diabetes

Diabetes control with diet and supplements, herbal therapy
natural therapy with herbs and vitamins

March 30 2014

Treatment of Diabetes with diet
Major lifestyle changes are needed to prevent and treat diabetes
. It is quite possible and likely to reduce blood sugar levels through proper diet and exercise.

Eliminate or reduce sugar, fructose, glucose, corn syrup, white bread, honey, molasses, maple syrup, fruit juice or concentrate. The more soft drinks and sugar-sweetened fruit drinks a person consumes, the greater is the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. Sweetened fruit drinks are often marketed as a healthier alternative to non-diet soft drinks but are just as likely to cause weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. Consider the use of stevia extract as a no calorie sweetener.
Increase intake of high fiber foods, substitute whole grains for simple carbohydrates, see diet. High intake of saturated and trans fats along with low intake of polyunsaturated fats is associated with cognitive decline in women with type 2 diabetes. Diabetics are at increased risk for cognitive impairment in late life.
Try to lose some weight, consider the product Diet Rx as an effective appetite suppressant.
Increase intake of high fiber foods, substitute whole grains for simple carbohydrates, see diet
Avoid or reduce foods cooked at high temperatures.
Exercise– sedentary adults who get a few hours of exercise each week and don’t lose weight may still cut their risk of developing a pre-diabetic condition called insulin resistance syndrome. High-intensity weight training coupled with a moderate weight-loss program can help older men and women with type 2 diabetes to improve their blood sugar control and also boost their muscle strength and lean body mass. The added muscle is particularly beneficial to people with diabetes because muscles are “major clearance sites” for circulating blood sugar, or glucose. Regular exercise, such as brisk walking, is one way to cut the risk of type 2 diabetes, a disease closely associated with obesity. Studies have repeatedly shown that people with type 2 diabetes lower their risk of heart disease by committing to a daily walk. Sedentary older people at risk of developing diabetes have improvement in the function of their insulin-making beta cells after just a few weeks of exercise.
Stop smoking. Adding to the list of potential health consequences of smoking, a large study finds that smokers may have a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care, online September 7, 2010.
Deep sleep (people who do not get enough sleep on a regular basis may become less sensitive to insulin which, over time, can raise the risk of obesity. The risk of diabetes may be two to three times higher among people with severe sleep apnea who also suffer daytime sleepiness.
Drink coffee in the morning rather than juice = It might be better to start your morning with a cup of coffee than a sugar-sweetened juice, at least where risk for type 2 diabetes is concerned. Researchers found that among more than 12,000 middle-aged adults, those who drank four or more cups of coffee each day had a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who rarely had a cup.
Baby aspirin to reduce risk of heart attack

Herbs and supplements for diabetes
There are many supplements that could be helpful in control of blood sugar, but these should be used only after full attempts are made to address dietary factors.

Several antioxidants and agents having similar antioxidant effects are known to exert beneficial effects in ameliorating the injurious effects of hyperglycemia on liver in different diabetic in vitro and in vivo models. The different classes of agents which protect the diabetic liver or decrease the severity of hyperglycemia mediated injury include flavonoids, catechins, and other polyphenolic compounds, curcumin and its derivatives, certain vitamins, hormones and drugs, trace elements, prototypical antioxidants and amino acids. Some of the pronounced changes mediated by the antioxidants in liver exposed to hyperglycemia include decreased oxidative stress, and alterations in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.

Daily use of multivitamins and mineral supplements reduced infections and related work absenteeism “dramatically” in patients with type 2 diabetes. “Our trial, which was performed on a sample of middle-aged persons, demonstrated a benefit in incidence of infections,” Dr. Thomas Barringer, lead investigator director of clinical research in the department of family medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, told United Press International. “However, this benefit was almost entirely observed in the participants with diabetes, for whom the magnitude was dramatic. Correction of micro-nutritional deficiencies would be the most plausible biological explanation for our results.”

