Is anyone taking these vitamins for your insulin to work better?

By Nana_anna Latest Reply 2014-02-23 13:16:02 -0600
Started 2014-02-19 11:58:07 -0600

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margokittycat 2014-02-20 22:35:54 -0600 Report

They must work different on different diabetics, I took all of them in the acticle and they sent my BG threw the roof. As soon as I stopped and they had all worked thier way out my BG was fine again.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-02-20 13:16:39 -0600 Report

By the way The Body Balance does just that! It balances the body including blood sugar. I just heard about eating asparagus that eating it often cleanses the liver. Very old fact!

GabbyPA 2014-02-22 17:21:25 -0600 Report

So do beets. They are very good for your liver and if your glucose levels can handle them , go for it. Just try to buy organic, as that is one of the GMO foods to beware of.

GabbyPA 2014-02-20 08:33:49 -0600 Report

I have been taking "cell salts" which are magnesium and its neat, because you put them under your tongue and if they dissolve quickly my body needs it. Once they stop dissolving, my body has enough.

I have also taken chromium, but I am not very consistent with it, so I am not really sure it works.

Nana_anna 2014-02-20 11:12:14 -0600 Report

"Cell salts"…I haven't heard of that before. Sounds interesting.

GabbyPA 2014-02-20 14:20:06 -0600 Report

It was an interesting education for me. I will try to put it in a short version:
All cells require salt and water to communicate with the body properly. The typical table salt we consume forms a crust on the outside of the cell because the cell doesn't recognize it as a good salt. Then it uses the water inside the cell to "clean off " the crust and it becomes dehydrated. A dehydrated cell doesn't communicate with the body right, so things get all out of wack. But there are salts the cells will allow in to keep themselves hydrated and one of those is magnesium.
I found all of this out when I was looking for relief from night time leg and foot cramps. Works great.

Nana_anna 2014-02-21 11:41:57 -0600 Report

Would I have to get a prescription ffrom the Dr. on that? I get leg cramps from Restless Syndrome and sometimes they are really painful. But, that is interesting to know. Thanks for sharing.

GabbyPA 2014-02-21 17:32:29 -0600 Report

No, this is homeopathic, but you would want to talk to your doctor before you start it. Make sure nothing is conflicting with your meds or other conditions. The lady who helped me took a while to look up all of my meds and my conditions before she made the suggestion.

Brendieb 2014-02-21 22:25:19 -0600 Report

I have for years only used seasalt as it was suppose to be so much better for us. Does it mean the same for it as regular salt?

GabbyPA 2014-02-22 17:18:04 -0600 Report

Sea salt is a very popular, but it also undergoes the same kind of processing to take the polutants out, so the lady who spoke to me said to avoid that as well. I have been using Himalayan Pink salts for several months now. I don't use white salts anymore.

jayabee52 2014-02-22 08:54:15 -0600 Report

Brendie, I believe that what Gabby is writing about is "'cell salts' which [is] magnesium". That is different than sea salt which is simply sodium chloride (Na Cl) together with other minor impurities from the dehydration process.

From what I read from Gabby's posts above Na Cl forms a crust around the cells of the body which draws the water out of the cell leading to dehydration. The magnesium is something which the cell wall will allow in. (I have not independently verified the above - just reporting what Gabby was told by the store clerk)

GabbyPA 2014-02-22 17:19:58 -0600 Report

She was not a store clerk. She his a homeopathic herbal specialist. The neat thing about her service is that she researched based on what you are taking. I have been in healthfood stores where they know about the product, but don't research how it affects us with other things we take. She owns the shop.

jayabee52 2014-02-20 22:46:57 -0600 Report

I had not heard of that before either..Gabby Learned something tonight! Will have to check this out with my Kidney Dr as to whether this could be useful to me or compatible with dialysis. Sometimes I get terrible leg cramps when on dialysis.

