Supplement Combinations for Diabetics
I found the diet part quite silly, to suggest to gorge on flesh. Everyone knows that one can drop our rates of diabetes by over 50% by avoiding animal foods. That's been shown over and over in so many studies and is mainstream knowledge now.
Regarding me saying that people should gorge on flesh, well, I simply never said that in what I wrote and I don't know where you got that from. I mentioned that eating a healthy diet is helpful as is exercise for reducing insulin resistance.
The article was about the prevalence of Insulin Resistance (IR) in people in general and how to potentially treat that condition, not just for diabetics and it was not really focused on treating diabetes. There are diabetics who are not insulin resistant and there are many more non diabetics who are insulin resistant and that is where I was directing this.
Yes, a vegan diet can reduce IR and diabetes, but clearly, many people are not going to give up meat products. So these 5 supplements offer other practical options for most people who are insulin resistant. Up to 46.5% of adult people in the world are thought to be insulin resistant which shows how big of a problem IR is worldwide. Compared to diabetics in the world at just 9.3% it becomes much clearer how serious a problem insulin resistance is. Add to this the fact that doctors don't regularly test for IR and it emphasizes the importance of being proactive if you have one or more of these symptoms that I listed in the original post :
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Being overweight or obese
- Skin tags, especially around the neck or groin
- High cholesterol levels
- High triglyceride levels
- Fatty liver
- Prediabetes or diabetes
- Enlarged prostate
- Heart disease
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (abnormal periods)
Clearly insulin resistance goes well beyond just diabetes and being aware of the signs and symptoms as well as being aware of steps you can take to ameliorate IR is of significant importance for our health and that is part of the reason why I regularly take 4 of the 5 supplements listed and why I wrote about it, to share this information with the EC community, visitors and readers.
Insulin resistance is a canary in a coal mine.
The concept of insulin resistance is relatively easy to understand, but determining precisely who is insulin resistant is more complicated. The relationship between glucose and insulin is quite complex and involves the interaction of many metabolic and regulatory factors. The hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp technique is the most scientifically sound technique for measuring insulin sensitivity, and it's against this standard that all other tests are usually compared.
Supplement Combinations for Diabetics
I'm interested if anyone knows of a combo of these supplements? My 38 year old daughter is diabetic with high blood pressure, obesity and several other symptoms listed in the article. She recently had a heart attack!!!! She's in the process of figuring how to have a healthier lifestyle. I want to send her these supplements and I know the fewer pills she has to swallow the more likely she'll stick with it.
Your daughter has quite a few health issues going on. The berberine will also be very helpful for her diabetes to lower her blood sugar, HbA1c, oxidative stress levels and act as a heart, liver and kidney protectant among other things. Berberine has also shown synergy with some prescription medications used for diabetes. I previously wrote about the value of berberine in diabetes here :
The magnesium, aside from its many uses by the body, will also be good for her diabetes which I previously wrote about here :
Since she has had a heart attack, melatonin would be very useful and I previously wrote about the protective effects of melatonin in cardiovascular disease here :
Obviously vitamin D is going to be important for all of us as most people are insufficient or deficient and supplementing to bring her 25 OH d level into the optimal range will be important to improve her insulin sensitivity. You said your daughter is obese and this will likely require higher dosing of vitamin D which her doctor can monitor to get her 25 OH d level into the upper half of the reference range of 30~100 ng/ml.
The Grape Seed Proanthocyanidin Extract (GSPE) will help with insulin resistance and offer protective effects for her heart.
Most importantly, because of your daughter's current medical conditions, it is imperative that she have her doctor approve her use of each of these supplements and to make sure that they will not conflict with any of the medications she is taking.
I've tried all the supplements, i.e. berberine, gymnema, chromium, vanadium, magnesium, Vit D, but none have kept my BS down. The only answer is the keto diet and exercise, especially exercise (not heavy exercise), as muscle creates metabolites, and as you lose muscle, you develop metabolic syndrome, which drives up BS, triglycerides and BP. It's not an easy problem to fix.
Hi Donna, This is exactly what I believe. I also had significant changes in the numbers by intermittent fasting. I've had tremendous success with low carb lifestyle (basically keto) not only affecting my weight but consequently all my numbers into a healthy range. However, I've since remarried a foodie and now 15 years later I've regained the weight but fighting it with weight bearing exercise and next will be good bye bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and sweets. Good luck to you!
