I have Type 2 Diabetes and my doctor has me on Metformin.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have Type 2 Diabetes and my doctor has me on Metformin. I would like to know if there are any herbs I can take to help stabilize my blood sugar?” — Sascha W., San Antonio, TX
A. Dear Sascha, I encourage you to discuss the use of any supplements with your primary healthcare practitioner, as they may have additional insight.
We are living in an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes and this is largely due to our diets. I recommend avoiding all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. This means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information.
In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to your daily regimen.
My favorite botanical ingredient for controlling blood sugar is Hintonia latiflora. This tree species has been studied in Europe for over 60 years and has shown great promise for Type 2 Diabetes. In clinical studies, Hintona latiflora was combined with synergistic ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, zinc, and chromium. Together, these ingredients were shown to lower hemoglobin A1C levels by 10%, improve fasting and postprandial blood sugar by 23% and 24% respectively, balance total cholesterol and reduce triglyceride levels, prevent hypoglycemia, and reduce medication usage.
Sensible adjustments to diet and exercise can go a long way towards preventing and reversing Type 2 diabetes, but in addition I would strongly urge you to add a clinically studied Hintonia latiflora to your daily regimen. The form I recommend is combined with trace amounts of B vitamins, folic acid, chromium, zinc, and vitamins C and E. These ingredients help protect against oxidative damage to blood vessels, stop nerve damage, and keep metabolism functioning properly. I would take this combination with every meal.
Terry . . . Naturally