My monthly weigh-in on the first of the month was kind of underwhelming. Despite my faithful fasting, I had lost only four pounds. However, I was not as disappointed as I could have been, because I honestly feared I had not lost at all. I am beginning to wonder what it’s going to take if I want to keep losing weight. Not sure I want to know, but I hope I’ll figure it out.
But anyway, I was doing some research the other night, as I often do, about ways to reduce my blood sugar without medication, and I came across a website that made me furious. It was very official looking. I can’t tell you what it was exactly because I got so fed up I closed out of it before making a note of what it was. I can guarantee it is maintained by some entity in the medical establishment. This website is aimed at diabetics like me who are concerned and eager to reduce their blood sugar naturally if possible.
These are some of the claims they made:
—A low-carb diet will not reduce your blood sugar. You should eat lots of grains and fruits.
—Skipping meals and fasting will not reduce your blood sugar. You should eat every few hours.
—Staying hydrated will not reduce your blood sugar. Don’t bother to drink much water.
—Supplements will not reduce your blood sugar. Sure, there have been some promising studies, but you can’t trust them.
In other words, if you follow the advice on this website, you will be forced to depend on insulin and other drugs for the rest of your life, because the lifestyle they recommend guarantees you will never get your blood sugar under control!
As I said, I got so angry I just clicked away from the site before I became tempted to attack my poor computer!
I don’t believe for a minute that every strategy will work for every body. I have proven over and over that my body will not react the way that others’ bodies do to many different substances and eating programs. So I’m saying that you have to do the hard work and figure out what works for you, but I’m going to be VERY surprised if you are diabetic and you are able to control your numbers while still eating lots of fruits and grains.
I have just started a new thing and am interested to see what the results will be. I have started drinking some aloe vera juice every day. I saw it was recommended for various skin conditions, so I thought it was worth a try to see if it makes any kind of difference to my very severe rosacea. Imagine my surprise when I did some research and one of the warnings on aloe vera juice is that it might lower your blood sugar more than you want it to! (Hard to imagine in my case . . . ) So, I am drinking four ounces two or three times a day and I will let you know if it ends up freeing me completely from glyburide. It is relatively inexpensive—less than $7 per gallon—so if it is effective that is very doable in the long term.
What I don’t understand is why aloe vera marketers aren’t making a big deal about it if it is effective at reducing blood sugar. You’d think they’d be shouting it from the rooftops!