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  1. James
    James September 2, 2010 at 7:04 am | | Reply

    Looks very promising.

  2. Bernard Farrell
    Bernard Farrell September 2, 2010 at 9:39 am | | Reply

    I’d like to see more feedback from people with Type 1 before deciding to try this product out. At $70 for one month of the product, it’s an expensive experiment.

  3. Rina L.
    Rina L. September 2, 2010 at 10:55 am | | Reply

    I was at the AADE meeting, I think you can use coupon code SUGAR1 on the manufacture website to get 50% off

  4. Jo Brodie
    Jo Brodie September 4, 2010 at 4:49 am | | Reply

    I started writing a comment yesterday, realised it had turned into a full-length blog post and so posted it over at my blog here (I’m also not sure how one adds links in a comment section though I see others have managed it – perhaps it’s just html)

    This may indeed be a fabulous product and I’ll be delighted to eat my skeptical words once convinced, but the volume of evidence so far seems to me to be too small to warrant too much woohooing. It’s early days – I couldn’t find anything that was published, other than posted as PDFs to one of the company’s two websites. I’d need to know more about the conferences’ criteria for acceptance before deciding how impressed to be by that.

    My concerns, expanded on my blog include:
    1. Criteria for conference acceptance, and how much weight to give conference publication (as opposed to other forms of publication).
    2. Self-referencing news articles which rehash a press release (this was based on looking at one of them so I may have been unfair here).
    3. Drawing big conclusions from a small pilot study (anecdotal data is interesting but if we don’t know what else that person is doing to manage their blood glucose levels in addition to taking the product then the information is fairly meaningless).
    4. Slight confusion about the methodology and whether or not other medications were permitted by the 51 trial participants (again, this may be a mistake that I made in my quick skim-reading).
    5. Fasting blood glucose is probably a good marker, but HbA1c might have been additionally appropriate as it’s often used elsewhere (eg for comparisons to be made with other studies).
    6. No mention that I could see of the role of physical activity, and what exercise the trial participants were doing – again, might have missed it.
    7. None of the authors appear to have published on diabetes before – although this isn’t particularly critical (I haven’t either!).
    8. How does this research fit into other published research on these plants and their hypoglycaemic effects? I don’t think the evidence has been particularly impressive. Cinnamon showed promise in a couple of small trials but when looked at as part of the bigger picture the effect is very small.

    I certainly wouldn’t want to underestimate the role of plant compounds in medicine – metformin is a safer synthetic version of a chemical found in the French lilac, Galega officinalis – but unless I’m missing where this research has been published then it seems there’s not enough evidence.

    I’m going to try and add a bit of html… wish me luck :)

    Not really enough evidence for NatureEra’s “Sugar Crush” diabetes supplements

  5. Evidence Matters
    Evidence Matters September 7, 2010 at 12:41 am | | Reply

    I share Jo Brodie’s concerns. Looking at the list of components, and mindful of their unimpressive performance in previous trials, singly or in combination, there is little reason to anticipate such impressive results from this formulation in the absence of some new information about why this version should be so potent.

    Nonetheless, the company does itself no favours by having this on one of your research links above:

    “We have moved beyond our first products, “Sugar Crush” and “Sugar Crush Daily”, and continue to bring a supply chain like never before. Introducing “PlayOn” – the natural supplement source to enhance sexual performance and enjoyment for both men and women, we are constantly engaged in the launch of more proprietary products that will hit the market soon.”

    I would be delighted to be proved over-cautious and (given the concerns about some prescription only medications) sincerely hope that I am.

  6. Janelle
    Janelle September 8, 2010 at 5:41 am | | Reply

    I bought some at half price, but haven’t started using it yet, because I’m going on vacation, and want to be home to try the stuff. Yes, there is lots of confusion about what type 1s ought to use, and when…I’m not sure I like that. Tune in later to see if I get anywhere.

  7. Tom Chritenden
    Tom Chritenden September 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm | | Reply

    I looked through the website directions seem simple enough. I’m summarizing below… if you have more questions see their website,, there are some good downloads (PDFs) on front of website with lots of commonly asked questions and answers.

    Type 1 take ‘Sugar Crush Daily’ only. (2.5 ml twice a day at the beginning of largest meals with a 8 oz glass of water)

    Pre-Diabetic people take ‘Sugar Crush Daily’ only (2.5 ml twice a day at the beginning of largest meals with a 8 oz glass of water).

    People with Type 2 Diabetes should take both ‘Sugar Crush’ and ‘Sugar Crush Daily’ (these are apparently two different products even though names are similar). For people with Type 2 diabetes, Sugar Crush is used at breakfast and dinner. Sugar Crush Daily is used at lunchtime and at bedtime. (2.5 ml with a 8 oz glass of water just before or at the beginning of the meal)

    There is a note that people who use blood pressure medication should avoid using Sugar Crush products within 2 hours of using their blood pressure medication to make Sugar Crush products more effective.

    Good luck my friends!

  8. Ezmelts
    Ezmelts September 14, 2010 at 2:19 pm | | Reply

    Many companies will target large pools of people affected with a common disease or malady (quick weight loss anyone?) trying to make a fast buck, but this in turn tarnishes the products of legit pharmaceutical companies that have put years of research into making their products effective and convenient.
    Word of mouth can’t lie, and always do your own research when considering new products.

  9. Russ
    Russ September 22, 2010 at 7:17 pm | | Reply

    I’d be the first to do what works – if standing on my head for 30 minutes every day would keep my diabetes at bay, I’d have calluses on my bald spot!

    Since I’ve been able to keep my type 2 medications down to 1 850 metaformin a day, down from twice that through exercise, diet, nutrition, and hydration I think I’m getting pretty good mileage out of the various ‘beyond doctor’s care’ things I’ve done.

    I’m sure a large portion of luck is involved (doesn’t happen often).

    But I also know that compounds like the ‘Sugar Crush’ family can be formulated with a portion of avarice in mind. While there should be some verifiable ‘proof’ that it works for a large number of people, there is always an exception. People diagnosed with diabetes arrive there many different ways.

    That means there should be many different ways to turn your personal diabetes dial down. Its a question of finding what works for you. Hope this works for some, and that the price comes down.

  10. Jo Brodie
    Jo Brodie December 15, 2010 at 10:48 am | | Reply

    Hello again

    The president of NaturEra has contacted me with some comments about my blogpost (linked above, or which I’ve now posted on my blog along with reflections from me. I suggested that they might also post their comments here as well.

    As far as I can tell, it’s difficult to draw much of a conclusion about the product, based on the current evidence, as this research hasn’t yet been published or ‘digested’ by other scientists.

    I’m delighted that they contacted me and answered my questions though.


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