June 2012
The Herb Lady

Dealing with Diabetes

After 40 years of living elsewhere, my husband and I moved back to our native Pike County. We enjoyed reconnecting with many old acquaintances. One day, one of these many people happened to be in the beauty parlor while I was.

"Did you know I’m a diabetic?" she asked.

"NO, Betty, I had no idea," I answered.

She went on to tell me she was taking an oral medication for this problem. At one time, the oral medication wasn’t doing its job and her doctor almost put her on insulin. She had read about the benefits of chromium for diabetics and decided to try adding this trace mineral as a daily supplement. Chromium along with her oral mediation got her blood sugar under control and she avoided taking insulin.

Of course I knew about chromium, but I’m always glad to hear personal stories like this.

Several years later, I walked into the bank one day to discover my favorite teller looking very unhealthy. I expressed my concern only to learn she had recently been diagnosed as a diabetic. She went on to say she wanted my advice and asked if I was familiar with chromium. She was going to take this and asked what other nutrients she should take.

"Sue, I’m going to tell you exactly what I would do if I were faced with the same circumstances. First, I would do exactly what the doctor advised regarding medicine, diet, exercise, etc. In addition, I would take chromium, super supplemental, Bone-Up® and horsetail," I answered.

I explained that chromium should help regulate her blood sugar levels. The super supplemental should provide vitamins and minerals which we do not get from today’s diet. Bone-Up® should provide calcium and other nutrients which keep our bones healthy. Horsetail herb should enable her to get more benefit from her calcium.

Sue began this program in November 2008 and continues it until this day. Soon after she began these nutrients, she again had her healthy, young appearance. Her beautiful smile was also back. She plans to continue to take these products regularly.

I found this definition of chromium on the Internet: "Chromium GTF (Glandular) is a trace mineral that plays a role in regulating blood sugar levels. Each ‘glucose tolerance factor’ (GTF) molecule, a hormone-like compound, requires chromium as its central atom. GTF works with insulin to transport glucose from the blood into the cells. When this function is not working properly, the cells resist insulin and do not properly absorb the glucose needed for energy."

Most of my readers know that after my husband passed on I moved to Baldwin County to be near my children. I miss my Pike County friends terribly, but I am so happy to be where I am.

Check with your doctor before taking any herbal or other alternative nutritional product.

Nadine Johnson can be reached at (866) 570-7302,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or P.O. Box 7425, Spanish Fort, AL 36577. She has a long history of involvement with herbs. She is also an independent distributor of Nature’s Sunshine Products.