Alpha lipoic acid is one if the most important nutrients to consider for diabetic neuropathy and kidney disease. Investigators at University Hospital of Endocrinology, Medical University, Sofia, Bulgaria, treated diabetics with oral alpha-lipoic acid, 600 mg twice daily for 4 weeks. Twelve subjects with normal glucose tolerance served as a control group in terms of insulin sensitivity. At the end of the treatment period insulin sensitivity of the diabetic patients significantly increased.
Acetylcarnitine is a promising treatment for diabetic neuropathy
Banaba is used in the Philippines for blood sugar control. See Banaba to purchase. For high blood sugar level information.
Bitter-Melon is becoming popular as a natural treatment for diabetes
Chromium picolinate
increases insulin sensitivity and binding, also increases number of insulin receptors.
Cinnamon is also becoming a useful therapy for blood sugar control. 1 to 6 grams daily improves sugar levels and reduces blood lipids.
CoQ10 improves the function of endothelial cells lining blood vessels and may slightly help with blood sugar control. 
Fenugreek this herb helps to improve blood sugar levels
Fish oils are some of the best supplements to take for a variety of health conditions including heart and circulatory issues, brain function, vision, and overall reduction of inflammation.
Germinated brown rice has the ability to help a person with diabetes lower their blood sugar. Acylated steryl glucosides help normalize blood sugar and enzymes that are out-of-whack in diabetes and significantly reduces the nerve and vascular damage that often result from diabetes. Unlike white rice, brown rice still has some of the germ or growth structure that, after about 24 hours in water, resumes activity.
Stevia is a no calorie natural sweetener beneficial in lowering blood sugar.
Green tea extract as tested in Diabetes Metab J. 2013. Effect of Green Tea Extract / Poly-γ-Glutamic Acid Complex in Obese Type 2 Diabetic Mice.
Gymnema sylvestre
herb, you can find info on gymnema here.
Olive leaf extract as a hypoglycemic agent in both human diabetic subjects and in rats. J Med Food. 2012.
Prickly-Pear-Cactus supplement is used as an alternative treatment for diabetes.
Adequate calcium and magnesium intakes is helpful in reducing the incidence of diabetes.
Psyllium half or one teaspoon in a glass of water twice daily with food. Or one capsule twice daily.
Vitamin D may be helpful for a diabetes patient. During a 17-year follow-up of roughly 4,000 men and women, researchers found that individuals with higher blood levels of vitamin D had a 40 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those with lower levels of this vitamin. Diabetes Care, October 2007.
Vanadium Vanadyl sulfate
is a mineral that helps with blood sugar metabolism. For more information on this mineral, see vanadium vanadyl sulfate.
Natural Vitamin C with bioflavonoids In a study of middle-aged and older men and women, those with the highest blood levels of vitamin C were significantly less likely to develop diabetes over 12 years than those with the lowest levels. Fruits and vegetables are the main source of vitamin C in Western diets, and blood levels of vitamin C are good markers of fruit and vegetable intake.
Vitamin D may help those with diabetes
Natural Vitamin E complex

Neuropathy
Diabetes can lead to nerve damage or “diabetic neuropathy” — a painful condition that causes a range of symptoms from a tingling sensation or numbness in the toes and fingers to paralysis.

Acetyl-L-carnitine in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. A long-term, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.
Minardi C. Department of Neuroscience, Ospedale Civile, Rovigo, Italy.
Drugs R D. 2002.
To assess the efficacy and tolerability of acetylcarnitine versus placebo in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, mainly by evaluating the effects of treatment on electrophysiological parameters and pain symptoms. This was a multicentre (n = 20), randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study. Acetylcarnitine was effective and well tolerated in improving neurophysiological parameters and in reducing pain over a 1-year period. acetylcarnitine is, therefore, a promising treatment option in patients with diabetic neuropathy.

