Our body produces Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), a hormone, in abundance. It is secreted by the adrenal gland and is converted into male sexual hormone testosterone and female sexual hormone oestrogen. Diabetes prevents our body from producing normal levels of DHEA, though it naturally declines after the age of 30.
Practicing aerobics is one way of boosting DHEA levels in diabetics. In a study conducted by researchers at Saint-Louis University Hospital, France, it was revealed that aerobics work favourably for diabetics, especially type 2. People who had diabetes were asked to perform aerobics twice in a week for two months. DHEA levels were measured before and after the aerobic sessions. It was found that subjects experienced better DHEA levels. The study was published August 2001 issue of "International Journal of Obesity Related Metabolic Disorders”.
DHEA Supplementation helps diabetics in improving blood sugar control. The severity of diabetes can be significantly decreased with DHEA treatment. Ask your endocrinologist about appropriate DHEA supplements and how you can maintain healthy blood glucose levels with them.
A Japanese study tracked 24 men (average age 54), who appeared healthy but had slightly higher than normal level of blood sugar, to measure the effects of DHEA supplementation. Some men were given DHEA treatment and some were placed on placebo for 12 weeks. After this period, it was found that the men taking DHEA supplements had blood glucose levels decreased by 26 per cent whereas the other group showed no effect. It was also noted that there was no improvement in insulin levels of both the groups. Therefore, some other factor was altered by the DHEA treatment. However, the men were non-diabetics. Thus, effects of DHEA supplementation on diabetics is still unknown.
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