|Date: 4/26/2012 2:06:04 PM ( 4y ago )
"Pycnogenol is widely prescribed in Europe for diabetics. It helps lower blood glucose levels and helps protect against many of the conditions diabetics often suffer from, especially vision and nerve problems.
GTF chromium is considered by many to be the best form of chromium. GTF stands for "glucose tolerance factor". It helps the body properly transport and process glucose.
Another item to consider is magnesium. Most of us are deficient in magnesium and magnesium deficiency has been strongly linked to diabetes. Magnesium is also a good immune modulator, as is curcumin."
Pycnogenol is an over the counter supplement in the USA. It's simply grape seed extract although some claim that they can get the same thing from pine bark, but that's not what the "inventor" (guy who developed the process) says. Of course he gets a royalty on every pycnogenol sold anywhere in the world. I tried pycnogenol for several months it didn't do anything to lower my blood sugar and neither did the GTF chromium or magnesium - all long term.
The one and only thing that I have found to control my blood sugar is eating no more than three carbohydrates per meal. I learned that from "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars" by Bernstein who is a Type I diabetic and one of the longest living Type I's on the planet at age 76. Bernstein was an engineer who was diagnosed Type I at about age twenty. The medical doctors of his day did next to nothing to help him control his diabetes and his mood swings through out the day about drove him crazy. He married a medical doctor and eventually through her was able to buy (for around $600) a blood glucose testing device which at that time was sold only to medical doctors. He then monitored his glucose levels and first discovered that they were directly related to what he had eaten and he then tested his glucose levels on an hourly basis. Through this testing he was able to control his blood sugar through his diet and small amounts of insulin injections. He tried to get medical doctors to prescribe the diet he discovered and not one of them would listen to him. So, in his 40's he went to medical school and became a medical doctor. Many doctors still don't listen to him though my clinic does. I've been able to control my blood glucose levels within the normal range ever since I was diagnosed with Type II about eight years ago with this diet alone. I tend to go more the the three carbos per meal than the fifteen and I do "cheat" from time to time. My last a1c test (a blood test for how well you maintained your blood glucose levels) was 5.6 - well within the normal range of the rest of the population. If I fall off my Bernstein diet, my a1c jumps out of the normal range so I have many incentives to maintain the diet. No prescriptions and no over-the-counter supplements required.
The one other thing that I've found is that if I let my weight wander over a BPI of 25, it is more difficult to control my blood sugar. If a Type II is overweight, losing weight should be the number one item on their list along with daily exercise. I walk for up to an hour on a daily basis.
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