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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Rx Metformin vs Tonic Herbs for Diabetes

Prescription Information  

GLUCOPHAGE and GLUCOPHAGE XR are used to treat type 2 diabetes. This is also known as non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. People with type 2 diabetes are not able to make enough insulin or respond normally to the insulin their bodies make. When this happens, sugar (glucose) builds up in the blood. This can lead to serious medical problems including kidney damage, amputations, and blindness. Diabetes is also closely linked to heart disease. The main goal of treating diabetes is to lower your blood sugar to a normal level.

High blood sugar can be lowered by diet and exercise, by a number of medicines taken by mouth, and by insulin shots. Before you take GLUCOPHAGE or GLUCOPHAGE XR, try to control your diabetes by exercise and weight loss. While you take your diabetes medicine, continue to exercise and follow the diet advised for your diabetes. No matter what your recommended diabetes management plan is, studies have shown that maintaining good blood sugar control can prevent or delay complications of diabetes, such as blindness.  

Garlic for Diabetes

Garlic (Allium Sativum) Supplementation with Standard Anti-diabetic Agent
Provides Better Diabetic Control in Type 2 Diabetic Patients,
Pak. J. Pharm. Sci., Vol.24, No.4, October 2011, pp. 565-570

Although garlic was assumed safe and recommended for many common ailments since ancient times, too much utilization of garlic can cause problems. Garlic breath and infrequent allergic response are predictable adverse effects. Reports have also revealed gastrointestinal side effects like nausea and diarrhea associated with raw garlic and garlic powder preparations. In the present study, garlic did not produce any considerable problem in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and only one patient has complained of gastric discomfort.

Abstract: Garlic has been used safely since ancient times as both food and medicine in human populations, but studies of its efficacy in the management of diabetes have yielded conflicting results. This study has evaluated the potential hypoglycemic effects of garlic in type 2 diabetic patients. The study was conducted in diagnosed type 2 diabetic patients (n=60) with fasting blood sugar level above 126 mg/dl to evaluate the effects of adding garlic tablets with standard antidiabetic therapy on blood sugar.

Conclusion: The present study has demonstrated significant hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects of garlic when added with standard antidiabetic agent. Comprehensive clinical studies are desirable to verify the effectiveness of garlic either alone or in combination with other antidiabetic or antihyperlipidemic agents in the treatment and prevention of diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors.


Lemons, a fruit that belongs with the list of super-foods

Apple Cider Vinegar & Diabetes

Professor Carol Johnston PhD, Department of Nutrition, Arizona State University, have published results on the following three studies: Apple cider vinegar before meals, during meals and before bedtime.

Abstract: According to recent academic studies, vinegar slows the rise of blood sugar levels after you have eaten a meal and when taken at bed time, vinegar lowers morning blood sugar levels.

Conclusion: Based on the results Dr Johnston thinks that the vinegar tonic interferes with the absorption of high-carbohydrate foods which reduces the blood sugar rise that normally occurs after a meal. In her words, "The acetic acid in vinegar may inhibit enzymes that digest starch so that carbohydrate molecules aren't available for absorption and are eliminated as fecal matter."

Acarbose or Metformin

" Vinegar appears to have effects similar to some of the most popular medications for diabetes" (Acarbose or Metformin) continues professor Johnston and "Further investigations to examine the efficacy of vinegar as an anti-diabetic therapy are warranted."
  1. Apple cider vinegar before meals.
  2. Apple cider vinegar before bedtime.
  3. Apple cider vinegar during meals for healthy adults.               
Questions & Comments:
1. How long taking Metformin and what effect on heart, liver kidneys?

2. If garlic and other tonic herbs work with prescription drugs to lower blood sugar, (Acarbose or Metformin) is it possible to wean off meds entirely?

The TONIC Nutritional Garlic Supplement is made from a centuries-old recipe originally taken seasonally to prevent colds and flu. The combination of organic ingredients contains the power of raw garlic and no unpleasant residue formulated to help maintain Good Health, Naturally.
This is not medicine or medical advice. Supplements may react adversely with synthetic drugs.
Consult doctor for all health concerns.


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