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Basic Tips for Optimal Kidney Health, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 615

Basic Tips for Optimal Kidney Health, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 615

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Mental Fatigue, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 613

Mental Fatigue, Invite Health Podcast, Episode 613

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Diabetes Type 1

Diabetes Type 1

Diabetes type 1

Written by: Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND

For further questions or concerns email me at carcidiacono@invitehealth.com†

Diabetes type 1 is a type of diabetes that is commonly found in children. In fact it used to be called juvenile diabetes. But what is diabetes type one? To start with, it is an autoimmune disease of the cells of the pancreas that produce insulin. While there are many hypothesis as to why the immune system starts to attack the pancreas as of now no single reason has been confirmed as the cause. Now the destruction of the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin means that no insulin is produced. While the blood sugar going up would normally signal the body to produce insulin due to the destruction of the insulin producing cells no insulin is made. This is what makes diabetes type one so unique. In general in other cases of high blood sugar there is actually adequate insulin but the body loses its sensitivities to it. Thus treating diabetes type one is more about replacing the missing insulin and protecting the body from damage caused by high blood sugar. (1) †

What are the symptoms of diabetes? Type one diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood, in my clinical experience it is usually diagnosed quite young. However, I have had clinical experience where diagnosis was delayed or children were actually misdiagnosed at first and later diagnosed as diabetic. Due to the possible complications of diabetes this is a huge concern. If you suspect your child has diabetes please see a doctor as soon as possible? Usually the first sign of diabetes type one is high blood sugar. This is usually accompanied by increased urination as well as increased thirst. Other symptoms include increased appetite with weight loss, blurred vision, bed wetting, and irritability and performance issues at school. Recurrent skin infections can also indicate high blood sugar. (2) If diagnosis is delayed there an also be persistent fatigue, dry or flushed skin, abdominal pain as well as nausea and vomiting. Additionally the child may act confused and have trouble breathing. Interestingly there can even be a fruity smell to the breath. (3) †

As I stated at the beginning of this blog, in type one diabetes the insulin producing cells are destroyed by the immune system. For unknown reasons the body is triggered to make antibodies that then destroy the insulin producing cells. There are certain risk factors that are being studied at this time. These include genetic susceptibility, diabetic triggers and or exposure to an antigen. (4) It also appears that the risk of diabetes type one is higher in children of mothers what are obese or older than 35. It also appears as though a cesarean birth is also a risk factor. There has also been found to be an association with cow’s milk intake as well as high sugar intake. Some studies have found an association of diabetes type 1 with gluten intake. (5) Certain medications are also associated with an increased risk of type 1 diabetes. (6) †

Diagnosis is done by testing the blood sugar as well as the A1C. For more information please see my previous blogs on these blood tests.
Complications from diabetes are very severe. According to the National institute of diabetes and digestive and kidney diseases about 130,000 people in the United States with diabetes have amputations each year. (7) Other complications include keto acidosis, hyperosmolar coma, poor healing, heart disease (and all the complications that fall under this category), hypoglycemia (once again all of the complications associated with this) and damage to eyes. There can also be confusion, memory loss, and even seizures. And of course coma. Diabetes can also damage the nerves as well as the blood vessels leading to poor circulation. (8) †
Diabetes type one is treated with insulin. There is no way around this. Diabetics type one DO NOT PRODUCE INSULIN therefore they must take it. Yes there is such a thing as a “brittle diabetic” however that is a unique concern that does not affect the majority of type 1 diabetics. I want to emphasize that the supplements that are fantastic for other types of diabetics do not replace insulin. A type one diabetic cannot just take a supplement to increase sensitivities to insulin because as I’ve said they don’t make it. Insulin can be given via subcutaneous injection with a syringe or an insulin pump. Blood sugar can also be managed with diet and exercise. Because the complications from diabetes type 1 are so severe we want to help keep the body healthy and this is where supplements can be fantastic!



ALA has been found in studies to help with damaged nerves. It has even been found that it can help in cases of nerve apoxia! This is important because the high blood sugar in diabetes can damage nerves. (9) Please see Invite’s Alcar with ALA or our ALA formula.

Benfotiamine (fat soluble B1) has been found in studies to help with the symptoms of neuropathy (10) Please see Invite’s Nerve Hx!

Methyl-B is a combination of B vitamins that are methylated. Studies show that b vitamins can help with nerve damage and even peripheral neuropathy (11)
Beets have been found to help with circulation which is a concern for long term diabetics! In long term diabetes the inflammation can affect the circulation.

