Natural Supplements To Fight Prediabetes
Did you know that it’s possible to reverse prediabetes?
I know I know…when I was diagnosed with prediabetes I just knew that it was inevitable that I would eventually get diabetes.
And I had heard for years from my grandmother how serious diabetes is and how you don’t want to get it and on and on.
So when a nurse practitioner at my clinic told me I was prediabetic, I was so scared. But then I got to work to see what I could do to reverse it and to get off of Metformin which they put me on.
I’m grateful to say that I no longer take Metformin and I no longer have prediabetes, praise God. So how did I do it?
Well besides a combination of changing my diet and being more active, I’m also a big believer in natural medicine.
I believe God has provided most everything we need in nature to heal our bodies from disease.
So in this post, I’m going to share with you the supplements that I took (in addition to the change in diet and activity…very important to remember this) that helped me reverse my prediabetes.
And keep in mind that this was over 10 years ago and I still haven’t gone backward so these supplements really did work, ya’ll, for realz.
If you want to read a super long detailed post about prediabetes then you can click below and read this post (after you read this one of course…just open the new article in a different tab).
I wrote about what prediabetes is, how you can do a blood test at home to see if you have diabetes and so much more.
So since I’ve done that already, I don’t feel the need to go into all of that again. Let’s just jump right into this list so you can get started on your new supplement regimen right away.
7 Supplements That Helped Me Reverse Prediabetes For Good!
Web MD says “We have strong evidence that alpha-lipoic acid supplements help with type 2 diabetes”.
I must say I concur. I know first hand that alpha-lipoic acid works to lower one’s blood sugar because it helped me personally.
When I got diagnosed with prediabetes I did a lot of research to see if there were any natural cures for diabetes and prediabetes.
Alpha-lipoic acid is a naturally occurring antioxidant in our bodies.
According to WebMD, there’s evidence that “…alpha-lipoic acid can improve the function and conduction of neurons in diabetes.”
And that “Alpha-lipoic acid is used in the body to break down carbohydrates and to make energy for the other organs in the body.”
How it works:
ALA may improve insulin sensitivity and your cells’ uptake of sugar from your blood, though it may take a few months to experience these effects.
It may also protect against oxidative damage caused by high blood sugar.
What alpha-lipoic acid appears to do is improve insulin sensitivity.
It also seems like it protects your body from oxidative damage that occurs when you have high blood sugar.
Whatever alpha-lipoic acid does is not completely scientifically proven but I know that it helped me lower my blood sugar and reverse my prediabetes with no side effects whatsoever.
I cannot say the same thing for the metformin I was on, however. Metformin gave me nausea something awful (that was so southern lol).
If you only choose to take one supplement on this list, this is the one that I would recommend as it has the strongest evidence of its effectiveness against prediabetes.
Part of my issue back then (around 2007,2008) was that I felt hungry all the time and so I just ate and ate trying to satiate my hunger but I couldn’t be filled or so it felt.
I literally would eat from an all you can eat bar and still be “hungry” about an hour or so afterward.
It was crazy! But I really wasn’t truly hungry.
Yes, I was feeling hunger pangs but I wasn’t truly hungry in the sense that I still needed food. So I looked for a supplement that would help me control my hunger.
And I found 5-HTP.5- Hydroxytryptophan is an amino acid that your body uses to make serotonin. Serotonin acts as a messenger that sends signals back and forth between your nerve cells.
Think of it like a homing pigeon sending messages to your nerve cells.
Anywho, if you don’t have a high level of serotonin, then you can have all kinds of health issues like depression and you guessed it, weight gain.
That sounded just like something I needed because I truly wanted to eat less but I felt ravenous all the time which lead to more eating (and of course eating food that wasn’t healthy).
So I decided to order 5- HTP and it (in combination with these other supplements) made a huge difference in my levels of hunger.
Oh, perhaps I should have mentioned that weight gain and obesity make you more likely to be diagnosed with prediabetes and diabetes.
So my goal was to reduce my hunger pangs, so I could eat less, and therefore lose weight..which I did to the tune of 50 pounds (and more).
Oh and another thing… I used to buy my supplements from Swanson Vitamins but I found a better deal on another website which I will share a little later.
Just so you know, there’s nothing at all wrong with Swanson Vitamins.
I just found better prices elsewhere.
Related study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9705024
So besides wanting to suppress my appetite so that I could eat less and lose weight, I also wanted to find supplements that would help lower my blood sugar levels.
I had been hearing about cinnamon for years from my grandmother.
I had also heard of diabetics or prediabetics ingesting a little cinnamon before or after a high-calorie meal.
Cinnamon, whether it be on your food or in supplement form, will also help you lower blood sugar. It certainly did that of me.
Before I started my new lifestyle, I had a fasting blood sugar levels of over 100 (a fasting blood sugar level is just what your blood glucose level is when you haven’t eaten or drank anything (except water) for 8 hours or more.)
100 or above is considered prediabetic.
Once I started my new regimen, I was able to lower my fasting blood sugar levels back below 100.
