By ashley50 Latest Reply 2017-01-05 22:09:42 -0600
Started 2014-03-19 21:34:12 -0500

Has anyone tried herbalife? Being type 1? How did it work for you?

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Go Green Girl
Go Green Girl 2017-01-05 22:09:42 -0600 Report

Hi all,
The reason I am in this page at this young age is because of herbalife. I was totally healthy, just a little overweight. Just as young female who wants to lose weight, I chose herbalife as an option. I drank it everyday as a meal replacement. I exercised almost everyday. I start and end my day with herbalife and eat a healthy lunch. I was not a diabetic. After a month of taking herbalife religiously, I lost like 6kg. But something odd happened. I started urinating 3 times at night during sleep. This is something so odd as I don't get up at all for a pee. I had severe stomach ache and got admitted. I don't know if the stomach ache is caused by herbalife, but I was taken to the emergency. There when my sugar is checked, it was 17 mmol/l or 306 mg/dl. So here I am in the world of diabetes at such a young age. I just got married and I don't even have a baby. All I have to say is do not take this poison called herbalife. I also met a Chinese lady recently who said "I lost my life due to herbalife". I wish I can turn back time and refused this product which made permanent scar in my life. I cant apply for medical insurance as I'm already a diabetic. Currently I take oral meds, and yoga. It helps me a lot.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-21 10:56:31 -0500 Report

Last year I vended at a Craft and Service Fair for women. There were two women there with all kinds of natural products and Green Cleaning Products for the home and car. I made the mistake of asking if they carried Diabetic products and was given a booklet with the diabetic products. I sat at my table and skimmed the products. There were no prices listed.

One of the women came over to see if I had questions but first I she gave me a sales pitch that also included becoming a distributor. The ONLY way to order them was through the company directly or through a distributor.

Three days later I got a phone call. I did not give this woman my phone number. She took a business card. The phone call was like calling Hell. She first invited me to lunch to meet people who used the products and to learn about becoming a distributor. The more products you bought for self use the bigger the discount you received. Once you placed an order, you had to agree to receive the same amount of the products every month. You could add or delete items each month. I told her to never call me again.

One of the other ladies also is our neighbor at the Farmers Market Craft Bazaar. She told me the woman called her also. She said she had a friend that made the mistake of ordering the cleaning supplies and their protein bars. The cleaning supplies were no good and the protein bar made her sick. She also had to go to our States Consumer Affairs to get them to stop sending her the products and her Credit Card company got the money back for her.

The friends son is a chemist so he took the food and the cleaning products to work and tested them. Nothing on the labels was in the products. The cleaning supplies was basically vinegar, water and fragrance and the protein bar was just short of being a candy bar. All of their products came from another country.

Please be careful when you look at using products like Herbalife, You don't know what the product is made of. They are not regulated by the FDA and many come with disclaimers. It goes back to the saying, if it sounds to good to be true, odds are the truth is not found.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-20 22:29:56 -0500 Report

I couldn't get past the sales pitch. They were more interested in getting me to sell the product than using it. James is correct. It is a pyramid scheme. The product is just in the way of them making money. Depending on who you buy it from it can be very expensive or very cheap which tells you the product can't be all that.

jayabee52 2014-03-20 16:32:56 -0500 Report

Howdy Ash,
In a discussion from 2 yrs ago This is what was said about Herbalife: "Set apart This is going on at my workplace herbal life is what everyone is doing. I read the nutrition facts at least with this not good for us. As carol said too high in sugar we need our veggies, protein, and small portions of fruit. This may also not be good since some days at my workplace it's herbal life shakes for breakfast and on a Friday it could change to jelly filled donuts!" see ~

As far as the products go you can view a label from one ot their products here ~ (my pdf reader is malunctioning so I cannot view it myself)

Also Herbalife is sold through a MLM (aka "pyramic" ) scheme. Generally speaking MLM companies have either high prices for their products or a low quality (sometimes both). They try to hook you on the "Business opportunity" initually to get you a lowered cost on product. Often then they attempt to sell you business aids to help get your "business" off the ground.

I myself had been burned about 4 or 5 times by a MLM company, so I know much of the jargon and the tricks used to sell people stuff. I failed spectacularly at all of the MLMs I tried.

God's best to you


ashley50 2014-03-20 22:51:14 -0500 Report

Yeah i understand what your saying, i have just seen so many ppl loose weight on it

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-21 10:17:13 -0500 Report

They may have lost weight but with all the chemicals involved who knows what other medical problems they are going to have in the future? When you use products like that you are hoping to lose weight in a hurry which is not good or healthy for the body. The advertise that you will lose weight but often do not tell you how to maintain the weight loss. This goes back to being a kid when kids said but so and so is doing it and mom said if so and so jumped off a cliff would you follow them?

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-03-21 06:25:55 -0500 Report

Ashley sooner or later you have to learn which food is best. Dr Oz talked about a 2 week plan with low glycemic index veggies. Go to his site to see the plan and see/print it. Real food is far better than a powder of chemicals!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-21 10:18:00 -0500 Report

I am waiting for Dr. Oz to get sued. I pay no attention to him because he really does not fully explain everything.

Ladida 35
Ladida 35 2014-03-23 08:44:49 -0500 Report

I don't know what you mean because he does offer plenty of information that is valuable. Yes each topic doesn't apply to everyone but it's up to each viewer to further investigate if it's something that will benefit them. Coconut oil has save me so much sinus trouble because within 24 hrs symptoms have subsided greatly. A natural antibiotic is preferable for me over a prescribed one that has awful side affects and then the problem returns!
Dr Weil was on Dr Oz and mentioned licorice root would help if your dr has prescribed a proton pump inhibitor! He was right and I have gotten to the point I rarely need it after using it a few months.
As for fully explaining, there is a limited amount of time for each topic. The producers are like drill sargents in order to maintain the schedule. I am always looking for lifestyle solutions over drugs whenever possible.

jayabee52 2014-03-21 01:33:13 -0500 Report

If you really want to lose weight, I can GIVE you for free a meal plan on which I lost 65 lbs in about 5 mos.

If one is on a meal plan where their metabolism burns more than they take in total daily anyone may lose weight.

Your original question however was basicly "Is it OK for a T1D to consume" And I would from looking at the nutrition label (my pdf reader was behaving again) is a qualified yes. I wouldn't make the shakes my only source of nutrition and the qualificaion part would be you'd need to check out all the other shakes for their nutritional info. This is not a company which seems clued in to the needs of PWDs.

keishaf 2014-03-20 09:00:38 -0500 Report

I asked the girl I buy it from whats in it and she said there was a very small amount of sugar and idk how much but she said every thing has sugar in it which no not really but I had some one else tell me that she knew a guy that wad 100 units a insulin and not he is insulin free idk it just kinda ify to me… but on the products it has all the facts on it

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