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Epsom Salts & DIABETES

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by bangkokdiabetic, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. bangkokdiabetic

    bangkokdiabetic Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    the following is a quote from an email I received extolling the virtues of Epsom Salts

    experience the (primary laxative) benefits of the salt. Crucially, Epsom salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate, and with its pain-relieving, blood sugar regulating, stress-reducing benefits

    Now my Father sung the praises of this product as a Laxative, But a regulator for Blood Sugar is something I find hard to believe Does anyone no of any evidence/research which might justify this claim or indeed personal experience
  2. shelley262

    shelley262 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I use them for a foot bath as a way of getting magnesium and relaxation they work that way definitely and would recommend, know others who bath in them. I do find stress puts my bgs up and relaxing after a foot bath puts them down ! So in my personal experience yes and they are cheaper than magnesium supplements.
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    #2 shelley262, Feb 14, 2018 at 8:38 AM
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  3. Jenniewren1958

    Jenniewren1958 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Was told to Epsom salts in bath after having baby many years ago
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  4. JohnEGreen

    JohnEGreen Other · Expert

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    While Epsom salt baths can be relaxing, they are not recommended for people with diabetes. Epsom salt is made up of magnesium sulfate. Why does that matter? When Epsom salts are added to a warm bath, some magnesium can be absorbed through the skin, causing an increased release of insulin, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

    What about just soaking your feet? This is still not recommended. People with diabetes tend to have poor circulation to their feet and toes, making it hard for sores and wounds to heal. Soaks can cause dryness and irritation to the feet and can lead to cracking and infection. These are perfect sources for bacteria to invade, causing infection. Always try to avoid products that may dry out your skin or cause irritation, and always talk to your doctor before trying new products. "

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