Blood Glucose and Blood Pressure Control in Diabetes
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: A. Broadnax
Posted on: August 06, 2006

I was diagnosed with diabetes August, 2006. I was controlling my glucose with diet and exercise. For the last 4 months my levels are down at night (average 145) and morning fasting has been high (average 175). My blood pressure has also be up for the same time period (average is about 145/80). The doctor has recommended Glucophage and Diovan. Is there an alternative to these drugs? Both have side effects I do not want.

I cannot recommend replacing your doctor’s advice with other methods. I do recommend that you work with a natural health care practitioner, using the following information, or do lots of research on your own. It is very important to quickly establish good levels of blood pressure and insulin levels to decrease the risk of permanent damage to your body. By working with the following information, and monitoring your blood insulin and blood pressure, you will quickly be able to wean yourself off drugs.

Follow the recommendations in "Resistance to Weight Loss, with Upper Body Fat: Syndrome X" on our website From the main menu, choose "Q&A" and then enter "syndrome X" for the search. Poor insulin control causes high blood pressure. Following these recommendations usually normalizes both blood glucose and blood pressure.

"Syndrome X", a set of signs and symptoms that are a sign of insulin resistance, appearing before diabetes shows up on blood tests. This "syndrome X" is the major cause of type II diabetes. Insulin resistance, which is the resistance of the cells of the body to use insulin, is the major concern of type II diabetes.

It is most important in controlling insulin to avoid refined grains in baked goods, pastas and breads, avoid fatty meats and include regular exercise in your daily routine.

In addition to the "syndrome X" advice, the following herbs and other supplements are recommended in diabetes and high blood pressure:

Garlic (Allium sativum) to regulate blood cholesterol and decrease blood pressure

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) to reduce insulin resistance and protect the liver and kidneys

Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus) to support the adrenal glands and the endocrine system in diabetes

A good brand of multivitamin is essential in diabetes. Additional supplementation of the following are helpful:

Zinc to help regulate insulin and glucose levels

Magnesium to promote the production and release of insulin

Vitamin B complex, important for sugar metabolism

Vitamin C to lower insulin and to lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol

Vitamin E to protect the cardiovascular system and help with glucose-insulin regulation

Chromium is known to reduce blood sugar

alpha-lipoic acid improves insulin sensitivity.

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