Thursday, March 22, 2012

Support for a yerba mate theory...

I don't know about how it scientifically works for a Type 1 eating a low-glycemic diet, but from my short experience it has been one of the most noticeable differences from a supplement or tonic. I don't particularly love the flavor, like I do coffee and black tea. However, the energy, focus, and blood sugar stability (insulin sensitivity?) seems really noticeable. I feel like during the last 2 weeks that I have been drinking Yerba Mate I have noticed my overall metabolism has increased.

Over the weekend, I forgot to bring some home, and didn't have it for 2 days. My blood sugar levels crept upwards during the weekend. Upon returning to work, I started it up again, and by Tuesday I was having lower and more stable glucose numbers. Of course, there are other possible factors... like warm weather, weekend food, stuff like that...

Here is an article that seems to go along with my experience.

I'm going to include some of my data that will explain why I'm so intrigued by this phenomena.

The first day I drank Yerba Mate tea. Perhaps one of the best days of glucose control I've had in a while.
Not only did I use less insulin those days, I also ran lower glucose numbers. Notice the creep up on the weekend. 

While Sunday, 3/18, looks to be a low insulin day, I lowered my basal for a 20 mile bike ride, and my BG was higher overall.


  1. You know what I notice there? The days in the green shaded area don't have a much smaller range (except for 3/12), but they practically all line up on your low line.

  2. Yes, the range on those days all scraped along the bottom of my comfort zone, and I kept it from going any lower. However, I don't think that's the only interesting thing.

    The circles on each day represent average for the day. You can see that those are all lower than the previous week (regardless of range). I spent most of each day at lower levels than the previous week, on less insulin, without going hypo. As a CGMS watcher, it was fascinating to see.