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How To Stabilize Your Blood Sugar

How To Stabilize Your Blood Sugar

Life with type 2 diabetes can sometimes seem like an hourly or even minute-by-minute effort to stabilize your blood sugar. All of the recommendations and drugs you’ve been given as part of your type 2 diabetes treatment plan are intended to help you reach — and keep — healthy blood sugar levels most of the time. But doctors are learning that to control type 2 diabetes well, better information about why blood sugar matters and how to manage it is essential. The Facts About Diabetes and Blood Sugar As the American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains, your body needs sugar (glucose) for fuel, and there’s a fairly complicated process that makes it possible for your body to use that sugar. Insulin, which is made by the pancreas, is the hormone that enables the cells in your body to take advantage of sugar. Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body isn’t able to remove sugar from your blood. This can happen if your body stops being sensitive to insulin or if it starts to respond in a delayed or exaggerated way to changes in your blood sugar. Diabetes is signaled by an elevated blood sugar level of more than 126 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) for a fasting blood test, or more than 200 mg/dL at any time during the day. It can also be indicated by a hemoglobin A1C level of 6.5 percent or higher, a measure of the percentage of blood sugar attached to hemoglobin in the blood during the past two to three months. (Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body. So an A1C of 6.5 means that 6.5 percent of your red blood cells have sugar attached to them.) Unchecked high blood sugar gradually damages the blood vessels in your body. Over the long term, this slow, progressive harm can lead to a dangerous loss of sensation in your legs and fe Continue reading >>

Getting To Know Fiber: Supplements

Getting To Know Fiber: Supplements

How are you feeling about fiber these days? Do you have a better understanding of what insoluble, soluble, and functional fibers are? And most importantly, do you think you’re getting enough fiber in your diet? That’s really the question, isn’t it? Remember that the average person gets about 13 grams of fiber each day. Yet we all need more than that (14 grams per 1,000 calories) and only 10% of Americans get the amount of fiber that’s recommended. Dietitians will tell you that it’s best to get your fiber from food sources. Why? Because high-fiber foods offer other health and nutrition benefits, of course! So, your diet should include whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Yet, as is the case with many nutrients, sometimes we fall short. It’s during these times when it seems so much easier to be able to pop a pill or gulp down a drink that gives us what we need. And just as there are pills and supplements for vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, there are supplements that contain fiber. Are these any good? Do they actually contain fiber? Are they harmful in any way? Let’s look. Fiber Supplements Stroll down one of the aisles of any drugstore and you’ll see fiber supplements. They’re often in powder, pill, or even wafer form. They seem appealing, especially to the person who dislikes whole wheat bread, bran flakes, or the skin of an apple. And why not take one if you can’t get enough from food? Here’s a rundown of some of the more popular types of supplements. Psyllium. Psyllium is a natural (as opposed to synthetic) type of soluble fiber that offers the following benefits: Promotes regularity Relieves constipation Lowers blood cholesterol May lower blood glucose Metamucil. Metamucil is a psyllium-based supplement that has been Continue reading >>

Does This Lower Blood Sugar?

Does This Lower Blood Sugar?

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. I read recently that having a glass of water mixed with 1 packet of metamucil a day lowers blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. Has anyone heard or tried this? I took a chug of the big M every night for a while. I didn't notice any improvement, in fact it would raise my BG even though it was sugar free. Metamucil is good for only one thing in my opinion and unless you "need the fiber" I wouldn't take it. Negative....I have not heard that, nor find it credible. However, I don't see any reason not to give it it a try. If you do try it....let us know how it works. Actually there's multiple studies showing various sources of soluble fiber such as chia seeds, psyllium, nopales, flax, aloe gel, etc. can keep bgs a bit lower if taken prior to the carby foods. The more of a 'gel' it forms the better. Metamucil is psyllium if I recall correctly. The studies I read didn't say 'why' but I'm guessing they do something similar to oil in slowing absorption. Whether soluble fiber or oil they seem to be effective taken immediately before the carby foods. Hours before or later doesn't make much difference. Although I will say getting irregular raises my bgs considerably so Metamucil might help there too if that's a problem. Actually there's multiple studies showing various sources of soluble fiber such as chia seeds, psyllium, nopales, flax, aloe gel, etc. can keep bgs a bit lower if taken prior to the carby foods. The more of a 'gel' it forms the better. Metamucil is psyllium if I recall correctly. The studies I read didn't say 'why' but I'm guessing they do something similar to oil in slowing absorp Continue reading >>

