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An Expat living in the Philippines writes:

I am a type II diabetic. In Canada I had to control my blood sugar by taking glyburide: one tablet at night and a half in the daytime. Since coming to the Philippines my blood sugar readings have gone consistently lower. The target levels measured by Canadian UK units were 7 for the morning. Mine soon reached 4-6 the range of people without diabetes. I reduced my dosage, but my levels remained well below target levels.

I am at one half tablet daily so I will just drop it altogether and see what happens. Has anyone else experienced improved glucose control in the Philippines. The main changes in my diet have been from potatoes to rice as the main carbohydrate and staple. I eat a lot more fish and chicken than beef. I also eat quite a few new fruits such as papayas and pomelos, etc. I also eat a bitter melon (ampalaya) or maybe it is bitter squash that is supposed to be good for diabetics.

Just a note on the cost of food. If you buy native foods and products you will save a bundle. Cassava is dirt cheap. Papayas are reasonable. I like to take out I think it is called, very much like potato. The potatoes in the stores here seem expensive small and not that tasty. I don't know how some of the chain fast food places manage to have good French fries Okra is also cheap and good quality, even asparagus is not too much. If you stay away from apples and grapes etc. you can get lots of great fruit at bargain prices. Fish is often a bargain and there is a great variety.

The warm climate alone will lower readings by a couple of points. Going from potatoes to rice, try to use the Indian 'Basmati' rice, its available there, it has a low G.I. Keep away from 'Jasmine'rice, its G.I. is almost the same as pure glucose. Studies have been done on 'Ampalaya', and it does appear to have a good effect.

Type II Diabetics and the Philippines Diet

It's great to hear your wonderful news. My mother had the same experience. When she came to the US and stayed for just 8 months, her health deteriorated. Elevated BP and blood sugar. Cost me $500.00 for a one time visit to a doctor's care office, just for the tests and such without insurance. She went back home and now, those health problems are nonexistent.

I don't see a need to have glucose lowering drugs if your sugar is already low. However, I think it is safer to do it under MD's direction. Just an advice. (Ken)

The main changes in my diet have been from potatoes to rice as the main carbohydrate and staple. I eat a lot more fish and chicken than beef. I also eat quite a few new fruits such as papayas and pomelos etc. I also eat a bitter melon (ampalaya) or maybe it is bitter squash that is supposed to be good for diabetics. Just a note on the cost of food. If you buy native foods and products you will save a bundle. Cassava is dirt cheap. Papayas are reasonable. I like it I think it is called, very much like potato. The potatoes in the stores here seem expensive small and not that tasty. I don't know how some of the chain fast food places manage to have good french fries Okra is also cheap and good quality, even asparagus is not too much. If you stay away from apples and grapes etc. you can get lots of great fruit at bargain prices. Fish is often a bargain.

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