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my glucose is 101 does that mean i have diabetes?
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Depends on when you took it. Was it a fasting glucose?

You can ask your doctor to run an A1C which will give you an average over the past few months.

Edited to add - even if you took it fasting - you would be considered pre-diabetic. If this is a fasting glucose, then best to start working on inflammation and diet so as to avoid diabetes. Also of course, get lyme and co-infections under control.


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Terry's got a good question. It makes a huge difference on when you took that. Was it with a home test kit that diabetics use?

Some glucose meters are not exact and you can have an off day. It's usually best between 80-100, fasting overnight. And, after a meal, it is normal for it to go up some for a while.

One single reading, one point over, would not be cause for alarm. If you have one of the home test kits, you can test for many days, fasting and at other times. You should be able to find ideal readings for post-meal levels at the link for the Diabetes Association's site.

Home testing would not be a substitute for Terry's suggestion for a A1C test, though.

We all need to be aware that many infections can set us up for diabetes so special attention to small, frequent meals of foods that are within a proper glycemic index.

[A note: I had an A1C test and Medicare would not pay for it. The note was that it was an unnecessary test (I disagree). So, first, be sure if your insurance will cover it and, if not, what it will cost.]

Glycemic index is sort of a new term for complex carbs, no refined sugars and balance of fiber, protein and/or fat to balance it out and have no major dips, high or low. One good thing about the lyme diet is that we don't eat refined carbs and that really helps.

Also, if your blood sugar gets too low, that can be a serious problem, too. Some medicines can increase blood glucose and others can send it falling, so it's good to read the Rx inserts and look at a couple different sites on line about each medicine.

Even some asthma inhalers or transdermal patches can affect blood glucose levels.


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Here are few things that can help: Gymnema Sylvestre tops the list. It is absolutely wonderful - and it helps stop cravings for sweets. Usually best in a formula.


PubMed Search:

Gymnema Sylvestre - 125 abstracts


From a fabulous book, "The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook" (Tillotson):

GYMNEMA (Gymnema sylvestre )

WHAT IT DOES: Gymnema is bitter in taste, and cooling in action. It improves blood sugar control in diabetics, numbs the taste of sweet completely (for about 20 minutes), and decreases appetite (for about 90 minutes).

RATING: yellow

SAFETY ISSUES: None reported. Should not be used by people with low blood sugars (hypoglycemia).


* 1:1 extract: five to 10 ml per day
* Pill: 500-1000 mg three times per day

Gymnema actually means "sugar destroyer." It grows in the wild forests of central India, all the way to Western Ghats and up to the Himalayas.

Research indicates that gymnema stimulates insulin secretion or release of insulin from the pancreas. Japanese studies have shown that it improves glucose tolerance in animal models of diabetes, and other studies show that the effects can last for up to two months after discontinuation.

This herb is a good long-term tonic for Type I and II diabetics. Results are best seen after long-term administration, over six months to a year. I prefer to use it in combination with several other herbs for blood sugar control, because it affects only a few aspects of the imbalance.

In case you're curious, sugar tastes like sand for twenty minutes after you chew on a little gymnema.

- Full chapter at link above.


Search results for Gymnema: 6 articles

(Other beneficial supplements are also included in most of the articles).


Search: Gymnema - 2 articles, one on interaction with drugs


Search: Diabetes

- Eight pages of links, the top three focus on ``Treatment of Diabetes with Chinese Herbs . . . ``


This is the formula my ND suggests:

Ayush Herbs - Bio Gymnema

You can read the Ingredients here, too.


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