By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Diabetics are at higher risk of catching infections and find it more difficult to overcome them. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, please make sure your body has the nutrients it needs for protection against infections.
Elevated blood sugar, and elevated insulin (present in most cases of type 2 diabetes) causes increased inflammation in the body. This inflammation leads to wear and tear and heightened oxidative damage. The body of a diabetic uses up nutrients at a faster rate in an effort to mitigate the harm caused by inflammation. The liver produces glutathione in order to try and reduce inflammation. Glutathione production requires selenium, glutamine and n-acetyl cysteine.
Research has shown that vitamin C deficiency is quite common in diabetics and can significantly delay the healing of wounds, particularly leg ulcers. Wounds that fail to heal can cause significant complications for older type 2 diabetics, such as amputations.
Australian endocrinologists have said “Scurvy may be an overlooked cause of poorly healing foot ulcers in people with diabetes. Vitamin C deficiency was surprisingly common among patients attending a diabetes clinic who had delayed healing lower limb ulcers and a poor diet, diabetes specialists at Westmead Hospital in Sydney found.”
Diabetics most likely to be vitamin C deficient were those on a low income, older age, smokers, alcoholics and those with kidney disease. According to Professor Jenny Gunton, co-author of the study, “Foot ulcers that had been present for between three months and two years healed within 2-3 weeks of patients starting vitamin C replacement therapy of 500-1000mg/day.”
Millions of people come down with the flu each year and several thousand actually die from it. They are mostly elderly people, hospitalised people, children and pregnant women.