Chromium picolinate and diabetes
The mineral chromium picolinate may help people with type 2 diabetes better control their blood sugar. Chromium supplements are marketed as a way to improve the body’s use of insulin. Previous research has provided conflicting results on chromium’s insulin and blood sugar effects. Researchers tested whether chromium picolinate supplements were useful in combination with a sulfonylurea medication — an older class of diabetes drugs that often promote weight gain. Diabetic adults took either the medication plus 1,000 micrograms of chromium picolinate per day or the drug plus a placebo. After 6 months, those who took the chromium picolinate supplement showed greater improvements in insulin sensitivity and long-term blood sugar control. They also gained less weight and body fat than those on the medication alone. This is encouraging news. we prefer a lower dosage of chromium picolinate to be used if a diabetic plans to take this supplement for prolonged periods. Rather than 1,000 mcg, perhaps a 200 mcg pill with breakfast and lunch might be appropriate.

Multivitamins reduce infections in those with diabetes
Daily use of multivitamins and mineral supplements reduced infections and related work absenteeism “dramatically” in patients with type 2 diabetes. “Our trial, which was performed on a sample of middle-aged persons, demonstrated a benefit in incidence of infections,” Dr. Thomas Barringer, lead investigator director of clinical research in the department of family medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, told United Press International. “However, this benefit was almost entirely observed in the participants with diabetes, for whom the magnitude was dramatic. Correction of micro-nutritional deficiencies would be the most plausible biological explanation for our results.”

Vitamin D and diabetes
A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the short-term effect of vitamin D3 supplementation on insulin sensitivity in apparently healthy, middle-aged, centrally obese men.
Diabet Med. 2009. Nagpal J, Pande JN, Bhartia A. Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi, India.
To determine the short-term effect of vitamin D(3) supplementation on insulin sensitivity in apparently healthy, middle-aged, centrally obese men. A double-blind randomized controlled trial was conducted at a tertiary care facility in which 100 male volunteers aged > or = 35 years received three doses of vitamin D(3) (120,000 IU each; supplemented group) fortnightly or placebo (control group). Hepatic fasting insulin sensitivity [homeostasis model assessment (HOMA), quantitative insulin-sensitivity check index, HOMA-2], postprandial insulin sensitivity [oral glucose insulin sensitivity (OGIS)], insulin secretion (HOMA%B, HOMA2-%B), lipid profile and blood pressure were measured at baseline and at 6 weeks’ follow-up. There was an increase in OGIS with supplementation by per protocol analysis. The age- and baseline 25-hydroxyvitamin D level-adjusted difference in change in OGIS was highly significant. No changes in secondary outcome measures (insulin secretion, basal indices of insulin sensitivity, blood pressure or lipid profile) were found with supplementation. The trial indicates that vitamin D(3) supplementation improves postprandial insulin sensitivity (OGIS) in apparently healthy men likely to have insulin resistance (centrally obese but non-diabetic).

Plants used for blood sugar control around the world
Supplements in common use include Nopal (prickly pear cactus), karela (bitter melon), and tronadora. The popularity of these products varies among people of different ethnicities. Nopal is the most commonly used herbal hypoglycemic among persons of Mexican descent. Karela is more commonly used by persons from Asian countries. Banaba has been used in the Philippines for the treatment of diabetes.

Plants used in Trinidad and Tobago to treat diabetes
Antigonon leptopus, Bidens alba, Bidens pilosa, Bixa orellana, Bontia daphnoides, Carica papaya, Catharanthus roseus, Cocos nucifera, Gomphrena globosa, Laportea aestuans, Momordica charantia, Morus alba, Phyllanthus urinaria and Spiranthes acaulis.

Chinese herbs for blood sugar control
Suzanne J. Grant, of the Centre for Complementary Medicine Research at the University of Western Sydney, in Australia, reviewed studies of a total of 1,391 men and women with either impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose — problems in blood-sugar control that lead to sugar levels that are elevated, but not high enough to diagnose diabetes. The studies tested various Chinese herbal mixes traditionally used for blood-sugar control — products like Jiangtang Bushen, Xiaoke huaya and Tang Kang yin. In most trials, the products were added to lifestyle changes and tested against the effects of lifestyle changes alone — though the specific changes were not detailed in most reports. Suzanne Grant suggested that if people with pre-diabetes do want to try an herbal product, they first consult their doctor and, ideally, take any herbs under a guidance of a health provider qualified in herbal medicine. She pointed out that in traditional Chinese medicine, herbs are recommended based on individuals’ unique situations, and not as a one-size-fits-all prescription. Cochrane Library, online October 7, 2009.

