@PetiteFilet For blood glucose, the berberine does seem to work for that, with not a lot of reported side effects. I took berberine, but I was not testing my blood glucose at the time. I’d recommend this first, because its safety profile does seem to be good.
Does your husband’s blood glucose run higher in the morning and lower at night? (Mine is always “high” in the morning, but much lower at night.) Is he active? (I have a theory that higher activity = higher blood glucose for some on low carb/keto.)
Both Lauren and @Selllow: I say I “think” it works because I am getting some effect, possibly with increased body temperature. For instance, I took my temperature with an infrared model this morning and got over 98, which I almost never get. But I’ve also used an under-the-tongue model and not gotten near that. The problem is that I never tested my temperature beforehand with this model, so I don’t know where I started. And I don’t know if there’s a pattern (eg, higher in the morning, lower through the day, etc.), as I never tested.
I did split the dose from one scoop at “lunch” into 1/2 scoop at lunch and at dinner…and again had poor sleep, as in I got up at 3:45am. But these are hard to diagnose, as sometimes I sleep really well and other times, so so much. I went back to one scoop at lunch, nothing at dinner, and slept better though not perfect.
I also think I’m looking better and fitting into my clothes better, though that could also be because that’s what’s been happening since I’ve gone back to eating lower fat, higher protein, low carb/keto. I’ve been slowly whittling away at the weight I gained eating The Croissant Diet.
I did get some side effects. I had to take allergy pills and also an Advil, and I almost never have to take Advil or other pain medication. I rarely have to take allergy pills.
I am quitting the regimen, though. I have a booster shot for covid today. For shot number 2, I was also taking berberine and sterculia and about 4-6 weeks of doing this, I developed some severe heart palpitations. I have a condition where I’m susceptible to these, but I don’t know whether it was one of these, a few of these, or all of these together that caused the palpitations. I did toss the sterculia oil, though, only because of reports of people getting high CRP with this. Sadly, I did not test my CRP.
When I was taking all three, I got allergies, which I thought at the time was unusual, since I haven’t had them in years. I’m thinking allergies may be a sign of “inflammation”. I’m wondering if the succinate also has this effect? I did not get any blood tests, though. That’s bummer, but I ran out of time.
Since I’m getting another shot, I’m stopping everything for at least a month past the third shot.
At some point, I’ll revisit this.