Does Metamucil Lower Ldl Cholesterol? | Answers From Pritikin Experts

Does Metamucil Lower Ldl Cholesterol? | Answers From Pritikin Experts

The longer answer is, dont expect Metamucil to give you huge drops in LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Keep reading to learn what does lower LDL cholesterol both substantially and naturally. Guests at the Pritikin Center are taught to be wary of any claims made on the front of packages. Are the marketing claims on this Metamucil package really true? Does Metamucil lower LDL cholesterol? If so, how much? Are there any side effects? Yes. But before we go any further, its important to understand what Metamucil is. Metamucil contains powdered psyllium husks, a rich source of soluble fiber. Psyllium comes from a shrub-like herb called Plantago ovata that grows worldwide but is most common in Asia. Each plant can produce up to 15,000 tiny seeds, from which psyllium husk is derived. Metamucil contains powdered psyllium husks, a rich source of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is known to lower LDL cholesterol. Psyllium comes from a shrub-like herb called Plantago ovata. (Image courtesy of wikimedia.org Metamucil is the best-known psyllium product, but psyllium is also available in less expensive store brands of laxatives. Psyllium can help relieve both constipation and diarrhea, and is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and other intestinal problems. Psyllium may also help regulate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Studies have shown that psyllium can lower both total and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease. How much does Metamucil lower LDL cholesterol? In a meta-analysis 1 of 8 studies involving 384 people with high cholesterol levels who had been following a low-fat diet for several weeks, adding psyllium supplementation lowered LDL cholesterol an additional 7%. Another well-designed study ,2 from the Veterans Affairs Medical Continue reading >>

Which Supplements Can Help Lower Or Control My Blood Sugar?

Which Supplements Can Help Lower Or Control My Blood Sugar?

Question: Answer: Many different supplements may help lower or control blood sugar in people with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes who experience hyperglycemia (when blood glucose rises higher than normal). These supplements are discussed below. More details about each, including dosage, drug interactions, potential side effects, and ConsumerLab.com's reviews of products on the market, can be found by clicking on the links. Due to the seriousness of hyperglycemia, it is important to consult with your physician regarding use of these supplements. Cinnamon supplements may modestly improve blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes whose blood sugar is not well controlled with medication. In addition, one small study found that a branded cinnamon extract reduced fasting blood sugar by an average of about 10 mg/dL in prediabetic men and women with metabolic syndrome. Keep in mind, however, that only certain varieties of cinnamon have been shown to have this effect, and long-term safety studies have not been conducted. Curcumin (from turmeric) may improve blood sugar levels, according to preliminary studies, and one study found curcumin to dramatically lower the chances of prediabetes in middle-aged, slightly overweight men and women with somewhat higher than normal blood sugar levels. Alpha lipoic acid may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, although it may only slightly reduce levels of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Chromium picolinate may help some people with type 2 diabetes decrease fasting blood glucose levels as well as levels of insulin and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c). However, be aware that high doses may worsen insulin sensitivity in healthy people who are not obese or diabetic. Having adequate blood levels of vi Continue reading >>

Metamucil And Cholesterol: Is There A Connection?

Metamucil And Cholesterol: Is There A Connection?

Psyllium has been used as a natural remedy for ages. Metamucil didnt come on the scene until 1934. According to Metamucils website , the product contains 100 percent natural psyllium husk fiber. In addition to lowering cholesterol and promoting regularity, Metamucil is thought to help you feel fuller between meals and help maintain blood sugar levels. Psyllium is a natural product. It may reduce total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL, also known as bad cholesterol, contributes to clogged arteries and may lead to stroke and heart attack. Psyllium is believed to help absorb waste, bile acids, and cholesterol, which are removed from the body during bowel movements. This may be due to its ability to swell and form a thick gel. A 1990 study concluded that psyllium could help lower cholesterol. This led to additional research into the effects of psyllium on cholesterol. In 2000, a meta-analysis was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) . It looked at eight studies on the cholesterol-lowering benefits of psyllium. Researchers determined psyllium significantly lowered LDL cholesterol in participants who were already consuming a low-fat diet. No significant differences were noted between men and women, but older age groups had the largest decrease in LDL cholesterol. According to a more recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (EJCN) , psyllium may help reduce triglycerides in people with type 2 diabetes. The study followed 40 people with type 2 diabetes. They were treated with sulfonylureas, or antidiabetes drugs, and a prescribed, controlled diet. Study participants were either given psyllium three times per day or assigned to a control group. The control group was only given the controlled diet. Those tre Continue reading >>

