This really is a very comprehensive article that we’re looking at in this series and we’ve covered a great deal of the basics already, and it’s taken quite a while so far, and we still have a ways to go, but it is very important to have a basic understanding of a lot of different aspects to the disease of type 2 diabetes, and therefore the time I’ve spent on this has been well worth it I’d say.
Our next topic is supplements for type 2 diabetics, and I feel that this is a huge one, a lot more important than the 5% that Dr. Hite gives it credit. I don’t even like using the term supplements here, as this suggests that this stuff supplements the nutrients you get in your food, but what we’re talking about here is the use of medicines, and many things that are found in nature but not found in food at all.
He claims that the treatment of diabetes should be 95% lifestyle and 5% supplements, and lifestyle in a lot of cases is enough actually, and in spite of it still being of benefit to add supplements, there are a lot of people that manage their diabetes very well with lifestyle.
This generally takes managing one’s lifestyle much more intensively than Dr. Hite recommends, and the lifestyle changes he recommends are quite negligible actually, and the diet he is suggesting isn’t one that would produce much change if any in many diabetics.
Encouraging people to exercise is also part of his lifestyle suggestions, and this can help but doesn’t do a heck of a lot by itself to be honest. It does increase one’s uptake of glucose but does little to address the real problem of our bodies simply putting too much of it in our blood.
Depending on one’s situation, lifestyle changes may not even be close to adequate, this is certainly the case with my condition, and therefore one is in need of some kind of medicine, either natural medicine or the man made stuff, so the need for such things does not depend on platitudes or over generalizations like we see in this article.
So what he’s prescribing here does not really differ much at all with the recommendations that diabetics are typically given by the health care profession, and these folks do not manage their diabetes well at all as a general rule, and very often fail to achieve the blood sugar goals given to them. So this strategy is well known to fail and therefore we do need to make a much more honest and concerted attempt to manage this disease through these means, through lifestyle changes and through taking supplements, if we want to help ourselves that is.
The truth is, they don’t want us helping ourselves too much, and a half hearted and confused effort is perfectly fine, and all that they desire actually, and they will discourage us from doing more. This is pitiful by the way.
He seems to base his discount of the value of supplements on his skepticism, but at the same time he does make a few suggestions so he’s not totally against this stuff. He does suggest we talk to our doctor before taking supplements, which you do hear a lot but this is quite amusing since medical doctors have neither the expertise, training, or knowledge to provide much advice on this topic.
They often let their ignorance guide them though, and I say often because some may have a little knowledge, and others may be open minded enough to tell patients that they don’t know much about this but go ahead and try, my wife’s doctor is like that and he actually encourages her to keep up what works for her, and this does stand out actually.
Dr. Hite mentions that he is skeptical of “miracle cures,” and sadly there’s a fair bit of that out there, people who are looking to prey on people’s ignorance for a profit. There are indeed no miracle cures, there are no miracles, but there are a number of things that have been shown to help us manage our diabetes generally, and even that doesn’t mean a certain thing will benefit you specifically, and most of this does come down to trial and error to find the things you respond to best out of Nature’s medicine cabinet.
As for the quality of supplements, Dr. Hite is right in that it does vary by manufacturer, although much has been made about some less reputable ones not providing the levels of things listed on the label in their products, lying in other words, and this does mean that it’s to your benefit to stick with trusted brands more.
In the end though, keep in mind that your decision to continue taking something needs to be based upon its effectiveness with you, not just the supplement itself, but specifically, this particular brand, and it may not be a bad idea at all to try several brands of something to find out which one you like the most.
Dr. Hite, to his credit, does mention that we should be looking at things that are backed by research, and here is lots and lots of that out there, although it often requires a fair bit of effort to find the information. We need to pay attention to the science here though and not the hype.
There are almost too many potential candidates here to list, many that provide a quite modest reduction in blood sugar and other parameters, and some that are just as good or better than any pharmaceutical, without the nasty side effects, and providing not just short term benefits but lasting ones, actually treating the disease rather than just one of the symptoms, high blood sugar.
You can get anything approved if it shows short term blood sugar reduction, no matter what else it does, no matter how badly it fails in the long run, as long as the dead bodies from it don’t pile up too much.
Dr. Hite mentions 5 different things to take in his article, and I’m not sure how he came up with them, and one of them is an interesting one that you never see mentioned very much, salacia. Salacia inhibits the digestion of carbohydrates, and ends up reducing both blood sugar and insulin levels as a result, and that’s exactly what we want. This is taken with meals for full effect, and is something that I would encourage people to try.
Cinnamon has been shown to be fairly effective in reducing blood sugar and I would consider it to be in the top 10 for sure, although it’s important to take this in the extract form, which is far preferable to the whole spice.
Chromium and bitter melon have been shown to provide modest benefits for diabetics and are both worth considering. Vinegar has been shown to blunt after meal blood sugar spikes, although it’s actually apple cider vinegar that has been shown to do this the best, not red wine vinegar or other forms of vinegar so much, although this may help somewhat as well.
This is certainly a topic which I encourage people to go out and learn more about, and not something that we can do much justice to just looking at it in a brief manner like this. I have several articles on my site devoted to this topic with more to come to be sure. I have also mentioned several things that have been particularly noteworthy in studies, which are berberine, gynostemma, black seed, creatine, and bergamot, which would be my top 5, although there are several other good choices out there that have been shown to help a fair bit.
The next topic concerns Dr. Hite looking at fructose, and hardly anyone really understands this, so that should be interesting.