GabbyPA 2014-02-21 09:21:57 -0600 Report

It is a small tablet that I put under my tongue. It's kind of neat because the body will quit absorbing it once you have enough in your system.
The one for cramps is Magnesium Phosphate and I use a brand by Hyland's.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-02-20 05:44:20 -0600 Report

Doctors are not necessarily educated on supplements. What bothers me is drug companies manufacture vitamins and a dr writes a script for a vitamin. Drs are not all knowing gods! They have to many other things to learn! Our food does not have the nutritional value it did in the past! GMOs are making our food even more dangerou! Vitamins have a synergistic affect. If you just take calcium without magnesium & vit C you're missing out. Minerals need to be chelated for absorption! Liquid form is better absorbed than tablets.
I take 1000 mg Coconut oil caps 3-6 daily, more if sinus or cold symptoms acting up. Coconut oil also wards off Alzheimer's but one or two a day won't do much good. It's been reported that that the disease is present in a persons brain 20 years before its diagnosed. The report compared Alzheimer's to being like diabetes of the brain!
I also take liquid collagen and liquid minerals. Body Balance is a sea vegetable liquid formula with 121 phytonutrients first thing every morning which is great at making up for how impossible to have a balanced diet. Just ask me about any of this.
I also use licorice root chewable tablets for indigestion just before meals when necessary. And of course cinnamon. Vit E is very important 1200 IU daily min
The older we get the more responsibility we must take for ourselves to be the best for ourselves and our loved ones! Diana

jigsaw 2014-02-21 14:10:20 -0600 Report

Today, I feel in a friendly but challenging mood. Don't take this as an attack, because it is not. I simply want to express a few challenging opinions in hopes of doing a bit of mind and knowledge expansion.

There are doctors that are very educated on the subject of vitamins. Naturopathic doctors frequently specialize in the subject. Its's a matter of seeing the right professional for a given situation.

Personally, I think GMO foods are great! Been eating them for years, and never knew it.
The third arm that recently grew out of my left side, comes in very handy! Definitely makes life so much easier.

Seriously, I went on a very heavy kick with supplements many years ago. I probably utilized every supplement that you've mentioned including licorice root, at one point or another. My personal library on the subject of supplements and naturopathic medicine is humongous.
With few exceptions, I rarely take any supplements anymore. Although many are probably quite safe, there are also many that appear safe , but are not. Some over the counter supplements can be downright dangerous, especially if used without proper precautions and professional medical advice.
Example: How many people actually know their vitamin E levels? To much vitamin E supplementation can cause serious health problems! One potential risk of excess vitamin E is brain bleeds. There have also been studies that state that vitamin E supplementation above 400 units per day can cause heart problems. Of course another study contradicted this info. Many vitamin manufacturers use DL Alpha (synthetic form ) instead of D Alpha ( natural form) as a source of vitamin E. From what I understand, synthetic vitamin E, as used by many manufacturers is a total waste. Natural vitamin E is expensive and so synthetic is used to cut corners.
Licorice root can also cause numerous health problems when not utilized properly, in spite of it's benefits.
These are just a few reasons why I try to eat a healthy balanced nutritional diet. I turn to professionals for guidance, especially with supplementation.
A healthy nutritionally balanced food plan is the best way to get proper nutrition. If for example, you are suffering from acid indigestion, try to find out why. Taking a supplement like licorice root may help, but eliminating the cause is better.
Here are a few links on supplements.

Overdosing and RDA
It is possible to consume too much vitamin E, according to the University of Florida, which says that your daily intake of vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol should not exceed 1,000 milligrams or 1,500 units. Consuming more than this amount could lead to bleeding problems, which might become severe enough to cause bleeding in your brain, leading to a stroke. The Recommended Dietary Allowance, or RDA, of vitamin E for adults is 15 milligrams daily, or 22 international units. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you need slightly more, about 19 milligrams or 29 international units. You can obtain adequate amounts of vitamin E by eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. You might also take vitamin E supplements, but discuss these with your doctor first to decide if they are advisable for you.

ConnieMarie 2014-02-20 00:31:22 -0600 Report

My PCP put me on calcium & Neuro on D3…I take a whole food multi, d-ribose, co q 108, methyl b 12 & instead of a probotic I eat yogurt all recommended by my old PCP.

draco59 2014-02-19 21:33:02 -0600 Report

I don't use insulin but I do take a good share of vitamins and supplements;
Magnesium 500mg
Niacin 2000mg
Chromium Picolinate 800mcg
Fish oil 1500 mg + GLA
Osteo Bi-Flex
Ubuquinol 200mg
Fenugreek 610mg
Tumeric Curcumin 1050mg
Vitamin D 2000mg
B50 complex
Cinnamon 1000 mg
GABA 750
K-2 100mcg (Menaquinone-7)
Ashwagandha Extract 470 mg
Saw Palmetto Plus Pygeum
Which are all approved by my different doc's, I've cut my RX's in have since I started taking these, with at least half recommend by my Dr's.

