According to the American Diabetes Association, Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes, results in cells not receiving enough insulin. Consequently, cells starve for energy, and over time, glucose levels increase in the blood stream, causing negative effects on a person's eyes, kidneys, nerves and/or heart. But you, or someone close to you, may have diabetes and not even know it. Because the symptoms of diabetes—such as frequent urination, excessive thirst, headaches, and muscle aches—are not always recognized, diabetes often goes undiagnosed until the disease has long been present and more dire symptoms have begun to emerge.

The fast-paced society in which we live today has led to an increased number of fast food restaurants and high-carbohydrate alternatives as food sources. The result is a greater threat of developing diabetes due to cells becoming insulin-resistant, meaning insulin and glucose have a harder time reaching the cells.

Micronutrients such as alpha-lipoic acid, calcium, carnite, inositol, magnesium, niacin, zinc, as well as Vitamins B6, D, and E all play an important role in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Though diabetes is a serious disease, with the right treatment, it can be easier to live a longer, healthier life.