What supplements are good for you as a diabetic?

Posted by kateia @kateia, Nov 13, 2019

I have been working really hard to get my A1C number down since diagnosed. 10.1 at diagnosis – last week 5.8 . I’ve been really watching what I eat, writing items down and exercising. I now want to start adding supplements that may help. One of those suggested is berberine. What is the best source to purchase it and how much do I take? i’ve read a little about it, but can’t always believe what I read on facebook.

@contentandwell

@hopeful33250 thanks, Teresa. I think I must have basically “reversed” my diabetes with my weight loss. When I was more definitely diabetic my A1c was as low as 4.9 or 4.8! My endocrinologist said it was lower than his and he’s not diabetic. Strangely though, when I do bg tests they are not that low.

I am back to trying to be less indulgent so I can lose the pounds I have gained back. Getting back to the gym and pool will help in two ways – burning calories and keep me busy and out of the house so I snack less.
JK

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I hear you, @contentandwell. I got back to the pool today for the first time this week. It felt soo good!

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@hopeful33250

I hear you, @contentandwell. I got back to the pool today for the first time this week. It felt soo good!

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@hopeful33250 I have gotten to enjoying the gym more than the pool. You get cold and wet in the pool! 😉 Then there's showering, etc., so I end up with a short visit to the sauna as my little reward. I would enjoy the hot tub but I'm pretty paranoid about germs.
JK

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@contentandwell

@hopeful33250 I have gotten to enjoying the gym more than the pool. You get cold and wet in the pool! 😉 Then there's showering, etc., so I end up with a short visit to the sauna as my little reward. I would enjoy the hot tub but I'm pretty paranoid about germs.
JK

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I understand what you are saying, @contentandwell. I don't have the same immune problems you do, but I'm very hesitant to go into a hot tub. I love a dry sauna, however, I can't stay in too long.

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@hopeful33250

I understand what you are saying, @contentandwell. I don't have the same immune problems you do, but I'm very hesitant to go into a hot tub. I love a dry sauna, however, I can't stay in too long.

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Some years ago when I was in pretty good health, I went to a business meeting with my husband and used the hot tub twice a day for my arthritis. I foolishly did some exercise in the tub, as no one else was there. A month later I went to the doctor and had very high blood pressure. This began my journey to improve my BP. I am still working on it, but believe reducing stress is the first step. Now I only get in the hot tub to the top of my knees and I don't stay very long. I haven't had the opportunity for that lately. I have a deep whirlpool tub in my home but can't get out of it and have no room for grab handles because of the bay window. Poor planning. Dorisena

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@contentandwell

@hopeful33250 I have gotten to enjoying the gym more than the pool. You get cold and wet in the pool! 😉 Then there's showering, etc., so I end up with a short visit to the sauna as my little reward. I would enjoy the hot tub but I'm pretty paranoid about germs.
JK

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Years ago my daughter broke out in a rash after using a hotel hot tub with lots of guests there. The doctor suspected germs and also allergy to elastic in her underwear. The next visit we used the hot tub in the place next to ours, as no one paid attention to guests walking in and out of the area. And she uses underwear without elastic exposed. Always something going on. Dorisena

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@hopeful33250

I understand what you are saying, @contentandwell. I don't have the same immune problems you do, but I'm very hesitant to go into a hot tub. I love a dry sauna, however, I can't stay in too long.

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@hopeful33250 The heat control for the sauna is right there at the door. I can only tolerate in the 6:00 position – it goes up to 9:00. If someone comes in after me and has hiked it up, I'm "outta there".
JK

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@contentandwell

@hopeful33250 The heat control for the sauna is right there at the door. I can only tolerate in the 6:00 position – it goes up to 9:00. If someone comes in after me and has hiked it up, I'm "outta there".
JK

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Smart, @contentandwell. Too much heat is dangerous.

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Piping Rock has a Berberine 500 mg at a very reasonable price. On Amazon you can get very potent (1200mg)Berberine HCL. Carfuly monitor your sugar. It can lower you sugar level to much. So it takes few days to establish proper dosage

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@lekarzstomatolog

Piping Rock has a Berberine 500 mg at a very reasonable price. On Amazon you can get very potent (1200mg)Berberine HCL. Carfuly monitor your sugar. It can lower you sugar level to much. So it takes few days to establish proper dosage

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As I have mentioned before, proper dosage of a supplement for lowering blood sugar would depend on how much carbs you eat in the first place, and the condition of your pancreas system. Since I had low blood sugar years ago, I am careful not to risk anything that would lead to low blood sugar and serious consequences. If I were to get to the condition that I am dizzy and thinking I may pass out, I would not risk experiencing that condition again. It is best for me not to eat the cookies and to eat balanced meals. Much safer.

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@dorisena

With the AIC test, a 5.6 is considered normal for those controlling diabetes so 5.8 is considered prediabetes and is a pretty good score. Continued low carb dieting and exercise should keep the problem gone if you are well disciplined. I would like to be at 6.0 but have not worked hard enough to manage that recently. My endocrinologist will not see me at all since I am below 7.0 at 6.8 right now. I don't intend to overdo at Christmas time. It would be nice if I lost some weight in the summer and reached 6.0 for my granddaughter's wedding next summer. Right now I can't fit into a nice outfit because of my waist which is too big and I refuse to wear loose tops because I am too old to look pregnant. You are encouraging me very much! Dorisena

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If you have regular hypoglycemic episodes an A1C below 7 is not advisable. Hypo attacks do far more harm than readings in the 7s. source: American College of Physicians

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I agree, Lewis, that hypo attacks are dangerous, but a healthy diet and eating regularly more often can prevent the attacks from happening. Stress control is also a factor, since adrenaline rushes can lower blood sugar in an emergency. When i got the stress under control in my busy home and ate on a regular basis, as much as six times a day, depending on my work load, I had no more problem with low blood sugar. I also age more veggies and felt good. I had no help from my doctor and had no blood tests to help me plan and was on my own to learn how to eat. It was a better life for me. Dorisena

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Donsena, What is your A1C? How do you know your sugars are controlled? Just feeling good is not enough. Diabetes is an insidious disease. Lewis

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