I have Type 2 Diabetes. A friend recommended I take elderberry syrup which is good for the immune system. I also have a form of leukemia. Is it safe to take elderberry syrup as a diabetics? What are the ingredients in the syrup? Thank you.
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is elderberry syrup safe for diabetes 2 and leukemia? A friend recommended it but not sure if it is safe to take. Thanks for any help.
You must be quite new to diabetes or you would know the answer to taking ANY kind of syrup. Syrup is a highly concentrated liquid sugar and will likely make your blood sugar spike. There are many foods that are good for your immune system, including green leafy vegetable and many other non-starchy veggies that don't cause your blood sugar to go up quickly. I suggest that you start with the tips, discussions, and resources listed at the upper right corner of this page, under Dr. Dansinger to educate yourself about this disease.
I am not new to diabetes. A friend recommended I take the syrup and I was just checking for its safety. Thanks. I will check Dr. Dansinger's info. Thanks. My immune system is shot due to leukemia and just checking out the elderberry syrup.
You need to talk to your oncologist before taking any supplement that affects the immune system. I do the same as I am immune suppressed due to my transplants. Forget the diabetes for a second and make sure that this is safe to take with your leukemia. I think that will trump everything.
Sue, friends are so well meaning. They glom onto every little thing they read somewhere or hear about and hope to help you because they care. Unfortunately, they have no personal knowledge of the conditions we have, our various medical issues, and the drugs we take for whatever reason. Always check with both your doc and your pharmacist.
My cousin who gave me the kidney used to (finally stopped thank goodness) always press me to take all sorts of things to boost my immune system. Doing that would, of course, increase the risk of me rejecting the kidney.
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