Adult onset diabetes, or type II diabetes, is becoming more common in both adults and children. This is a form of diabetes that happens when a person’s body either does not produce enough insulin or resists insulin. As a result, the blood glucose levels in the body are unbalanced.
There is no cure for adult onset diabetes. However, many patients are able to manage their diabetes symptoms by maintaining a good diet, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising. When these lifestyle changes are not enough, you may prescribe medications, including insulin, to help a patient keep their diabetes under control.
In addition to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and using prescriptions, some people have been able to control their diabetes symptoms using natural herbs and diabetes supplements. The purpose of these supplements is to keep blood sugar levels under control and prevent complications connected to diabetes. The supplements have been shown to have a limited benefit in humans. That being said, diabetes supplements should never be used to replace the prescription drugs.
As you know, some diabetes supplements can negatively interact with certain medications. Just because a product is natural does not necessarily mean that it is safe to take in any circumstance.
Cinnamon is one natural supplement that has been showing a lot of promise as a diabetes supplement. The truth is that cinnamon has been used in Oriental medicine for centuries. It is only recently that Western medicine is looking at the benefits that cinnamon brings to a person battling with diabetes. For example, in 2011, a study was done that showed that cinnamon, be it whole or as an extract, had a positive effect on a person’s fasting blood glucose levels.
Vitamin B1, also known as thiamine, is another supplement that has been beneficial for individuals battling diabetes. This is because most diabetic individuals also have a thiamine deficiency. This can lead to some very troubling side effects, such as blood vessel damage and heart problems, in diabetics.
Bitter melon is a diabetes supplement that has been used in Asia and South America for many years. Many studies have been performed on animals showing its effectiveness. However, more research needs to be done on humans to provide a conclusive report on its effect. Many people swear by this supplement and its positive effects.
Green tea is considered to be one of the most powerful natural antioxidants available. Laboratory results have shown its ability to prevent type II diabetes and improve the body’s insulin activity, as well as its ability to control glucose.
Magnesium regulates blood pressure. It also affects the body’s insulin sensitivity. Magnesium supplements have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics.
These are just a few of the supplements that have been shown to be beneficial for individuals battling diabetes. As more research is done on other supplements, it is likely that more non-pharmaceutical options for managing diabetes symptoms will be discovered.
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