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The Blood Sugar Solution-

Monday, July 08, 2013

I am slowly working my way through Dr Mark Hyman's book The Blood Sugar Solution, and putting into practice those things that apply to my life. Today I'm looking at the supplements that he recommends for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
First and foremost: A multivitamin and mineral supplement
1,000-2,000IU of vitamin D3 with breakfast
1,000-2,000 mg of omega-3 fats, split between breakfast and dinner,
100-200 mg of magnesium at breakfast and at dinner.
123-250 cinnamon at breakfast and at dinner
25-50 mg of green tea catechins at breakfast and dinner.

The following recommended supplements are not in my regime yet-I don't understand them fully.
200-600 mcg of chromium
300-600 alpha lipoic acid twice a day-
1-2 mg of biotin
2.5 grams of PGX, a super fiber, 15 minutes before each meal with 8 oz of water. I don't take this because I get plenty of fiber in my diet. I do not like the side effects of too much fiber.

What supplements do you find helpful in controlling Diabetes?
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    I came to Spark when I was told I was diabetic. I had an A1c of 8.8 and I was put on metformin.
    I used my Nutrition tracker with my own foods and guidance with the Diabetes management program.
    I have always exercised but never did any form of weight training. I am using resistance bands instead it is easier on my hands.
    I am certain taking charge of your nutrition is the easiest way. I logged in and tracked daily I weigh and measure most of my foods. We eat out as a special treat but I prefer to cook our meals. That way I know what is in it and what I leave out like Salt and no processed food.
    I never use artificial anything. Rarely I use stevia.
    I live in Augusta Maine and I drive over the White and Green mountains to go to see our eldest son in Plattsburgh NY. It is a lovely drive but it takes so long. Pat in Maine. emoticon
    1715 days ago
    Congrats with the active steps to do something positive to get diabetics under control. I don't have the condition but I am very careful in not adding sugar and refind carbs to my diet.
    1716 days ago
    How interesting. I've learned about type 2 diabetes and the risk for heart disease purely through continuing ed stuff for my licence. This is interesting! I will have to see what I can find in my stuff! Thanks 1CRAZYDOG for the info!
    1716 days ago
    thanks but Drs here do not recommend it
    1716 days ago
    emoticon when you get a chance, check out the book Diabetes without Drugs by Susie Cohen (sp?) She breaks down the different health complications and what we can do for each, including supplements. After reading, I added for compelling reasons (had never heard of prior) and found these all had a positive impact:

    chromium polynicotinate (for blood sugar management)
    alpha lipoic acid twice a day- (for nerve, heart health & blood sugar management)

    a bit like reading a hs textbook, but for me was life changing... aka worth the read and goes way beyond supplements and has materials in it I have not seen elsewhere...

    ps, although I tried PGX, I found a supplement glucomannan to be less expensive and as effective and then I found chia seeds to be more effective for me, and in addition to health benefits from fiber, found them effective with hunger management (about day 3 whenever I restart using them.)
    1716 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/8/2013 12:20:39 PM
  • MJ7DM33
    Thx for sharing!
    1716 days ago
    Thank you everyone. I will move forward with wisdom and caution.
    1716 days ago
    Thanks for sharing great info. emoticon
    1716 days ago
    I have no idea what most of those last set are. Hope the modifications you've made a are helping you.
    1716 days ago
    I am careful whot I read do not fallow trends that are here and gone tomorrow.
    1716 days ago
    Alpha Lipoic & Weight Loss

    Jun 13, 2011 | By Anthony Marrone

    Anthony Marrone holds a Ph.D. in kinesiology from the University of Michigan where he worked in both the athletic and nutrition departments. He began writing in 1985 and his writing has appeared in the "Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research" and the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition."

    Alpha-lipoic acid, found in yeast and liver, may allow you to lose body fat, control your sugar levels and eliminate toxins. Alpha-lipoic acid functions primarily as an antioxidant, which means it eliminates waste products from your system. Alpha-lipoic acid also helps to metabolize sugars and mobilize fatty tissue by increasing the metabolism of various cells within your body. Consult a health-care professional before using any dietary supplement.

