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Old 04-13-2019, 21:21   #1
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My doctor recently told me enzyme supplements are helpful for diabetics. He suggested a book to read. After reading it I bought a bottle of quality enzyme capsules and began taking 1-2 with every meal. The enzymes absolutely make me sleepy. Within 10 minutes after taking the enzymes I need to lay down for a nap. As for my bowel movements, it could be the same as before or better. I am skeptical.

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"Enzymes" is a pretty broad category. I think I would have asked the doctor exactly what problem he thought the enzymes would address or fix. Was (s)he specific?

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I'm curious how they are helpful specifically for diabetics???? Also curious... was this an MD? They don't usually know much about supplements or digestive health, in my experience.

However, if they make you fall asleep, that can't be good. What is in these supplements?

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I've never heard of enzymes making one sleepy.

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I'm curious how they are helpful specifically for diabetics???? Also curious... was this an MD? They don't usually know much about supplements or digestive health, in my experience.

However, if they make you fall asleep, that can't be good. What is in these supplements?
Yes my doctor is an MD. He suggested the enzyme book to read. He said that diabetes probably begins in the stomach. He also suggested that I do not consume pasteurized milk products.

I take the enzymes with food and they make me sleepy. It is a deep sleep and then it takes longer to feel refreshed after waking up. It could be a healing, restorative sleep, but I am unclear. There are plenty of reports online about enzyme supplements making people sleepy. I wonder if the sleepiness is a health-promoting effect or if I should discontinue consuming them.

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Sleep is a very good thing, but I personally would be concerned about feeling that I very much needed to sleep within a few minutes after eating anything, never mind an enzyme supplement that I hope is approved for human consumption.

If it were me, I would discontinue taking the enzymes. Then I would go back to my doctor to report this side effect and ask what the goal is in taking this supplement. If there's a medical reason for taking it, specific to my care (not just "I prescribe this to all my patients"), I would ask if there were a substitute that might not have such an effect on the body.

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He said that diabetes probably begins in the stomach.
Probably??? I've read quite a lot about diabetes and haven't read about the stomach (lack of digestion?) being a contributing factor. I think I'd want to have more information and some science behind that statement.

I don't knock digestive enzymes - I'm sure they help many people. Personally, I've never been able to take them as a supplement - upset my stomach and cause some unpleasant gut issues. The only thing I take for gut health is a probiotic every few months (I will use up a bottle of them each time.)

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