A Few Ways to Manage Diabetes Naturally - Megan Ann Blog

A Few Ways to Manage Diabetes Naturally

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I always try to do a complete breakdown whenever I’m confronted with questions on how to manage diabetes.

Diet and exercise are the most effective natural remedies for the management of diabetes. Which according to the provisions of the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes (2018) is what you ought to be doing. There are no notable differences between the provisions of the 2017 version and that of 2018 in terms of exercise and nutrition therapy.

Nutrition Therapy

People who have a registered dietitian (RD) medical nutrition therapy (MNT) referral can experience a 1.0-1.9% A1C reduction for those suffering from type 1 diabetes and 0.3-2% for those suffering from type 2 diabetes, which happens to be a big reduction, regardless of the category of diabetes in question! (here resources)

MNT’s goals might be multifaceted, but attaining blood pressure, lipid and glycemic goals including body weight goals, while managing to prevent complications and encourage the enjoyment of said diet, is essential to the goal.

There are no specific diets for people suffering from diabetes under the Standards of Medical Care, because they know that they are all unique with their own peculiar needs; this can be attributed to different factors including current health status, history, activity levels and lots of other comorbidities.

Exercise

The exercise recommendations made by the Standards of Medical Care are determined by age.

  • Children suffering from type 2 or type 1 diabetes are advised to exercise for 60 minutes daily and carry out some bone-and-muscle- strengthening exercises for 3 days every week.
  • Adults suffering from type 1 and 2 diabetes should do a 150-minute exercise, spread across 3 days a week. Those who are younger and more physically fit can do 75 minutes. They can also add 2-3 muscle-and-bone-strengthening exercise sessions to the regime.
  • Adults are also enjoined to reduce their sedentary time. Take 30 minutes breaks between prolonged sitting.

Physical activity has been thought to reduce complications, while improving blood glucose control, aiding weight loss and promoting general well-being.

Source: 4. Lifestyle Management: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes—2018

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What About Other “Natural” Treatments?

People suffering from type 1 diabetes must take insulin for their own survival. Their pancreas is unable to produce insulin on its own, so they need the insulin supplements to prevent their blood glucose levels from becoming life-threateningly high.

There are different treatment options for those suffering from type 2 diabetes and most of these treatment options depend on the level of the blood glucose level, which is why the effectiveness of alternative supplement is sometimes in question.

Finding a lot of recommended supplements with glucose-lowering potential out there.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is mostly used for the treatment of dermatological conditions. However, studies have shown that it can also be used to treat high blood sugar.

It is actually a traditional diabetes treatment in the Arabian peninsula. The pulp of this plant is thought to produce hypoglycemic effects through the stimulation of the pancreas’ beta cells.

According to ADA, the effects of aloe vera when ingested as juice has been researched in two different studies. A reduction in the levels of fasting blood glucose was reported in the study. Nevertheless, “…these studies lacked sufficient details in reporting, including study design and results, leading to inconclusive evidence.”

Furthermore, it is important to note that  aloe harvested from the leaf’s inner lining could produce laxative effects.

Momordica Charantia

Momordica charantia, popularly called bitter melon, is one of the tropical vegetables found in Africa, Asia and South America. “vegetable insulin” is another name for it.

Bitter melon has been stated to contain blood sugar levels reducing properties, which reduces the production of hepatic glucose (or glucose production in the liver), including lots of other complex mechanisms. However, there are no sufficient clinical trials to determine the effectiveness of the bitter melon.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a traditional Indian food flavoring. This flavoring is used to treat diabetes in India and China. It is thought to have properties that increase the secretion of insulin from the pancreas and decreases the absorption of carbohydrate. Though positive, most of the studies have lacked the requisite quality to determine its effectiveness.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the most common supplements used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, there is no concreate evidence yet as to its effectiveness.

There have been a number of researches on how effective it is at lowering glucose levels. According to Mayo Clinic, though it has been dismissed by the American Diabetes Association as a viable treatment plan for diabetes, there are other studies that consider it a viable contender for the management of glucose levels.

For example, there has been several smaller studies indicating a reduction in the glucose levels. And researchers are of the opinion that it is likely because of a reduction in the level of insulin resistance. There have even being studies showing that cinnamon can cut lipid levels!

Source: Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Diabetes: A Clinical Review

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Conclusion

The best natural remedy for diabetes is adequate exercise and a well-planned diet.

And if you want to go for alternative therapy, then you must learn to carry out the required due diligence and have it at the back of your mind that research is not necessarily a prove of effectiveness. If you want to include a supplement to your diet regimen, it is advisable to consult a physician or pharmacist to be sure of its safety.

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I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. In this blog, I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge.

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Roger L Arnold - July 8, 2019 Reply

I do attest to the benefits of cinnamon! I have type 2 diabetes for over five years now! I am currently taking 120 units of Lantus insulin at bedtime everyday, as well as 20mg of glycicide twice daily! Up until this past February my glucose numbers were averaging between 10.9 up to and exceeding 18.8 on a daily basis! A friend of mine told me about cinnamon., and give me a few cinnamon pills to try! I have been on these since February 12th and now my glucose numbers are holding steady between 6.6 and 8.1 (two hours after eating) and since taking these 2X 1200mg twice a day (breakfast and at dinner) I am not as hungry, have more energy during the day, and like I stated earlier, blood glucose numbers have decreased significantly! I am a true believer in cinnamon! The brand I take is “NATURE’S BOUNTY” 1200 mg strength! I do exercise and was even before the cinnamon regiment! Cinnamon DOES WORK!!

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