What brand of turmeric is best for a diabetic?

Posted by Carol, Volunteer Mentor @retiredteacher, Oct 18, 2017

I have read about turmeric and have developed arthritis in my hands and my knee joint. I have two friends who take turmeric regularly and swear by it. They are like I am—totally avoid medicines from Big Pharma if possible. They say it is a blessing. I’m not sure what way is best—pills or powder mixed with water. I read the entry of turmeric with synthroid, but what about a diabetic taking it to help with joint pain? I have taken glucosamine, and that helps a little bit, but people who take turmeric say it basically does away with the pain. I know it’s not a cure, but if it helps the pain, I would like to try it. I read where turmeric has to have pepper with it. I know there are quacks and faux products, but the good ones are natural, herbal and have been used for years for joint pain and other problems. I think natural is best. Not paying Big Pharma to hawk a medicine that costs a fortune.

Thanks for any help.

retiredteacher

@lisalucier

Hi, @retiredteacher — you may have seen this recent thread on Mayo Clinic Connect: http://mayocl.in/2m6abr2. If not, thought you’d be interested in it and may be interested in dialoguing with some of the members there, if you are still investigating.

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No relatives. We have no friends; we do not know our neighbors. We have worked all of our lives and rarely had time for socializing since our last move 17 1/2 years ago. Due to situations beyond our control our retirement funds no longer exist, so we live on a fixed income. Moving is not physically or monetarily possible. The heart doctors are 45 minutes away; that’s not too bad, and I trust them. Our PCP is 30 minutes away as is the endo. We try to manage ourselves so that we don’t have to go to doctors. Since I do not drive, I take a “hospital suitcase” packed at all times, and when we go to the cardiologist, we always take it in case he puts my husband in the hospital. We believe in being prepared. We never know what the dr. will decide to do.

So we are having big bumps in the road right now, but we have a firm walk with the Lord and believe that all will be okay. We are praying for a new med for the heart and not surgery.

My prayers are with all of us dealing with health difficulties and hoping that with positive attitudes and care and concern of our friends on this board, we will enjoy the holidays.

retiredteacher

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@lisalucier

Hi, @retiredteacher — you may have seen this recent thread on Mayo Clinic Connect: http://mayocl.in/2m6abr2. If not, thought you’d be interested in it and may be interested in dialoguing with some of the members there, if you are still investigating.

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@retiredteacher I wish it was 70 here! So far not too cold, so I have to be satisfied with that. I enjoy the seasons but in January it usually get really cold. At our ages we really do not like that anymore.
JK

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Cold weather and my body are not at all in agreement. I still enjoy the changing of the seasons. I know folks that go to warmer climates in the winter and have even moved to a warmer place. I layer up and keep one of my warm rice bags close by…
@retiredteacher You have friends here although not the tangible type. We can reach out and touch others with our words. I would take some of the 70 degree weather. It has been in the 50’s here. You are a courageous woman. Being a caregiver can be draining. It is easy to become overwhelmed. Everyone does at times.

Sending a cyber hug.

Have a Blessed Day

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@lisalucier

Hi, @retiredteacher — you may have seen this recent thread on Mayo Clinic Connect: http://mayocl.in/2m6abr2. If not, thought you’d be interested in it and may be interested in dialoguing with some of the members there, if you are still investigating.

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@contentandwell I agree! I’d love to be at 70 degrees right now! Terea

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@parus

Cold weather and my body are not at all in agreement. I still enjoy the changing of the seasons. I know folks that go to warmer climates in the winter and have even moved to a warmer place. I layer up and keep one of my warm rice bags close by…
@retiredteacher You have friends here although not the tangible type. We can reach out and touch others with our words. I would take some of the 70 degree weather. It has been in the 50’s here. You are a courageous woman. Being a caregiver can be draining. It is easy to become overwhelmed. Everyone does at times.

Sending a cyber hug.

