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Old 02-03-2012, 15:25   #1
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I just read the article on the home page about how people with poor melatonin receptors and levels tend to have less insulin sensitivity. This was very interesting. I started to take supplemental melatonin about 2 years ago and my morning numbers decreased a lot. How many other D's take melatonin?

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That's interesting.

What time of day do you take it - at night before bed as per usual, or another time. And, how much?

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No difference in my numbers but I take 6 mg per night to help me sleep and so do my 2 LD kids.

Trying to get my husband on it, even if it DOES NOT help him sleep, for this reason -- recent T2D diagnosis.

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I take the Costco 3 mg kind with theanine and GABA in it right before bed. I originally took it because I wasn't sleeping well. The bg lowering side effect was an extra. I then saw the article today on the home page that melatonin disruption may have something to do with the onset of diabetes.

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I take melatonin at night to help me sleep as well. I didn't know anything about its benefits for diabetics. Good information to know

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I take the Costco 3 mg kind with theanine and GABA in it right before bed. I originally took it because I wasn't sleeping well. The bg lowering side effect was an extra. I then saw the article today on the home page that melatonin disruption may have something to do with the onset of diabetes.
no way - i didn't know they had this!! must go get some

i'm taking melatonin with theanine from vita-cost and their gaba as well. i'd rather take 1 pill instead of 3 (2 gaba, 1 melatonin)

do you know how much gaba is in each pill? im taking 2000mg now.

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I think what the article says is that it is common for diabetics to have a low melatonin level which may or may not attribute to their diabetes. I think we underestimate the benefit of a good night's sleep in bg control.

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no way - i didn't know they had this!! must go get some

i'm taking melatonin with theanine from vita-cost and their gaba as well. i'd rather take 1 pill instead of 3 (2 gaba, 1 melatonin)

do you know how much gaba is in each pill? im taking 2000mg now.

The brand I buy is called Schiff, Melatonin Ultra

It is 3 mg of melatonin, 25 mg of GABA and 25 mg of theanine. There is also 25 mg of an herb blend. I think you need the separate GABA.

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The brand I buy is called Schiff, Melatonin Ultra

It is 3 mg of melatonin, 25 mg of GABA and 25 mg of theanine. There is also 25 mg of an herb blend. I think you need the separate GABA.

got it.

i have to say, for vitamin cost i've been really happy with vitacost.com - cheap and fast shipping.

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I either use Vita Cost or Swanson's vitamins for a lot of my vitamins and Coconut Oil. They always have the cheapest prices.

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