Why an amino acid deficiency could lead to diabetes

The rate of type 2 diabetes in the United States is rising sharply. In fact, it’s estimated that between 2015 and 2030, the rate will increase by a shocking 54 percent. And men are at even higher risk than women.

Lots of reports and research seem to focus on the American lifestyle and the terrible food we eat. And when people feel they can’t change these habits, sometimes they resign themselves to a lifetime of insulin injections.

So, you can probably imagine how surprised I was to come across research about something we aren’t hearing anything about that could be partially responsible, at least, for the rise in the disease numbers…

The journal Diabetes published research that found that a simple amino acid deficiency may be a contributing factor to staggering cases of diabetes among Americans.

A protein building block

The amino acid is known as Dimethylglycine (DMG). It’s a building block for protein that’s found naturally in both plant and animal cells and in foods like beans, liver and whole-grain cereals.

Past studies have shown that this powerful little amino acid might possess a protective effect on glucose metabolism, which led the researchers to wonder if not getting enough DMG in your daily diet could lead to diabetes in the first place.

And after analyzing everything from blood samples to genetic profiles, here’s what the scientists discovered:

  • Lower plasma levels of DMG were significantly associated with higher glucose levels.
  • DMG deficiency was significantly associated with diabetes development.
  • Higher plasma DMG levels were strongly associated with improved insulin sensitivity.
  • People with a genetic variation that results in lower DMG concentrations had higher blood glucose and increased insulin resistance as well as increased risk of diabetes.

In other words, a lack of DMG led to high blood glucose, insulin resistance and diabetes.

This means that DMG deficiencies could be part of the driving force behind the epidemic of diabetes in our country.

Getting more DMG in your daily diet

I don’t know about you, but the second I realized that, all I could think was it’s time for DMG.

Now, here’s the funny part… I already had my husband taking a supplement that contained DMG, but I had never taken it myself.

I chose it to help my husband when he started noticing that middle age was creeping up on him. He was concerned about the bit of extra flab around his midsection, lower energy levels and less desire in the bedroom.

And it’s helping him feel great! I just hadn’t realized it might also be helping keep his blood sugar levels balanced.

The DMG in the supplement supports healthy oxygen levels that keeps him invigorated, but clearly it also has big blood sugar benefits as well, as this study has shown.

Honestly, while I asked my husband to take it, I didn’t consider taking it myself — but both men and women are affected by fake estrogens and of course, we are at risk for diabetes.

So, no matter your gender, guarding against a nutrient deficiency… especially one that could push you over the edge to diabetes… makes perfect sense.

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  1. Dimethylglycine Deficiency and the Development of Diabetes — NCBI
  2. Higher Prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in Men Than in Women Is Associated With Differences in Visceral Fat Mass — The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
  3. Diabetes 2030: Insights from Yesterday, Today, and Future Trends — NCBI
  4. Dimethylglycine and Autism — Research Autism
Virginia Tims-Lawson

By Virginia Tims-Lawson

Virginia Tims-Lawson has dedicated her life to researching and studying natural health after her mother had a stroke that left her blind in one eye at the age of 47, and her grandmother and two great uncles died from heart attacks. Spurred by her family history, Virginia’s passion to improve her and her family’s health through alternative practices, nutrients and supplements has become a mission she shares through her writing. She is founder of the nutritional supplement company Peak Pure & Natural®.