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Elderberry Syrup
judgeegg posted:
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.
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flutetooter responded:
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.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
judgeegg replied to flutetooter's response:
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.

An_254117 replied to judgeegg's response:
The herb Cat's Claw is a much better choice for building up your immune system. Astragalus is another excellent choice. Echinacea is another choice that is easy to come by.
mrscora01 responded:
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.

T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008
brunosbud responded:
Make it yourself and cut way back on the honey or, if that's not possible, eat less. In terms of diabetes, eating honey is no different than eating sugar. Hope this helps.
judgeegg replied to mrscora01's response:
Thank you very much for your response. I will talk to my oncologist when I see him again. I will also stop listening to
friends with advice. Thanks and take care.

mrscora01 replied to judgeegg's response:
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.

T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008
judgeegg replied to mrscora01's response:
I use my pharmacist for info on what I can and can't take!!!!!
Did not ask phrmacist about elderberry syrup - I went onto Web MD for help. Thanks for caring.

brunosbud replied to mrscora01's response:
Aren't people just wonderful?

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