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Recent attempts to reduce my medication further, have proved too restrictive on carb intake and I start to lose wgt.
paragliderpete wrote:Hi all. Sorry if i didn't explain myself very well. I'm trying to achieve the same blood suger control with reduced medication. In particular I'm trying to eliminate the use of gliclazide totally. Of secondry importance is the reduction of metformin.
looks like I failed to find the info already on the forum, although i did search and it came up with zero results.
librarising wrote:Hi Pete and welcome aboard !
I'm not not sure you fully explain yourself in your post.
You say you've achieved 'normal' levels, yet want to go lower.
Is that because some of the 'normalisation' of your readings is down to medication, and you want to substitute that effect with non-medical means ?
I don't get this part of your post :Recent attempts to reduce my medication further, have proved too restrictive on carb intake and I start to lose wgt.
What does that mean ? What is the restriction you refer to ?
Re cinnamon and chromium. I believe larger doses of cinnamon are needed (up to 6gms a day IIRC) I need to refer to my notes from a book by Dr Briffa (if that's the book I recall mentioning it - it may not be !) Many studies used smaller amounts, so negligible effects were noted.
Chromium is more widely recognised as necessary for diabetics. Dr Atkins treated diabetics with 600-1000 mcg of chromium picolinate/polyniconate a day. Apparently it has other benefits, helping against obesity, heart disease, blood pressure etc.
He also warned that doctor supervision should be there when blood sugar lowering medication is taken, since the higher the chromium the lower the need for medication
The amount, he advises, should be in three doses through the day.
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