There are several natural treatments apart from allopathic medicines to treat diabetes type 2. Many natural treatments are being discovered every year and are proving an alternate way to treating diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association there are more than 23 million people suffering from diabetes in the United States alone. In type 2 diabetes mellitus the body either does not produce sufficient amount of insulin or the cells do not recognize the insulin produced by the body and become resistant to it. Insulin is important for the transportation of glucose to the cells. Hence the cells are starved as glucose remains in the blood and does not travel to the cells. This excess blood glucose then damages several organs like heart, kidneys, nerves, and eyes.
Several natural remedies for treating diabetes have been discovered. However, only a qualified health care professional should recommend them in addition to normal treatments. Some of the side effects of the disease can be fatal. Patients who take additional natural supplements along with their diabetes medication should inform their doctors about it. Certain herbs and formulations in supplements can interfere with the medicines and cause hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
Ginseng is one natural remedy that is used for treating diabetes type 2. Different types of ginseng are available; the most commonly used variety used in North America is Panax Quinquefolius or North American ginseng. It is said to improve the blood sugar and glycosylated hemoglobin levels.
Chromium is also used in treating patients. People suffering from diabetes type 2 generally have low levels of the mineral chromium. Chromium plays an important role in fat metabolism and carbohydrate metabolism. Chromium also helps the cells to respond to insulin properly. In a study conducted it was found that people who took chromium at prescribed levels reduced their blood glucose levels and their insulin sensitivity also improved. The control group who did not take chromium showed increase in the body fat level and gained weight at the waist.
Magnesium is also used in a natural treatment of diabetes. It is found in foods like nuts, green vegetables, whole grains and seeds. Studies have shown that patients suffering from diabetes are at a higher risk if their level of magnesium falls. Magnesium helps in regulating blood sugar levels and also controls blood pressure. It has been proven in studies that insulin sensitivity in diabetic patients’ increases after consumption of magnesium. Cinnamon is another herb that is used in diabetes, fasting blood sugar level is reduced with the help of cinnamon. It also positively affects cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol.
Zinc is one mineral that plays a very important role in the production and storage of insulin. It is found in almonds, walnuts, egg yolk, chicken and oysters. Generally people suffering from diabetes type 2 also have zinc deficiency. Similarly Aloe Vera that is used in the treatment of burns and other skin conditions is also useful in treating diabetes.
Different people respond differently to herbs and other natural medicines. Some show instant results while others show results after 6 to 8 weeks of treatments. These remedies are by no way substitutes to medicines. However, they can be taken as complimentary medicines along with normal medicines prescribed by qualified doctors.