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Bernstein recommends EPO with ALA and biotin - should I worry about the omega-6?

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Created November 03, 2010 at 2:14 PM

He recommends 1g of Evening Primrose Oil 3 times per day with alpha lipoic acid and biotin. Together, they mimic insulin (weakly) without the fat gain effect. So it should be helpful to keep blood glucose lower.

I'm a little nervous to up my n-6 to about half the level of the fish oil I currently take. Perhaps I'll just eat more fish.

Any thoughts on this?

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Thanks. I am already taking the ALA and biotin - but not at the frequency he recommends. I ordered the EPO and will try his protocol to see if it helps. Apparently, it's the combination of the 3 that give an insulin-like response (or the GLA in the EPO strengthens it). I am trying to totally get off glyburide and use metformin only - I'm actually pretty close to that goal now.

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Thanks. I am already taking the ALA and biotin - but not at the frequency he recommends. I ordered the EPO and will try his protocol to see if it helps. Apparently the combination of the 3 that give an insulin-like response. I am trying to totally get off glyburide and just use metformin - I'm actually pretty close to that goal now.

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on November 04, 2010
at 09:10 AM

Most of the supplements specifically for diabetics don't do much for me. I just fastidiously follow Dr. B's diet and insulin protocol to achieve good numbers. Based upon what I've read, increasing your Omega 3 through eating more fish is not a bad move anytime. So, taking Gina's response about her experience with Biotin and the extra fish, maybe EPO, ALA, & biotin will help you. Give it a try and if it works, let us know, if not, drop it. But the extra fish won't hurt at all in my opinion. Best wishes, Mike

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:19 PM

Thanks. I am already taking the ALA and biotin - but not at the frequency he recommends. I ordered the EPO and will try his protocol to see if it helps. Apparently, it's the combination of the 3 that give an insulin-like response (or the GLA in the EPO strengthens it). I am trying to totally get off glyburide and use metformin only - I'm actually pretty close to that goal now.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on November 04, 2010
at 12:17 PM

Thanks. I am already taking the ALA and biotin - but not at the frequency he recommends. I ordered the EPO and will try his protocol to see if it helps. Apparently the combination of the 3 that give an insulin-like response. I am trying to totally get off glyburide and just use metformin - I'm actually pretty close to that goal now.

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on November 04, 2010
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I can only comment on the biotin. I have a genetic defect of my beta cells (related to the glucokinase enzyme pathway) that cause an elevated fasting blood glucose. My post prandial glucose numbers are normal. I started taking 10 mg of biotin a day and my fasting numbers have dropped from low 100's to a rock solid 81-84 every morning. My numbers are now much lower during the day.

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on November 04, 2010
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I am taking 500mg of EPO and 200mg of R-ALA, (available from www.nutrabulk.com), 500mg Taurine, 500mg GABA, and 500 mg L-Carnosine, twice each day, and I've tried this combination off and on for about 2 years now, and I believe that my blood sugar is about 20 points lower when I take the stuff... I don't take it with each meal, I simply take it twice a day, and it took about 3 months initially to start working.

I added the Taurine, GABA, and L-Carnosine after reviewing a study which indicated that diabetic mice have unusually low levels of Taurine, GABA, and L-Carnosine. All of these acids are involved in metabolism at the cellular level.

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