jigsaw 2014-02-19 14:25:20 -0600 Report

Taking individual supplements without professional advice from a doctor, can be dangerous. It is possible to throw your system out of balance! I do take a few supplements, but only with my doctors approval.

mmccance 2014-02-19 13:46:34 -0600 Report

I take all of these except for the Vit C. As I learned from my doctor or from reading which ones I should take I started taking them. The only one I have observed as having an effect is the magnesium because it helps with leg cramps — but that is not an insulin problem. I also take Gymnema Sylvestre and Full Spectrum Bitter Melon which I get online at Swanson's. I do believe these two actually do help to lower my blood sugar. I believe that fasting (I'm not on medication) and exercise and eating low carb is what actually helps my insulin response, though. Hugs!

Nana_anna 2014-02-19 14:08:36 -0600 Report

I started having bad leg cramps again. Woke up with them this morning. I need to get back on the mag…then.

draco59 2014-02-19 21:20:05 -0600 Report

the mag, Have you had your potassium checked? The extra potassium will help the cramps at night, it did me and my wife. But you should have your Dr. check your potassium first.

mmccance 2014-02-19 20:34:43 -0600 Report

Two things will help with the leg cramps… taking magnesium when you get them… and eating low carb to prevent them. They show up when the body is expelling too much water… which comes from eating high carb foods… especially sweets. At least that is what happens to me. Drink more water, eat less carbs, and take mag… Hugs!

Nana_anna 2014-02-20 11:19:35 -0600 Report

Thanks, don't do sweets, but I drink allot of water all ready and all day. I eat oatmeal in the morning, tuna for lunch with veggies, and a salad at dinner.

Type1Lou 2014-02-19 13:08:42 -0600 Report

I do know that my endo suggested I take a vitamin D3 supplement and that this is often suggested for diabetics…guess I'll need to research why..I think it may have to do with the efficient metabolism of glucose but am not sure. And, I do take 3000iu of D3 daily.

Nana_anna 2014-02-20 11:20:28 -0600 Report

My Dr. has never told me to take any vitamins or supplements. I don't know why he hasn't.

jigsaw 2014-02-21 17:49:14 -0600 Report

Sometimes you have to inquire. It's amazing how much info you can get from some doctors by asking.

Type1Lou 2014-02-20 14:42:07 -0600 Report

Vitamin D3 levels are often lower in people with diabetes. The first step would be to have your blood tested for it…ask your doctor about it.

Jan8 2014-02-19 13:06:00 -0600 Report

I take vitamin to give a little extra oomph ! Not for diabetes. I use to take cinnamon but that proved not to be useful.. I take vitamin D 3000 units and Calcium for osteopenia. I take krill oil and a B supplement. I was told to take these by my PCP.

jayabee52 2014-02-19 12:40:05 -0600 Report

Howdy Anna
I generally do not like to rely on places like yahoo voices as a source of solid information. The author of the article, is, according to Yahoo is: "Tommy Fassbender A journalist who enjoys sharing knowledge with the world and hearing what everyone else has to say. I have been writing for years and is happy to finding an outlet like this to express myself"

Note that it says nothing about him having diabetes,or that he is trained in medicine and that he is a "journalist".

Journalists often give us sensational stories about studies they don't fully understand and may misread the finding of a particular study (the whole coffee is good/not good controversy comes to mind there). So Mr Fassbender may be well meaning and may be misunderstanding the ultimate value of vitamins and their uses.

Having said that, I am not saying that he is wrong, but we have to take each assertion point by point to determine if it is factual, of a misunderstanding on his part (an endeavor beyond the scope of this reply).

I am going to add from an article from Univ of Maryland, one result of a search regarding "do vitamins lower blood glucose": This from the article "Diabetes" Under the heading:
"Nutrition and Dietary Supplements"
"Considerable research has been conducted on the relationship between diabetes and specific nutrients and dietary supplements. Dietary supplements may increase the effects of blood sugar-lowering medications, including insulin"

The question now is which vitamins and minerals are most helpful in managing our diabetes and which are a waste of our money?

