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.
July 1, 2003
Alternative Therapies and Explanations
Question from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada:
I am a very active 55 year old woman, with type�1 diabetes. Since I started taking MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) for minor pain relief caused by old injuries, I noticed that my insulin requirements had to be lowered, my blood glucose levels became more manageable, I have no hypoglycemia at night, and normal readings in the mornings. I experimented with the MSM by completely discontinuing it for two weeks. My blood glucose levels rose immediately, and I had to increase my insulin dosages. I continued without the MSM for a week and then returned to my MSM supplements. Again I had to drop my insulin dosages, blood glucose readings became extremely manageable, and I no longer fear the hypoglycemia at night. I am now back on the MSM and do not intend to experiment again. Have there been any tests on people with type 1 diabetes to see if MSM is, in fact, helping the body to better utilize the insulin or regulate the glucose levels?
No I have not. Is it possible you are more physically active while taking the MSM? Could this be why your insulin requirements were decreased?