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Old 09-05-2018, 18:15   #11
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I do use supplements to fine tune my numbers, but they have never been strong enough by themselves.
Seems so. Aggravating shame.

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Be careful when substituting supplements in place of medications to treat diabetes. I too am not a big fan of taking medications and I have resisted taking many diabetic drugs recommended by my Doctor.

That being said, I know from research on this website and many other sources that Metformin and both slow acting insulin and fast acting insulin have been around for a very long while and they do provide help in maintaining a healthy blood sugar with minimal dangerous complications. They are especially effective when coupled with a healthy low carb high fat diet.

Regardless of what 'methods' you choose to manage your blood sugars, it is critical that you have a blood testing routine that evaluates your blood sugars 24/7!

Most of us understand that anytime your blood sugar is over 140 (120 to account for the meter/tab variances) the sugar in your system is damaging cells! It is this damage that, over time, leads to diabetic complications, including blindness, nerve damage in feet and hands, heart attacks, kidney failure, etc.

Below is a website that expands on this especially how we monitor our blood sugars 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

http://www.bloodsugar101.com/

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I've started back on the ALA (alpha lipoic acid) I'm using the potassium r-isomer liquid form this time.

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Old 10-04-2018, 20:27   #14
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I've used Insulow (R-ALA) for a while and it seemed to really help a lot, but it was so expensive along with other supplements I was taking. I also take codliver oil, vitamin D, MSM, and Benfotiamine. Occasionally I use different herbs for treating certain things when I need them. I quit taking Insulow because I just couldn't afford it anymore. Right now my hubby has the beginning stages of Alzheimer's so I'm spending a fortune on supplements for him and cut out much of my own. I also tried Berberine, which worked wonderfully, but it upset my stomach, unfortunately, so I had to stop it. So I'm left with diet and exercise. For a while I was walking 30 minutes 3x/day after each meal to bring my BS down. Then I began going to a health club and working out, but I had to stop because I got bursitis in my knee and hip and could not use the machines anymore or even walk. I'm gradually getting back into walking when I can.

Editing to say I forgot to mention Inositol and Natural Calm which I take at night to sleep. Natural Calm plus Calcium actually. It keeps me from having horrible muscle cramps most of the time. Occasionally I still get them anyway but keep a bottle of magnesium oil next to my bed which I rub on the area that is cramping, usually my foot, and it takes it away. I'm wondering, however, if Inositol possibly is what causes my BG to rise in the morning because it's been high in the mornings lately which never used to happen to me.

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I take Natural Calm, but not daily. I use it when making an electrolyte drink, with it and potassium and sodium bicarbonates. That helps a lot with preventing cramps. I've also started drinking some pickle juice. My wife drinks a little bit of tonic water, the kind with quinine, to stop her toes from cramping.

However I do use magnesium oil almost daily as a transdermal supplement for magnesium. I usually spray it on my thighs and rub it in, then rub my gluts and shoulders with any excess still on my hands.

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