Diabetes is a disease that is not to be taken lightly. A blood sugar level that’s too high is one of the causes of Diabetes. And, let’s not forget, diabetes is not only a genetic disease, but a lifestyle disease as well. Once a person has diabetes, it usually results in anti-diabetic medicines for life, which makes it a chronic disease. The truth is that it is very difficult to stop taking anti-diabetic medicine completely, which can make diabetes treatment expensive.
Because of stress, lack of physical or mental exercise and an unhealthy lifestyle, more and more people suffer from diabetes. If you don’t obtain diabetes treatment, it will slowly deteriorate your overall health and life span.
Please note: This diabetes treatment list is not medical advice and should not be your only way of coping with diabetes unless you have consulted with your doctor first. Below I have a list of natural remedies that help those living with type 2 diabetes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Acetic acid, the main compound in apple cider vinegar, has many health benefits – at least, that’s what most people believe. There are a lot of evidence-based articles and research that talk about using apple cider vinegar as an alternative diabetes treatment.
- Reduce your morning fasting sugar levels by taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime.
- Decrease the glycemic load of a carbohydrate rich meal by taking 1 to 2 tablespoons with meals.
I generally recommend either consuming apple cider vinegar alone, before a meal, or using it as part of your salad dressing.
Fibre and Barley
Many people are unaware that fibre decreases blood sugar and insulin concentrations in the body. If you are wondering what the recommended daily intake amount of fibre is, it’s 30 grams per day.
- Fibre: Most people eat only 6 – 8 grams a day, which is not nearly enough. The recommended amount of fibre is around 30 grams per day. For me, personally, the best way to reach my goal is to eat vegetables!
- Barley: There’s a lot of data indicating that barley helps improve blood sugar, insulin levels, cholesterol and reducing general inflammation because of a high-fibre, high-protein grain. Barley can cook in less than 15 minutes. Add some salt and water on a stove top to cook it – barley does not require soaking.
Chromium is mainly found in brewer’s yeast. If your body has a chromium deficiency it impairs the metabolizing of glucose. There is evidence that support the use of chromium can lower blood sugar levels.
NOTE: Be careful, consult with your doctor if you have kidney disease before using this supplement.
People that are, and have been, living with diabetes commonly have a zinc deficiency. Research have shown that, by using a zinc supplement, you can reduce blood sugar level. It also has an antioxidant effect, lowering blood sugar levels and can even help treat some of the complications related to diabetes.
Note: Be wary that large doses of zinc can inhibit the absorption of other minerals, so be sure to ask your doctor for guidance on the appropriate dosing.
The sap found in Aloe Vera leaves are known for its laxative effect. Make sure to get the juice of the gel inside the leaves. More research is being done and there is an increasing amount of evidence for use of the gel.
Note: Make 100% sure that any Aloe Vera product you buy is free of aloin or anthraquinones to avoid running to the bathroom every 5 seconds!
Although studies are still in the preliminary stages, results look positive. It indicates that cinnamon may be able to help counter some of the effects of diabetes.
Note: There are some side effects to using too much cinnamon – consult with your doctor beforehand to be on the safe side.
Most people use this seed as a food spice. It’s actually been used for centuries, although few people know that. That’s because its medicinal benefits include lowering cholesterol and your average blood glucose (sugar) levels.
Note: If you urinate and it smells like maple syrup, don’t panic, it is a known side effect and is completely harmless.
I hope that you found this article helpful. As I mentioned in the beginning of the article, this diabetes treatment list is not medical advice but an alternative and should not be taken unless you have consulted with your doctor first.
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