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John Eccles

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Has anyone used or heard of this allegedly herbal remedy reducing glucose levels.
If so would love to know if it works and safe or is it just a gimmick targeting people with diabetes and a waste of money
 

Ljc

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Hi. I’ve never heard if it.
I am sorry to say many of these things are just a way to part us from our hard earned dosh.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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I’m with Lin. If there was a herbal remedy with clinically provable results I think, just like aspirin or whichever T2 med it was that came from lizard spit, one or other pharmaceutical company would have taken it and developed it and it would be available on prescription.

Reducing BG through reducing carb intake combined with increased activity if you are able seems a better (and cheaper) option to me.
 

Steve Braithwaite

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Has anyone used or heard of this allegedly herbal remedy reducing glucose levels.
If so would love to know if it works and safe or is it just a gimmick targeting people with diabetes and a waste of money
Hi John, I am super sceptical about these wonder supplements (most have proven to be quack medicine), but decided to give Curalin a go (trial pack is currently on offer at £8). To be honest, it has definitely worked for me (I already low carb, but just cannot seem to get acceptable results), my morning glucose was regularly at 9.6 on my Gluco Rx meter, but since taking this stuff, has averaged only 5.6.
I will buy more, to see if it works over the long term, but there have been 'rave' reviews from many countries.
It is expensive to buy, but if you can afford it & it does give long term results, to me, it's better than the ultimate long term consequences, even if it just delays by a good few years.
 

mikeyB

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The advantage of using standard rather than herbal medication is (a) consistency of dose and (b) knowledge that it is non toxic in the short or long term.

Curalin has not been subjected to any double blind trials, so any reports of efficacy are anecdotal. The number of folk who have noted a reduction in bank balance rather than their BG is unknown.

Finally, you should never mix herbal remedies with regular medication. It can lead to medical disasters.
 

Northerner

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The advantage of using standard rather than herbal medication is (a) consistency of dose and (b) knowledge that it is non toxic in the short or long term.

Curalin has not been subjected to any double blind trials, so any reports of efficacy are anecdotal. The number of folk who have noted a reduction in bank balance rather than their BG is unknown.

Finally, you should never mix herbal remedies with regular medication. It can lead to medical disasters.
Yes, I remember reading about this years ago, on a depression group, where people were warned about the dangers of taking St John's Wort alongside other medications :eek: I think it's something that's not made clear enough by the herbal supplement market :(
 

John Eccles

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Thankyou to everyone who responded to my recent posts. I certainly received some information that I will discuss with my medical practitioners and implement a further reduction in carb intake.
Also I will reserve judgement on curalin till more trials are completed and it's efficacy.
As to pancreatic stem cell research I hope to see what's happening with current resesrch options and possible participation in a trial.
I will obviously report on the above issues as and when I have news on any outcomes good or bad.

Regards
John
 

Smiffy54

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Has anyone used or heard of this allegedly herbal remedy reducing glucose levels.
If so would love to know if it works and safe or is it just a gimmick targeting people with diabetes and a waste of money
Hi John, I have been using Curalin for about 6 months now, at the time I was taking a Linagliptin/Metformin tablets and Pioglitazone and my hba1c was around 60, I have now stopped the Pioglitazone and taking 2 Curalin a day my latest hba1c is 40. I am now back to metformin only - and no side affects. My doctor is aware of my results and supports the reduction in medication. Hope this helps. Colin
 

mikeyB

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Having read into Curalin, most of the ingredients can be obtained from the average curry. It is an Indian product, after all. That’s why there are no side effects. When I see double blind controlled trials, I might be more convinced.

India has a particularly high rate of T2 diabetes, as it happens.
 

mikeyB

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If you think it’s going to be prescribed by the NHS, don’t hold your breath. The NHS never prescribe anything that hasn’t been subjected to formal clinical trials. As I said, the ingredients can be found in many curries, so if it normalises BG, how come India is the T2 Diabetes capital of the world?

There are too many confounding factors in anecdotal evidence. Combine Curalin with a low carb diet, you don’t know which is doing the job. I doubt Curalin can handle the MacDonalds and Kebab diet.
 

Jodee

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A friend has sent me a link this morning about CuraLin, the Express on-line page - Excerpts below - I wonder has anyone yet tried it?

quote:

The CuraLin supplement

The CuraLin supplement contains 10 Ayurvedic herbs: swertia chirata, turmeric, fenugreek, gymnema sylvestre, bitter melon, picrorhiza kurroa, syzygium cumini, tinospora cordifolia, melia azadirachta and amla.

"Bitter melon contains a chain of amino acids known as polypeptide-p," explained Dr Brewer.

She added that bitter melon is "structurally similar to insulin", therefore it "reduces glucose absorption from the diet and reduces the production of glucose in the liver".

The overall effect being that blood glucose (i.e. blood sugar) levels improve.

Ingredients, such as turmeric, fenugreek and amala "activate insulin receptors to reduce insulin resistance", and they also improve "insulin release from the pancreas".

Dr Brewer continued: "Gymnema sylvestre reduces sensitivity to sweet tastes and suppresses sugar cravings.

"While picrorhiza kurroa inhibits an enzyme (alpha-amylase) that breaks down dietary carbohydrates to slow the release of dietary sugars."

Together, these herbs help to produce an effective response to improve blood glucose control and energy levels.

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Read the entire article here: https://www.express.co.uk/life-styl...supplement-curalin-balance-blood-sugar-levels


Interesting about the 10 ayurvedic herbs.
 

Jodee

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Just checked on amazon the reviews for CuraLin not so good, the other supplement Diabetone has more favourable reviews.
 

mikeyB

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Well, if it’s in the Express it must be true. Aye, right.

The trouble with that article is that it’s product advertising guff, with no statement supported by evidence.

And the folk who make Diabetone have already attracted a ban on one of their ads that had claimed a benefit in BG control. Now their ads specifically say that it is a dietary supplement and not a treatment for diabetes. Of course, they don’t say that you don’t need any dietary supplements if you eat a healthy diet.
 

Jodee

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Well, if it’s in the Express it must be true. Aye, right.

The trouble with that article is that it’s product advertising guff, with no statement supported by evidence.

And the folk who make Diabetone have already attracted a ban on one of their ads that had claimed a benefit in BG control. Now their ads specifically say that it is a dietary supplement and not a treatment for diabetes. Of course, they don’t say that you don’t need any dietary supplements if you eat a healthy diet.

And Dr Brewer has an arrangement with CuraLin. Personally I would be inclined to go with Diabetone reviews than CuraLin. One lady on curaLin for a year thinks they work really well bringing her Blood glucose down from 148 to 143 assuming she meant mg/dl not really effective for her.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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I took Diabetone many years ago, the only thing I noticed since stopping it is the money i have saved not buying it.

Thanks for the chuckle @grovesy!

Yes I’m afraid I see these supplements as just a moneymaking scheme unlikely to have any noticeable effect at all :(
 

Drummer

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"Bitter melon contains a chain of amino acids known as polypeptide-p," explained Dr Brewer.

She added that bitter melon is "structurally similar to insulin", therefore it "reduces glucose absorption from the diet and reduces the production of glucose in the liver".

The overall effect being that blood glucose (i.e. blood sugar) levels improve.
This is so totally wrong it is ridiculous.
 

Jodee

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This is so totally wrong it is ridiculous.
yes I was quoting what someone sent me, see my other comments answering original post etc. :)
 
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