Carb blockers have started to become somewhat popular as products that are designed to help people to be able to lose weight, particularly since low-carb diets have seen a great deal of hype. However, just because those products are available over the counter, it doesn’t mean that they are safe for everyone. In fact, people with diabetes could actually find themselves placing their health in danger if they were to choose the wrong product.
Therefore, it is very important that anyone considering the use of carbohydrate blockers should first speak with their doctors to be sure that they will not only be effective, but that they will also be safe considering the ingredients, and how they could potentially conflict with medical conditions, other supplements and medications.
Carb blockers exist in both prescription and nonprescription forms. They are sometimes prescribed to people with diabetes in order to help to inhibit the enzymes that are in the small intestine that are required for the digestion of starches – complex carbohydrates – in order to convert them into glucose that can be absorbed and used by the body. The reason that these medications are prescribed to people with diabetes as it slows the digestion of carbs and, therefore, the absorption of glucose, so that it is easier to regulate blood sugar levels.
Proper use of those medications can help to reduce the progress of one of the largest problems associated with diabetes: cardiovascular disease. However, those drugs must be prescribed by a doctor and their effects must be carefully monitored with regular testing and checkups. Simply choosing to take over the counter carb blockers could, therefore, be dangerous to the health and the life of someone with that medical condition.
Aside from prescriptions, there are some natural carb blockers that can sometimes be used by people with diabetes in order to inhibit the enzymes that are necessary for carbohydrate digestion. These should be taken with careful monitoring by a doctor in order to ensure that they are not causing side effects or unhealthy movements in blood glucose levels – among other potential risks.
Among those that are sometimes successfully used by people with diabetes are flavinoids and other types of polyphenols and alkaloids. The reason is that they have certain actions that can inhibit the enzyme to the point that they may be able to work as a potential alternative to prescription medications for certain patients.