    Glucose Disposal

    One of the methods that alpha-lipoic acid improves your body composition, or mobilizes fat for energy, is via glucose disposal. Alpha-lipoic acid causes your body to more effectively metabolize sugar, which means you will not only store less sugar as fat, you will burn more fat for energy. Alpha-lipoic acid is so effective as a glucose disposal agent that it is commonly used in the treatment of Type II diabetes mellitus. A review of literature published in "Endocrine, Metabolic and Immune Disorders Drug Targets" in 2009 showed that alpha-lipoic acid was an effective therapeutic agent.

    Anti-Obesity Effects

    There has been some research into the anti-obesity effects of alpha-lipoic acid. A study published in "Nature Medicine" in 2004 showed that alpha-lipoic acid had a direct effect on suppressing hunger and increase the metabolism of test subjects. In a 2010 study published in "Metabolism," alpha-lipoic acid was shown to increase energy expenditure and accelerate the metabolism of test subjects. The only problem is that both of these studies used mice as test subjects. As of 2011, there is no peer-reviewed research showing that alpha-lipoic acid is effective in controlling obesity.


    Where alpha-lipoic acid truly shines is as an antioxidant. While clearing waste products, or free radicals, from your system may not be directly responsible for fat loss, it has other benefits. By limiting the build up of toxins in your system, you may be able to train longer and harder. This has some direct benefit if you are engaged in a high-volume training program. Being able to exercise longer at greater intensities has a direct effect on your ability to lose body fat. A dose of 600 mg a day of alpha-lipoic acid is effective for antioxidant purposes.

    Effective Fat Loss Agent

    There is no real evidence to support the use of alpha-lipoic acid for fat loss. While alpha-lipoic acid effectively disposes of extra sugars, there is no evidence to support its use for fat loss. The glucose disposal effect of alpha-lipoic acid may be great enough to prevent additional fat gain, and its positive effects on your ability to train longer and harder may lead to more effective fat loss. But, as with all supplements, truly effective fat loss only occurs in conjunction with proper diet and exercise.


    · "Endocrine, Metabolic and Immune Disorders Drug Targets"; A Current Update on the Use of Alpha Lipoic Acid in the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus; Z.X Poh, et al.; December 2009

    · "Nature Medicine"; Anti-obesity Effects of Alpha-lipoic Acid Mediated by Suppression of Hypothalamic AMP-activated Protein Kinase; M.S. Kim, et al.; July 2004

    · "Metabolism"; Alpha-lipoic Acid Increases Energy Expenditure by Enhancing Adenosine Monophosphate-activated Protein Kinase-peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptor-gamma Coactivator-1alpha Signaling in the Skeletal Muscle of Aged Mice; Y. Wang, et al.; July 2010

    · "Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology"; Antioxidant Properties of an Endogenous Thiol: Alpha-lipoic Acid, Useful in the Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases; S. Ghibu, et al.; November 2009
    Article reviewed by GlennK Last updated on: Jun 13, 2011


    I take a multi-vitamin, 1200 mg. calcium w/magnesium, and 2000 U. Vit. D (my level was way low), alpha lipoic acid 300 mg., 2 mg. of biotin (really helped with the hair loss I was experiencing between thyroid disease and type 2) and 200 mg. cinnamon.

    I have to say, probably one of the best things I did for myself was starting to put a cinnamon stick in my tea. Great for the blood sugar, adds great taste.

    Sorry this is so long, but wanted to pass this info on. I follow Dr. Hyman as well.

    1716 days ago
    I don't have diabetes and this would be very confusing to keep track of but with more research, I could do it.
    1716 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Be very careful when adding supplements to your regimen, particularly if you are "well-controlled" right now. If you absolutely positively think you must add, then one at a time to make sure there is no interaction or side-effects.

    1716 days ago
    My husband is the diabetic. He tried to manage on his own until his second stroke, and the broken ankle that wouldn't heal because of the blood vessel damage of diabetes. He is now under the care of an endocrinologist, who has him on a bunch of diabetes meds, and a cardiologist, who has him on blood thinners, cholesterol meds and 3 blood pressure med for the coronary artery disease caused by diabetes. Neither recommend any supplements other than a regular vitamin. He was supposedly "listening to his body" but not knowing what he was hearing. His blood sugar and blood pressure are much more controlled since he started listening to the specialists.
    1716 days ago
    This is a journey - we are learning more and more about how we work and our bodies work...Much success to you!
    1716 days ago
    Me too, good info. Much success to you.
    1716 days ago
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