Anyone used 5-HTP?
Posted 19 October 2005 - 03:23 AM
5-HTP (5-hydroxyltryptophan) is a serotonin precurser. Using it increases seratonin levels, which increases melatonin production, which regulates sleep cycles. It works really well for me. I have slept well for the last few nights - which I haven't been able to do for years.
According to the literature, it is also good for dealing with depression and controlling carbohydrate cravings (for T2s) - 2 common problems with diabetes.
I am interested to hear about peoples opinions and experiences with 5HTP. And for the uninitiated, here is some info :
Posted 18 January 2008 - 10:01 AM
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:51 AM
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 01:00 PM
Type 1 since 1988
Pumping since 2002
CGMS since 2010
Posted 18 January 2008 - 01:07 PM
That said....if it's relevant to people here now, why not re-open it. I know my mom takes (or took?) 5-HTP and had some really great things to say about it. I don't know details, though.
Type 1 since I was 3 (1981)
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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:42 PM
Hes banned? Rats, cause its a good Q. My 18 yr old daughter took 5_htp for 4 years to combat mood swings and insomnia. Once she hit 18 her Dr. switched her to Lexapro (10mg) for the mood and melatonin for the sleeping issues. I usually sleep very well but on occasion Ive used melatonin (I cracked a 1 mg tablet into 4ths) and good gracious does it work! I just asked her which helped her sleep better and she said both worked about the same for sleeping although the Lexapro helps more with anxiety control.
A1c 7.5 fall of 2012. 55 yr old. 3 diabetic pregnancies w/ insulin. Thankfully reverted back to 'non-diabetic' after all 3. Re-diagnosed 2007. FINALLY on Lantus and Humalog qwik pens. :T Mother to 9 boys and 5 girls. Grandmomma to 8.
Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:49 PM
T2, diagnosed 8/31/06.
Meds: Metformin-ER 500 mg twice daily, HCTZ 12.5 mg every other day for BP Enalapril 20 mg 1 daily (ace-inhibitor)
Diet: I eat to my meter, generally eating 75-100 carbs/day with the occasional splurge.
Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:05 PM
Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:27 PM
Anyhow, I've never heard of 5-HTP. Is it available OTC?
Regarding sleep, you know how they say "trypophan makes a person sleepy" such as after eating a turkey dinner? Turns out that turkey doesn't have that much trypophan in it after all.
edit: looks like this thread was "bumped" by a spammer. do'h.
Posted 19 January 2008 - 12:01 AM
Thanks for your concern. We have had a bit of bumpy ride over the last few years but, we are doing OK .....
What ever happened to MarkMunday? .... I hope all is well with his family....
In my humble opinion :wink:
Type1 since 1977
now using a pump