The Super Fiber That Controls Your Appetite And Blood Sugar

The Super Fiber That Controls Your Appetite And Blood Sugar

IMAGINE EATING 12 POUNDS of food a day — and still staying thin and healthy. That may sound crazy, but it’s exactly what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate for millennia! And they didn’t have any obesity or chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or dementia. Of course, I wouldn’t advise anyone today to eat 12 pounds of food, because the food in our society lacks one major secret ingredient that our ancestors ate in nearly all their food — fiber! Fiber has so many health benefits that I want to focus on it in this blog. I’ll explain some of its benefits and give you 9 tips you can begin using today to get more fiber in your diet. I’ll also tell you about my favorite “super-fiber” that can help you increase your total fiber intake overnight. But before I tell you about what fiber can do for you, let’s a look a little more at the history of fiber. Why Bushmen are Healthier than the Average Westerner Dr. Dennis Burkitt, a famous English physician, studied the differences between indigenous African bushmen and their “civilized” western counterparts. The bushmen seemed to be free of the scourges of modern life — including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Dr. Burkitt found that the average bushman had a stool weight of 2 pounds and the “civilized” men had a stool weight of only 4 ounces – that’s 87.5% smaller! The difference was in the amount of fiber they ate. Today, the average American eats about 8 grams of fiber a day. But the average hunter and gatherer ate 100 grams from all manner of roots, berries, leaves and plant foods. And the fiber is what helped those ancestors of ours stay healthy. Just take a look at all the good things that fiber can do for your body. You need fiber to keep healthy from top to bottom Continue reading >>

Does Metamucil Sugar Free Up My Bg?

Does Metamucil Sugar Free Up My Bg?

my last a1c was 6.0. lately my daily bg's are rising. I take lantus. 15 units am and 8 units pm. and metforming 1000 mg twice a day. is it normal to have to keep increasing my insulin. now I seem to have take humalog twice a day as well. I eat pretty carefully. 2 tablespoons of metamucil at 4p, today. had salad for lunch. ham and cheese roll up for snack at 4pm, 160bg. aat 630 265bg. guess I am going to have to increase my insuling even more.? any thoughts on this. I also have 2 daily drinks at 530. 2 ounce vodka and crystal light..... eggs for breakfast, roll ups and peanut butter and apple for snacks and salads for lunch. tonight fish and yellow squash. D.D. Family Getting much harder to control Apples raise blood sugar most all other foods you mentioned seem ok. How many units of humalog per day are you taking. How long have you been taking insulin, this is a trial and error with dosing its been 32 yrs for me and I have to adjust its the way it is. Moderator T2 insulin resistant Using Basal/Bolus Therapy For me my bolus changes all the time. Much depends on where I was prior to a meal and to how much insulin I need to take. D.D. Family Getting much harder to control thanks.4 years now lantus 2 1/2 humilog. it sure is tricky How nsny units of novalog per meal are you taking. my last a1c was 6.0. lately my daily bg's are rising. I take lantus. 15 units am and 8 units pm. and metforming 1000 mg twice a day. is it normal to have to keep increasing my insulin. now I seem to have take humalog twice a day as well. I eat pretty carefully. 2 tablespoons of metamucil at 4p, today. had salad for lunch. ham and cheese roll up for snack at 4pm, 160bg. aat 630 265bg. guess I am going to have to increase my insuling even more.? any thoughts on this. I also have 2 daily drinks at 5 Continue reading >>

The Power Of Psyllium Fiber

The Power Of Psyllium Fiber

The Power of Psyllium Fiber by Berkeley Wellness Many people take psyllium as a fiber supplement for its laxative effect or as a way to help lower blood cholesterol. Made from the husks of seeds from the Plantago ovata plant, it is sold as a powder or capsules. Another potential benefit of psyllium is its ability to help control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. This was examined in an analysis of 10 studies, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Psyllium was taken before meals at standard doses. The greatest reductions in blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c (a longer-term measure of blood sugar control) occurred in people with the worst blood sugar control initially and were “comparable to the effect of many drugs that are used to treat diabetes,” the researchers wrote. The analysis also looked at 14 studies involving people with prediabetes and found that psyllium modestly reduced blood sugar in them. If you have diabetes and take medication for it, consult your health care provider before trying psyllium, since the combination may result in excessive lowering of blood sugar; your dose of medication or psyllium may need to be adjusted. And make sure the psyllium doesn’t contain added sugar (it often does). The authors of the study were employed or funded by Procter & Gamble, the maker of a brand of psyllium (Metamucil). How psyllium works The fiber in psyllium absorbs water in the colon, resulting in bulkier stool (thus it’s called a “bulk-forming” laxative); it also forms emollient gels that facilitate the passage of stool. Psyllium is gentle and usually takes 12 to 24 hours to affect bowel movements. Its cholesterol-lowering effect was perhaps best seen in a 2005 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, which found that people Continue reading >>

