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From Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA:

Since we have a daughter with diabetes, we picked up very early that our son had symptoms, so he has been followed by a pediatric endocrinologist since he was seven. Anyway, recently, his blood sugar has been up to 225 mg/dl [12.5 mmol/L] postprandially in the evening and self-resolving a few hours later. He going through puberty and has autism (Asperger's Syndrome). The only thing he has been on is a supplement of DMG, which is an antioxidant food supplement, three times a day for his neurological symptoms. I believe that we have reaped some benefit regarding his blood sugar. As a secondary effect, we have documented a rise in his fasting blood sugar when taken off DMG.

Nevertheless, we are researching the possibility of using one dose of CinnaBeticII with the evening meal in hopes of diminishing the tax on his depleted beta cells and giving his sensitivity to the insulin he does produce a little boost. We find seeing these numbers consistently very troubling although they resolve; inaction doesn't settle well. Any thoughts or insights would be appreciated.

We also know what will be, will be and this is NOT a cure to an autoimmune condition, yet it may be beneficial in this case for even a short period of time.

My son is 5 feet, 4 inches, 110 pounds. He recently has lost three pounds and grown a one-fourth of an inch. He tests negative for blood ketones during the 200 mg/dl [11.1 mmol/L] plus readings. He tests when symptomatic, and daily, always fasting, and, lately, three to four times a day since we noted the weight loss.

In 2001, he had testing that showed that he was antibody positive and has annual blood work to check for other autoimmune risks. His A1c has just been climbing over the years, progressing. The last one was 5.9 and he is due next week for blood work.

Answer:

If the antioxidants are indeed acting therapeutically this is also interesting, but difficult to interpret. I would do what you are doing and keep close watch particularly with illnesses and any subtle symptoms so that he does not get sick if insulin deficiency should actually occur and be sustained. There is not much information about any other therapies except experimentally and, therefore, any risks are totally unknown countered against unknown but only theoretical benefits.

SB

DTQ-20061208144334
Original posting 13 Dec 2006
Posted to Other and Research: Causes and Prevention

  
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