Prevalence of Diabetes Increases Across the United States

Dr. Anthony Azar Suggests Vidazorb® Probiotics to Help Ease Painful Symptoms

Beltsville, MD, January 2011 – According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States—7.8% of the population—now have diabetes, and this number is growing. Of this group, 5.7 million people have not yet been diagnosed and another 57 million people have pre-diabetes, when their blood glucose levels are higher than normal, making them especially at risk to develop Type 2 diabetes1. This widespread condition affects people of all ages and races and can be extremely harmful if not treated properly.

Diabetes is a group of diseases marked by high blood glucose levels resulting from the body’s inability to produce and/or use proper amounts of insulin. After eating, the digestive system breaks down carbohydrates into glucose. As the glucose passes through the pancreas—where insulin is created—insulin hormones move a certain amount of glucose out of the bloodstream and into cells so the body can use the glucose as energy. Those with diabetes are not able to transfer an appropriate amount of glucose into energy to get them through the day.

Type 1 diabetes, which is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, occurs when the body is unable to produce insulin. In the case of Type 2 diabetes—the most prevalent form—either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin as it tries to transfer glucose to provide energy. Yet a third form of the disease is gestational diabetes, which occurs in pregnant women who may not have had diabetes before pregnancy and who often return to normal health following the birth of their child. It usually appears around the 28th week or later of the term and should be addressed immediately.

“Symptoms of the various types of diabetes can include frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue, irritability, frequent infections, blurred vision, or cuts and bruises that are slow to heal,” said New York-based Dr. Anthony Azar. “Diabetics often feel a tingling in the hands and feet and can suffer from recurring skin, gum or bladder infections, though, in many cases of people with Type 2 diabetes, they may not experience any symptoms during the early stages of the disease.”

Treatment of all types of diabetes should begin by consulting your physician and creating a plan to monitor and treat the disease, which often includes a healthy meal plan, scheduled physical activity, daily blood glucose testing and insulin injections.

“Diabetes is an autoimmune disease and, while there is no known cure for the disease, taking a daily probiotic supplement, in addition to your physician-prescribed medical regimen, may help boost one’s immune system and reduce some of the painful symptoms,” commented Dr. Azar. “It’s important for diabetics to consult their nutritionist and physician before adding a supplement to their diet, but I recommend Vidazorb® to my patients because the chewable, non-refrigerated tablets are convenient and the bacteria strains used including Chr. Hansen’s LA5® L. acidophilus and BB12® Bifidobacterium are some of the most effective I’ve seen.”

Probiotics are live microorganisms which, when consumed in adequate amounts, provide a health benefit to the host. Everyone naturally has hundreds of trillions of microorganisms in their gastrointestinal tract and probiotics, affectionately known as “good bugs,” help maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria while obstructing the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria.


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