God's best!


mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2014-02-19 12:36:58 -0600 Report

In the 11 years that I've been studying diabetes and insulin resistance, I have never heard of a vitamin that will help your insulin work better. Exercise will definitely help your insulin work better. It stimulates the cells receptors and increases their ability to open to accept insulin and the glucose that insulin is bringing. I believe it was Dr. Bernstein who recommended that you do not take more than 400 units of vitamin C a day because it can give you a false reading on your test strips and it can raise your blood sugar. Also at over 400 units a day, Vitamin C becomes an oxidant instead of an antioxidant.

We have found that eating low carb (and you need to get as much information about what exactly carbs are and what low carb eating is all about) coupled exercise is so incredibly important to better utilization of your blood sugar.

If you for some reason are taking statins, you also need to be taking CoQ10 supplements. This is according to Dr. Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra's book, "The Great Cholesterol Myth". They also report in their book that no woman should ever be on a statin. And the only men that should be on a statin is a man in his middle age who has had a heart attack or who is in danger of having a heart attack. No male over the age of 60 who has never had a heart attack nor or in danger of having a heart attack should ever take statin drugs. These drugs will raise your blood sugar - I know that from personal experience.
Statins also cut off your ability to make CoQ10 a vital and critical part of cell health.

jigsaw 2014-02-19 14:17:27 -0600 Report

I agree with what you have pointed out about insulin and exercise. I also have been taking CoQ10 for many years and obviously agree that it is a good idea.
I don't agree with the statement made by Dr. Bowden & Dr. Sinatra concerning men, women, and the use of statin drugs. There are many controversial studies concerning statin drugs, and varied opinions as a result. Many doctors ( and I am talking from actual experience ) disagree with Bowden and Sinatras opinions on statin drugs. Most doctors that I have talked with, believe statins when prescribed under the right circumstances can be life prolongers, as well as life savers. This includes circumstances that Bowden and Sinatra disagree with.

The reason that I pointed this out, is because I believe it is generally more important for most of us to listen to our own personal physicians. The information about statins here is simply more info to question ones own doctor about, if so inclined. That is something I always do.

winn230 2014-02-19 22:27:49 -0600 Report

To Mary, the Diabetes lady…
Please don't take this the wrong way but are you diabetic? Statins have their side effects but they also have their purpose.
I can list the side effects of many medications and the effects on each individual and everyone is different. You make it sound like you're an expert on statins and what they did to your husband I was on statins once that gave me horrible side effects in my legs like you stated so my doctor change the drug. Even though were all diabetics that doesn't mean each drug affects us the same so you have to be careful and that's why we see doctors. I'm back on statins and that's because of my diagnosis. Diabetes is a nasty disease and it affects everyone differently so we all have to take into account our own situation.
God bless and good day.

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2014-02-19 14:49:12 -0600 Report

Interesting. Have you read "The Statin Damage Crisis" by Duane Graveline, M.D. Dr. Graveline was an astronaut and the flight surgeon to the astronauts. His story about statins included memory loss as well as muscle pain. He attributes his ALS to statins as well.

I can tell you from personal experience what statins did to my husband. Muscle pain was only the beginning. After just a few weeks on a new statin (pravastatin) he had difficulty walking. The doctor told him to take Tylenol. There's a good idea - let's mask the pain which is the body telling us that something is wrong here!

I called the doctor and told him that I was very concerned about rhabdomyolysis. He told me not to worry and that my husband should continue to take the statin as prescribed. We went to our cabin along with a group of friends a few weeks later. My husband refused to play golf. He was in a great deal of pain and tried not to show it.

I woke up one morning to find him standing by our bed in obvious pain. When I asked him what was wrong he almost broke into tears. He said it was a horrible night - the pain was intense in his muscles (mainly in his thighs and calf muscles). He said he got up to go into the living room but he was in pain last night so when he went to bed he just dropped his clothes on the floor. When he got up to go into the living room during the night, he tried twice to pick up his clothes and could not do it.

I called the doctor that morning and insisted on a CPK test. The doctor totally agreed. We came home and got the test done. Fortunately, it was negative. The doctor told me to take my husband off the statins - right then. No weaning as we had previously heard was necessary. He said he is to come off of the statins…now!

The pain lasted for over 6 months AFTER my husband came off the statins.

