In order to talk about the different ways to treat diabetes we must first explain what it is exactly.
Diabetes is not one, but two different diseases, both influenced by the hormone insulin. The first type of diabetes, also known as type 1, develops before the age of 25, when the pancreas stops producing insulin, the thing our body requires to introduce blood sugar (glucose) into the cells. The second type of diabetes or type 2 usually develops after the age of 40 because the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin or because the cells have become resistant to it.
The symptoms of the disease are the same in both types of diabetes. Sugar starts to build up in the blood, causing it to become sticky. The sticky blood eventually makes the blood vessels to gum up and even causes complications such as cardiovascular disease, poor wound healing, and various other health problems involving the eyes, kidneys, legs, etc.
Since type 1 diabetes may appear naturally out of bad luck on rare occasions – it’s not all down to genetics – we will be focusing more on treatments for type 2, which develops slowly in time. There are various natural or alternative treatments for type 2 diabetes, although not all of them are effective, and some are even harmful for the body.
Some of the more abstract treatments for diabetes are acupuncture and biofeedback. The first one is a procedure in which thin needles are inserted in certain points in your body, in order to trigger the release of the body’s natural painkillers. The second one is a kind of meditation that helps the body respond better to pain.
Another type of treatment involves natural dietary supplements. Studies have shown that chromium can improve diabetes control by making glucose tolerance factor, thus improving the effect of insulin. Ginseng has been proven useful in lowering the sugar levels in the blood. Magnesium is necessary in order to stop further complications of diabetes by ensuring the pancreas secrets enough insulin. Vanadium is another supplement that helps normalize the level of blood sugar.
Some plants are used for diabetes treatment, especially type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that cinnamon is an efficient natural treatment for diabetes. It can improve sugar metabolism by triggering insulin release, influencing at the same time cholesterol metabolism. Studies have shown that clove oil improves the function of insulin and lowers glucose, general cholesterol, and triglycerides. Recent studies show that coffee can enhance insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of diabetes due to an unknown compound. Other plants used for diabetes are banaba, licorice, bitter melon, guggul, juniper berry or huckleberry.
People tend to use natural dietary supplements in order to treat diabetes due to the fact that diabetes and weight are interlinked. Some of the natural treatments for weight loss include chitosan, chromium, pyruvate, germander, etc. Along with these, oral sprays or patches are used to reduce appetite.
Before you start treating diabetes with natural methods you need to take into account the type of products you are using and consult with your doctor about them.