Have a Blessed Day

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@parus What wonderfully encouraging words for @retiredteacher ! Teresa

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@parus

Cold weather and my body are not at all in agreement. I still enjoy the changing of the seasons. I know folks that go to warmer climates in the winter and have even moved to a warmer place. I layer up and keep one of my warm rice bags close by…
@retiredteacher You have friends here although not the tangible type. We can reach out and touch others with our words. I would take some of the 70 degree weather. It has been in the 50’s here. You are a courageous woman. Being a caregiver can be draining. It is easy to become overwhelmed. Everyone does at times.

Sending a cyber hug.

Have a Blessed Day

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Thank you for your kind words, @parus. I am not a caregiver. My husband does for me and I do for him. We are not invalids, and can get around okay for folks our ages. But some days are good and some not so good. That’s the way these things go. We prefer the cool/cold weather. My husband had a heat stroke so his internal thermometer does not work. We keep the AC at 64 degrees so that he won’t get overheated. It’s another thing that has become normal.

I hope you enjoy the holidays and stay with the program. As diabetics, there’s really no choice if we want to stay alive.
Enjoy every day of December and then start anew in 2018.

retiredteacher

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@parus

Cold weather and my body are not at all in agreement. I still enjoy the changing of the seasons. I know folks that go to warmer climates in the winter and have even moved to a warmer place. I layer up and keep one of my warm rice bags close by…
@retiredteacher You have friends here although not the tangible type. We can reach out and touch others with our words. I would take some of the 70 degree weather. It has been in the 50’s here. You are a courageous woman. Being a caregiver can be draining. It is easy to become overwhelmed. Everyone does at times.

Sending a cyber hug.

Have a Blessed Day

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@retiredteacher I certainly admire your attitude towards this new lifestyle that you find yourself in. Take care and keep in touch with us.

Teresa

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@retiredteacher Thank you for clarifying. Refreshing to hear how you and your hubby care for one another. This is the way it is meant to be.

I am not a diabetic, but do eat a diabetic diet due to other health challenges. I have grand children so the holidays are special and bring out my inner child. I can get into to more mischief than the kids. A healthy kind…Also make some very creative sugar cookies. Hard to top my artful cookies!!!

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The holidays are the hardest as far as food is concerned. My husband is a real cookie monster, and I love anything sweet. However, since my diabetic diagnosis, sweets are not on the menu. I have not had anything good and sweet for over a year and a half. My husband only occasionally has a cookie, but he supports me as I crave sweets. I used to bake cookies and brownies and all sorts of goodies for the holidays, but those days are over. I have become almost a vegetarian because my blood does not like meat or fruits or even salad. I eat dark leafy greens—very bland. But my blood stays low if I do that except in the A.M. It is still higher than it should be then. But after lunch, it is usually in the low range, where it should be. We don’t have grandchildren or other temptations except self control for our own health.

Enjoy your cookies; I think I could eat a dozen, if they were allowed. My husband could eat all you baked! 🙂

Enjoy baking and creating.

retiredteacher

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@parus

@retiredteacher Thank you for clarifying. Refreshing to hear how you and your hubby care for one another. This is the way it is meant to be.

I am not a diabetic, but do eat a diabetic diet due to other health challenges. I have grand children so the holidays are special and bring out my inner child. I can get into to more mischief than the kids. A healthy kind…Also make some very creative sugar cookies. Hard to top my artful cookies!!!

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@parus Would love to see a pic of one of your “artful cookies!” Teresa

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@retiredteacher

The holidays are the hardest as far as food is concerned. My husband is a real cookie monster, and I love anything sweet. However, since my diabetic diagnosis, sweets are not on the menu. I have not had anything good and sweet for over a year and a half. My husband only occasionally has a cookie, but he supports me as I crave sweets. I used to bake cookies and brownies and all sorts of goodies for the holidays, but those days are over. I have become almost a vegetarian because my blood does not like meat or fruits or even salad. I eat dark leafy greens—very bland. But my blood stays low if I do that except in the A.M. It is still higher than it should be then. But after lunch, it is usually in the low range, where it should be. We don’t have grandchildren or other temptations except self control for our own health.