After my research and study into these drugs which includes reading Dr. Marcia Angell's book, "The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What To Do About It." Dr. Angell was for over 20 years the editor of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Jerome Kassirer's book, "On The Take." Dr. Kassirer was also the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. John Abramson's book, "Overdosed America, The Broken Promise of American Medicine." I am convinced that Drs. Bowden and Sinatra are right. Not that it means anything but they were both on Dr. Oz's show and convinced Dr. Oz about the misconception that cholesterol causes heart disease and/or heart attacks.

We each need to assess these findings to see what our gut tells us. Do we agree or disagree?

I can tell you that in 2002 after 20 years of my husband suffering with T2D, severe neuropathy in both feet that limited his walking to 75 feet at a time, on insulin, on pain meds, on diuretics, weight ballooning up to 280 pounds for a man who was 5'10" and this despite the fact that he did everything the doctors told him to do.

I read Dr. Richard Bernstein's book, "Diabetes Solution" (that book should be the first book any person with diabetes buys and reads) and that started my research. Soon after I developed a program for my husband. Within 3 months he was completely off insulin. Within 9 months he lost 80 pounds and a few years later he lost another 20 pounds for a total weight loss of 100 pounds! Within a year he walked in 2 5K races and finished. He is off of insulin, off of pain meds, off of diuretics, off of statins. His doctors are astonished…I am not! We found the answer.

We now travel the country giving our classes on How We Beat Diabetes. Paying it forward with a passion for helping others beat this condition.

God bless you. Dick (my husband) and I wish you good health and well being.

Type1Lou 2014-02-20 14:40:04 -0600 Report

I read Dr Bernstein's book in the early 2000's and it was definitely a turning point for me, even though I'd been living with Type 1 since 1976. I'm 65 now and my last A1c was 6.7, and, other than my diabetes, I consider myself quite "healthy".

jigsaw 2014-02-20 08:06:01 -0600 Report

Obviously, you have been a very supportive wife, and your husband has done an exemplary job of improving his lifestyle, and health. The two of you have found an answer, that works for you!
I am familiar with most of the sources and doctors that you have mentioned. I have read about most of their ideas and opinions on statins, pharmaceutical companies etc. I am well familiar with Dr. Bernstein, and his ideas concerning diet and low carb. I'm sure there is a great deal of excellent information that can be gleaned from these doctors, books, and sources of information that you have mentioned. As a matter of fact, I have utilized quite a bit of info and ideas from the sources that you mentioned. However, much of it is taken out of context, in the sense that it all displays only a part of a much larger picture. I do agree with much of what you have stated with certain guidelines and limitations. It is not accurate to make such broad blanket statements directed toward the majority, in my opinion. There is quite a bit of info from respectable sources that contradict and oppose much of the opinions and info that you have mentioned.

Example: You mentioned your husbands experience with statins and muscle pain etc. Well, muscle soarness is a well known side effect of statins with potential dangers if not addressed quickly. That's why it is important to be monitored by a good physician. My wife was on Pravastatin back in time, and experienced pain in her legs. She was immediately taken off of it, and experienced no permanent effects. I have been on a statin for many years with no negative effects. The reason, is to control my triglycerides. Two hours of aerobic exercise, strength trainingg, and a low carb diet helped, but over the years, I eventually needed meds. My triglycerides were discovered to be 750 twenty years ago. They have remained at about 80 for the last 19 years or so. No meds for the first 7 years of my diabetes and hi triglycerides. Just a healthy food plan and exercise did wonders. If I stop taking a statin, my triglycerides would climb at this point in time.

Many conventional Doctors believe Dr. R. Brownstein is an extremist. I am no expert, but I suspect an extremely low carb diet may be beneficial short term, but could be very detrimental in the long term. Many articles written by experts, are of this opinion. I do watch and restrict my carbs, but I only utilized a very low carb diet, when I was first diagnosed. I currently have found that a combination of what my doctors, diabetic educators, and dieticians have told me, works better than any of the other things I have attempted. Of course I have utilized a few modifications to suit my personal needs as to diet and exercise.

So, in short, reliable sources of info can be helpful, but it can be dangerous if one allows a book, or the opinions stated in a book to replace their doctors. Only your doctor can perform the necessary medical tests to accurately diagnose and treat your condition. If a doctor is not helping you to get improved health, then it's time to find another doctor.

Again, I think you and your husbands results are worth noting, and quite commendable! It's just that this topic in general is extremely broad, and probably best viewed with an open mind.

