Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management



Seven Years of Blood Sugar Management with GlucAffect

This November marks the 7th anniversary of Reliv’s GlucAffect® nutritional supplement launch. GlucAffect was developed to support healthy blood sugar levels and weight loss, indicators of metabolic syndrome which can lead to chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Research supports the effectiveness of the GlucAffect formulation.

GlucAffect was studied in an 8-week clinical trial that included 50 overweight participants with moderately elevated fasting blood glucose. Subjects were randomly assigned to either four daily servings of GlucAffect or a placebo meal replacement, and all participants took part in a diet and exercise program. Those who took GlucAffect lowered their fasting glucose by an average of 30%, moving them to healthy blood glucose levels. They also lost an average of 16 pounds. The control group taking the placebo did not experience significant reduction in their blood glucose levels or weight.

The patented GlucAffect formula includes several potent extracts, such as Pycnogenol®, LunaRich® and banaba leaf, which continue to be studied for their health benefits, especially in regards to the risk factors of metabolic syndrome.

Pycnogenola powerful antioxidant that has been shown to lower blood glucose levels, LDL and blood pressure.

A 2015 review in Phytotherapy Research reported that Pycnogenol’s “strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, endothelium-dependent vasodilator activity, and also its anti-thrombotic effects make it appropriate for targeting the multifaceted pathophysiology of metabolic syndrome. Clinical studies have shown that it can reduce blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, blood pressure in mild to moderate hypertensive patients and waist circumference; and improve lipid profile, renal and endothelial functions in metabolic syndrome.”  Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management”

Reliv November Prodcast: Blood Sugar Management

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is essential for optimal health today and prevention of serious health problems tomorrow. Host Tina Van Horn discusses the prevalence of diabetes in modern society, explores the science behind blood sugar management and shares steps you can take right now to take control of your health — such as making GlucAffect® from Reliv part of your daily routine. Plus, you’ll hear inspiring success stories from Reliv consumers.

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Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management


November is American Diabetes Month. The CDC’s National Diabetes Statistics Report estimates that 9.3% of the U.S. population 20 years or older, or 29.1 million people, have diabetes. Those under 20 years old with diabetes number about 208,000. For all of these individuals, monitoring blood glucose is an important daily concern — and should be a priority for all of us. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management”

Healthy Blood Sugar: A Balancing Act

Recent studies continue to show a shocking 25% of people with type 2 diabetes don’t even know they are at risk. The alarming statistics underscore the importance of an increased need for recognizing the associated risk factors and symptoms.

The symptoms are often very subtle and develop over the course of several years. While the short-term effects of uncontrolled blood sugar such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, or life-threatening diabetic ketoacidosis are apparent and acute, the imperceptible damage occurring throughout the body as blood sugar slowly rises is not so obvious. So even if you feel fine, uncontrolled blood sugar can cause serious
long-term damage to the heart, kidneys, eyes, and nervous system.

Blood sugar management, however, is no longer a struggle reserved for only those experiencing diabetes. It is also a critical factor associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, which increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other chronic health conditions.

According to the CDC, more than a third of all US adults meet the definition and criteria for metabolic syndrome. Since 1988 the prevalence of metabolic syndrome has risen by more than 35%. And it becomes more common with age — afflicting nearly 60% of people in their 60s and 70s. The diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is based on the presence of three or more of the following symptoms:

  • Abdominal obesity (measured by waist circumference)
    o Men – greater than 40 inches
    o Women – greater than 35 inches
  • Triglycerides greater than or equal to 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL)
  • HDL cholesterol:
    o Men – Less than 40 mg/dL
    o Women – Less than 50 mg/dL
  • Blood pressure greater than or equal to 130/85 millimeters of mercury (mmHg)
  • Fasting glucose greater than or equal to 100 mg/dL

Excess weight—particularly around the belly—is a significant risk factor for metabolic syndrome and is a primary indicator of insulin resistance. You can prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome with lifestyle changes aimed at reducing insulin resistance. They include low saturated fat intake, consumption of low-glycemic-index foods, physical exercise, and prevention of obesity.

Science Unlocks Nature’s Potential

Nutrition research continues to identify the blood-sugar-balancing potential within many natural sources shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar spikes. These scientific advances have made it possible to develop nutritional solutions to blood sugar management and weight loss.

  • Pycnogenol®. This French maritime pine bark is a powerful antioxidant. A clinical study showed that Pycnogenol slowed absorption of carbohydrates, resulting in lower blood sugar.
  • Cinnamon. Although this spice has been used in cooking for centuries, its blood sugar balancing benefits have only recently been discovered. A clinical study published in Diabetes Care, the journal of the American Diabetes Association, showed cinnamon to reduce serum glucose, triglycerides and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes.
  • Omega-3s. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have been found to help improve triglyceride levels. High triglycerides are associated with unmanaged diabetes. According to the National Institutes of Health’s Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, fish oil may reduce triglyceride levels by 20 to 50 percent.
  • Lunasin. A naturally occurring soy peptide, is the first dietary ingredient identified to promote optimal health at the epigenetic level. This powerful antioxidant is clinically shown to help normalize cholesterol levels and inflammatory response.

Each of these clinically-studied ingredients has been formulated into GlucAffect. Reliv’s patented nutritional approach to supporting healthy blood sugar levels. GlucAffect is clinically proven to target multiple symptoms of metabolic syndrome. An eight-week, placebo-controlled clinical study observed 50 overweight individuals with elevated blood sugars. The test subjects taking four daily servings of GlucAffect lowered their blood sugars to healthy levels. In addition, the subjects lost an average of 16 pounds during the eight-week period.

GlucAffect is not only effective but also delicious. The cinnamon cream flavor is the perfect addition to your Reliv core nutrition shake, your morning coffee, or afternoon tea.

“I am living life on my terms because GlucAffect has made all the difference when it comes to balancing my blood sugar levels.” – Terry C.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Can Eating Right Reverse Metabolic Syndrome?

SubscribeButton-webfamily eatingSome things in life we have no control over… like rain on a picnic, taxes and teenage angst. But one thing you may be able to control is your risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of symptoms that includes impaired glucose tolerance, high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, and abdominal obesity. This dangerous package is often the pathway to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. A study also shows metabolic syndrome raises colon cancer risk by 75 percent. Continue reading “Can Eating Right Reverse Metabolic Syndrome?”

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SubscribeButton-webcinnamonBreads, cookies, cakes and pies are flavored with one of the oldest known spices — cinnamon. Not only does this favorite spice add mouthwatering taste, cinnamon also adds a healthy kick to foods. Continue reading “Cinnamon: The Healthy Spice With Everything Nice”