Some supplements that may help

By MEGriff1950 Latest Reply 2012-01-31 13:26:06 -0600
Started 2011-11-03 14:33:25 -0500

As always I am always searching the internet to try to find natural ways to help get my blood sugars more under control and help get me off of metformin. Today I found this site here is some of the first page. There is more and a place to buy supplements of course LOL

Natural supplements for diabetes treatment, herbal products
Before you embark on ingesting supplements, have a discussion with your health care provider to see if they are appropriate for you. If you doctor is not familiar with these herbs and nutrients, you may recommend he or she read this information. If you plan to take supplements for your diabetes, keep your dosages low and start with one or two rather than a whole bunch at one time. Over time you can gradually add more supplements as you become familiar on how they make you feel or influence your blood sugar.

Alpha lipoic acid is one if the most important nutrients to consider for diabetes. Alpha Lipoic acid has been evaluated for blood sugar control, and it may also be considered in diabetic neuropathy and kidney disease. A dose of 30 to 50 mg two or three times a week appears to be appropriate.
Stevia is a no calorie natural sweetener and a wonderful alternative to artificial sweeteners. all diabetics should learn about it. Stevia is a substitute not only for artificial sweeteners, but also for sugar.
Fish oils maintain healthy blood flow, especially in the microcirculation.
Carnitine can reduce oxidative stress in diabetic patients.
Carnosine is a potent antioxidant and should be considered two or three times a week.
Banaba has been used in the Philippines for the treatment of diabetes.
Benfotiamine is a lipid soluble form of thiamine. Preliminary human studies indicate that benfotiamine may be helpful in diabetic neuropathy and to reduce microvascular damage from high blood sugar.
Cinnamon — 1 to 5 grams daily improves sugar levels and reduces blood lipids (one small study)
Fenugreek is an herb that helps support healthy blood sugar levels.
Acetylcarnitine is a promising treatment for diabetic neuropathy, usually at a dose of 100 to 400 mg daily.
CoQ10 improves the function of endothelial cells lining blood vessels and may slightly help with blood sugar control. A dose of 20 to 60 mg a day with breakfast
Psyllium half or one teaspoon in a glass of water twice daily with food. Or three capsules twice daily with a meal. Psyllium can lower cholesterol levels.
Cayenne pepper at 5 grams a day was shown in one human study to help keep blood sugar levels lower.
Multivitamins and minerals should be considered daily, they may reduce the risk for infections.
Natural Vitamin C with bioflavonoidsz
Chromium increases insulin sensitivity and binding, also increases number of insulin receptors.
Magnesium may help lower blood pressure in those with diabetes. Getting enough magnesium in your diet could help reduce the risk of getting this blood sugar management disease. People who consumed the most magnesium in foods and from vitamin supplements were about half as likely to develop this disease over the next 20 years as people who took in the least of the mineral. Diabetes Care, published online August 31, 2010. Supplements of this mineral improve insulin sensitivity. Dietary sources of magnesium include green, leafy vegetables, meats, starches, grains and nuts, and milk. Many adults do not meet the RDA for magnesium (320 mg per day for women and 420 mg per day for men).
Vanadium Vanadyl sulfate mineral
Flavonoids could be quite helpful
Natural Vitamin E complex at a dose of 20 to 200 mg a few times a week.
Aloe vera gel has been found to be helpful in rodents with diabetes.
Spirulina is a superfood
Astragalus may be helpful in diabetic nephropathy.
Whey protein - For people with type 2 diabetes, adding whey to high-carbohydrate meals stimulates insulin release and reduces spikes in blood glucose levels after meals.
Ginkgo biloba can improve blood flow, particularly retinal capillary blood flow rate in type 2 diabetic patients with retinopathy.