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2014-02-23 09:58:26 -0600 Report

Thanks for your reply. I agree that "a" book or opinions stated in "a" book to replace their doctors. That is why when I read something about diabetes I am always careful to follow up that read with research that will either corroborate or dismiss that information. That is also why I tell everyone in our classes to "Question Everything". The mantra for our classes: "Become an educated patient so that you may be empowered to be a proactive partner with your doctor in your own healthcare." If it wasn't for Dr. Richard Bernstein's book, "Diabetes Solution" my husband would be dead by now! That is not an understatement. That is the statement of a Cleveland Clinic physician who when he heard our story, he looked at my husband and said, "Dick, do you know without Mary's program, you'd be dead by now." Chilling words but true. While I would never presume to diagnose another person's illness or prescribe a treatment for anyone - proven by the fact that time and time again in our program we urge people to take what they are learning to their doctor to see if it fits for them - I do believe that we need to take responsibility for our own healthcare. We need to KNOW what is happening and why. Rhabdomyolysis happens when the protein in muscle is broken down. That breakdown is what is causing the pain from statins. That breakdown of protein if not addressed immediately, can result in rhabdomyolysis. The breakdown of the protein from muscle must be filtered out of the blood - by the kidney's. They can't handle that much material and eventually they will shut down. Dialysis is the result. A person on a statin may not even guess this is what is happening to them. They may wind up on dialysis without ever knowing what caused it. My goal is to empower people with knowledge so they can become that proactive patient and question everything. I had a doctor who with 1 (one) blood pressure reading in his office (cardiologist) was writing out a prescription for blood pressure medication. I told him I was reluctant to take that med based on one blood pressure reading. He became very upset. When I left his office I called my doctor and told her to give me another cardiologist as this one was an "idiot" The next cardiologist told me my B.P. was up a tad but let's take all the tests first and find out what's going on. I had my thallium stress test and echo cardiogram and blood tests and on my return visit to my doctors office, he told me that the test showed me to be in great shape and I didn't need ANY medication. Question Everything.

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2014-02-23 11:37:03 -0600 Report

One added issue with statins. HMG-CoA Reductase enzyme is the enzyme that fuels CoQ10. CoQ10 is generator of electrical energy known as ATP, that creates the energy required in the mitochondria of each of our billions of cells. CoQ10 can only be generated when the HMG-CoA Reductase enzyme is activated. Statins inhibit the action of HMG-CoA Reductase enzyme. Statins therefore inhibits production of ATP which is critical for cell life. As you age, ATP is naturally diminished. Taking statins after the age of 70 exacerbates the diminished capacity of cell energy aka ATP. If you are on a statin, you should ask your doctor about taking a supplemental dose of CoQ10.

jigsaw 2014-02-23 12:36:34 -0600 Report

Well Mary, you appear to be an individual that has a wealth of interesting and helpful information. I have enjoyed our little debate here. Your generosity and passion to share and be helpful has come across like a shining star.

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2014-02-23 13:16:02 -0600 Report

Jigsaw, thank you for your kind words. It's been a total pleasure sharing with the awesome people on this site. I appreciate the input from everyone. We all learn from each other. God bless. Be happy! :)

Set apart
Set apart 2014-02-22 07:28:33 -0600 Report

I've read Dr. Bernstein's book and have found it useful in a lot ways towards my T1 diabetes. in life you have to learn what works for you, I believe that his diet is extremely too low in carbs, I tried it and found myself experiencing a lot of fatigue. A body needs carbs for energy, and mine needed more than a few veggies. This comes from my own experience, since then I've added safe carbs, balancing my meals and last A1c was 6.2 last week!

jigsaw 2014-02-22 16:07:39 -0600 Report

I had a similar experience with low carbs and fatigue, shortly after I was diagnosed. Consquently, I increased my carb intake to an extent, and eliminated the fatique.
Congratulations on your A1c! That's an excellent number, that certainly speaks for itself.

Nana_anna 2014-02-19 14:15:11 -0600 Report

Exactly, that is why I asked, not sure if I believe everything I read about vitamins or supplements. I do exercise about every other day. It does keep my numbers down.

Doorhandle 2014-02-19 12:14:34 -0600 Report

I would like to let you know that I have been taking a vitamin E for over 35 years with insulin and don't have any side-effects with it. I lost 65% of my kidney function about a year ago and have survived dialysis for a year now.I take a bunch of other meds now but seem to have everything almost back to normal. Live long and healthy!!

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