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2/6/09 6:28 P

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Insulin is all about carb load, so avoiding the white stuff is great, but keeping all starches to a minimum is also essential, and pair everything with fat/protein. Fruit, for example, should almost never be eaten alone, have it with cheese or nuts or yogurt or something. I don't have the nutritional info for luna bars because I don't eat them, but I don't think they are too high in protein either. Under circumstances where I have been "off" my metformin for various reasons, dropping to almost no starches (including starchy veggies like carrots and potatoes) can keep me going for a short period

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2/6/09 5:59 P

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Thanks for the responses, guys. I guess I should also add that I don't have a lot of sugar in my diet, but I've been doing that for years and it never helped much. Even when I was on a low-carb diet, exercising, AND on 1000 mg of Metformin a day, my insulin levels were high. My former doctor said they would improve once I got my weight down, but unfortunately, I'm heavier now than I was when he said that.

I'm really just trying to find a stopgap solution until my doctor either a)stops being a jerk or b)I get a job (with benefits) after 13 months of looking.

I avoid white bread or white rice, sweets (except fruit and Luna bars...not great, I know, but that's as sugary as I get), and I limit alcohol intake to 4 servings (yes, SERVINGS) a month or less.

I have never had an abnormal blood sugar reading, and I'm absolutely terrified of diabetes. I'm more afraid of diabetes than I am of cancer or anything else, and I'm so likely to get it, and I just want to do something I can feel good about while I can't be on Metformin.

Now, I don't want anyone to sugarcoat it either (uh, no pun intended). Is there anything else I should be doing?

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2/6/09 3:36 P

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My mom knows of a woman who has tried to control her "out of control" diabetes through cinnamon and not wanting to watch her dietary intake. She mixed either a teaspoon or tablespoon of cinnamon with water and drank it every morning. Needless to say the doctor told her, a couple months later that either she get serious about her diet or he would refuse to see her as her sugar levels did not decline and instead raised. Natural diet and exercise, limiting certain foods, especially those high in sugar are the only way to go. That is why most diets are based after the diabetic diet.

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2/6/09 8:37 A

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I've heard about the cinnamon, but I prefer things in their natural forms vs. supplements, so I do try to add cinnamon to parts of my diet (right now it is in my morning oatcake), however, I imagine it, like most other things, to be part of a healthy lifestyle, not the only thing controlling sugar. Let us know if it works well for you!

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2/6/09 8:10 A

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I have been able to control my blood sugar through diet. Low carb balance through the day. The cinnamon couldn't hurt but don't count on that alone.

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What am looking for when I purchase the cinnamon? How much to I take? Worth a try. Let me know. Thanks.

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I was wondering if any of you have successfully managed your insulin and/or blood sugar levels with cinnamon. I stopped taking Metformin recently because I have no health insurance and my doctor refuses to refill my prescription unless I go in for a visit and get all this lab work I can't afford. I've read that incorporating cinnamon into the diet can be helpful to people with IR.

I bought a little cinnamon tincture that I plan to use, but I wanted to know if anyone had any success in their levels. I've never had a problem with my blood sugar, I just have high insulin for whatever reason (most of the women on my mother's side have IR, and we're all different sizes).

Cinnamon--if it works-- just seems to be a better idea for me, as the tincture cost about $11, and the lab work would be several hundred.

More about cinnamon here: care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/conten
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Edited to add: Cinnamon supplements should not be used by pregnant women. I'm not pregnant and am not going to be, so this isn't a personal concern.

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