Has anyone taken CeraCare Supplements as a diabetic solution? Were there interactions with your diabetic medications oral and/or injections? Were you satisfied with the supplements?
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Hi there, @h20rgbr32 welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. So glad you could join and ask this interesting question. Here is an article that one of our mentors researched that has a number of sources and reference links below it.
I'd like to invite some members that are very prevalent in the diabetes and endocrine group. @dorisena, and @hopeful33250. h20, you may also be interested in another ongoing discussion about Supplements and Diabetes in the group.
Here is the article reference from one of the mentors: "Bear in mind, that some ingredients did lack clinical trials, seeing that, in general, conclusions were made based on preliminary studies. Also, no direct links have been established regarding the formula and ceramide production. In this case, the creators seem to have focused on hypoglycemic, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Having said all that, it is clear to us that most studies include significantly higher doses than that offered by CeraCare. It would have also been nice to have the breakdown of the study conducted on the effect of CeraCare, which would have sufficed. Moreover, not knowing the exact breakdown of the already low proprietary blend (roughly 400mg per serving), makes it hard to swallow a price of $69 per bottle." – Jan 2021 – CeraCare Review: Do Cera Care Blood Sugar Support Pills Work: https://www.bellevuereporter.com/marketplace/ceracare-review-do-cera-care-blood-sugar-support-pills-work/
h20, have you consulted with your physician about this supplement and what effects, if any they would have with your current treatment?
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I can't offer anything about CeraCare because I know nothing about it. I don't look for pills and supplements for diabetes because the only one my doctor mentioned was Metformin which I take unless my blood sugar in the morning is near normal. He sent me to the nutritionist and I have found that diet and exercise are the main issues to address and work more normally without dangerous lows.
I am experienced in controlling my diet for better health and I know it works for me. You don't get high blood sugar without eating high carbs unless your insulin in your body has quit producing. That is type 1 diabetes and I really know very little about treating it. Over the years, my blood sugar is staying closer to normal, so that is what i encourage friends to try, eating a low carb diet and being active.
The pills are not magic. I really don't know why you would want to eat an unhealthy diet and then take pills. Dorisena
I take a common dietary supplement if I have a blood test that indicates a deficiency. I take a few vitamins that are commonly recommended. I get my nutrients from food and boost my diet with what is recommended on the web. It is important to eat a balanced diet and by that I mean each meal or snack should be balanced with protein, veggies, fruit, grains, and some dairy. Never eat a sugary snack that is mostly sugar and carbs. It spikes your blood sugar without the control of the other nutrients. My life is a simple plan.
First, I would like to welcome you to Mayo Connect, a community of people living with a wide variety of symptoms and diseases. We try to support one another in our journeys, but are not medical professionals and do not give diagnostic or medical advice.
I am not diabetic, but my husband has had diabetes for nearly 30 years, and manages it very well with diet, lifestyle, and a few long-used medications. He is very careful about adding any supplements which may interact.
If you have diabetes, and are currently taking medications, adding any new supplements should only be done with the doctor's knowledge and consent. But, like you ask, how do you know what works and is safe?
Here are some ways to evaluate supplements, which are not federally regulated.
-Google the supplement by name and look for any independent reviews by hospitals or universities. Do not assume a "clinic" or doctor is independent if they are also advertising the product (red flag).
-Are the ingredients clearly listed, so you can look up the characteristics of each ingredient Is it a "secret" or "proprietary" formula (red flag).
-Is the product available from respected sources or only on specific web sites (red flag) Even on Amazon, it may be sold by the owner, not independently.
-Look for scientifically unsupported claims. One site advertising CeraCare states "High blood sugar by itself isn’t a disease; plenty of people suffer from high blood sugar without ever developing some of the traditional illnesses associated with it." According to Mayo Clinic, a fasting blood sugar level of 126 or above on two tests indicates diabetes, which is a disease, so I would judge the statement false, and the article that uses it suspect. (Big red flag)
Others will weigh in here, who may have more information than I do.
What have you tried so far to manage your blood sugar.
Every year my doctor does a blood test to check my thyroid level and my basic levels of nutrients to see if anything needs attention. I get a copy of that test and look up anything that is high or low on the web because my doctor always says everything is fine. If tests are in the normal range recommended i do not worry about supplements. If the sodium is high, I immediately adjust my diet. Basically, I might adjust my diet to correct low levels in my blood before I would consider supplements. My former endocrinologist recommended high levels of vitamin D supplements so I take them. I do not think of pills as a cure, but believe that a healthy diet is the best choice for long life so I study nutrition and try to keep up with the latest recommendations. This approach works well for me at this time. I stay out of trouble with my eating and don't worry about the disease of diabetes. I don't seem to need to rely on pills or treatments for improvement.
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