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The pills are sold as yet another diet pill but my interest is their claim that the pills "reduce carb calories."  I am diabetic and must watch the carbs.  Do these really do anything toward reducing carbs?  The bottle I have says to take them 2x a day.  They were given to me by a friend so I do not know their cost.  Am I just throwing my money away if I continue to take them?  Each pill is 1000mg.

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Hi Ron,
I suspect your first instinct is correct, unfortunately.
I can't imagine how a bean extract would do anything to block carbs, although eating the beans themselves may delay a rise in blood sugar because they contain soluble fiber.
As long as you're taking them I would suggest checking your blood glucose and comparing days you take the pills to days you don't. You never know, it might have some effect, and then you would know!

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD

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As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.

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I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Nutrition Entreprenuers, St.Louis International Coach Federation, Toastmasters

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Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, 1983; Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University 1985; Certificate in Adult Weight Management 2006; CoachU core essentials grad 2007; Level 2 certificate in Adult Weight Management 2010.

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