You've got my vote. I'm also familiar with the warning of "this thread is XX days old, you may reply, but..."
I also agree that boards often become old and decrepit, but they don't have to. We, in part, keep it fresh. But it is also the format and useful it is that keeps things going. I think it's a good idea to get rid of the "popular" topics. They will remain popular if people continue to post (without the prompt) and remain helpful. rather than gargantuan and cumbersome.
I have numerous aromatherapy courses under my belt and as far as I know, no essential oil has ever helped anyone lower their blood sugar. I have used it for cut/burn healing and as an inhalation for infections and allergic reactions.
Diabetes responds to diet, activities, and oral/injected medications. If there are any peer-reviewed studies involving glucose control I would be very interested. But I doubt it.
Michelle, I see this is your first post. Tell us about yourself. Do you have diabetes? What type and for how long? What you are recommending sounds very much like ADA guidelines that do not work for many people. I suspect that is why most people did not find your posting that helpful.
This is a group of varied folks, with many different lifestyles and diets. Tell us about what works for you.
Lynn, my main focus these days is kidney and transplant issues, so I subscribe to professional magazines. As for a lot of other stuff, I take what I read on message boards with a grain of salt and basically just do some searching on Medline.
I also always make sure I have some time with my specialists for them to tell me about the latest research that has caught their eyes. I've worked hard to be treated like a peer, rather than a patient.
Hi Gabby. Do you mean bring down blood sugars? How to do it depends on how high you are and what meds you are on. Is your family member on insulin? In the short term, cutting back on carbohydrates will help. Exercising (as long as blood sugars are less than about 250) will help also.
That's what the WebMD article says too, that coffee can prevent diabetes. The problem is that the anti-diabetes effects do not seem to help a person with diabetes with the glucose raising effects of caffeine.