I was also able to lower my A1C to below 6.0 and into the healthy range which is 5.7 or lower.
Your A1c is a measurement of how much sugar is coating your hemoglobin. Or put another way “The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months.”
So if you’re needing to lower your blood sugar levels and your A1C you definitely need to start taking cinnamon. I can tell you from personal experience that it works!
Maca which is a Peruvian root is another powerful supplement that lowers your blood sugar.
I had not heard of Maca at that point in time so I was a little nervous about taking something I had never heard of… especially since I thought I had thyroid problems… which I do not but I thought I did at that time.
Apparently, maca root and thyroid issues don’t go together so that’s something important to note if you are considering buying this supplement.
Other than this little caveat, I didn’t have any negative side effects from taking maca…only good stuff happened.
My blood sugar and A1c decreased from taking this.
Important Side Note: I am not a doctor so I cannot tell you what is okay for you to do. I can only say what I did and tell you about my experience.
I took all of the supplements that I will mention all at once according to the directions on the bottle.
For instance, if the directions for the maca said to take one pill twice per day and the cinnamon’s directions said to take 1 pill 3 times per day that’s what I did.
I took all of the supplements every day based on each supplement’s instructions.
If you know that in the past you’ve had issues taking certain supplements or taking too many then I don’t recommend you do what I did.
You know your own body and you should proceed accordingly.
Okay, medical disclaimer done :).
Umm, fenuwhat? Perhaps you are in the know about this medicinal and culinary plant but if you’re not you might be wondering what in the world this is.
Fenugreek is a plant that is commonly found in South Asia and Northern Africa. This plant produces pods that contain seeds.
It’s the seeds that weld all of the diabetes-fighting power. It is said that the high amount of soluble fiber in the seeds help slow the absorption of carbs in your body.
The seeds have also been shown to lower the blood sugar in diabetes.
I’ve got bad news and good news.
The bad news is that fenugreek seeds are bitter tasting. Yuck.
The good news is that you can take fenugreek as a supplement which means you don’t have to taste it at all.
This is the route that I took so I have no idea how bitter fenugreek is. I just know how much it helped lower my blood sugar. Definitely a supplement you want to pick up.
You Can Reverse Prediabetes Using Natural Supplements…I’m Living Proof!
I hope this post has been an encouragement to you especially if you have been diagnosed with prediabetes.
I’m telling you right now, prediabetes is absolutely positively reversible.
After months of taking these supplements and changing my lifestyle habits, I went back to the same clinic.
I got my blood tests done and I waited a few days for my results.
The nurse practitioner from the clinic called me back some days later.
She told me excitedly that my results were amazing and that I no longer needed to take metformin (which was the only prescription medicine I was on at the time…and one of my main goals was to get off metformin because I did not want to be on a prescription drug at that young age for the rest of my life)!
I was so happy and grateful to God for giving me the insight to look for these natural supplements to fight prediabetes.
Now it’s possible that I could have had the same results without the supplements but I honestly don’t think so and frankly, I’ll never know.
I believe that the supplements made it easier for me to eat less which in turn made it easier for me to lose weight.
If you are interested in trying some of these supplements then I will share with you where I get my supplements.
I get most of my supplements from a company called Puritan’s Pride.
My mom had ordered from them for years and I would see her boxes of supplements but I didn’t pay much attention.
But there were flyers in the boxes and I saw that they did this incredible deal. What’s the incredible deal?
They have sales throughout the year where you can buy one supplement and get two bottles of that same supplement free. Not buy one get one half off or 25% off.
Or even buy one get one free. But buy one bottle and get two bottles free.
Ya’ll I don’t know how they can afford to sell you high-quality products and give you two bottles free but it’s the truth. I buy from them all the time, as does my mom and my sister.
And every time I get this deal and I’m looking through the box of products I just order, I’m always amazed that I could get that many supplements for such a good price.
And they are of high quality too. It’s really amazing.
Why it’s more important than ever to lose weight and control your diabetes or prediabetes
So I’m writing this on April 4th, 2020.
If this blog is still around in 10 years then that date may not have a lot of significance to you.
But if you’re reading this right now, you know exactly what’s going on all over the world.
The coronavirus has effected literally every part of our lives at the moment whether it be financially, emotionally, spiritually, or physically.
Right now I just want to focus on how it is affecting us physically.
What I didn’t fully realize in the midst of this pandemic is that being obese and having diabetes or prediabetes puts you at higher risk for serious complications from C-19.
I should have known this as obesity and diabetes seem to put you at a higher risk of almost every disease and this one is no different.
So if you are able to quarantine at home and you have time, this would be a great time to start your weight loss journey which will, in turn, help you reverse or at least better control your prediabetes or diabetes.
Now is the time to work out, meal plan and prep. Many of us have more time for these activities than ever.
With a combination of losing weight, getting fit, and taking these supplements you can not only help fight prediabetes and diabetes but you can also potentially fight off serious complications from C-19.
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Alright everyone, please stay safe out there and God bless!