Do Supplements Work for Diabetes? (by Dlife)

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-11-05 13:21:16 -0600
Started 2011-09-13 17:24:20 -0500

Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were a side-effect free, all-natural pill or powder that would, in one fell swoop, improve your A1c, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure? A diabetes super-herb, taken twice a day with meals?

While a diabetes cure-all is a pipe dream, scientists are hard at work studying herbs and supplements that show different degrees of promise in the treatment of diabetes and its array of associated conditions. The research is exciting, and your doctor may be willing to work with you to find something that helps. But remember: Dietary supplements are not regulated like drugs are, and extra vigilance on the part of the consumer is crucial. Get expert advice before popping anything new into your regimen.

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22 replies

Ceunei 2011-09-16 00:36:23 -0500 Report

Not sure if the cinnamon is working, only been trying that for 4 days. I'm going to try milk thistle for my liver that is pumping out too much glucose in the early am…I hear from a type-2 dxed long before me it helps. She recommeded real cinnamon, too.

Other than that, multi-vitamin, calcium, zinc and 15-min of sun on bare skin a day. I've tried to go without the multi-vit, zinc and the sun with disastrous results.

Jan8 2011-09-15 08:04:30 -0500 Report

I just had an appt. with a diabetic nutritionist who recommended Centrum Cardio.

flipmom 2011-09-14 19:01:07 -0500 Report

i take multivitamin (10 in one supplement from gbg!!) i dont know if it helps diabetes but it does gives me energy to tackle the day! diabetes makes me sluggish and tired…

Dixiemom 2011-09-14 15:07:38 -0500 Report

I am on a supplement that's all herbs called G.ucose Support Formula from the Welln ess Support Network. I don't feel their is anything that will do away with Diabetis but it helps keep my numbers low.I take 3 capsules /day.

Abby888 2011-09-14 11:28:21 -0500 Report

I was reading about Vanadyl. Its a supplement that has had some success in lowering blood sugars. I talked to my doctor about it though and he doesn't recommend it. He warned me that supplements are not regulated by the FDA so I guess I won't be trying it

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 17:08:42 -0500 Report

Abby my dr has me taking Alpha Liporic Acid to help with my blood sugars and neuropathy. His other recommendations are because of the results from blood tests showing I am deficent.

GabbyPA 2011-09-14 17:08:24 -0500 Report

Do some research of your own and find out what is in it that makes it questionable. I am not such a fan of the FDA. Look at all of the approved drugs that are killing people or causing worse side effects than the illness they treat. A doctor that doesn't even consider alternatives is to be questioned in my book.

Abby888 2011-09-15 15:24:16 -0500 Report

Thanks for the information Gabby. I did some research and opted to start Biotin (B7). I read many good things about it. So we will see how it works. My doctor is a 2nd year resident so unfortunately he is basically still in training. I have learned over the years to not take EVERYTHING the doctor says to heart (and mind). I am more concerned about the way my Endocrinologist is handling my Diabetes and will be addressing it on my next visit. They keep adjusting my insulin. I feel at times like a yo-yo. I know its part of the territory but its frustrating. The sooner I can get off insulin, the better. Take care :)

MEGriff1950 2011-09-13 17:50:44 -0500 Report

I take many dr recommended supplements. I also take 3 different Omega supplements. Recently someone told me about 4Life products. They work on the transfer factor principle. I have been doing a ton of looking on the web for more information. Most information leads me back to 4Life which is a multi layer marketing plan (pyramid). Their products are costly. I have found 2 sites that show professional studies done in universities and they show some good results. I will keep looking a searching before investing. From what I have found 4Life is the only company marketing this type of product.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-14 17:17:13 -0500 Report

The transfer factor is supposed to boost the immune system. One govt study showed great promise in the treatment of certin cancers. The subjects were stage 1 and 2. The patients were injected, the tests were not done with the 4Life products. Diabetes does enough to our bodies and if I can find something that might help strenghten my immune system I will most likely give it a try. I just don't want to sell anything or have to win the lottery in order to afford the product.

GabbyPA 2011-09-13 17:25:18 -0500 Report

I only got 6 right. Boy do I feel bad. I missed a lot of the first few, but after that I did okay. There is a lot to learn out there and even more to investigate.

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