Ladies, are you still producing insulin naturally?

By Emma2412 Latest Reply 2010-05-27 22:13:10 -0500
Started 2010-05-22 00:53:55 -0500

I recently read an article on which has been an absolute eye-opener about a connection between Type 2 and menopause. The article dealt with women whose bodies are still producing insulin but whose bodies are not utilizing that insulin because of the Type 2 and talked about hormone replacement therapy. As an experiment, I started using a 100% natural product called Estroven, available at many stores (it's usually used for hot flashes). Even though I have been taking oral diabetes medication for years, my BG has never been in control until now. I've been between 80 and 150 and before I was consistently over 250 and sometimes as high as 400. I'm feeling great and don't need naps in the afternoon just to get through the day. I've also lost 10 pounds so far. This news is very motivating for me.

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Ms. Jann
Ms. Jann 2010-05-24 11:05:43 -0500 Report

OMG! Is Estroven OTC or do I need a prescription? Expensive? My BG is running between 250 and 450 daily no matter how much insulin or activity I have. And the night sweats are destroying any chance at rest.

Emma2412 2010-05-26 12:22:29 -0500 Report

Yeah, that was my problem and we diabetes need our sleep very, very much. No, Estroven is 100% natural, OTC, and you don't need a prescription. I get mine at CVS Pharmacy and it costs about $22.00 for a month's supply. I get the Maximum Strength. I hope it helps you. I didn't speak to my doctor before I started it, but I am going to tell her about it tomorrow when I see her. My readings have never been better since I started taking Estroven. So, there must be some kind of connection between diabetes and menopause.

tabby9146 2010-05-23 07:30:34 -0500 Report

I am approaching my mid 40s so this is interesting to me too

Emma2412 2010-05-23 15:04:43 -0500 Report

I had my hysterectomy (surgical menopause) when I was 42 years old, but I probably would have had menopause in my 40's anyway because my mother started with menopause when she was that age, and as you probably know, menopause is something that happens over a period of time.

GabbyPA 2010-05-22 19:29:46 -0500 Report

Now that is very interesting, as I am in that age range. Is it soy based?

Emma2412 2010-05-23 15:02:38 -0500 Report

Hi, Gabby. Estroven uses unique formulas that include soy isoflavones, black cohosh, calcium and boron, vitamins E, B-12, B-6, other B-vitamins, folic acid, and proprietary herbal blends.

GabbyPA 2010-05-24 10:26:07 -0500 Report

Ok, my concern is that soy is (according to some study I read) an issue for overweight women. I used to drink soy milk, and I stopped when I read that. Man, sometimes I wish we could just make up our minds with the "good for you, bad for you" things. I would love to find something to help me stabilize my numbers and helping with hot flashes might not be a bad thing either! LOL

ForeverE 2010-05-24 10:50:51 -0500 Report

Gabby I absolutely agree I for one was dringking soy milk and found that some had alot of sodium and or fat. I am lactose intolerance for many years. As much as I love milk I keep away from it. But sometimes I have a glass and get bad cramps and gas. My bones are not doing too good .Does anyone have an alternative?

Emma2412 2010-05-27 22:13:10 -0500 Report

Hi, Evelyn
Sorry about the fact that you have lactose intolerance. I'm sure it can be very uncomfortable. Have you seen a dietician so he/she can help you with a diet?
The Mayo Clinic says to eat the following foods to increase calcium intake: almonds, bok choy, broccoli, calcium-fortified products such as breads and juices, canned salmon, kale, milk substitutues such as soy and rice milks, oranges, pinto beans, rhubarb, spinach and tofu.
You could also consider taking a good calcium supplement to help with your bones if your doctor approves.
As I said previously, I really don't know anything about soy milk. I understand there's another alternative to cow's milk, which is rice milk. I don't know anything about rice milk, either, but you could ask a dietician about it.
I also found this excerpt from an article at the Mayo Clinic's site: "Over-the-counter tablets or drops containing the lactase enzyme may help you digest dairy products. You can take tablets just before a meal or snack. Or the drops can be added to a carton of milk. Not everyone with lactose intolerance is helped by these products. See what your doctor thinks about that.

Emma2412 2010-05-26 12:24:14 -0500 Report

I don't know anything about soy milk. All I know is that since I've been takign the Estroven it has helped me lose some weight, but I don't know how it's done that.

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