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Old 08-28-2008, 20:00   #1
 
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I am new here, have had t2 diabetes for about 10 yrs., and take meds for it. The fear of insulin injections helps keep me on the straight and narrow.

I try to eat properly, never add sugar to anything I consume, walk my dog a mile or more most nights of the week.

My doc told me as I get older it'll get harder to keep my bg level in check. I stopped in at a health store in town today and they have a few products they say will help regulate blood sugar. But they also want to sell me something. So I am a skeptic who would like to find some natural approach to this condition even if it meant I still had to take pills but could maybe take less of them.

Does such a thing exist? Are these products a load of bs? If anyone has found a natural way to deal with t2 diabetes, I'd love to hear it!

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Old 08-29-2008, 22:39   #2
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Hello Funky:

You and everyone else would like to find the "real natural way" to balance or lower blood sugars without meds. Although I am also a skeptic, I do believe that some products out there could achieve the goal. Unfortunately, the fake products sold seem to outnumber the possible Good ones.

For Type 1's, it seems even harder to find anything that works or that works consistantly. With Type 2's many "normal foods" have been tried and supposedly resulted in decent results. I've tried some but they didn't work for me. A 4 month trial period would be a good time frame. The "natural foods" are:

Cinnamon, garlic, bitter mellon, domestic vinegar(2 tbs. mixed with/or taken along with foods, avacado, acidic fruits and the apple a day. These are just the ones that I can think of, at the moment. There are supposedly others.

The main thing is to not eat high glycemic or wrong high carb foods. Foods with the Good fats, fiber and protein are safer to eat. (Of course, next year a new study will show the opposite results.

As far as the teas, herbs, tablets, for myself, I wouldn't trust them. You never know what's really in that package unless you get it tested at a lab. The Health Depts. have tested different products and found some didn't have the proper amounts of ingredients listed, had the wrong ingredients or was lacking the main ingredient that it was being sold for. Some had ingredients that were not good for People to eat.

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Hi Terrie,
Thanks for your reply. I guess I remain hopeful there is something out there that doesnt involve presc. drugs that will help. I am a huge skeptic but I believe the people who live with diabetes day in and day out are the ones to ask about anything they've found that helps. Living with it vs book smarts about it is sometimes better.

I do eat a fair bit of garlic, dont actually add cinnamon to anything but I can start! I dont always have an apple a day but I do like apples.

I dont eat high GI foods, and nothing white like bread, rice pasta.

We have other health issues in our house which leads us to have a low fat, sugar free way of living, and we are very used to it and it's fine with us. It beats the alternative if we dont take care of ourselves.

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with all these 'cure adds' we see on this site you would think that some one would have found a food that helps by now.

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Hi,
I am new here, have had t2 diabetes for about 10 yrs., and take meds for it. The fear of insulin injections helps keep me on the straight and narrow.

I try to eat properly, never add sugar to anything I consume, walk my dog a mile or more most nights of the week.

My doc told me as I get older it'll get harder to keep my bg level in check. I stopped in at a health store in town today and they have a few products they say will help regulate blood sugar. But they also want to sell me something. So I am a skeptic who would like to find some natural approach to this condition even if it meant I still had to take pills but could maybe take less of them.

Does such a thing exist? Are these products a load of bs? If anyone has found a natural way to deal with t2 diabetes, I'd love to hear it!

Thanks
Funkynassau

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Hi,
I am new here, have had t2 diabetes for about 10 yrs., and take meds for it. The fear of insulin injections helps keep me on the straight and narrow.

I try to eat properly, never add sugar to anything I consume, walk my dog a mile or more most nights of the week.

My doc told me as I get older it'll get harder to keep my bg level in check. I stopped in at a health store in town today and they have a few products they say will help regulate blood sugar. But they also want to sell me something. So I am a skeptic who would like to find some natural approach to this condition even if it meant I still had to take pills but could maybe take less of them.

Does such a thing exist? Are these products a load of bs? If anyone has found a natural way to deal with t2 diabetes, I'd love to hear it!

