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12 Dec. 2016.

I am a diabetic since 1982. Three years ago, I started experiencing low sugar symptoms, especially in the early morning and at night. I changed my diet to consuming curds with a tea spoon of pure honey, at the end of lunch and also ending the day with a glass of cold milk with a tea spoon of pure honey dissolved in it. The bouts of low sugar in the early mornings have vanished and if I feel any low sugar in the evening, I manage with a couple of spoons of glucose. I use Pathasnjli honey, which is remarkably pure, and a one kg pack lasts me for 2.1/2 to 3 months.

I may mention that my early morning low sugar symptom was so severe that I would briefly lose my consciousness and when checked with a glucometer, the sugar level had even touched 40. Three years ago, I suffered a mild stroke on my right side.

I resorted to the honey intake as above, with the approval of my endocrinologist.

My eating habits are moderate and vegetarian, though we consume eggs at home. I rarely drink alcohol. I alternate between walk within my residence taking the support of an elbow crutch, for half an hour every alternate evening, and go through a schedule of loosening, breathing exercises , yoga and pranayama, for 90 minutes every other evening. My sugar levels, which my wife regularly checks twice a day, twice every week, has been registering normal or near normal levels on most days. She also monitors my medication schedule.

The purpose of sharing this info., is neither to promote use of honey among diabetics, nor to promote Pathanjali brand of honey, but only to share my experience. If you are a diabetic, and want to try this course of honey treatment, my advise to you, is build up your own self confidence that you are on the right track, by equipping yourself first with needed blood and BP checking facilities, consult your doctor, before you rush to experiment on yourself, in view of the mental hang ups people have about honey and diabetes.

Good luck, good health.


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Are you a type 1 or type 2? When was your last appointment with your Endocrinologist? What was the A1c after starting the use of honey once or twice a day?

I am a Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetic person, for over 2 decades. My next schedule of tests are due in a month, after which I will inform about my A1c reading. The last A1c reading was around 7.5.

I consult my doctor once in 3 months.


14 Dec. 2016.

in reply to narasimhan2003

Are you counting carbs for each meal and snack?

No. I do not eat rice for lunch or dinner, except on rare occasions and I don't miss rice either. Instead of eating rice, I eat broken "samba" wheat or two chapatis. I do consume idlis or dosas for breakfast.

What is important is to avoid over eating.

Which medicine you take please mention

One should go by expert medical advice rather than assuming that what is good for the geese is also good for the gander. Medication has to be specific for each patient, and also it should keep varying on the changing body condition as revealed by data. The only generalisation I would venture to make is about insulin, namely that the dosage at night should be about 1/3 of what is injected in the morning.



narasimhan2003 1) your insulin does must be high else you would not be getting episodes of hypos. There is no such dictum as "the dosage at night should be about 1/3 of what is injected in the morning." For type 1 the insulin doses are directly dependent on the amount of food - carbs and prots taken.

2) watch for your liver. Unless the insulin dosages are very high liver should compensate for fall in sugar. Get liver scan and ggt levels done. Fruits are also to be taken judiciously.

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