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chayogarza 2012-01-24 01:10:05 -0600 Report

i am taking the artichoke herbal pill in spanish alcachofa, it has done wonders for a.m. readings use to be in the 200's and 300's. with metformin 1000 mg twice daily also glipizide twice daily and 2 insulin shots twice daily of 45 units each. now i take my pills with only 15 units at bed time and my readings will run around 87 and 100

MEGriff1950 2012-01-31 13:26:06 -0600 Report

Wow Chaygarza that is great. I will try adding artichoke supplement. I have read that eating artichoke is good for diabetics. I firmly believe that if we can control our diabetes with natural supplements it will be healthier for our bodies then the meds that can affect our liver, kidneys and other organs. Thank you.

hughsbayou 2011-12-02 23:16:57 -0600 Report

I checked out the link and the information provided seems quite reliable. I take quite a few supplements, primarily a multi vitamin, magnesium, CoQ10, calcium and fish oil both tabs and Cod liver oil. Recently I started taking Benfotiamine which is a B1 derivative and very inexpensive. Since I started taking the Benfotiamine my blood glucose has become near normal without taking Metformin. It's been about three weeks now since I stopped using the Metformin and my morning BG is between 87 and 99 everyday. I'm type 2, was diagnosed in April of 2011 and immediately went on a Protein Power diet. I still have neuropathy in my feet but my eyes cleared up and I stopped sweating for no reason. I also lost 30 lbs without trying very hard. Just the diet change. I cook almost all of my own food now, whereas before I ate in restaurants a lot.

MEGriff1950 2012-01-31 13:18:47 -0600 Report

Awesome new Hughsbayou thanks for the added information, I am writting it down. I have CoQ10 on order right now from Puritans Pride. I have been taking a super B complex but have read that the Benfotiamin is very beneficial I might have to try that. I want to get off of Metformin

chayogarza 2012-01-31 09:55:03 -0600 Report

Happy to hear that.I also am trying to bring my readings down which i have.Now I am cooking or trying to cook in a healthy way avoiding alot of the carbsthat i love.ive been trying to bring my weight down.I get discouraged ive got 5 lbs. that go up and down all month long .im gonna try walking at least a mile or 2 daily to try to help it some congratulations on your 30 lbs lost.

chayogarza 2012-01-24 01:15:28 -0600 Report

could you please explain the protein power diet please. i also developed neuropathy.i am trying very hard to help bring n keep my readings as normal as i can.i am trying to eat alot healthier./ hoping god willing my neuropathy could be less painful/

hughsbayou 2012-01-24 01:37:46 -0600 Report

just look it up on the internet, it's called Protein power plan or something like that. It's a very low carb diet which is higher in protein. Mainly means eating very few starchy items, good quality lean meats and fish, nuts etc and lots of vegetables. I've lost a lot of excess weight and am having to get used to being skinny like I have been most of my life. I eat a lot actually and am now finding I can up the carbs a bit and maintain my BG levels. The supplements have helped the neuropathy but it hasn't gone away. Not as much burning and tingling as before however which has been better. I think it may never go away completely which is depressing but hey, I'm still walking. I do balance exercises a lot, stand on one leg and swing the other back and forth etc.

jayabee52 2011-11-04 10:23:39 -0500 Report

I also take the ALA mentioned in the article.

I do wonder about any information which seems to push products like were pushed at the mid point of the article found in the link provided. I wonder if the poster is simply writing the article as an advertisement or whether what they say is s actually true.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-04 10:55:50 -0500 Report

I have taken ALA for years, dr recommended. I mentioned the ads to sell products. When posting these I hope people will do a bit of research about the supplements and not just take the promotions of one site. It just dawned on me that I should add doing more research on the subject.

jayabee52 2011-11-22 17:12:02 -0600 Report

At this moment I have a page up from puriitin's Pride site. I wonder if anyone could guide me as to how much biotin to take?

I am about 150 lbs and closer to 60 than 59 In case that makes any difference in dosages and timing.