Metamucil & Diabetes

Metamucil & Diabetes

Metamucil is a fiber supplement brand that contains psyllium, a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Diabetes is a chronic disorder characterized by high blood sugar and cardiovascular complications. Increasing dietary fiber can help you manage diabetes and reduce your risk of complications. Consult your doctor about the benefits of Metamucil and diabetes. Video of the Day Psyllium, also called isapgol and ispaghula, comes from the seed of the Plantago ovata plant that grows annually in silty and sandy soils in North Africa, the Mediterranean region and Asia, especially India and Pakistan. India exports over 85 percent of psyllium available on the global market and the United States is the world’s largest importer of the product. Psyllium is promoted as a bulk-fiber laxative that can be used to treat constipation. The soluble fiber content in psyllium may also reduce the amount of cholesterol you absorb from foods. The Food and Drug Administration approves a health claim that states, “Soluble fiber from foods such as psyllium, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” Metamucil psyllium is sold in powder, capsule, wafer and liquid forms. Soluble fiber can help you manage your blood sugar. Soluble fiber slows down the absorption of sugars in food into your bloodstream, preventing spikes and enabling you to control your blood sugar. Research published in the "Annals of Pharmacotherapy" in November 2010, reports psyllium supplementation may be a therapeutic option for people with Type 2 diabetes who take medication, but experience elevated concentrations of blood sugar after meals. The results of the research showed 10.2 grams of psyllium daily effectively reduces blood sugar. High blood cholesterol is a ris Continue reading >>

Meta Daily Blood Sugar Support Faq For Hcp | Metamucil

Meta Daily Blood Sugar Support Faq For Hcp | Metamucil

What is the recommended daily dosing for Meta Daily Heart Health powder? It is suggested your patients take one packet of Meta Daily Heart Health twice a day. Is it safe for my patients to take Meta Daily Heart Health with prescription medication, like a statin? As with any supplement, it is important to evaluate if theyre safe for your patients to take in conjunction with a prescription medication. Bulk-forming fibers like the psyllium husk in Meta Daily Heart Health may affect how medicines work. As such, it is recommended Meta Daily Heart Health not be taken within 2 hours of any prescription medicines. Advise your patients whether Meta Daily Heart Health is right for them. How long should patients expect it to take for Meta Daily Heart Health to impact their cholesterol levels? In clinical studies, consumers have experienced benefits as early as four weeks with compliant dosing. For best results, have patients follow the recommended daily dosing (two times a day), and consider getting their next cholesterol screenings 812 weeks after starting their Meta Daily Heart Health daily usage. How much of a reduction in total and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels should patients expect to see by taking Meta Daily Heart Health? In clinical studies, consumers have experienced significant reductions in LDL cholesteroleven above reductions from changing diet alone. Individual results will vary, so speak to your patients during their next appointment, and share published clinical results for psyllium huskthe key ingredient in Meta Daily Heart Healthin reducing LDL cholesterol, and whether it may be appropriate for their heart health needs. Yes! Meta Daily Heart Health is gluten free. In fact, psyllium huskthe key ingredient in Meta Daily Heart Healthis often used in gluten-free recip Continue reading >>

Why Psyllium Husk Works

Why Psyllium Husk Works

Among recommendations in a Symphony Health Solutions survey 2017 (OTC therapeutic fiber category). Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil and Meta Daily Heart Health, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Meta Daily Heart Health has 3.6 grams of this soluble fiber. One serving of Metamucil capsules has at least 1.8 grams of this soluble fiber. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Continue reading >>

