Managing Type 2 Diabetes with Natural Remedies

Managing type 2 diabetes with natural remedies, includes Q and A with leading natural health experts.

| March/April 2005

Try managing type 2 diabetes with natural remedies, including fenugreek, alpha lipoic acid, bitter melon and a variety of spices.

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Managing Type 2 Diabetes with Natural Remedies

I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I know that I need to lose weight, but what herbs, supplements and dietary changes do you suggest?
Dearborn, Michigan

Stansbury responds: Losing weight and getting plenty of exercise will indeed help your blood sugar levels. General dietary recommendations include limiting sugar, sweet juices and pastries, as well as limiting all bread and grain products which are rapidly metabolized to sugar. Avoid rice, bagels, cereals, potatoes, pasta and the like, favoring the starch of beans, colorful vegetables and nuts whenever possible. Eat daily large, fresh salads, vegetable soups, steamed veggies, baked squash and bean dishes. Legumes are not only a starch substitute, but an excellent source of protein, so diabetics should eat them instead of refined carbohydrates. Legumes also are high in saponins, which are known to improve glucose regulation.

I also encourage the liberal use of spices, such as garlic (Allium sativum), onions (Allium cepa), ginger (Zingiber officinale) and cayenne (Capsicum annuum). The sulfur components of garlic have an insulin-like action and improve elevated cholesterol and triglycerides. This helps regulate blood glucose and protects blood vessels. One of the major long-term concerns with diabetes, blood-vessel damage can lead to eye, kidney and peripheral circulatory damage.

Cayenne and ginger also will help with elevated blood fats and protect blood vessels, as will the blue and purple pigments in blueberries, grapes, beets, blackberries and raspberries.

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