EDIT: I forgot to add that I am now at stage 4 Chronic kidney desease almost at stage 5 (end stage renal disease) I have a host of other "medical challenges" (please check my profile for a complete list)

Caroltoo 2011-11-22 17:45:47 -0600 Report

Jim: I take 5000 mcg. I'm 160 pounds and 66 yrs/old. I'm taking it to suppliment the depletion caused by Alpha Lipoic Acid. This is what the health food store salesperson recommended for this purpose. It's way over the usual need, because the ALA creates it's own need.

MEGriff1950 2011-11-22 17:37:34 -0600 Report

This is from WebMd:
Biotin is a vitamin that is found in small amounts in numerous foods.

Biotin is used for preventing and treating biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy, long-term tube feeding, malnutrition, and rapid weight loss. It is also used orally for hair loss, brittle nails, skin rash in infants (seborrheic dermatitis), diabetes, and mild depression.

How does it work?

Biotin is an important component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others.

There isn’t a good laboratory test for detecting biotin deficiency, so this condition is usually identified by its symptoms, which include thinning of the hair (frequently with loss of hair color) and red scaly rash around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Nervous system symptoms include depression, exhaustion, hallucinations, and tingling of the arms and legs. There is some evidence that diabetes could result in biotin deficiency.

The appropriate dose of biotin depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for biotin. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) established for biotin. The adequate intakes (AI) for biotin are 7 mcg for infants 0-12 months, 8 mcg for children 1-3 years, 12 mcg for children 4-8 years, 20 mcg for children 9-13 years, 25 mcg for adolescents 14-18 years, 30 mcg for adults over 18 years and pregnant women, and 35 mcg for breast-feeding women.

Biotin is LIKELY SAFE for most people when taken appropriately and by mouth. Biotin is well tolerated when used at recommended dosages.
Kidney dialysis: People receiving kidney dialysis may need extra biotin. Check with your health care provider.

Ok James in my book Encylpedia of Nutritional Supplements by Michael T. Murray it says that 30 to 300 micrograms for adults. It mentions further that 1,000 to 3,000 micrograms may be safely taken for brittle nails or hair loss. In one study 16 milligrams of Biotin a day resulted in significant lowering of fasting blood sugar levels and improvements in blood glucose control in type 1 diabetics. In a study in type 2 diabetes similar effects were noted with 9 milligrams per day. High dose biotin is also very helpful in the treatment of severe diabetic nerve disease.

I hope this helps you,

Kirla 2011-11-03 17:10:08 -0500 Report

When first diagnosed one of the first sites I came across was one written by Julia Hauf. She sells a supplement that she calms will help get blood sugar under control. On her website she lists all the ingredients in her supplement.

Well I wasn’t going to spend hundreds of dollars buying supplements so I made a list of the nutrients and stuff she listed. Then I googled all the nutrients to see what foods contained them. I then made a list of foods that had them ingredients in them.

When first diagnosed I didn’t know what to eat. I spent weeks trying to find out. The only thing I could come up with was foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving all spiked my blood sugar. That’s when I decided not to eat anything with more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

Almost all the foods I listed, all contained less than the 5-6 net carbs per serving that I figured I could eat. So I made a decision to buy and eat as mush as I could find. I don’t eat everything on my list, I only eat what I like from that list but most of what I eat came from the list.

When diagnosed my fasting blood sugar was 366 and A1C was 14.1. After starting my new diet my blood sugar started to drop. Everyday it was getting better and better. After about 4-6 weeks I blood sugar was what I call almost normal levels. 4 months after being diagnosed my next A1C was 5.9. Has stayed at 6 or less for over 2½ years now. Even stopped all meds after 7 weeks and never even noticed. Blood sugar continued to get better and better with just the diet.

I haven’t found everything on the list yet but what I did find and eat all has helped me with controlling my blood sugar. I wrote about the list on my blog. I should probley update it soon but on my blog I posted the list that has helped me more than anything I have found to date.