diabetes

Natural Ingredients Supporting Healthy Blood Sugar

With metabolic diseases on the rise, the natural products industry is seeing growth in blood glucose management and sugar-reduction ingredients to improve glycemic control, satiety and weight management.

The average American consumes six cups of sugar a week, totaling more than 150 pounds each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Whether from high-fructose corn syrup or honey, all that sugar has some salty consequences.

Approximately 26 million Americans are diabetic, while an additional 79 million have prediabetes. Diabetes diagnoses increased 12-fold from 1958 to 2010—“an increase of epidemic proportions," according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In total, the disease costs US $174 billion annually, NIH predicted.

But the rise isn’t just an American anti-dream. Worldwide, diabetes incidence is climbing quickly. Today’s 382 million diabetics will pale in comparison to the estimated 592 million in 2035—a 55-percent increase—according to the International Diabetes Federation. In March 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) reduced its sugar intake recommendations from 10 percent of total daily calories to 5 percent.

“This alarming growth rate is fueling new research and a greater emphasis is being placed on consumer education and prevention," said Xiaoming Chien, Ph.D., vice president of innovative products, HORN Nutraceuticals.

Whether fiber or chromium, specialty ingredients can reduce sugar content or lessen the body's glycemic load to support stable and healthy blood glucose levels.

Learn more about these ingredients and more in the article “In Control" in INSIDER’s Diabetes Content Library.

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