l arginine effect on blood glucose

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Grover
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   Posted 5/3/2011 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I am borderline diabetic, as my typical fasting glucose in the morning is 115-125. However, I began taking just 1000mg of L- arginine recently for my heart and now my morning readings have been 101-104. I've read coflicting info on the web...some say L arginine will raise glucose levels and others say it works to help the cells absorb the blood glucose and thus lowers blood glucose levels.

anybody have any similar experience? thanks.

Post Edited (Grover) : 5/10/2011 3:49:39 AM (GMT-6)


LanieG
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   Posted 5/3/2011 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about that supplement.  The conflicting information is probably because people have different reactions to both food and these supplements.
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Grover
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   Posted 5/5/2011 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for that info on molybdenum "It's Genetic", but I was asking about the amino acid L Arginine.

LanieG
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   Posted 5/5/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know why It's Genetic is mis-reading the posts here on Diabetes.  I know you asked about L-arginine.  Sorry.
Lanie

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Grover
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   Posted 5/8/2011 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
For what it's worth, I stopped taking the L Arginine for 2 days this week and my morning fasting glucose went back up to around 115. I resumed taking 1000mg 2x/day and it again dropped to the mid 90s. I'm not suggesting anyone else try it, but for me this apparently works. There apparently needs to be more research on this amino acid and it's effects for diabetics as I can find no consensus on whether it should be used.

LanieG
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   Posted 5/8/2011 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Grover, may I ask how you learned about L-Arginine in the first place?  I have never read about this in relation to diabetes.
Lanie

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Grover
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   Posted 5/8/2011 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Lanie,
I kind of stumbled on to it :) I've had some heart issues and saw an interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola on Dr. Oz's tv show recently. He recommended L Arginine for heart disease. I did some more reading and found many others agree that this amino acid stimulates production of nitric oxide, which is beneficial to the lining of the arteries and could help those of us with coronary artery disease. So I began taking a small dose (1000mg) and noticed my fasting morning glucose dropped from 115-125 range to around 101-104. And like I said in my previous post, 2000mg daily dropped it further into the mid 90s.

I did a google search using " L arginine insulin sensitivity" and found some studies that suggest it improves insulin sensitivity. Here's one:

http://www.diabeter.cn/diabetes-knowledge/l-arginine-therapy-may-improve-insulin-sensitivity.html

Let me be clear...I'M NOT A DOCTOR AND I'M NOT ADVOCATING ANYONE TAKE THIS SUPPLEMENT WITHOUT FIRST DISCUSSING IT WITH THEIR DOCTOR. I just thought I'd ask fellow diabetics in a forum like this one if they had any experience like mine.

LanieG
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   Posted 5/9/2011 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Grover.  And for reminding us no one is a doctor here. 
yeah  
Lanie

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Ornea07
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   Posted 7/18/2014 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Arginine stimulates the beta-cells of the Islets of Langerhans of the pancreas to secrete insulin.

LanieG
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   Posted 7/18/2014 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I would suggest informing your doctor if you're taking any supplements like this.
Lanie

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metformin
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