Diet, Diabetes, Fiber, and Magnesium
High levels of cereal fiber and magnesium are associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. The findings stem from an analysis performed by Dr. Matthias B. Schulze and colleagues from the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke, Nuthetal. The study involved over 25,000 adults, between 35 and 65 years of age, who were followed from 1994 to 2005 for diabetes. A food-frequency questionnaire was used to assess the participants for the amounts of dietary fiber and magnesium. For a healthydiet.
Diet plays a key role in the development of type 2 diabetes.
Infants who receive their first solid food either early or late — before the age of 4 months or at 6 months or older — are at increased risk of developing type 1.

Risk of diet soda
Middle-aged and older adults who drink diet soda everyday have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Dr. Jennifer A. Nettleton of the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston looked at data from 5,000 U.S. adults. She found that those who drank diet soda daily were much more likely than those who did not to develop type 2 diabetes over the next several years. They also had higher odds of blood sugar elevations and weight gain around the middle. One problem with the study is that many people who choose diet drinks may already be overweight and have a less-than-healthy lifestyle. Dr. Jennifer A. Nettleton and her colleagues thinkthat artificially sweetened drinks and food may whet people’s appetites for sweets, causing them to overindulge in high-sugar foods when given the chance. Diabetes Care, April 2009.

Vinegar for diabetes blood sugar control?
A dose of vinegar taken at bedtime may help reduce blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Carol S. Johnston and colleagues from Arizona State University gave two tablespoons of vinegar with one ounce of cheese at bedtime in four men and seven women (ages 40 to 72 years) with type 2 diabetes who were not taking insulin. The vinegar treatment reduced fasting glucose by 6 percent in some of the patients. Diabetes Care, November 2007.

Diagnosis of diabetes
Fasting blood sugar more than 126, random blood sugar more than 200 or HbA1c more than 7%. HbA1c level times 25 is average blood sugar level.

Causes of Diabetes
Genetics, excess calories, high sugar intake, lack of exercise. Certain medications can elevate blood sugar including certain diuretics, phenytoin, niacin, and glucocorticoids. Smoking, already known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and stroke, also raises the risk for type two diabetes.
Low-level arsenic exposure, possibly from drinking water, may be a cause for type 2 diabetes.
Americans of Indian descent have a higher risk. Diabetes Care, September 2009.

Stress
Adults with type 2 diabetes have better blood sugar control when they report less diabetes-related stress and feel more satisfied with their treatment regimen. By contrast, men and women feeling greater diabetes-related distress have more complications and less optimal blood sugar control. Psychological aspects concerning diabetes treatment influence blood sugar control.

Viruses as cause of childhood diabetes type 1
Common viruses may cause childhood diabetes. Enteroviruses — which normally cause colds, vomiting or diarrhea — are found frequently in the pancreases of young people who had recently died from type 1 diabetes, sometimes called juvenile diabetes, but not in healthy samples. This suggests a virus could trigger the disease in children genetically predisposed to the condition, which affects an estimated 440,000 people worldwide.

Complications of diabetes
Cataracts, retinal damage, atherosclerosis, heart attack, erectile dysfunction, kidney damage, carpal tunnel syndrome, and accelerated aging.

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor for liver cancer and pre-exists in the majority of hepatocellular cancer patients. Moreover, in male patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, data shows a direct association of liver cancer with insulin and sulphanylureas treatment and an inverse relationship with metformin therapy.

Drugs used in diabetes treatment increase risk of mortality
Combination treatment for type 2 diabetes using two classes of drugs — metformin and sulfonylureas — may increase the risk of hospitalization for cardiovascular disease and mortality. Diabetes Care, August 2008. High dosage of medications used for this disease can sometimes cause hypoglycemia.