Enjoy your cookies; I think I could eat a dozen, if they were allowed. My husband could eat all you baked! 🙂

Enjoy baking and creating.

retiredteacher

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@retiredteacher Boy, can I sympathize. I love to bake cookies, especially around Christmas time and I plan to this year as usual. I have read that if you allow a little something sweet when making your other food choices you can indulge occasionally. I suppose this all depends on how severe your diabetes is. Thankfully mine is not bad, my A1c is generally 5+ but it has even been in the high 4’s. I just copied a recipe for soft snickerdoodles with white chocolate bits from Pinterest that I plan to make with the next day or two, when my leg allows me to stand for that long. I have already overdone today. I will freeze some and I plan to give some to our neighbors across the street. They are a really nice family with three young kids so they will enjoy them. I have never made snickerdoodles before so it will be a first for me, I guess you could say my neighbors will be my guinea pigs, but I will try one first myself, just to be sure they are OK of course. 😉
JK

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@retiredteacher

The holidays are the hardest as far as food is concerned. My husband is a real cookie monster, and I love anything sweet. However, since my diabetic diagnosis, sweets are not on the menu. I have not had anything good and sweet for over a year and a half. My husband only occasionally has a cookie, but he supports me as I crave sweets. I used to bake cookies and brownies and all sorts of goodies for the holidays, but those days are over. I have become almost a vegetarian because my blood does not like meat or fruits or even salad. I eat dark leafy greens—very bland. But my blood stays low if I do that except in the A.M. It is still higher than it should be then. But after lunch, it is usually in the low range, where it should be. We don’t have grandchildren or other temptations except self control for our own health.

Enjoy your cookies; I think I could eat a dozen, if they were allowed. My husband could eat all you baked! 🙂

Enjoy baking and creating.

retiredteacher

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@retiredteacher Do you by any chance subscribe to Everyday Health? I subscribe to a couple of their topics and one is a diabetes topic. I just thought of you because I had one in my email. It has desserts that most people with diabetes can fit into their diet. The recipes are one of th the things I like about this site, they are always healthy recipes no matter which of their topics you subscribe to.
JK

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@parus

@retiredteacher Thank you for clarifying. Refreshing to hear how you and your hubby care for one another. This is the way it is meant to be.

I am not a diabetic, but do eat a diabetic diet due to other health challenges. I have grand children so the holidays are special and bring out my inner child. I can get into to more mischief than the kids. A healthy kind…Also make some very creative sugar cookies. Hard to top my artful cookies!!!

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@parus. My kids love my sugar cookies, they are really good. I am not very creative or artful though so a sprinkle of colored sugar has to do. The recipe is actually in one of the standard cookbooks, I think Betty Crocker. They use powdered sugar which makes them more tender and have some almond flavoring. When I am sending them I use very small cutters because they crumble very easily if they are bigger. Last year when I sent a box of cookies home with my daughter, with some other varieties she chastised me for taking up precious real estate with other cookies!
JK

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@hopeful33250 If you have mentioned it I forget, what part of the country are you from? I do enjoy NH for many of it’s benefits — mountains, seashore, and close to Boston — but it does get darned cold here in mid-winter and when a snowstorm with that heavy wet snow brings down power lines and we go without for a few days I become a crazy person, not very pleasant! We need to take rides at intervals because the car is warm and we can go Dunkin Donuts for hot coffee.
JK

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@retiredteacher

The holidays are the hardest as far as food is concerned. My husband is a real cookie monster, and I love anything sweet. However, since my diabetic diagnosis, sweets are not on the menu. I have not had anything good and sweet for over a year and a half. My husband only occasionally has a cookie, but he supports me as I crave sweets. I used to bake cookies and brownies and all sorts of goodies for the holidays, but those days are over. I have become almost a vegetarian because my blood does not like meat or fruits or even salad. I eat dark leafy greens—very bland. But my blood stays low if I do that except in the A.M. It is still higher than it should be then. But after lunch, it is usually in the low range, where it should be. We don’t have grandchildren or other temptations except self control for our own health.

Enjoy your cookies; I think I could eat a dozen, if they were allowed. My husband could eat all you baked! 🙂

Enjoy baking and creating.

retiredteacher

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No. I am not familiar with that site. Is it available on line to just type in Everyday Health? That might offer some calming of my sweet tooth.
Thanks.

retiredteacher

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