I reversed two of my friends diabetes (type 2) in one month without pills.
Whatever you do, do not take Metformin it is dangerous and unnecessary!!
Cinnamon, as you point out is very good (make sure it is true Ceylon) - a couple of other things that are excellent is a small amount of fenugreek in tea every day NB: don't take too much (a small bit does the trick anyway) as it can cause an odour to be excreted from your skin and arm pits that supposedly resembles maple syrup if you have too much.
Another excellent aid is chromium picolinate - this is very cheap and works well.
The reason that I researched this subject was because I was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic after I underwent tests as I was feeling so fatigued and like death warmed up every morning I went to see my doctor (in Thailand). He diagnosed a long list of what I had wrong with me, including inflammation, being pre-diabetic, having high cholesterol, moderately high blood pressure, 20% NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), metabolic syndrome, spastic colon, leaky gut syndrome. IBS and elevated liver enzyme markers!!! Other than that I was perfectly healthy. After the shock had died down I waited for the normal goody bag of pills that Thai doctors normally give you, even for minor ailments.
Instead he delivered the best advice I have ever received from a doctor!! He said, right, that is what is wrong with you, do you have access to the internet? to which I replied yes, of course, he said " then go away, research it and fix yourself". I left the hospital with zero pills (which was great)!
Within the month after a rigorous regime of supplements, vitamins, minerals, moderate sunshine exposure (very important this), dietary changes and some exercise my fatty liver had disappeared, likewise, no inflammation, my blood sugar levels were normal, blood pressure was down to 110/70 (from 135/85), my liver markers showed as normal, cholesterol levels dropped too low from 269 to 180 (200 is viewed as optimal) Nb: my LDL halved and triglycerides level as good as halved as well!!
I woke up in the morning feeling like a 30 year old instead of an 80 year old (I am nearly 60). I do not get tired or fatigued any more and feel fantastic.
Recently diagnosed as a Type 2. Used Gluc meter to test results of Metaformin and then Metaformin with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV).
Taking 500mg of Metaformin in the morning and at night. Blood sugar 2 hrs. after the meal 110 - 115. In addition to Metaformin, if I take 2 TBS of ACV before the meal using a 1:5 ratio mixed with water, my blood sugar is 93 - 95 2hrs. after a meal.
Went without Metaformin and ACV at night and 3 hours after the meal, the blood sugar was 130. Before bed, took Metaformin and 2TBS of ACV. Morning reading before Breakfast was 86.
2 TBS of ACV before meals and bedtime is very effective at controlling my blood sugar. Before meals, it drives the 2 hour post reading down and additional 10 -15 points than when just using Metaformin. Before bedtime, I drives the blood sugar 20-30 points than when just using Metaformin.
Be careful not to drive your blood sugar too low using this before bedtime. I woke up one day with reading of 71. Find that balance point for yourself.
My blood glucose was 241 last night. I took three teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water, added two packs of stevia which is also suppose to lower blood sugar. I then exercised, nothing that big, but I invested in a kettlebell. $29 bucks. I did some kettle bell swings, a little arm work, you know, just enough to get my heart beating a little fast, but really I didnt do that much. I tested an hour later and my blood sugar was 121!! I couldnt believe it! I woke up this morning, tested and my blood sugar is 122!! Its been a long time since my blood sugar has been that low upon waking!! This will be my new routine every night!!
I have tried apple cider vinegar in the past with mixed results. I have diabetes and take insulin. When I started taking ACV before I was taking 1 tablespoon and it really did lower my blood sugar - in fact, I had to make sure that I ate enough carbs or it would be too low - like in the 40's. also it was giving me very bad gas. I was taking it in a glass of water 2x a day and my teeth were becoming sensitive.
Well, I started taking it again - but this time in a much smaller dose. now i put it in a dropper bottle and take a dropper - approx. 1/2 - 1 teaspoon and i put it in the back of my throat so it doesn't touch my teeth.
This works much better for me and I do get some of the blood sugar lowering effects - but what I really noticed is that in the morning my face is not puffy. It also makes me pee a lot more and i just feel 'cleaner'. It seems like my body is 'clearer' or something. And at this dosage it isn't giving me gas. I do this 2 times a day and maybe i will be able to work up to more eventually - but for now this is helping me.
I read about Apple Cider Vinegar online so I tried it. The first day my sugar level lowered from 235 plus to 110. I am taking two table spoons in a 1/4 glass of water, this is a miracle remedy to lower sugar level. I have not taken any metformin etc. for nearly two weeks. I am to have my lab test done next mid April 2008, let's see what the results shows! My diet is besan (gram flour) and soya flour pan cakes with sour cream and salad (onion, cucumber, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, celery, lemon juice, bitter melon and Habanero and lite salt) twice a day and boiled tilapia fish in the evening. I am very happy with ACV, I just ordered 12 (32oz) bottles of ACV with the Mother, Organic and unfiltered. This will remain in my cupboard always! Thank you for having a wonderful informative website. God Bless!!
Apple cider vinegar: Recently been diagonised with diabetes, put on medication, low carb diets and GI plus daily exercise I still found it very hard to obtain reasonable sugar levels. Been frustrated about the whole issue I started reserching into it until I found the effect Apple Cider Vinegar has on your digestive system (reduced gastric dumping rate) and its effects on glycemic levels.
To cut a long story short, I started taking ACV in water with every carb loaded meal, the result has been stunning, I don't take tablets any more. On the same hand I don't go crazy with food, I always watch the GI, GL and never miss the ACV no matter weare I go.
THE IMPORTANT THING IS IT MUST BE TAKEN WITH THE CARB LOADED MEALS, hope you get the same results I have.