GSE and GSPE are the same thing. I mainly use GSPE so that there is no confusion between it and Grapefruit Seed Extract which is referred to as GSE.
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Supplement Combinations for Prediabetics
I am prediabetic. I notice that my blood sugar on a CGM spikes more on foods that it used to not spike on since I removed all the fruit and other carbs that normally it spikes on. Can anyone direct me to information that might help me understand this and what to do about it? Another weird thing is if I exercise between meals when my blood glucose is good, the exercise makes it go up. Info on why and what to do to keep it on a nice even run? Seems the more I try to focus and do everything right a new leak springs! Which supplement would help with the seemingly extra sensitivity. I can have a good blood sugar reading 30-40 minutes after eating and yet if it has gone up more than 18 pts from my pre-meal level I get overwhelmingly sleepy. Is there something I can do to not experience this sleepy feeling. Would one of the supplements help with this?
Consider starting with the vitamin D and magnesium glycinate and give it one to two months and see how your readings are doing. If that isn't quite enough improvement, add the cinnamon in and that should help improve your glucose control.
The reason you feel so sleepy after you eat is because the body must work hard -- and has to use considerable energy -- to digest your food after a big meal. And since most off your blood is automatically redirected to your gut region to achieve digestion, other parts of your body may not be receiving enough oxygen going to the brain, which would certainly be enough to make you feel sleepy.
Here are some suggestions that should help alleviate your sleepiness and pre-diabetic disposition:
Methylene Blue(MB): This well known chemical is good for a plethora of problems including Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Diabetes. MB also has the rather remarkable ability to increase oxygen to the body's peripherals, including the brain. As well as preventing sleepiness and increasing energy, MB also increases insulin sensitivity:
The Surprising Health Benefits of Methylene Blue
As regards MB dosage, I now regularly use MB at a higher dosage than Ted recommends because his advised dose range of between 8 to 12 drops of 0.1% MB does nothing for me. Also I much prefer talking and expressing the MB dose in milligrams because I find it less confusing than talking about MB dosages as just drops and percentages. All you have to remember is that 1% Methylene Blue contains 0.5 mgs of Methylene Blue per drop. So, for example, in order to supplement 15 mgs of MB per day would require taking 30 drops of 1% MB(@0.5mgs per drop) on a glass of water. This is the MB dose that wakes me up and works for me. I take this MB dose first thing in the morning and sometimes I take the same dose again in the afternoon as well, depending on what I'm doing. I take Methylene Blue to help prevent Alzheimer's, Parkinsons', COVID-19 infections and it also acts as a useful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic. And for me, at the dosages I've mentioned, it seems to wake me up and gives me lots of energy as well. When I'm uding this preventative MB protocol I deliberately come off the protocol for one day a week to allow my body to reset back to normal.
Other natural minerals that you can take that should help your pre-diabetic disposition are:
Vanadyl Sulphate is supplemented at 7mgs - 10 mgs per day or more. This mineral increases the sensitivity of your cell's insulin receptors and it also helps to regenerate insulin-producing Beta cells within the Islets of Langerhan region of your pancreas. So this one is good for treating both Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes.
Chromium Picolinate helps greatly to aid insulin by helping to efficiently escort sugar into the cells for energy. I currently take chromium picolinate at 1000 mcg every other day(i.e. once every two days).
Diabetes is the #1 Shame of the "Orthodox" Doctors - Chromium & More
It might benefit you to also take Selenium(@200 mcg twice a day with meals) and Magnesium as the citrate or chloride form(@250mgs twice a day with meals) as well.
And -- as an afterthought -- if anyone wants to know how to use Dr Deepak Golwalkar's highly successful sub-lingual and nebulizer Methylene Blue protocols that he has used so successfully to cure both COVID-19 and Tuberculosis, you should visit these links for more information:
Treatment for COVID-19 using Methylene Blue
Dr Golwalkars Methylene Blue dosage for Patients & for Prophylaxis
Interview by TV9 Gujarati on Treating COVID-19 with Methylene Blue
Dr Golwalkar has successfully used 0.1% Methylene Blue for both his sublingual and nebulizer protocols. He is renowned for having already saved thousands of lives using his own Methylene Blue protocols at his pulmonary clinic in Gujarat, India.