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Probiotics and Type 2 diabetes

I am a Type 2 diabetic and control my diabetes through diet, exercise and tablets.

I have been battling with a lot of infections over the last couple of months. In January and February, for instance, I have had no less than four infections.

I am a government patient and am understandably concerned about the standard of diabetic care, in particular, at our primary health facility, especially since I came to deal with a doctor there, who told me that he did not know how to treat a diabetic.

To cut a long story very short, my nurse care-giver who is also a personal friend of ours, recommended that I try taking probiotics. I presently take one Probiflora Intensive capsule an hour before breakfast, but after I have taken my fasting sugar.

I have a low fat, unsweetened Bulgarian yoghutt as my afternoon snack, because it is reputed to be the best yoghutt on the market which contains live culture, usually as my afternoon snack. When I have to dash off somewhere in the afternoon, I usually settle for having the yoghutt in the morning and my usual fruit in the afternoon.

I have now for a month, since being on probiotics, not had a single infection, and by now, according to the law of averages, I should have had at least one infection.

On account of a history I have had with hypoglycaemia, my nurse care-giver originally advised that I should stick to fruit for my daily snacks during the day time, while I have more lattitude with the kind of snack I have as my late night snack. For the last few years, I have been eating apples, to the extent that they have started growing out of my ears, and I am seriously considering opening shop and selling my produce.

Jokes aside, the apples helped stabilise my hypoglycaemia and prior to going onto probiotics, I was able to manage my daily blood sugar average, given the fact that I test three times a day because of the volatility of my sugars, to roundabout 6.4 to 6.6. Lately, although I do now have the occasional low, my post probiotic averages have ranged consistently somewhere between 5.7 and 6.0 per day. While the odd low blood sugar has taken me to within a hair’s breadth of going hypo, I always carry some first aid around just in case I do go hypo. While low sugars have on the odd occasion caused me to be tired, I have had none of the bad days as I had when I suffered hypos.

I wondered two things.

Has anyone had the same kind of experience as I had?

Secondly, has any research ever been done into the relationship between a friendly bacterial culture and blood sugar levels?

Michael Park.
I am not an expert, because “ex” means “has been” and “spert” is “a drip under pressure”.

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