In addition to helping with overall circulation studies show that beets can help to lower the inflammation. (12) Please see Invite’s Beets Hx

Chromium, Zinc and Magnesium have been correlated with better blood sugar control. Studies show that those with low levels of these nutrients have less stable or even poorly controlled blood sugar. (13) Please see Invite health for all of our options containing these fantastic nutrients!

Multivitamins are important to help prevent any deficiencies and for overall health. Additionally studies show that in the long term a good multivitamin can help with energy. (14) Please see Invite’s extensive line of multi vitamins!


Next week we will navigate the confusing world of PREDIABETES!


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Wolsdorf & Garvey 2016, “Type 1 Diabetes”.
“DKA (Ketoacidosis) & Ketones”. American Diabetes Association. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
Chiang JL, Kirkman MS, Laffel LM, Peters AL (July 2014). “Type 1 diabetes through the life span: a position statement of the American Diabetes Association”. Diabetes Care. 37 (7): 2034–2054. doi:10.2337/dc14-1140. PMC 5865481. PMID 24935775.
Norris, Johnson & Stene 2020, “Environmental factors”.
Repaske 2016, “Additional medications that decrease insulin release”.
Chiang JL, Kirkman MS, Laffel LM, Peters AL (July 2014). “Type 1 diabetes through the life span: a position statement of the American Diabetes Association”. Diabetes Care. 37 (7): 2034–2054. doi:10.2337/dc14-1140. PMC 5865481. PMID 24935775.

The Gut-Estrogen Connection

The Gut-Estrogen Connection

Dr.Kay speaks about the impact of the gut microbiome connection with the hormone estrogen and the importance of maintaining their balance.

Informative Session With Cardiologist Dr. Davis – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 564

Informative Session With Cardiologist Dr. Davis – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 564

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Can Nutrition Help With ADHD? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 532

Can Nutrition Help With ADHD? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 532


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Can Nutrition Help With ADHD? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 532

Hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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[00:00:40] There are many common disorders that you’ve probably heard of, and I certainly get an awful lot of questions in regards to. One of those in particular that it seems that people reach out oftentimes for a holistic approach to and that is attention deficit, so ADD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I want to talk a little bit about how it is that one comes to find out that they have this condition and what you can be doing nutritionally speaking, which can certainly make a big impact. So I’m Amanda Williams, MD, MPH, Scientific Director at InViteⓇ Health and when it comes to ADHD, we know that this is a very common problem. It is estimated that roughly about 9% of children between the ages of four and 17 years old in the United States have the diagnosis of ADHD, which is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. When it comes to adults, that number drops down a little bit, but it’s still quite high. The overall prevalence rate of ADHD in US adults is about 4 to 5%. So that tells you that many people are dealing with this condition.† [00:02:03]

[00:02:04] So there’s a lot of misinformation when it comes to ADHD. It’s always remained in that scope of kind of being controversial, and you get a lot of debate back and forth within the health care community as to, you know, how the treatment should be approached. Is it more of a behavioral? Is it a lifestyle modification? So I want to talk a little bit about what we know on the nutritional side when it comes to integrative approaches to really help to maintain focus and attention and optimize the cognitive abilities of someone who has ADHD or ADD. Now, technically speaking, the main difference in terms of ADD and ADHD is ADD is attention deficit disorder, so it’s the inability to remain focused and pay attention, whereas the hyperactivity component to it… This is when someone’s real fidgety, has a hard time sitting still, you know, maybe is constantly getting up and moving about when they really shouldn’t be. So there is the difference. When we add in the hyperactivity component, we’re getting more of that physiological aspect that people can witness, that you can actually see. If someone is having a hard time with attention, you may not be able to recognize this. And oftentimes this can happen in younger children, in school settings where they’re having a very difficult time organizing their daily, you know, homework and just doing basic activities that their classmates may be having no problem whatsoever with. So there there is some differences when it comes to the attention part. And then when we combine the attention with the hyperactivity part.† [00:03:58]


