Natural medicines and herbs

Germaine
By Germaine Latest Reply 2009-11-30 13:07:19 -0600
Started 2009-11-28 11:58:02 -0600

what are some good vitamins I can take that will help with control of my diabetes or some common natural herbs?


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MarineMomX2
MarineMomX2 2009-11-30 13:07:19 -0600 Report

Check with your doc's office about getting a copy of your last bloodwork. Mine normally just runs me a copy because he knows the type of questions I'll ask him. lol My last one showed a Vit B and Folic Acid deficiency and he recommended what I should increase. Maybe it's me, but I sure don't need to increase the amount of pills I take daily (which is way too many) with anything I don't really need…prx or natural!

Crashnot
Crashnot 2009-11-30 11:05:06 -0600 Report

The best resource I have found for figuring out what supplements I need is the book "Reversing Diabetes" by Dr. Julian Whittaker. It is at Amazon and on this site as well and well worth the $15 or so. I have been diabetic for 42 years and am so grateful my mom came across the book! The supplements have reversed my foot neuropathy problems and given me back my energy. High sugars drain nutrients from your body along with the sugars, so you need more vitamins and supplements than the average person to maintain a good balance.

Antique-Dave
Antique-Dave 2009-11-29 17:53:59 -0600 Report

Since you are a T1 I'm not sure what would help you the most,

Vitamin C helps inhibit glycation, Gymnema is upposed to stimuate insulin secretion, Evening Primrose Oil, Magnesium, Cinnamon, and a host of other vitamins and herbs help with improving insulin senstivity or one or more other processes that are helpful.

many diabetics have low D3, especially if you live in the north, Metformin depletes B12, I've found that super B helps improve my energy levels.

I'm trying to put my witches brew of vitamins and supplements into a cognitive order that makes sense so I can post it but I am still experimenting. What works for me may not work for you, but some other combination might.

There are a lot of things that you can try but I think its important to research each one and try and figure out what it is that you are looking for or expecting from them.

From reading a lot of posts over the past 8 months I get the feeling that many people have great expectations and are disapointed when they don't get immediate results when trying alternative remedies.

I'm taking about 2 dozen supplements and vitamins, some I can point to and say exactly what they are doing for me, some like cinamon I don't have a clue if by itself it has helped.

From what I can tell I'm more insulin sensitive, my spikes come down quickly, I think the supplements have helped inhibit glycation, I have not intentionally exercized for a long time and I can eat some pretty carby stuff IF I want to. My BGL averages between 115-125 and the last A1C was 5.7 so I have to believe that this has been helpful.

gregsDAD
gregsDAD 2009-11-29 13:15:33 -0600 Report

I've heard that chromium picolanate is supposed to work but it can also cause the runs. I don't really know of anything else I have heqard about the cinnamon too but as far as i can tell it is an unsubstatiated claim. hope this helps.

alanbossman
alanbossman 2009-11-28 17:18:59 -0600 Report

Hi welcome to the dc site, you did not say what meds your are on. You can control your bs and bp through eating the right foods and exercise. portion size is a big key to control along with exercise. hop this helps

Germaine
Germaine 2009-11-28 18:33:58 -0600 Report

thanks.
i know i need to start doing my exercise again. i use to walk 1 hr every day, but i have gotten lazy and i know that is a reason my glucose is now going wild.

for diabetes, i am 50 units of lantus, and i am on a sliding scale for humalog, in which i count carbs and inject accordingly

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