Hormone replacement therapy and diabetes
Hormone replacement therapy used to treat postmenopausal symptoms seems to accelerate the build-up of deposits in the coronary arteries of women who have abnormal glucose tolerance — a sign of impending or full-blown diabetes.

Can hormone replacement therapy cure diabetes?
There is no evidence thus far that hormone replacement therapy is effective as a treatment for blood sugar disorder.

Suppliers of natural supplements
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Diabetes study results
Elderly with diabetes are significantly more likely to decline mentally over the years than women without diabetes, and poor control of blood sugar levels may be partially to blame.

Insulin and diabetes
Insulin, a hormone released from the pancreas, is the primary substance responsible for maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels. Insulin allows glucose to be transported into cells so that they can produce energy or store the glucose until it’s needed. The rise in blood sugar levels after eating or drinking stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, preventing a greater rise in blood sugar levels and causing them to fall gradually. Because muscles use glucose for energy, blood sugar levels fall during physical activity. Too much insulin can cause hypoglycemia.

Causes of diabetes
Genetics, excess calories, high sugar intake, lack of exercise. Certain medications can elevate blood sugar including certain diuretics, phenytoin, niacin, and glucocorticoids. People who suffer from job burnout may be prone to developing type 2 diabetes. Chronic job burnout, the core components of which are emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue, and cognitive weariness, might be a risk factor for the onset of type 2 diabetes in apparently healthy individuals.
By 2034, nearly twice as many Americans will have this blood sugar condition and spending on the disease will triple, further straining the U.S. health system and testing the viability of Medicare and other government health insurance programs.

Where you live influences your risk for diabetes
The neighborhood people live in plays a role in their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People who live in neighborhoods that are not conducive to exercise and healthy eating are more likely to have insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes are closely associated with obesity, so body weight is a key reason why where you live is a risk factor for insulin resistance.

Rising rates in China 2010
China now has more people with diabetes than any other country, making it clear that the nation’s soaring economic growth is taking a toll on public health.According to the report, more than 92 million adults in China have diabetes, and nearly 150 million more are well on their way to developing it. The disease is more common in people with large waistlines and in those who live in cities. The New England Journal of Medicine, March 25, 2010.

Latinos, diabetes, and diet
Latinos with diabetes living in the United States are better off sticking to their traditional foods rather than adopt an American diet. Adopting an American diet is associated with undesirable eating habits and an increased risk of diabetes.

Symptoms
Type 1 diabetes is a condition where the beta cells in the pancreas do not release insulin. This is called an absolute insulin deficiency. Initial symptoms of diabetes include frequent urination, thirst, weight loss despite an increased appetite, fatigue, and irritability. Intensive insulinotherapy is a therapeutic regimen for diabetes mellitus treatment. This newer approach contrasts with conventional insulinotherapy. The results of a 30 year study have found that early, intense diabetes management reduced the incidence of complications in people with type 1 diabetes.

Complications of diabetes
Cataracts, retinal damage, atherosclerosis, heart attack, erectile dysfunction, kidney damage, carpal tunnel syndrome, and accelerated aging. For older people with diabetes, the condition does not increase the likelihood that they’ll develop Alzheimer’s disease. However, diabetes is associated with areas of brain damage called cerebral infarction which can impair mental capacity. For information on diabetic foot ulcer.

Diabetes and cancer
Type 2 diabetes is associated with an increased risk of liver, pancreas, colon cancer, as well as other cancers. High blood sugar probably increases the risk for cancer.

Depression
Adults with type 1 diabetes report more symptoms of depression and more often use anti-depressant medication than adults without type 1 diabetes.

