Diabetic Supplement Warnings, Using Caution and Common Sense

Diabetic supplement warnings and common sense will help you while you look for answers outside of conventional medicine. There is a lot of confusion and greed in the supplement business.

None of that concerned me when I went looking for a diabetes cure. If I found it in a book, I simply believed it. That led me to spending money for things that did not work.

On the internet diabetes advice abounds, adding to the confusion. Online supplement info-ads are growing as fast as type 2 diabetes.

You may have such a strong need to find answers that you want to believe what is being fed to you from websites about diabetes cures.

Fear of diabetes and complications is mixed with distrust of the whole medical establishment. It makes a feeding ground for a whole new industry of supplement sellers.

They often disguise themselves as experts who are simply giving you medical information. Most of them end with sales pitches for their products. This is why diabetic supplement warnings are necessary.

A Warning Taken From Recent News

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The newspapers in San Antonio on January 2, 2012, reported the arrest of two men by the FBI.

The men were running a stem cell scam that targeted people with terminal illnesses, promising to save their lives.

Apparently they gave the impression that their stem cells had been approved by the FDA.

Of course it was not true, but the men took in about $1.5 million from hopeful victims of ALS, cancers and other incurable diseases.

One of the men involved, who called himself a doctor, was profiled on the TV show Sixty Minutes in 2010 for the claims of stem cell cures. Now he is wanted by the FBI too.

Using Common Sense

There is nothing wrong with looking for a diabetes cure, but diabetic supplement warnings and common sense have to be your constant companions. You cannot simply believe all you hear or read.

If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Anything that really works is going to be trumpeted everywhere in these days of free internet access.

If a product really helps to cure people it will not hide on a site that claims there is a conspiracy against it.

Inflated claims and made up stories are only a few of the dangers you will face as you search for natural things to help your type 2 diabetes. Here is another of the diabetic supplement warnings you need to know.

Warnings About Over-medicating

You are aware of the dangers of taking too much medication, right? But anything can damage and even kill the human body if you take too much.

Alcohol, water, salt and oxygen are examples. Pick any one of those and look at the side effects of overdoing it. All are lethal if you take them in a large enough dose. Diabetic supplement warnings about this cannot be ignored.

One world-famous medical examiner who has her own TV show was looking into a mysterious death and found that the woman had overdosed on vitamin supplements.

This is an extreme case, and it took a huge amount over some time, but she was able to take enough supplements to die from them.

Of course, death by vitamin overdose is rare today at about 1 in 40,000 accidental poisonings. But it illustrates the importance of heeding these diabetic supplement warnings.

Too Much of a Good Thing Is Bad

That medical examiner's story is an example of how going overboard can hurt you, even with good things. But how much is too much?

Many vitamins work well together. Calcium is absorbed better if you take it with some vitamin D, and it doesn't take a lot.

Vitamin C increases your absorption of iron, and many GI doctors who diagnose anemia give the two together for better results.

Good multivitamin producers use this knowledge to give you a daily pill or liquid that can make sure you get daily vitamins in safe proportions.

It is something you may have difficulty doing on your own. That is why finding a quality multivitamin and sticking with it is so important.

If you don't know how much to take, it is too easy to make mistakes. So diabetic supplement warnings include vitamins and minerals.

Caution with Vitamins

B-complex and C are water soluble vitamins, and they are not stored in your body, so any excess is filtered out through your kidneys.

Fat soluble vitamins like A and D, however, are stored in your fat cells, so it is possible to overload your body with them.

But anything that makes your liver and kidneys work harder puts stress on your system that already is dealing with a chronic condition. So it makes sense not to overload even on the water soluble vitamins.

Another fact is that all vitamins and minerals are better for us in their natural vegetable form, not the metallic forms that are often used in vitamin supplements because they are cheap and easy to put into a pill.

So eating superfoods - vegetables and fruits - as well as grains and meats in their whole food form is the best way to get your vitamins. It is much harder to get too much of any vitamin that way.

About Cinnamon

While researching the benefits of cinnamon, which are real and proven, I found out that there is more than one kind. There is a cinnamon called cassia and another called Ceylon or "true" cinnamon.

The one we are most familiar with is the hot, spicy cassia cinnamon we buy at the store. Its heat comes from coumarin, and this substance has effects you need to understand if you are going to use it as a supplement and not just a flavoring.

A few people are allergic to the coumarin in cinnamon, developing swollen lips and mouth ulcerations. If this happens to you, you should not use it as a supplement.

But that is pretty rare and is not the reason some European countries are warning people not to use cinnamon except in small amounts.

Coumarin was used in the form of bicoumarin as a model for the medication warfarin, or Coumadin, because it has amazing blood thinning properties. It caused free bleeding in rats; it kept their blood from clotting.

Coumarin has been banned as a food additive in the U.S. because of this. Of course it is going to be hard to get enough coumarin to do any damage of that magnitude in the cinnamon you sprinkle on food, and research says bicoumarin is not made in a human body at all.

But if you plan to take cinnamon pills long-term for diabetic blood sugar reduction, here's what you should know.

Cassia Versus Ceylon Cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon has coumarin at a 5% ratio, while Ceylon cinnamon has a 0.004% ratio, practically none.

Since cinnamon really does have an insulin type reaction in your body it will lower blood sugar a certain amount.

But if you use it, know what you are getting and how your body will react. Talk to your doctor about it and tell her how much you are using.

And watch your blood sugar carefully. All diabetic supplement warnings should include telling your doctor what you are doing.

There is a lot of interest in coumarin as a cancer medication, and we'll keep watching it closely to see what happens next.

Coumarin may be something you actually want to be taking, although the amount that is safe has not been determined yet. But this cinnamon controversy shows you the kind of tangle you get into when looking for supplements.

We Need Diabetic Supplement Warnings

Our desire to find things that will cure, or at least help control, our type 2 diabetes has to be balanced with an equal amount of common sense and caution.

I have learned that there is no way around the real diabetes cure of exercise and a healthy diet. This is the proven road to remission for a type 2 diabetic.

I did try taking Ceylon cinnamon for two months to see what it did for my blood sugar control. After two months I had to conclude that it made no difference at all.

Everyone is different, and one person's success with cinnamon may not be matched by another. Your results could be better than mine.

If you are trying cinnamon I would be excited to hear what your results have been. But meanwhile I will tell you what is working for me.

Lowered insulin and medications is coming through exercise and a lower glycemic diet. This is actually working, and it is what I recommend to you.

  • "Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom." Coleridge

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