There are many different types of treatment for diabetes today. But everything is basically aimed at regulating the abnormal elevations of blood sugar levels. While taking diabetes medications is considered the treatment of choice by most health care providers because of their rapid glucose-controlling effect, it is important to know as well that there are complementary treatments are equally effective and proven to help those who are suffering from the disease. Combining the wisdom of conventional medicine with nutrition-oriented complementary therapies will provide a more balanced treatment action plan for diabetic patients.
Nutrition counselling and lifestyle changes should be the basis of any kinds of treatment for diabetes. Drugs can only go so far as masking the symptoms if no efforts are made to address any underlying cause. You need to ensure that losing weight and changing your eating habits are among the key recommendation incorporated into the treatment protocol. Here are the key remedies which are effectively used in treating diabetes:
Niacinamide and Vitamin D. For those who are at high risk of developing Type 1 diabetes, taking niacinamide – a form of Vitamin B at 25mg per kilogram of body weight has been shown to retard the development the disease in children. In addition, Vitamin D supplementation is also necessary as an adjunct treatment with niacinamide.
Chromium. This mineral has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and can lower blood sugar levels of those who have diabetes. It has been found out that most diabetics are deficient in this nutrient.
Bitter Melon and Gymnema Sylvestre. These herbs have been found to decrease and help regulate blood sugar. In particular, bitter melon which is a cucumber-like vegetable has potent blood-glucose lowering action. Similarly evidence for gymnema sylvestre shows that in can reverse damage to certain cells in the pancreas .
Alpha-Glucosidase Inhibitors and Glucophage. This is a type of diabetes drug that works by blocking the enzymes that breaks down carbohydrates from food. Taking this drug can reduce the amount of glucose released into the blood after taking a meal. Glucophage on the other hand works by suppressing glucose production in the liver and increasing sensitivity of cells to insulin. However, these drugs can have unpleasant side effects such as stomach cramps, gas and diarrhea.
Insulin injections. For those needing insulin replacements, injections are given to replace the hormone that should have been produced by the pancreas particularly in those with Type 1 diabetes. There are short, intermediate and long-acting forms of insulin which your doctor can give depending on what will best for you.