Help in Maintaining Blood Sugar Level

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Clyde
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   Posted 5/16/2006 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. My name is Clyde Sinclaire and I would just like to share something. I enjoy short walks and tries to be on a high fiber diet (not an easy thing to do when you love to eat). Sometimes I get tempted on indulging on eating that my blood sugar level goes up. My cousin, being a diabetic as well, recommended me a food supplement (Charantea - does anyone know this product?) I was skeptic at trying it out at first, but then I was surprised that it is really working, i am able to keep my blood sugar levels at a safe level.


Anyway, I just wanted to share this. Take care everyone.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/17/2006 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Clyde,
If you overindulge there are other things you can do to help lower your sugar as well. A Tablespoon of psyllium fiber in a glass of water will even out a sugar spike. Vigourous exercise will help as well. The best thing to do is not overindulge... But I know how difficult that is.

Anyway, welcome to Healingwell. We're all about learning new stuff about diabetes and sharing techniques so thank you for what works for you.

A word of caution: Herbal supplements are subject to rain, drought, changing growing conditions, packaging issues and not controlled by any government office to check their efficiency. They should never be used in place of prescription meds and you should ALWAYS tell your doctor about every over the counter drug and herbal that you are taking. Ignoring this could prove detrimental to your health.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Warren
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   Posted 5/17/2006 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Being the total skeptic that I am, what were your BS levels BEFORE you took this wonder tea, and what are they now.  How much of it do you use and when do you use it?  I'm ALWAYS a bit skeptical of someone that posts a wonder cure, supplement or natural something or other on their first trip here and never gives any specifics.
 
scool  Warren
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

I can only please one person per day, today is not your day...tomorrow doesn't look good either.


Clyde
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   Posted 5/18/2006 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie, Thanks for the advice about psyllium, will check it out too! And my doctor said to consult him before taking anything else, but he seems ok with the tea as long as I still do my regular meds and continue walking. i showed him the box and he said its ok.

My fasting blood sugar was at about 156-190 but after about three weeks went dwn to 140, then 120. Im keeping at the 92-110 range these days =). it sometimes goes higher on my cheat days, haha. anyway the Bitter melon tea is what i drink after meals (i think they also have it in capsules but i only tried the tea). I drink about a liter a day, with or without ice. I pretty much follwed the instructions, which was to drink it after every meal. i dont mind drinking tea so it wasnt hard to follow regulrly.
I agree that many suplements dont work well, or work less than others says as i've tried a few myself. i have relatives and friends working from other countries and they are all looking for anything that might help. my cousin recommended this to me and this tea is helping though i also wasnt confident at first but i can say the tea works for me because i check my blood sugar level. ive been drinking it for over two months now.

Clyde

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/19/2006 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
YOu're welcome, Clyde. Don't mind Warren, he's always on the lookout for people who use our forum to try to scam people. We have tons of them that we have to delete all the time. He is ever vigilant and we all appreciate his knowlege.

On a lighter note last week I was at the market and there was a man there purchasing bitter melon fruit. The stuff is really bizarre looking! It kind of looks like a pale green cucumber with long tentacled spikey things all over it. He was from Bombay and said he likes cook it. I asked him if he knew it could lower blood sugar and he said, yes, if you make it into tea and then squeeze it with your hands. I asked how much a person would use and he said you just guess until you feel better....

Me, I'll stick with my prescription meds....
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Clyde
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   Posted 5/21/2006 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the warm welcome guys. I'm not so familiar with research and stuff but i have tried a few herbs and remedies some very strange ones too, haha! that my friends and relatives would send me. My asian chinese and filipino coworkers say they also let their diabetics drink the tea for blood sugar and eat the bitter melon fruit and have offred some recipies. for omelet and others i think. i'll try them out but they warned me that it was really bitter. the tea tastes fine though and i get it in tea bags easy...

I'll just hang around and read up on the past stuff on this forum. im new to forums and never thought there would be so many active people! Thanks again!

Pop21
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   Posted 5/24/2006 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Just out of curiosity what is psyllium? I'm new here but i've had diabetes for going on 16yrs and i'm type 1 and in the uk. I've had trouble controlling my sugars ever since i hit 13 and i'd love to know any helpful hints people have to get my sugar levels down whilst i try to sort myself out.

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/24/2006 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Pop,
Psyllium fiber is what is found in Metamucil or other fiber/bulk laxatives (that people take to mantain bowel regularity). The study that I participated in at Michigan State University was only for Type 2 diabetics. I do not know if it would have any affect on your blood sugar. It basically slows the absorption time of carbohydrates in the small intestine and helps prevent the after-meal spike in blood glucose that many type 2's experience. It does not prevent the carbs from being absorbed... just slows down the absorption so there isn't a huge amount of carb available at one time.

Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Warren
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   Posted 5/25/2006 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   

Type 1's are or should be just as concerned if not more so with carbs than type 2's as it dramtically affects the type and doseage of their insulin.  If anything can slow the absorbtion of carbs thus mitigating a spike, this will have a huge impact on what type of insulin a type 1 has to take and how much.

So the round about answer to Jeannie's question is "YES", it is a helpful product for type 1's

scool Warren
It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

I can only please one person per day, today is not your day...tomorrow doesn't look good either.


Beau2006
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   Posted 5/31/2006 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
This is all great information - but is there something out there that will help maintain blood sugar levels from droping to low, or stop the sudden crashing from a spike, which seems to be happening all the time.

I heard that chromium may help - yes?

Gary

Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/31/2006 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Gary,
This is an important question... Would you please re-post it with a pertanent subject along with your diabetes type, T1 or T2?
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


Beau2006
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   Posted 5/31/2006 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure what you mean by re-post - but I have as of late been suffering from Hypoglycemia - low blood sugars

thanks,
Gary
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