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7 Natural Cures for Diabetes: Remedies and Alternative Treatments for Blood Sugar Control

18 July 2023

Key Points

  • Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes high blood sugar levels, which can be lowered with changes in diet, exercise, and medication.
  • Natural remedies include herbs, supplements, food intake, and lifestyle changes.
  • Medical cannabis has been shown to help control blood sugar in some people. There’s also evidence that cannabinoids can help with diabetic neuropathy and weight management.
  • Apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, bitter melon, ginger, and more may also help. 
  • It’s important to note that natural remedies should not replace traditional treatment as they may be less effective.

Diabetes, a chronic health condition, affects the lives of millions of people worldwide. With the prevalence of this disease on the rise, many individuals are seeking alternative and complementary approaches to manage their blood sugar levels and enhance their overall health.

Natural remedies have gained significant attention in recent years. These remedies offer a holistic approach to addressing this complex condition. From herbal supplements and dietary changes to stress management and exercise, numerous natural strategies can be integrated into your daily routine to help maintain healthy blood glucose.

In this blog, we will delve into the world of natural remedies, exploring evidence-based options and offering practical tips to help you take control of your health and well-being. So, let’s embark on this journey to discover the healing power of nature and its potential to transform your diabetes management.

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Understanding Diabetes: Causes, Diagnosis, and Current Treatment Options

Diabetes can be described as a chronic metabolic disorder characterised by high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia) due to the body’s inability to produce sufficient insulin or use it effectively. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps regulate blood sugar levels by allowing glucose to enter cells and be used for energy.

The two main types of diabetes have been briefly explained below:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: Also referred to as juvenile diabetes, this autoimmune condition occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. People with this medical condition require daily insulin injections to manage their hyperglycemia.
  2. Type 2 Diabetes: This is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90-95% of cases. It mostly occurs when the body develops a resistance to insulin or when the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin. It is often linked to obesity, physical inactivity, and genetic factors.

Causes of Diabetes

The exact cause of this health condition is still not fully understood, but it is believed to involve genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. Some of the potential causes include:

  • Family History and Genetics
  • Obesity and Physical Inactivity
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Autoimmune Reactions (as in type 1 diabetes)
  • Age
  • Race
  • Ethnicity

Diagnosis of Diabetes

Diabetes is normally diagnosed through blood tests that measure blood glucose levels. The most common tests include:

  • Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) Test: This test measures blood sugar levels after eight hours of fasting. A level of 126 mg/dL or higher indicates diabetes.
  • Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT): This test measures blood sugar levels before and two hours after consuming a glucose-containing drink. A two hours level of 200 mg/dL or higher indicates diabetes.
  • Haemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) test: This test reflects average blood sugar levels over the past two to three months. An HbA1c level of 6.5% or higher indicates diabetes.

Current Treatment Options

While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be managed effectively through a combination of medication, lifestyle changes, and monitoring. The primary goal of diabetes treatment is to maintain blood sugar levels within a target range and prevent complications. Some common treatment options include:

  1. Medications: For type 1 diabetes, insulin injections are required. For type 2 diabetes, various oral or injectable medications, including insulin, may be prescribed.
  2. Lifestyle Changes: Healthy diet, regular physical activity, and weight management are crucial for managing diabetes. These changes can help improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control.
  3. Monitoring: Regular blood sugar monitoring is essential for adjusting treatment plans and tracking progress. Importantly, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices and blood glucose metres can be used.
  4. Education and Support: Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) programs can provide valuable information, resources, and emotional support to help individuals manage their health effectively.

In the following sections, we will explore natural remedies and how they can complement conventional treatment options to enhance blood sugar control and overall health.

7 Natural Treatments for Diabetes 

1. Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis has gained significant attention recently as a potential therapeutic option for various health conditions, including diabetes. Preliminary research indicates that cannabis and its compounds, known as cannabinoids, may have potential benefits in managing diabetes symptoms and complications.

How Does Medical Cannabis Work?

The therapeutic potential of medical cannabis primarily lies in its interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex cell-signalling system found throughout the human body. The ECS plays a highly pivotal role in maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in various physiological processes, such as mood, appetite, pain, and immune function.

There are two main cannabinoids in cannabis:

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) interacts with CB1 cannabinoid receptors, which are found in the brain and central nervous system. THC is responsible for most of the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis use. It’s also considered an effective pain reliever and muscle relaxant, making it useful for treating chronic pain and muscle spasms.
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) has a more complex mode of action that includes modulating the effects of THC, interacting with other receptors, and binding enzymes. CBD is thought to have anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory effects that make it helpful for treating depression and anxiety disorders such as PTSD.

How Medical Cannabis May Help With Diabetes?

While research on medical cannabis and diabetes is still in its early stages, some studies have suggested potential benefits, including:

  • Blood Sugar Regulation: Some studies have found that cannabis users may have lower fasting insulin levels and less insulin resistance compared to non-users. For instance, according to a 2015 study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, cannabis reduced the risk of insulin resistance in HIV-infected patients.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Chronic inflammation contributes to developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. A review published in Future Medicinal Chemistry suggests that cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity.
  • Neuropathy Relief: Diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the extremities. Some studies have shown that medical cannabis may help alleviate neuropathic pain. One preclinical study published in Phytotherapy Research found that cannabis extract reduced diabetic neuropathy in an animal model.
  • Weight Management: Although the relationship between cannabis and weight is complex, a 2014 study published in Innovations in Neuroscience found that cannabis users usually exhibit a lower body mass index (BMI) and a reduced risk of obesity. This may benefit individuals with type 2 diabetes, where weight management is essential to treatment.