Erectile dysfunction
Among men with type 2 diabetes, depression represents one of the most important factors contributing to the risk of erectile dysfunction. There appears to be a vicious cycle, in which depression may instigate the development of erectile dysfunction, while the erectile dysfunction symptoms perpetuate the symptoms of depression. Thus, erectile dysfunction in patients with diabetes is not related entirely to organic factors.
If a man with type 2 diabetes also suffers from erectile dysfunction (ED), it strongly suggests that he could well have coronary artery disease that’s not causing any symptoms, researchers report.

Testosterone
Many young men with type 2 diabetes have low levels of testosterone. Their lack of testosterone may influence their sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Paresh Dandona of the State University of New York at Buffalo thinks whatever else is happening with diabetes and heart disease, gross sexual dysfunction and infertility could be part of the story. Diabetes Care, online July 23, 2008.

Insulin and Diabetes
Insulin, a hormone released from the pancreas, is the primary substance responsible for maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels. Insulin allows glucose to be transported into cells so that they can produce energy or store the glucose until it’s needed. The rise in blood sugar levels after eating or drinking stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, preventing a greater rise in blood sugar levels and causing them to fall gradually. Because muscles use glucose for energy, blood sugar levels fall during physical activity.
Diabetics have difficulty producing insulin or processing the insulin that their bodies produce, or both. Diabetics have been injecting insulin as a tried-and-true treatment since the 1920s.

Older individuals
Elderly with diabetes are significantly more likely to decline mentally over the years than women without diabetes, and poor control of blood sugar levels may be partially to blame.

Women
Hormone replacement therapy used to treat postmenopausal symptoms seems to accelerate the build-up of deposits in the coronary arteries of women who have abnormal glucose tolerance — a sign of impending or full-blown diabetes.

Type I diabetes in children
There is a high prevalence of abnormal eating behavior and eating disorders among girls with type 1 diabetes. Eating disturbances in these diabetes patients start young and are likely to persist over time.

Taking cod liver oil early in life appears to reduce the chances that children will develop insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes. The protection may possibly come from the anti-inflammatory effects of long-chain n-3 fatty acids found in cod liver oil.
In children with type 1 diabetes, high blood glucose (sugar) levels are associated with an increase in externalizing behaviors, such as aggression, delinquency, and hyperactivity.
High blood pressure and high lipid levels, as well as longer disease duration, elevated glucose (sugar) levels, and male gender, are all significant risk factors for kidney disease in patients with type 1 diabetes.
Taking cod liver oil early in life appears to reduce the chances that children will develop insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes. The protection may possibly come from the anti-inflammatory effects of long-chain n-3 fatty acids found in cod liver oil.
For children with type 1 diabetes, blood sugar levels that are either too low or too high may disrupt their ability to concentrate and think

Diabetes and supplement use questions
Q. My 13 years old son has been newly diagnosed with diabetes type 1. I am looking for scientific medical help considering complementary medicine, namely in what concerns natural therapies with natural herbs and nutrients. Yet I have been dealing with some difficulty because the market is used to respond only accordingly with the traditional medical approach, that is the necessary controlled diet and regular insulin trying to maintain glucose levels. Yet with this traditional approach is difficult to achieve good metabolic levels, namely by constant hypo or hyper glycemias. Do you have any supplements recommended for diabetes type 1, that might help reducing insulin intake and help metabolic parameters? (I have read some interesting information about ivy gourd, fenugreek, gymnena, bitter melon, chromium, vitamin B and C, NAC.
A. The supplements you mention are all beneficial for those with diabetes type two. We have focused most of our attention on the treatment for type 2 diabetes and don’t have much experience or seen much research regarding the treatment of diabetes type one in adolescents. Dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oils is associated with reduced risk of pancreatic islet autoimmunity in children at increased genetic risk for type 1 diabetes. Low consumption of simple carbohydrates improves blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes.

Q. Which herbs and supplements are contra indicated for type 2 diabetes?
A. We can’t think of any specific herb or supplement that elevates blood sugar levels and as such would be contra indicated for patients with type 2 diabetes when used in small or reasonable amounts. Perhaps ribose, which is a sugar, may not be a good idea or any supplement that has sugar added or has lots of fructose.

