GlucoBalance MD

By NormaJean Latest Reply 2009-01-20 15:35:50 -0600
Started 2009-01-19 20:02:36 -0600

I got an email today advertising this product,it is suppose to lower blood sugar levels and control Diabetes naturally.Has anyone heard about it or used it and would like to share their comments with us?

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kdroberts 2009-01-20 09:29:56 -0600 Report

It's basically a vitamin pill with up to 15 times the recommended daily intake of various vitamins and minerals.

Never believe marketing, especially if it's for a natural cure. They play on peoples desperation about chronic medical conditions in order to make money. Some are just scams and others are just a mixture of different supplements that have shown to be beneficial to some degree in small studies. They may help some but for most the effect will be negligible or non existent. If you want to try supplements, try one at a time and make sure they are USP certified. USP is an independent organization that monitors supplements and makes sure that what they say is in them is really in them and at the amounts claimed. It is not uncommon for something to list an ingredient that is either not in the product at all or is in the product but at a higher or lower concentration than listed. Costco brand (Kirkland) is certified, cheap and comes in large sizes so I like them. There are other brands that you can see on the website.
I would also recommend getting the book "Complementary & alternative medicine (CAM) supplement use in people with diabetes : a clinician's guide" from the library, ISBN 1580402968. It's not worth the price to but ($30 from Amazon, $40 recommended price) but does contain a lot of good information about 36 supplements that may help, how they work and what the side effects might be. Use the information to see what you want to try and then experiment, but give it 8 weeks before making a decision. The key thing to remember is that just because it's natural doesn't mean it is side effect free. You can kill yourself using natural supplements if you are not careful.

Above all else, if there is a cure you would know about it and it would be top story in newspapers, on the TV, on the radio and everywhere else. You won't find out from a small company selling a supplement for $X a pop. may also help you.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-20 09:41:04 -0600 Report

Great info. I haven't had time to research, so happy to read this. I'm going to check out those sites as well.
We really do need to be so very careful when it comes to meds, supplements and marketing promises and claims.

NormaJean 2009-01-20 12:06:54 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info Kd,it was very enlightening,you know when you're Diabetic you want to try everthing you read about hoping that in some way it may make a difference.

kdroberts 2009-01-20 12:52:47 -0600 Report

"you know when you're Diabetic you want to try everthing you read about hoping that in some way it may make a difference."

That's the attitude people need to learn to forget and what the marketers pray on when selling these products. Think with your head and not with your heart when it comes to treatments.

NormaJean 2009-01-20 13:18:28 -0600 Report

We all live hoping that one day there will be a breakthrough for us but how will we know if we don't try something new,I am merely asking for advice and suggestions.Thanks for your comments.

kdroberts 2009-01-20 13:30:09 -0600 Report

That's not a criticism, it;s natural. When you're faced with a chronic illness you tend to grab at straws and not think clearly. If you didn't have diabetes and looked at some of these natural "cures" you would dismiss them out of hand but because you are diabetic and clinging to hope your judgment gets clouded.

You will know about the breakthroughs that will work with a high degree of success because they will be front page news. Realistically the base for managing any kind of diabetes is diet and exercise. What you eat raises your blood sugar and what you do lowers it. With type 1 you can reduce the amount of insulin you need and with other types you can reduce or eliminate medications. The natural supplements may help to a certain degree for some people but the reason they are not mainstream treatments is that they are unpredictable and unreliable. If you can afford to experiment then you should, but it should be controlled and measurable rather than taking 20 different things at once and assuming your numbers are better based on a few tests here or there. Managing diabetes is a science, and not an exact one at that, so you need to go about it in a scientific way.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-20 15:35:50 -0600 Report

In any event, it all goes back to working closely with your doctor and always checking with him/her before trying something new. Because of the things KD said, but also because of the possible side-effects and/or interactions. Even some things that we get great and (supposedly) reliable info on today we may learn down the road will kill us! It pays to err on the side of caution, that's for sure.

2009-01-19 20:10:26 -0600 Report

I have never heard of it but would love to know more about it! Your friend, Angie

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-20 08:40:03 -0600 Report

Don't take this as the "gospel", but it seems to me I read something recently on several things of that type that have recently hit the market, and whatever I read indicated that they were not really effective. Guess we need to do more reasearch. We certainly could see things like that which would be a big help to us, as things are always changing and advancing. We just don't want to be sucked in without checking things out, since most of us are already going broke on meds and other things associated with health issues. I'll let you know if I am able to find out anything. You do the same, okay?

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