Neem leaves and blood sugar levels

@bystander (2259)
Philippines
January 23, 2010 12:39pm CST
I am a diabetic and my main concern is how to keep my blood sugar levels stable -- not too high nor too low. To be able to achieve this, I have regular medication. But there are times when my blood sugar get spiked and soars at dangerous levels. The danger of overdose prevents me from increasing my medicinal intake. Also, I don't want to go back to insulin again. After doing a lot of research, I discovered some natural remedies that can bring down my blood sugar level. Among these remedies is neem tea -- a tea made from the leaves of neem tree. It is bitter, but it brings down the blood sugar level in a jiffy. For fear of accidentally bringing my blood sugar to dangerously low levels, however, I only take neem tea occasionally. Some say, drinking neem tea to control blood sugar levels is Ayurvedic or Indian folk medicine. But my main worry is: Are there no side effects when one drinks neem tea to control blood sugar levels? Can anyone help me out on this?
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@mommaj (21027)
• United States
24 Jan 10
Going too high you may pass out, going too low, you can die. Be careful of what you are taking without asking your doctor or your coach. I never heard of this, but the diabetics I know don't drink tea. Just the image of them drinking tea brings a smile to my face. LOL
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
25 Jan 10
thank you, mommaj. i sure did ask a few people, even consulted herbalists here in the philippines about the neem tea, which is made from naturally-dried neem leaves. but i don't take it as often now, my blood sugar has stabilized with regular exercise and proper diet.
@mommaj (21027)
• United States
25 Jan 10
That's good to hear. Congrats.
@Hatley (110511)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Feb 10
hi bystander I am also a diabetic here in the US and I do not cotton much to herbs as they are so hard to know just how much is safe and how much is not. but I have heard of Neem leaves,not much just that they seemed to lower blood sugar. I use a little cinnamon to help me at times. Let me do some research and if I can find out the answer I will comment to my response. more later.
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
1 Feb 10
welcome to the club, hatley. the number of diabetics worldwide is growing by the day. it's a degenerative disease, but many manage to live a normal and productive life with diabetes by maintaining a good blood sugar level. well, the usual exercise, diet, and regular check up is the key. plus, of course, some supplements, herbal and organic. cinnamon is good, i've tried it also. neem was suggested to me by a friend, and it worked. surely, there are other ways. and being constantly sharing notes with other diabetics also helps.
@eileenleyva (8515)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
Hi bystander, I am on insulin right now. Doctor said that it is better to have that than meds because insulin goes directly to the blood. The kidney won't be bothered anymore. Am sure that you are constantly monitoring your blood sugar levels. I am positive though that ampalaya is the best help. I put leaves in my monggo viand, or the bitter gourd in pinakbet or simple ginisa. Tea is all right. It is just the discipline on food intake. Keep walking, too.
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
31 Jan 10
so, you are also a member of the media.... may (spelled as mey) diabetes... ha... ha... ha... regarding, ampalaya... that vegetable is very helpful and a great stabilizer of blood sugar... the best way, and the most effective manner of using the vegetable against diabetes is eating it raw... the ilonggo way... salad... complete with onions, vinegar, a little pepper and a pinch of salt...
• Panama
25 Jan 10
Hello I would recommend that you take a look at a Herbal Supplement I am taking called Melabic. www.Melabic.com Ingredients are:- Zinc Chromium Gymnema Sylvestre Cinnamon Powder Banaba Bitter Melon Biotin Alpha Lipoic Acid Fenugreek My Daily Sugar Tests have dropped from over 300 to between 118 and 150. I also lost 9lbs in the first 3 weeks. I was wary of being scammed, but I felt as they offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee I really had nothing to lose. I am so glad that I ordered Melabic. I have never felt better! Best Regards Isabella
@bystander (2259)
• Philippines
25 Jan 10
thanks for the tip, issybella. i will surely try that. weight is one big stumbling block in achieving full health. i need to lose some 5 to 8 pounds more.