Considerations and Precautions When Using Medical Cannabis for Diabetes

While the potential benefits of medical cannabis are promising, it is essential to consider the potential risks and side effects. Some concerns include the following:

  • The psychoactive effects of THC, which may impair cognitive function and motor skills
  • Potential drug interactions with diabetes medications
  • The risk of hypoglycemia if cannabis is used alongside other blood sugar-lowering medications

It is immensely important to consult with a healthcare professional before considering medical cannabis as a treatment option for diabetes. Based on your health needs and circumstances, they can guide you in the appropriate dosage, formulation, and potential risks.

Importantly, medical cannabis holds promise as a potential adjunct therapy for diabetes management. If you’re interested in trying out this alternative treatment option, our medical experts at Lyphe can help. Book an appointment today to discover how medical cannabis can improve diabetes management.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

ACV has been found to have potential benefits for people with diabetes, particularly in blood sugar management. Some studies have shown that consuming it after a meal could lower glucose levels in the blood, which may be helpful in both types of diabetes as well as prediabetic patients.

It is suggested that adding two tablespoons of ACV to a meal can be effective in helping to regulate blood sugar levels. However, it is important to note that more research is needed to fully understand the benefits and potential risks of using it for diabetes management.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a widely used spice that has been studied for its potential benefits in managing this health condition. Some research suggests that cinnamon may help lower fasting blood glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes.

A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology suggests that cinnamon intake can help prevent insulin resistance. Furthermore, the study adds that cinnamon may address cardiovascular and related diseases.

4. Bitter Melon

Bitter melon, also known as bitter gourd or Momordica charantia, is a tropical fruit traditionally used to treat diabetes. Several studies have suggested that bitter melon contains compounds that may help control blood glucose level and lower it in people with diabetes or prediabetes.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Lipids suggests that bitter melon may improve glucose uptake and utilisation in people with type 2 diabetes. Additionally, it has been found to help increase insulin levels, one of the major hormones responsible for controlling and lowering the sugar levels in the blood.

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been studied for its potential benefits in managing diabetes, particularly blood sugar control. Research highlights that aloe vera juice or supplements could positively impact glycemic control, helping to lower blood sugar levels. Plus, a meta-analysis of nine studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that aloe vera may help reduce hypoglycemia.

Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics concluded that aloe vera might improve blood sugar control in people with borderline diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

6. Fenugreek

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a herb traditionally used for various health conditions, including diabetes. Studies suggest that fenugreek seeds may help lower hypoglycemia and improve insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes.

The high soluble fibre content in fenugreek seeds aids in slowing down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, which in turn aids in the control of blood sugar levels. One small study published in the International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research found that a daily dose of 10 grams of fenugreek seeds soaked in hot water may help control type 2 diabetes.

Another 2015 study published in the Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders observed that subjects in the fenugreek group had a significantly lower chance of developing diabetes than the control group.

7. Ginger

Ginger has been shown to help in several ways. Studies suggest ginger may help reduce blood sugar levels and regulate insulin response.

One 2015 study published in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine found that ginger powder improved glycemic control compared to a placebo group. Gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, could also play a vital role in blood sugar regulation by reducing enzymes that break down carbohydrates, which in turn helps with glucose metabolism.

Conclusion – Diabetes Natural Cures

Incorporating natural remedies into a diabetes management plan can complement conventional treatments. As we have explored, various natural remedies, such as medical cannabis, ACV, and more, show potential benefits in helping manage diabetes.

It is essential to remember that these remedies should not replace conventional treatments. Instead, home remedies should be used alongside traditional cures to improve blood sugar control, but not before conferring with a health professional. Hence, always consult your healthcare provider before incorporating any natural remedies into your diabetes management plan, as individual needs and circumstances may vary.

By combining natural remedies with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and appropriate medical treatments, people with diabetes can work towards achieving optimal blood sugar control and overall health. Embracing a holistic approach to diabetes management can enable individuals to take control of their health and live well with diabetes.

Ready to take the next step in your diabetes management journey? Let Lyphe be your guide. Our team of certified medical cannabis experts will work alongside you to create a personalised diabetes management plan that’s right for your body, mind, and spirit. Contact us today to learn more about our plans and services!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I reduce my diabetes naturally?

One of the best ways to reduce diabetes symptoms and manage blood sugar levels is to eat low glycemic index (GI) foods. Exercising regularly can also help lower blood sugar levels and even put diabetes into remission when combined with a healthy diet.

How can I treat diabetes without medication?

Treating diabetes without medication involves lifestyle changes and incorporating natural remedies. However, it remains essential to confer with a healthcare provider before making any major changes to your diet or exercise routine.

What lowers diabetes fast?

To lower blood sugar levels quickly, you can try drinking water to help flush out excess sugar from the body through urine. Engaging in physical activity can also lower blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity and encouraging muscle glucose uptake.

Does lemon water reduce blood sugar?

Lemon water may not directly impact your blood sugar levels, but it can help prevent fluctuations in blood sugar levels due to its low glycemic index. Additionally, lemons contain soluble fibre, which can aid in slowing down the absorption of sugar in the body.

Can diabetes be cured?

There is currently no cure for diabetes. However, treatment can manage the condition, and people may be able to reach a stage of diabetes remission.

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Author: Bojan
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Bojan Ambrus, Head of Marketing & Digital Product at Lyphe Group, is a data-driven growth marketing professional with over 15 years of rich experience. His background includes roles such as Head of Marketing at Vaping.com and growth marketing roles in various enterprises, startups, and scale-ups. His expertise in building and positioning businesses is particularly valuable in the cannabis sector, where he navigates its complexities and regulatory challenges. His strategic marketing insights make Bojan a key player in shaping Lyphe Group's marketing and digital product strategies.

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