Natural Remedies for Diabetes

11Natural Remedies for Diabetes
Natural Remedies for Diabetes

Have you been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? If so, you might have the option to treat it naturally, as well as preventing it if you are pre-diabetes but don’t quite have the blood sugar problems just yet. These natural remedies are healthy for you, so they provide a lot of other benefits as well.

 

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is an extremely powerful seasoning, which is also considered a natural herb. It has a long list of health benefits, including helping you if you suffer from high blood sugar or high glucose levels as a result of diabetes. Cinnamon is great at helping to lower those blood glucose levels by using it in its ground or raw form. Just make sure you are using only cinnamon and not cinnamon with sugar added. You can add sugar to your coffee, sprinkle it on apples, or have a healthy bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon to provide fiber into your diet.

 

 

Acupuncture

If you are more interested in natural and holistic treatments for your diabetes, consider getting acupuncture. You should still see your regular physician for monitoring your blood sugar, but you might find that you can treat some of the side effects of diabetes with acupuncture. This ancient practice puts hair-thin needles into different pressure points of your body. It can help with things like inflammation, nerve damage, and eye problems caused by the diabetes.

natural remedies for diabetes

Herbal Remedies

There are also quite a few herbs that can be used to help treat your diabetes. Like the other natural remedies on this list, make sure these are not replacing medical treatment or going against doctor’s advice, but instead supplementing with other methods to help with your diabetes. Some herbs to consider are:

 

  • Fenugreek
  • Ginger
  • Okra
  • Cinnamon
  • Bitter melon
  • Aloe vera
 

Nutrients

There are also some nutrients in the forms of vitamins and minerals that can help if you have diabetes. One of the most important ones is B1, or thiamine. This nutrient is often linked to people with diabetes due to a deficiency. You might get diabetes, blood vessel damage, or even heart disease without enough thiamine in your body. If you eat a healthy diet with lots of veggies, you can get more B1 in your diet. Some veggies include broccoli, onions, kale, spinach, eggplant, brussels sprouts, and carrots.

 

Sticking to natural herbs, a healthy diet, and acupuncture can provide good natural treatment for your diabetes.

a healthy diet, and acupuncture can provide good natural treatment for your diabetes.

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, Natural Remedies for Diabetes, Dr. Nicolle

 

I wanted to talk about this topic because it is absolutely possible to prevent and even reverse Type 2 Diabetes (but you cannot reverse Type 1).  Yes, it’s possible! and emerging studies looking at lifestyle medicine and prevention support this! But I always tell my patients that you must be dedicated and diligent in adopting a healthy lifestyle to get the best results. You can create certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, to help break the cycle of this chronic disease so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.

 

I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve your blood sugar levels, maybe reverse type 2 diabetes. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.

 

Tools For Diabetes Prevention and Monitoring

Blood Sugar Monitoring

As you know, I always stress the importance of taking control of your health. Monitoring your blood sugar levels is one of the best ways to do this. To do this, a single drop of blood is collected with disposable lancets and placed on a disposable test strip, which you insert into a home blood-sugar monitoring device, called a glucometer.

 

The common times for checking your blood sugar are when you first wake up (fasting), before a meal, 2 hours after a meal, and at bedtime; however, you should check your blood sugar as many times a day as your health care team suggests.

 

Monitoring your blood sugar level provides you and your doctors with important knowledge about how food, activity, medication, stress, and other elements might affect your blood sugar levels. This data will assist you and your doctor in developing a therapy plan that is suited to your demands.

 

There are several types of blood glucose meters, lancets, and test strips to choose from. I often recommend this glucometer, lancets, and test strips.

 

Weight Monitoring

Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases such as diabetes, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).

 

Physical Activity

Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity actually improves insulin sensitivity. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.

 

I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.

 

Yoga

Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.

 

Resistance Training

Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Here are some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.

 

Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.

, Natural Remedies for Diabetes, Dr. Nicolle

Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet and regular physical activity are the best ways to prevent diabetes. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

 

Stay healthy,

 

Dr. Nicolle

 

PS. I am always asked what tools and resources I recommend to help you reach YOUR health goals. Here is the ever-growing, always updated list for you.

Natural Remedies for Diabetes

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