Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
August 30, 2001
Alternative Therapies and Explanations
Question from Yoakum, Texas, USA:
My daughter has type�1 diabetes, is involved in many after-school activities, and wants to take Ginseng to increase her energy level, but I was told that this causes low blood sugars in people with diabetes. Is this a true side effect?
Ginseng has been shown to improve glucose tolerance in type�2 diabetes. As far as I understand, it improves the shape of the glucose tolerance curve more than the actual numbers. So it does have effects on glucose tolerance and blood sugar.
How really clinically significant is this? I can’t really tell. If your daughter chooses to use Ginseng, you must be pay attention to possible effects. I think this is the best advice.