Pros & Cons Of Metamucil

Pros & Cons Of Metamucil

Leigh Good has been writing for magazines and newspapers for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. Good has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Georgia State University. A spoon containing ground psyllium husks sits on a wooden table.Photo Credit: konok1a/iStock/Getty Images Metamucil is a brand name for a fiber supplement containing psyllium seed husks, according to Drugs.com. Psyllium is created from the crushed seeds of Plantago ovata plants. Native to Asia, the Mediterranean and north Africa, Plantago ovata is now commonly grown in the U.S. as well as India and Pakistan. Psyllium is used to treat occasional or chronic constipation, according to the American Cancer Society. Psyllium husk seeds absorb water and expand as they travel through your digestive system, where the psyllium acts as a bulk-forming laxative. Taking psyllium supplements can also improve stomach pain and diarrhea, according to MedlinePlus. Psyllium supplements must be taken with ample amounts of water to prevent choking, according to Drugs.com. Take your psyllium with at least 8 oz. of water to help the fiber pass through your esophagus safely. Psyllium can swell in your throat without ample water, causing you to choke. If you experience choking every time you take psyllium, discontinue use and talk to your doctor. Taking psyllium supplements may help you lower your cholesterol levels, according to MedlinePlus. If you have cholesterol levels that are mildly or moderately high, adding 10 to 12 g of psyllium seed husks to your diet daily for seven weeks can help reduce your cholesterol levels by five to 10 percent. Talk to your doctor about using psyllium to help reduce your cholesterol levels. Drugs.com warns that laxatives, such as psy Continue reading >>

Metamucil Psyllium Fiber Supplement Orange Sugar Free Smooth Texture Powder (with Photos, Prices & Reviews) - Cvs Pharmacy

Metamucil Psyllium Fiber Supplement Orange Sugar Free Smooth Texture Powder (with Photos, Prices & Reviews) - Cvs Pharmacy

Metamucil Multi-Health Fiber Psyllium Powder, Sugar Free Orange, 30 Servings, 6.1 OZ Put powder into an empty glass and mix with 8 oz of water or other cool liquid. Stir briskly and drink promptly. Take up to 3 times daily. New Users: Start with 1 serving per day; gradually increase to desired daily intake. You may initially experience changes in bowel habits or minor bloating, as your body adjusts to increased fiber intake. Bulk-forming fibers like psyllium husk may affect how well medicines work. Take this product at least 2 hours before or after medicines. For feeling less hungry: Adults 12 yrs. and over: Two rounded teaspoons in 8 or more ounces of liquid with meals, up to 3 times daily. For maintaining healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet*: Adults 12 yrs. and over: One rounded teaspoon in 8 ounces of liquid, 3 times daily. Consult your doctor before use if you are currently using medication to control your blood sugar levels. For lowering cholesterol to promote heart health: Adults 12 yrs. and over: One rounded teaspoon in 8 ounces of liquid, 3 times daily. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One serving of Metamucil has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. Consult a doctor if you are considering use of this product as part of a cholesterol-lowering program. For promoting and maintaining digestive health*: Adults 12 yrs. and over: One rounded teaspoon in 8 ounces of liquid up to 3 times daily for fiber supplementation. For occasional constipation and to help promote and maintain regularity. For children under 12, consult a doctor. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Continue reading >>

Metamucil Psyllium Fiber Supplement Orange Smooth Sugar Free Powder Packets 44ct

Metamucil Psyllium Fiber Supplement Orange Smooth Sugar Free Powder Packets 44ct

Metamucil Psyllium Fiber Supplement Orange Smooth Sugar Free Powder Packets 44ct Helps you feel less hungry between meals* Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet* Helps lower cholesterol to promote heart health B4 Promotes digestive health* and regularity* get it by Wed, Mar 28 with 2-day shipping - free with orders over $35 get it by Tue, Mar 27 with express shipping. Power your health from the inside with Metamucil Multi-health fiber powder with 100% natural psyllium fiber for multi-health benefits by Meta a great way to add fiber to your day. Metamucil is the only leading fiber supplement containing psyllium fiber for multi-health benefits. Metamucil Multi-Health fiber powder helps you feel less hungry between meals*, helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet*, helps lower cholesterol to promote heart health and promotes digestive health*. No surprise Metamucil is the #1 doctor-recommended fiber brand. If you love Metamucil Multi-Health Fiber, also try Meta Health Bars and Meta Fiber Wafers. This Metamucil product has a low glycemic index, a measure of the effect of dietary carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk, as in Metamucil, may reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol. One adult serving of Metamucil Powder has 2.4 grams of this soluble fiber. *THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE. Health Concerns: Digestive Health, Blood Sugar Imbalance, High Cholesterol, Weight Management Product Warning: Contains Phenylalanine, contains psyllium Allergy Information, Contains: does not contain a Continue reading >>

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