Nutrition and Diabetes Prevention

I had done a brief article on nutritional intervention and prevention of diabetes.

It is important to realize that diabetes does not begin when blood sugars start to rise over ‘100 mg/dl.’  The problem begins, in ernest, when insulin levels climb above 10 microunits/ml.

The ratio of glucose to insulin should be greater than 10:1.  When insulin levels climb above 10, the ratio drops below this benchmark, and the risk of developing diabetes increases.  When the level of insulin exceeds 20, it is far more likely than not that the patient will develope adult onset diabetes.

What is more interesting is that as insulin levels increase, fat deposition increases.  This may be why people get fat some time before they develope frank ‘diabetes.’

The key to this issue is making the cells more sensitive to insulin, thereby reducing serum insulin levels necessary to maintain ‘normal’ blood sugars.  This can be accomplished with the use of balanced mineral salts, including chromium and vanadium. These minerals are necessary for proper function of the insulin receptor, and mineral deficiencies involving these two cations may be the missing link in the ‘mystery’ surrounding our obvious epidemic of weight gain.

It is extremely important to note that not all chromium and vanadium cations are effective. This is true of most minerals, including iron, which is non-bioavailable if presented in the wrong type of salt.


About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.