Vanadium is a chemical found in tiny amounts in plants and animals. Studies have shown that animals with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes respond to vanadium with a lowering of the blood glucose. However, no study has compared a group taking vanadium with a group that isn't.
The verdict on vanadium's benefits to people with diabetes is still out, but if you want to get a bit more of it into your diet, have a glass of red wine a few times a week. Perhaps this practice is the explanation for the decreased occurrence of heart disease in the French compared to Americans, and as I explain in Chapter 5, heart disease is a major complication of T1DM. Anything you can do to lower your chances of heart disease is a step in the right direction. But remember, a person with T1DM needs to watch his alcohol intake like a hawk; I discuss alcohol in the next section.
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All you need is a proper diet of fresh fruits and vegetables and get plenty of exercise and you'll be fine. Ever heard those words from your doctor? If that's all heshe recommends then you're missing out an important ingredient for health that he's not telling you. Fact is that you can adhere to the strictest diet, watch everything you eat and get the exercise of amarathon runner and still come down with diabetic complications. Diet, exercise and standard drug treatments simply aren't enough to help keep your diabetes under control.