Due to several factors, but mostly obesity, the incidences of type 2 diabetes has risen sharply in the last few years. It is estimated that around 7 million people in the USA do not know they might have diabetes and have a condition known as prediabetes. This could develop into a serious health problem which will have consequences on other chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease.
Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes typically progresses to type 2 within about 10 years. This is not good news since during that 10 years, before full blown diabetes has been reached, there is a high price to pay in terms of strain on the cardiovascular system.
Blood-sugar-management can help to reverse prediabetes and so prevent diabetes.
Some simple lifestyle changes (cutting back on certain foods in combination with exercise) could play an important role in helping the well-being of of millions of people. Natural products like herbs and spices (e.g. Cinnamon) could also help to control blood-sugar levels in combination with a healthy lifestyle.
The Nutrition Business Journal put blood-sugar management supplement sales at $670 million. By 2011, sales had reached $1.1 billion — about 50% growth in five years.
The Baby boomer generation, in particular, want foods and supplements that help balance blood sugar levels with 42% of this group wanting products with this health functionality.
Key Ingredients that could help blood-sugar levels
The mineral chromium and the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid are well-researched nutrients for healthy insulin function. Vitamin D, biotin and the minerals magnesium and vanadium are other ingredients which look like they work. These types of ingredients are being included and marketed specifically to this sector in various products. Green tea is also now being included in this group and herbs and spices are following quickly.