If you’re considering using natural remedies to control diabetes, the current recommendations offer hope.
According to the data released this July by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) And Prevention, more than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes.
And, as you hopefully know by now, Diabetes can lead to Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Blindness and some forms of joint problems. In other cases people lose circulation to their extremities, leading to amputation.
Most of the time, however, getting the disease under control can be just a matter of losing weight, exercising and improving your diet.
In addition, diabetics have also found that increasing their protein intake helps to repair damage to the cell membranes caused by the disease.
- An important step is to cut the intake of sugar and “simple carbohydrates” and increase the intake of complex carbohydrates, which take longer for the body to break down.
- Increasing the amount of exercise helps the cells absorb more insulin from the bloodstream and maintain normal glucose (blood sugar) levels.
With the prevalence of Diabetes medications in today’s market, it’s often difficult, even for some physicians, to pinpoint the best one for each patient.
And, due to the competitive nature of our pharmaceutical industry, some medications that cause negative side effects and organ damage, have slipped through the Federal Drug Administration research process.
It’s no surprise then, that many people are considering using natural remedies to control diabetes; as an addition to their prescribed medications, or to withdraw from medication completely.
Here are the latest recommendations backed by medical studies for using natural remedies to control diabetes.
Studies have shown that Ginseng is effective for controlling blood sugar levels over long periods of time. Most of the promising studies have used North American Ginseng.
Chromium is an essential trace mineral, which means your body needs it, but can’t manufacture it on its own. It plays an important part in the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.
In fact, several studies have shown that people with diabetes often have low levels of chromium in their blood. The studies are ongoing
Magnesium is found naturally in foods such as nuts, seeds, and whole grains. Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
Some studies suggest that low levels of magnesium may worsen blood glucose control in Type 2 diabetics.
When using natural remedies to control diabetes, cinnamon has been found to improve blood glucose control.
In a study by Khan and associates, 60 people were tested. One-third of the group was given a placebo.
The results showed an increase in the overall health of those who were given cinnamon: Their glucose levels were reduced by 18%.
In addition LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and triglycerides levels were also lowered with the use Cinnamon.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas to regulate sugar metabolism. In people with type-2 diabetes, either the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin or the body is unable to use it correctly.
Cinnamon imitates insulin, so it may lower your need for insulin immediately. The recommended amount is 1/2 teaspoon daily.
Fig leaves are best known for treating diabetes, but there are many other uses for them.
Most of the remedies use the sap or the milk of the Fig tree. It has been recommended that Fig tinctures or poultices should be used immediately and fresh batches made daily.
When using a treatment of the fig leaf extract, taken with breakfast, diabetics tested were shown to need less insulin. Another way to use fig leaves is to boil the leaves in freshly filtered water and drink it as a tea.
Black seed, also known as Nigella Sativa, is considered a “miracle” by many. It’s been used for everything from acne to pancreatic cancers and many doctors are enthusiastic about the results.
Studies conducted in Japan, Romania, and the UK as long as ten years ago indicated that grape seed is successful in protecting the liver cells and setting up defense mechanisms against high blood sugar levels.
Whole grape seeds, which need to be ground, are the best alternative. Once ground they can be placed in vegetarian capsules available at most health food stores.
Through research, we have learned that an Olive Oil-rich diet is effective in reducing blood sugar levels.
A bonus benefit of using olive oil is that it reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad guy) and triglyceride levels. This significantly reduces the risk of Heart Disease, Atherosclerosis (plaques of fatty material on the inner walls of the arteries) and Strokes.
It goes without saying that prevention of prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, as well as many other illnesses, begins with a proper diet and weight management.
In that regard, look for upcoming articles detailing the Mediterranean Diet. It has proven to be beneficial in treating diabetics, with its emphasis on Olive Oil, which is a monounsaturated fat instead of a saturated fat.
But…dont forget your calorie count! One cup of olive oil has 2000 calories.
Research has shown that bitter melon works very well, along with diet and exercise, for treating Type 2 Diabetes. It has insulin-like properties which help lower glucose levels in both the blood and urine.
Researchers have found that taking 100-600mg of Vitamin C daily can help normalize blood sugar levels in as little as one month.
As always, the care and advice of a trusted physician or licensed homeopath should be your first resource.
Speak with your healthcare professional BEFORE incorporating the use of any natural remedy or medication for controlling your blood sugar.
There’s no doubt that having Diabetes requires some major changes in a person’s lifestyle, but Diabetes can also affect how long you live.
It’s a step in the right direction to consider the potential (and well-documented) consequences of this disease and take whatever steps are necessary to improve your odds.