Elvis was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes in July of 2015 and was immediately put on medication to help with his blood sugar levels. The drugs had side-effects, and one medication turned into four as he needed additional support for his cholesterol levels as well as depression. On a typical day, he would wake up sluggish with high blood sugar, had neuropathic pain in his feet, and was having trouble performing at the level he used to at work.
He would wait to take his medication until he got home because of the extreme digestive issues they would cause. His eating habits were poor, and he had uncontrollable thirst. Elvis was told he would be on medication for the rest of his life, and the thought made his stomach turn. His A1C results had been all over the place - from 14 to 9 over the course of 3 years. Every day was a roller coaster - he didn’t want his family to see him sick. He hated the thought of deteriorating before their eyes, and he knew there had to be a better way.
When Elvis talked to his doctor, she suggested insulin since the oral medications weren’t working. He asked if they could try more natural supplements instead. They developed a plan for him to get off of his medication and start using the supplements. The results were incredible. In those 3 weeks, his A1C level dropped to 6.2, and he had no more stomach issues. His doctor suggested he go 6 months using these methods.
Elvis kept using the supplements, changed what he was eating, and started exercising more. After the 6 months had passed, his A1C results were even better, and his doctor took him off medication entirely. He is med-free still today.
Elvis’ story has inspired so many people that he’s actually become a spokesperson for One Drop, the world’s leading diabetes management platform. Elvis loves recommending the tools that have worked for him, and along with using One Drop’s phenomenal app, he has specific supplements he swears by from a brand he trusts. I asked Elvis what his top product recommendations are for people suffering from Type II Diabetes. Though all supplements and pharmaceutical shifts should be discussed with your doctor, and no product is a magic bullet for everyone, here are the products Elvis swears by:
What's in it: chromium picolinate, garcinia (the fruit), gymnema (the leaves), parsley concentrate, vanadium
What it does:
helps you better metabolize carbs, fats, and protein
reduces the risk of insulin resistance
encourages lower blood sugar levels
rich in antioxidants and nutrients
Fact: ‘The gymnema shrub, native to India, means ‘destroyer of sugar’ in Hindi.
What's in it: magnesium (as magnesium oxide), calcium (as calcium carbonate), vitamin D, zinc (as zinc sulfate), manganese (as manganese citrate)
What it does:
encourages the regulation of blood sugar levels
helps your body secrete and use insulin
supports healthy bones
decreases the risk of osteoporosis
Fact: Even though calcium is known for strengthening your bones, it can also halt the progression of diabetes. Vitamin D aids in better absorption of calcium in the body.
What's in it: DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid), EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid)
What it does:
supports good brain and eye health
reduces triglyceride levels without adverse reactions with prescriptions
encourages good circulation
Fact: Omegas help decrease triglyceride levels and help reduce blood sugar, blood pressure, obesity, and can help decrease the risk of heart disease or stroke.
And for those overachievers, take an additional vitamin D supplement; vitamin D supplementation may help lower the average blood sugar levels in people with Type II Diabetes, and help regulate insulin levels. Vitamin B is also extremely helpful as an uncaffeinated energy source for those with Type II Diabetes. Consuming higher amounts of vitamin B also helps reduce the risk of developing Type II Diabetes by 10-11%.
“If I can do it, anyone can do it. It just takes some hope, some faith, and a little work behind it.” - Elvis Gomez
To learn more about Elvis, visit his website at https://www.uniteddiabeticsorg.com/