Does the use of yohimbe bark herb raise blood sugar levels?
Not that we are aware of.

Do any diabetes studies with natural treatment report what a daily dosage of alpha lipoic acid should be if one takes this supplement for many years?
Studies with diabetes vitamins and herbs have rarely extended for more than a year. Until more data are published, it may be best to keep daily alpha lipoic acid dosage to 50 mg or less.

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We will await published studies in medical journals to see if the claim that this product control blood glucose levels is true.

I have type II diabetes and use no insulin or prescription drugs. I keep my morning glucose readings in the 80-120 range with diet and supplements. What is the right dosage of alpha lipoic acid for diabetes? Sources recommend more alpha lipoic aicd for a person with diabetes that for “normal” people. Do you agree with that recommendation? They recommend 600mg (equals 300mg R-form) for diabetes which greatly exceeds recommendation of 50mg R-lipoic form three days a week recommended by Dr. Ray Sahelian! How can I reconcile these disparate recommendations? What is your advice for diabetes treatment?
There is a difference in the dosage of a supplement as to whether it is meant for long term preventive maintenance or for the treatment of a medical condition such as diabetes. Also, when research is done, they use high amounts of the tested nutrient or drug for short period of time just so they can elicit a statistically measurable effect. This does not mean that people should be taking these high amounts forever. We have no idea what would happen to people if they took 300 or 600 mg alpha lipoic acid every day for years to come. If you have diabetes, first inform your doctor of your interest in using ALA, then start with half a capsule of 50 mg R-ALA. With time you can increase the dose gradually while monitoring your blood sugar. One side effect to look out for is insomnia. If you notice being too alert when you go to bed, it may be that you are taking too much ALA, or perhaps too many other supplements.

Q. I am 42 years old, and have had diabetes for 10 years. For the first three years I was on medication like Avandia and Ameryl, and for the past 7 years, I have been on insulin (humulin and humolog). I have a little high cholestral, and taking Vytorin and also Enapril for preventing blood pressure. I think, in the past five years I have overused these insulin as I eat alot rice and use insulin to bring the glucose down. Lately, I am trying to get into the healthy regime, like eating more vegetable and protein and avoiding as much as possible carbohydrates like rice, sweets. I am also exercising alot. I have been taking varieties of herbs in the past few years and quite well updated on that. I am a graduate student and would be getting into work which is highly cognitive. I am following the healthy regime, which is taking more veg, protein, varieties of herb tablets during the day (to balance glucose level) and have reduced insulin intake substantially and found my glucose control was much better than when I used insulin. The problem with the healthy regime I am following is that I found my cognition is not as good as before (not sure if it is because my sugar is under control or less). I find, I am forgetting things, memory is not that good, ocassionally feel tired and sleepy and lethargic. I also tried to take cognition related tablets which has Alpha-GPC, phosphatidylserine but it only provides a
temporary effect.

Q. I have been researching natural diabetes treatments (for the control of blood sugars) as possibly cures/aids to acne treatment.  I have come across a product
called Eleotin that makes some pretty bold statements about diabetes which flies in the face of pharmaceutical dogma.  I have talked to diabetics who have taken it who say that it has helped them control their blood sugar (apparently it slows the rate of digestion of carbohydrates to prevent exceedingly high blood sugar levels after eating meals).  Have you heard of this type of treatment for diabetes?  Might it be helpful for acne treatment as well?
A. The ingredients for the various blends of ELEOTIN are listed on each ELEOTIN box or bottle. The most frequent ingredients are Platycodi Radix (Root), Schizandrae Fructus (Fruit), Capsella Bursa (Stem), Glycyrrhizae Radix (Root), Astragalus Membranaceus Bunge (Root), Lycium Chinese (Fruit), Dioscorea Japonica Thunberg (Root), and others. Depending on the countries where ELEOTIN is sold, different variations are present in response to the local regulatory requirements. We have not seen research with Eleotin as a treatment for diabetes or acne.

