Insulin is an essential part of my life with type 1 diabetes. (See also: duh) But it’s not the only thing I take regularly in efforts to maintain optimal health.
(That sentence sounds so formal. “Optimal health.” Also makes me think of Transformers. Optiumus Health would be a badass Transformer … maybe a gas/electric hybrid instead of a tractor trailer?)
I use a lot of things to rein in diabetes that aren’t prescribed, and a probiotic is one, these days. “Gut health” is a phrase I hear often in regards to autoimmune disease and overall health, and I’ve read several articles discussing the possible pros and cons of probiotics for people with diabetes. (Here’s one from TheDX with an excellent discussion point at the end about the assumption that “probiotics can’t hurt” and one from HealthCentral about type 1 and probiotic use. Lots of things to consider, especially once you start poking around in medical journal articles about probiotic use.)
Most importantly, I talked with my doctor about taking a probiotic and both my endo and my PCP were fine with that addition to my regimen.
But I honestly have no idea if it’s useful or effective. I don’t generally experience digestive trouble, but I’m not sure if I can attribute that lack of issue to taking a probiotic, since I’ve never really had digestive trouble. Overall, my “gut health” is ultra-fine, much like my needle tips.
I’m curious, though: How many of you are taking probiotics, and do you feel they actually have an influence on your overall health? Do you feel better taking them? Worse? Taller? Smarter? Furrier? No different?