So I figure less insulin, less money, less variation in daily blood sugars and less variation when calculating dosing (as long as I eat the same foods regularly). Obviously, increasing insulin resistance in the long run is the way to go.
I have seen a LOT of recommendations. I was hoping to provide a summary of what I found on some of the methods and get some feedback about what people have found for themselves. As a note, I am excluding diet suggestions from these recommendations, instead focusing on other factors:
A. Exercise - getting in some aerobic and anaerobic activity in every few days. Insulin resistance gained from exercise can wear off over a few days if not kept regular
B. Supplements - since the FDA does not verify efficiency it seems hard to tell if any of these help:
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Gymnemal Sylvestre
- Omega 3
- Vitamin D
- Fish Oil
C. Meal Timing - eating every 4-5 hours or so. I know this was important on MDI but not sure about pump users
D. Stress - keep stress low
I realize gauging effectiveness is difficult because confounding factors make it nearly impossible to isolate a particular thing as being the primary causal effect. However, I thought maybe some of you out there might have been able to link one of these things to a decreased basal rate over time.
As a note, I do not think it would be statistically valuable to provide feedback of whether of not any of these things provided a TDD decrease because daily food intake could vary that value too much. I am hoping to identify the potential BASAL decrease of these factors. I would love your thoughts