Thanks
Funkynassau
Hey FunkyNassau,
LOVE that song...
I'm not type 2 YET...but I'm prediabetic and will eventually develop type 2 if I don't watch my diet. Not adding sugar is great, but you need also watch out for the starchy vegetables, fruits, breads, cereals, rice, etc... All of those will turn to sugar inside your body when they're broken down. In other words, be as low carb as possible. I too like to be as natural as possible, so I use Stevia as a sweetener instead of Aspartame and Sucralose, which are nothing but chemicals made to taste sweet.
Also, take chromium picolinate. Start out with about 200 mcgs. after each meal. Make sure you test your sugar level constantly to see the chromiums effect on you. Also, take 300 mgs of Alpha Lipoic Acid, 5000 mcgs. of Biotin and a B Complex 100 or 150 per day.
These will help metabolize and stabilize your blood sugar. Chromium has been shown to regulate blood sugar and it will lower it. While taking chromium, you must test yourself to see what your sugar levels are each time and record your results. If it does indeed lower your sugar levels, which I believe it will, record your results and call your doctor so that he can adjust (lower) the dosage of your meds. I've read about people who have either lowered the dosage of their meds or have been taken off meds completely by following a proper diet and exercise program and taking these supplements. My readings were high at first and now they're within normal range because I changed my diet, I exercise more and I take the supplements I mentioned above. Good luck to you!

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Hi,
I am new here, have had t2 diabetes for about 10 yrs., and take meds for it. The fear of insulin injections helps keep me on the straight and narrow.

I try to eat properly, never add sugar to anything I consume, walk my dog a mile or more most nights of the week.

My doc told me as I get older it'll get harder to keep my bg level in check. I stopped in at a health store in town today and they have a few products they say will help regulate blood sugar. But they also want to sell me something. So I am a skeptic who would like to find some natural approach to this condition even if it meant I still had to take pills but could maybe take less of them.

Does such a thing exist? Are these products a load of bs? If anyone has found a natural way to deal with t2 diabetes, I'd love to hear it!

Thanks
Funkynassau
hi funkynassau,
try to find about collostrum or alpha lipid lifeline....this was approved by international institute of nutritional research,USA...
if you want to try this product,please PM me...

thank you.

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funkynassau,
Most supplements offer anecdotal evidence that their product works. They take studies done on their ingredient list and cite them. The problem is that
the formulation needs to be tested as a whole because many ingredients can reduce the effectiveness of other ingredients (synergy). A complete proper study can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I have researched these diabetic supplements for a few years and only found one that has done the proper study. That study can be found at the products website as well as the peer review. The products name is DiaMetrix. Look for the info.
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Hi,
I am new here, have had t2 diabetes for about 10 yrs., and take meds for it. The fear of insulin injections helps keep me on the straight and narrow.

I try to eat properly, never add sugar to anything I consume, walk my dog a mile or more most nights of the week.

My doc told me as I get older it'll get harder to keep my bg level in check. I stopped in at a health store in town today and they have a few products they say will help regulate blood sugar. But they also want to sell me something. So I am a skeptic who would like to find some natural approach to this condition even if it meant I still had to take pills but could maybe take less of them.

Does such a thing exist? Are these products a load of bs? If anyone has found a natural way to deal with t2 diabetes, I'd love to hear it!

Thanks
Funkynassau
I also have tried to find products to help with diabetes , and depending on who you talk with , there are many cliams .
I was told GINKGO would help with circulation of the blood and that many diabetics take this . I used it for about a month but felt no improvement in the pain i feel in my feet . I didnt moniter my BS readings to see if it help level them out , I was just interested in pain relief at that time .

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I talked to one person another forum who claims that his BG drops 30-40 points in an hour if he drinks apple cider vinegar. I tried apple cider vinegar once to lower my BG and didn't notice a difference one way or another.

Lately, I have been incorporating flax meal into my diet for cholesterol reasons. Plus, flax makes great muffins and pancakes. When I eat flax, my blood sugar plummets. Before dinner tonight, I was 84. I had a flax waffle (butter and sugar free syrup on top) with two eggs. Two hours after dinner, I was 60. Two days ago I had a waffle and egg for lunch and I was 52 before dinner. A few nights before that I had the same for dinner and I was 72 afterward. I have asked other diabetics and they say that flax doesn't lower their BGs or make them hypo, but flax has a very strong effect on me. Who knows!

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