The Liver is pretty amazing organ.
It filters out “crap” in our blood including left-over meds, is responsible for the cholesterol in our blood (not eggs) and when it comes to Diabetics, its role in sugar storage, production and release will be the focus of my rant this evening.
When it comes to blood sugar, the liver is the “source” anytime we are “not eating”.
It sometimes seems to have a mind of its own – primarily noticed in our high fasting numbers.
The Liver is like a two gear machine… read more
My nutritionist just made this change in my food plan on April 13th. She moved my dessert from 6 PM after a 5 PM meal to 9 PM and added seven almonds to have it be a more balanced snack since it wasn’t truly as part of the dinner meal. She explained it would trick my body (read: liver) into realizing that it had food and didn’t need to release any more glucose. She wanted me to try it out for a week and if I saw any reduction in my overnight glucose fasting levels, which I have. So this temporary change has become permanent now.
@A DiabetesTeam Member yes, if you are going low and are not taking insulin injections (which is a very real problem with Type 1's - still kills many a year), then you are making some of your own insulin.
Without insulin there are two things that can NOT happen.
First, we can't burn up blood sugar. Insulin is needed so that the sugar can be burned up as fuel by muscles and organs - no insulin, it will float around forever.
Second, we can't produce any body fat.
When insulin does it's (thing) with (sugars) - when everybody that's hungry is fed, the "leftovers" get stored as body fat.
So when we gain weight it isn't because we ate too much fat but rather because we ate too many carbs.
That's why many insulin users (and some that start Sulfonylurea's which make us produce more insulin) gain 5 or 10 pounds when they first start using it. The "extra insulin" they are injecting is turning the "extra carbs" that they are eating, which used to float around as high blood sugar, into body fat and they gain weight.
If you gain weight when you start taking insulin it is not the insulin's fault but rather you are eating "too many carbs" for what "your system" needs - the extra/leftover carbs are being converted to body fat.
I will say that my Liver has been so much happier on Insulin. My enzymes finally are normal and my fbs are better than they were when I was on Metformin. After my biopsy of my liver and my diagnosis of Non Alsohaulic Cerrosis of the Liver I researched the heck out of every medication I was taking. While Metformin does help with the Liver isn't fond of it. If your Liver is healthy Metformin might be just fine for you..but for me I stopped taking it and advocated for myself to be on insulin. My doctor was actually pleased that I did, and I have never regreted it.This was the right decission for me, and iti helping and improving my liver functions.
@A DiabetesTeam Member - from the study I read, if it is going to "help you" then you should see results within 30 days with peak (effect) at 60 days.
@A DiabetesTeam Member that kinda sucks
If you are looking for another supplement that may provide somewhat similar results (by a different method of action) you can give Turmeric a try.
Curcumin Turmeric which is substance that gives curry it's orangy/yellow colour.
There has been a bit of research done with positive results for a few aspects of Metabolic Syndrome including diabetes.
It sounded quite promising so I decided to give it a try. I had to discontinue after 10 days - my stomach just "rebelled" against the stuff - not quite cramps but pretty close. They developed after the second day I was taking it and at first I thought it was coincidental but after a week more I figured I would stop for a couple of days "just in case" and within 48 hours the discomfort was gone - so I just couldn't handle it (to be fair GI issues were listed as a potential side effect).
Anyhow, Turmeric is supposed to improve insulin resistance and help with cholesterol and triglycerides with some good (University Study) data to back it up.
So might be worth a try.
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