. When this happens, glucose cannot enter cells and remains elevated in the blood. The body typically responds to high glucose levels by pumping out more and more insulin in an effort to lower glucose levels, but the insulin doesn't work properly, so insulin levels rise and stay high. When this happens, Syndrome X and the cascade of health problems that accompany it can result.


Maintain Healthy
Blood Sugar Levels*


Price $33.95

I Feel So Much Better!
"I have been taking Glucobetic and have seen a remarkable difference. I actually am having a normal blood sugar reading everyday without fail. I just wish I had started this product a long time ago. I really do feel so much better - the sluggishness is gone and I feel like my old self again. Thanks !!"** 
  - A. Workman, OK

Product Details


Sleep So Well
60 Capsules

Calm, Restful Sleep*

Price $17.95



Probiotic Digestive Support

Targets Gas, Bloating & DIfficult Digestion*

Price $27.95

Vitalicious Natural Muffins-100 Delicious Calories

Copyright Act Notice                       

*Many of the statements on this web site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or other government, research or academic body; any that were are so marked. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diabetes or any disease. Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. Not intended to diagnose or prescribe for medical or psychological conditions nor to claim to prevent, treat, mitigate or cure such conditions. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. Any products advertised are from third parties. You should read carefully all product packaging. You should consult with a healthcare professional before starting any diet, exercise or supplementation program. Do not discontinue the use of prescription medication without the approval of your physician.

**Results not typical; your results may vary.

***Recipes provided usually include nutritional information and diabetic exchanges. Not all recipes are appropriate for all people. Please make sure a recipe is appropriate for your meal plan and pay careful attention to serving sizes. User is solely responsible for their use of any content provided.