As some of you are aware, I have lived with type II diabetes for about 18 years. I recently ( about 2 or 3 months ago) stopped taking Actos after researching the available info concerning bladder cancer. My BG started to run higher, and I experienced uncomfortable spikes that did not exist prior to eliminating the Actos. This resulted in my endocrinologist increasing my dosage of metformin from 500mg twice per day to 1000mg twice per day. As it turns out, I can't handle that size dosage of Met, so I cut back to the original dosage of 500mg twice per day. My BG was still running higher then I like, and I was experiencing an occasional spike above the 180 mark. That is totally unaccetptable to me. One other point, I do not care for the only choices of medications that are now available to me. Some I tried in the past with bad side effects, some no longer work, and some I prefer not to mess with. I do take Lantus, but additional insulin means potential weight gain and that is counter productive and a struggle I hope to avoid..
As I have many times in the past, I felt compelled to take matters in to my own hands in a responsible manner of course! I continue to see my endo, and dietician. I felt as if I was between a hard rock and a stone! Obviously, of most importance, was getting my bg back under control as quickly as possible. I have managed to do this since I was first diagnosed and up till now.
Over the years, I tried more supplements that supposedly controlled or helped to control BG then I can remember. Some appeared to work, some didn't and some I was not sure about. Years ago I also controlled my diabetes with nothing but a low carb diet and exercise. Since my BG was in normal range most of the time, it was difficult to tell if certain supplements had any effect.
So this is how I have solved my dilemma so far! I cut my carbs a bit more, and increased my exercise routine slightly. This helped, but still not good enough. Obviously, I need to be able to eat enough healthy foods to get the necessary nutrion needed to stay healthy with good BG #s. At this point, 1/2 of a small apple, or even a few strawberries would send my bg soaring to 160 or even higher.
Well, I added two more ingredients. I started taking Cinnamon with Chromium caps, and Aloe Vera. I was skeptical about the Cinnamon and Chromium because years ago I tried it with no apparent results. I had no actual experience with Aloe Vera, and didnt expect any miracles. On the other hand I had nothing to lose.
It has been about two weeks since I started taking Aloe and the Cinnamon/Chromium caps. My Bg has been typically running between 90—100 and ocasionally a few points above 100 or below 90. Two hours after a meal my BG high is averaging 120—130 max, and drops back to the 90s within an hour or so. This is by far the best #s I have seen in years. If this continues, I expect to see my a1c drop down below 6.0 for the first time since my diagnosis 18 years ago. Of course it's only been a couple of weeks, so we'll see for sure with more time. I got a gallon bottle of Aloe also!!!
I am not sure to what extent the Aloe or Cinnamon/Chromium caps are working at this point. I do know that my BG is the best I can remember seeing in years.
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