The positive effects probiotics have on digestive health are well known, but a lesser-known benefit of probiotic supplementation is blood sugar control. The link between healthy gut microbes and improved blood sugar levels is just beginning to be fully understood. The research to-date shows great promise for diabetics and pre-diabetics who are trying to manage their sugar levels.
Regulating Blood Sugar Naturally
Several recent studies have shown that probiotics can help slow the digestion of simple carbohydrates, which in turn prevents the blood sugar spikes that can lead to diabetes, or make a diagnosed case of diabetes worse. For diabetics, blood sugar spikes can lead to severe damage in the body and cause a cascade of other health issues.
There is evidence to suggest that probiotics, when used daily, can lower glucose and insulin levels in those with diabetes. In a 2018 Canadian study, participants taking probiotics for more than eight weeks showed lower fasting blood sugar and A1C levels. There was also an indication of lower total cholesterol and triglycerides, and lower blood pressure, in some study participants.
Why We Need Probiotics
People who eat a typical North American diet (with lots of sugar and lots of refined, processed carbohydrates) have been shown to have less diverse gut microbes than those who consume foods in their whole forms. The reason this is a problem is that we need a healthy gut microbiome to ensure proper digestion, nutrient absorption, and a high-functioning immune system.
The use of even occasional antibiotics and certain other prescription medications can further destroy our healthy gut microbes. The resulting imbalance of bacteria in our digestive systems can lead to a host of health problems that might have been easily avoided through a balanced diet and probiotic supplementation.
When Blood Sugar Levels Get Out of Control
There are some tell-tale signs that your blood sugar might be too high, but these symptoms can also indicate other health problems. This is why it’s so important to have a thorough medical examination. The following are just some of the warning signs that you should have your blood sugar tested:
- Frequent urination
- Extreme fatigue
- Sudden weight gain
- Frequent infections
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Choosing Your Probiotic Wisely
If you’ve decided to start supplementing with probiotics, either as a way to control your diabetes or as a preventative measure, be aware that not all probiotics are created equal. A multi-strain probiotic that also includes a prebiotic for maximum absorption is recommended.
Many probiotic brands on the market today only contain one or two bacterial strains, which is not nearly enough to have a significant health impact. A product such as Evvea, which contains 8 probiotic strains, a prebiotic and delivers 10 billion CFUs per dose, will ensure that your digestive system is absorbing an optimal level of good bacteria every day.
If you would like to learn more about the natural supplements we offer, contact us today at Panacea Scientific. Taking charge of your health in the most natural way possible can be life-changing!