[00:04:00] The traditional, conventional approach to ADHD has always been to utilize stimulants, things like Ritalin and Adderall, Vyvanse. The reason why is because the thought is if you can overstimulate a particular region, this will actually depress that activity. So it’s like when they say too much of a good thing is not a good thing. And this is basically what the conventional treatment is. Now, there are many people in the medical field that look at it as more of a behavioral modification, so perhaps doing different behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, for example. In the nutritional world, we look at it in terms of what are things that are actually triggering the body to exacerbate the symptoms that come out with ADD and ADHD. So we know that the Standard American Diet is certainly not helpful to this, when you look at all of the foods that are loaded down with bad carbohydrates high in sugar, the sugary beverages, the bad fats, zero antioxidants, zero good nutrients coming in from your diet will make a big difference when it comes to the way that your brain is functioning every single day.† [00:05:22]

[00:05:23] So this is why when it comes to nutritional interventions, you have to look at the basics. You have to look at how is it that the brain is functioning every day? And we know that there is this wonderful interaction between essential fats and fatty acids. So you have your omega-3 fatty acids, you have your phospholipids, such as phosphatidylserine, phosphatidylcholine. So oftentimes, if I’m working with someone who has ADHD or ADD, these are kind of the two first places that I start with is looking at reestablishing good fats to the brain. And phosphatidylserine is certainly very beneficial because many times when people have ADD, this goes along with driving up additional stress because they recognize that perhaps the behavior that they’re doing is not what they should be doing, but they have a difficult time controlling this. So this drives up a lot of internal stressors for that person. And we know that phosphatidylserine, this phospholipid that’s so important when it comes to our brain health, is also very beneficial when it comes to stress management. So this is why we stay in that, that setting of looking at the healthy good fats.† [00:06:40]


[00:06:41] We also can find that instead of using a conventional stimulant, a Ritalin or an Adderall, that we can look at the things that the brain actually needs to create its energy, things like acetyl-L-carnitine, oftentimes goes by the name of Alcar. But we know that acetyl-L-carnitine has been shown in randomized, double blind trials to have very beneficial effect on hyperactivity in individuals who have ADHD. We can look at the role of B-vitamins, Vitamin B6 in particular, and they found that when they gave children who had ADHD combination of omega-3 fish oils, taking Vitamin B6, magnesium, this led to significant improvements in their hyperactivity, and they had better retention while in school.† [00:07:31]

[00:07:32] Now there’s also really fascinating studies implicating zinc’s role in ADHD, and they have found that when people have a zinc insufficiency, so low levels of zinc, that this can actually exacerbate the issues with focus and attention and hyperactivity. So they have utilized zinc in children who have ADHD, and they found that they had significantly improved in terms of all these different behavioral ratings or markings that they were assessing. So at the end of the day, we know that there are many different things that we can be doing when it comes to addressing ADHD. And we know that there are an awful lot of things that many Americans are just not getting adequate intake of. Zinc happens to be one of those things. We know that the average American is not getting adequate zinc. And if zinc has been directly correlated with issues with attention and hyperactivity and you have low zinc, this could be one of those problems. So you can see how there’s an easy fix to this. In a sense, if we change up our diet, we start to incorporate in high antioxidant foods coming from fruits and vegetables, we throw away those bad carbs, the sugary beverages get those out of your routine and really focus in on the nutrition and then replenish those omega-3 fatty acids that perhaps you haven’t been exposed to in high enough amounts throughout your life, incorporate in your magnesium, your zinc, your Vitamin B6… I usually advise that people use the Methyl-B formulation because I think that having the methylfolate along with that methylcobalamin and the B6 really helps to enhance overall cognitive performance. So that’s why I have as part of like a protocol for ADD, it would be fish oil or krill oil, just so long as we’re getting our omega-3 in, additional phosphatidylserine and then looking at Methyl-B, adding in magnesium and adding in zinc.† [00:09:43]


[00:09:43] Now we have a really lovely formulation, which is called Cerebral Care, and I find that the Cerebral Care is a very nice way for people who have concerns with maybe you can’t swallow capsules or soft gels, using the Cerebral Care formulation, one scoop of that a day is packed with wonderful nutrients. The phosphatidylserine, it has the acetyl-L-carnitine in that it has inositiol, which helps with cell-to-cell communication within the brain. So we know there’s many reasons as to why diet can drive someone towards that path of a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD. There are certainly environmental factors. There’s genetics, you know, there can be a close head injury. There’s many different correlations as to why someone ends up with this type of a problem. But we also recognize that there are many things that we can do proactively to reverse that and be able to continue on in a very focused and calmed matter.† [00:10:47]

[00:10:48] So that is all that I have for you for today. I want to thank you so much for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Do make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.† [00:10:48]