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Manage symptoms with alternative treatments-Type 2 diabetes doesn’t just affect blood sugar and insulin secretion. It also can lead to a host of other problems including kidney damage, blood vessel thickening, nerve damage and pain. Find out more below about common alternative and complementary methods, vitamins, minerals, herbs and foods used to treat type 2 diabetes and other conditions associated with it.

Type 2 Diabetes Remedies -Alternative Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

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Acetyl L-Carnitine

In a double-blind study of people with diabetic neuropathy, supplementing with acetyl-L-carnitine was significantly more effective than a placebo in improving subjective symptoms of neuropathy and objective measures of nerve function. People who received 1,000 mg of acetyl-L-carnitine three times per day tended to fare better than those who received 500 mg three times per day.

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Two small controlled human trials have found that aloe, either alone or in combination with the oral hypoglycemic drug, glibenclamide, effectively lowers blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful natural antioxidant. Preliminary and double blind trials have found that supplementing 600 to 1,200 mg of lipoic acid per day improves insulin sensitivity and the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. In a preliminary study, supplementing with 600 mg of alpha lipoic acid per day for 18 months slowed the progression of kidney damage in patients with type 2 diabetes.

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American Ginseng

In a small pilot study, 3 grams of American ginseng was found to lower the rise in blood sugar following the consumption of a drink high in glucose by people with type 2 diabetes.

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Because oxidation damage is believed to play a role in the development of diabetic retinopathy, antioxidant nutrients might be protective. One doctor has administered a daily regimen of 500 mcg selenium, 800 IU vitamin E, 10,000 IU vitamin A, and 1,000 mg vitamin C for several years to 20 people with diabetic retinopathy. During that time, 19 of the 20 people showed either improvement or no progression of their retinopathy. People who wish to supplement with more than 250 mcg of selenium per day should consult a healthcare practitioner.

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Asian Ginseng

A double-blind trial found that 200 mg of Asian ginseng per day improved blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Preliminary studies on holy basil and hairy basil have shown that the leaf and seed may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels. While the action-mechanism of the leaf is not understood, the seed may work by providing dietary fiber, which helps prevent rapid blood sugar elevations after meals.

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Anthocyanosides, the flavonoid complex in bilberries, are potent antioxidants. They support normal formation of connective tissue and strengthen capillaries in the body. Anthocyanosides may also improve capillary and venous blood flow. Bilberry may also prevent blood vessel thickening due to type 2 diabetes.

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Biotin is a B vitamin needed to process glucose. When people with type 2 diabetes were given 9 mg of biotin per day for two months, their fasting glucose levels dropped dramatically. Biotin may also reduce pain from diabetic nerve damage. Some doctors try 9 to 16 mg of biotin per day for a few weeks to see if blood sugar levels will fall.

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Bitter Melon

At least three different groups of constituents in bitter melon have been reported to have blood-sugar lowering actions of potential benefit in type 2 diabetes. These include a mixture of steroidal saponins known as charantin, insulin-like peptides, and alkaloids. It is still unclear which of these is most effective, or if all three work together. Some clinical trials have confirmed the benefit of bitter melon for people with diabetes.

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5 Drug-Free Steps to Reverse Diabetes—-

5 Drug-Free Steps to Reverse Diabetes

Here’s a cold hard fact (followed by some good news—we swear!): Most of the drugs on the market—and especially ones for diabetics—cannot make your disease go away. Instead, they mask your symptoms, creating a cycle of pill popping that can be tiring and expensive. Here’s another: Some food can make you sick. We aren’t talking about that occasional pint of ice cream on movie night. We mean the basic foods you eat every single day. The upside? Your prescription for undoing that damage—and curing your symptoms—is right there in your kitchen.
It sounds simple, but it’s true: Easy meal swaps can dramatically and quickly change your life—and your disease—for the better, without costly prescriptions and inconvenient doctor’s appointments. In fact, some people can even reverse their disease simply by eating the right foods—and our 5-step Diabetes Without Drugs, by natural healing expert, Suzy Cohen, R.Ph., will show you how.
If you have diabetes, then you know it’s a head-to-toe disease—and reaching for the painkillers every time your feet swell up just isn’t going to help you feel better in the long run. But our all-natural approach gives you natural kitchen cures that can prevent future problems before they start—and reverse the ones you already have.
It’s not fair, we know—and if you have diabetes, you know that more than anyone. But if you think you’re destined to a life of drugs and deprivation, then it’s time for you to read Diabetes Without Drugs. We’ll have you feeling better in no time.

Boost Fruits & Vegetables to Reduce Diabetes Risk-

Posted on 2012-05-01 06:00:00 in Diabetes|Diet
Eating an abundant and varied selection of fruits and vegetables has been associated with a wide variety of health benefits, most notably for cardiovascular and metabolic health. Andrew Cooper, from Addenbrooke Hospital (United Kingdom), and colleagues analyzed data involving 3,700 men and women, correlating the incidence of diabetes with fruit and vegetable intake over an 11 year period. The team found that study subjects who ate the most fruits and vegetables combined were at 21% lower risk of type-2 diabetes, as compared to those who ate the least. Additionally, a greater variety of fruits and vegetables consumed was found to further lower the incidence of diabetes. The team concludes that: “a diet characterized by a greater quantity of vegetables and a greater variety of both [fruit and vegetable] intake is associated with a reduced risk of [type-2 diabetes].”
Andrew J. Cooper, Stephen J. Sharp, Marleen A.H. Lentjes, Robert N. Luben, Kay-Tee Khaw, Nicholas J. Wareham, Nita G. Forouhi. “A Prospective Study of the Association Between Quantity and Variety of Fruit and Vegetable Intake and Incident Type 2 Diabetes.” Diabetes Care, April 3, 2012.