I have diabetes type 2, I read and hear constantly about how patients with diabetes need to keep their weight down, and avoiding gaining weight around the waist (being pear-shaped). What I never see or hear anything about is what to do when that weight gain is caused by the diabetes medicines being taken. My doctor has stated the obvious – that I should not stop taking the meds in order to lose the weight! I’m 57 years old. In my case, three years ago, I put on 80 lbs over the course of a year, while maintaining my exercise and diet regimen. My doctor started me on Avandia when diet and exercise alone no longer maintained my blood sugar at the proper levels. Over the next year, the Avandia dosage was doubled, then doubled again. After it became apparent that it wasn’t having the desired effect, Amaryl was added, Avandia was later dropped, Metformin was added later on, and then insulin. I also take Byetta. I understand the weight gain, since these meds and insulin work by altering metabolism, but what are your thoughts on how to deal with it? My experience has been that if I try to eat less, my blood sugar numbers go up. If I eat enough to maintain the blood sugar, then I don’t lose any weight. This has been the case both with and without exercising.
We are not in a position to offer specific advice, but it is agreed in the scientific community that weight gain makes blood sugar control worse and leads to a worse case of diabetes. Eating less, in general, should keep blood sugar lower in those with type 2 diabetes. Weight loss should lower blood sugar in those who have diabetes. Diet Rx can help with appetite control and you can ask your doctor if it appropriate for you. Your doctor may also wish to review natural health information regarding diabetes on the web site.

Q. I ordered Passion Rx with Yohimbe today for my husband. He is a Diabetic and just recently started experiencing Erectile Dysfunction. He has been diabetic for over 15 years and have never had this issue. His medications are Starlix and Lantis (Insulin). Will Passion Rx formula be OK for him. He is now a vegan and his doctor has decreased his medications based on these actions.
A. It is difficult to predict any particular person’s response to an herbal sexual product. Those with diabetes are prone to erectile dysfunction and are also more prone to heart problems. High amounts of herbal aphrodisiacs can lead to the heart beating faster. One option, if his doctor approves, is to open a capsule of the Passion Rx by pulling and twisting on each side of the capsule, empty half into a glass of water or juice, and drink this about 20 minutes before breakfast. This can be done every other day. If, after a week, there has not been much help, the dosage can be increased to  two thirds of a capsule. The idea is to proceed slowly and minimize any potential side effect. Practically every herb or medicine for erectile dysfunction has some side effects but this can be reduce by lowering the dosages of the products used. Your doctor may also recommend fish oil capsules and eating more cold water fish and more fresh vegetables.

I have diabetes type 2, insulin resistance (under good control) and have been looking for supplements that are the best at boosting Nitric Oxide and improving smooth muscle relaxation; I would like to know if you could point me to the best ones in your range that may do this – I am not asking for a recommendation whatsoever for my condition – I am only asking for information on nitric oxide / smooth muscle relaxants that may help in supplement form – the ones I saw were Passion Rx or quercetin , but there may be others?
Arginine, citrulline, ginseng, and other products may be helpful.

I was diagnosed with diabetic type 2. My blood sugar is around 175 to 180. My doctor tells me to loose weight, which I am now at 230 lbs and I am 5’9 tall. I have been using pills R-Lipoic Acid since several month, but it has not lowered my blood sugar. I have started to exercise and with the additional sugar pills from my doctor ( Januvia 100MG and Actos 15MG) I am not happy that I can get my sugar level below 120. What pills from your research would you recommend me to take to lower my sugar.
Some of the suggestions on this page may be of benefit.

I am Mohamed 47 years old married with 3 childrens. And I am from Singapore suffering from diabetic almost 15years and now also developing feet pain and burning on my foot also very very painful, I am also having sexual problems like errectic dyfunction. (pennis cant errect). For my diabetic I am taking Dimicron 30mg 2 tablet at morning every day oncebefore breakfast. There is so many type of vitamin in your list could you please recomend me the best vitamin for my daily need. I greatly appreciate for your kind attantion and cooperation on the above matter.

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