Pycnogenol®, Arborvitae and Diabetes Care
Pycnogenol is the purest form of maritime pine bark extract available, and is the primary active ingredient in Arborvitae's range of natural supplements.
Diabetes Care - Research Abstract
Pycnogenol provides significant health protection in diabetes as demonstrated in controlled clinical trials.
The incidence of type II diabetes is increasing dramatically in most countries of the world. Unlike type I diabetes, type II is predominantly considered as nutritional disorder. Chronic over-eating grossly contrasted by lack of physical activity leads to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia. The disease develops from early stages of impaired glucose tolerance (Pre-diabetes; Syndrome-X) and typically coincides with increasing body weight and obesity.
A chronically high blood glucose level needs attention comprising routine blood sugar monitoring, medication and diet. Left untreated hyperglycemia takes its toll on the health of arteries and veins which supply blood to organs as well as the small capillaries which nourish tissues. Pathological harm to large vessels accounts for a three-fold increased risk for acute cardiovascular disease in diabetes. The damage caused to capillaries (microangiopathy) affects blood micro-circulation and is responsible for numerous diabetic complications such as vision loss, kidney problems, foot ulcers and many others.
Pycnogenol lowers blood glucose
Pycnogenol offers help for people with pre-diabetes and type II diabetes, as it was shown to dose-dependently lower blood sugar levels in 30 type II diabetes patients not requiring medication. These patients followed a diet and exercise program during the trial [Liu et al., 2004].
Other diabetes care benefits covered in the report:
- Pycnogenol inhibits carbohydrate absorption
- Macrovascular Complications and Diabetic Syndrome
- Microvascular Complications (Microangiopathy)
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Cramps and Muscular Pain in diabetic microangiopathy
- Diabetic Retinopathy
Source: Horphag Research