Can Home Remedies Treat Diabetes?

Are any of the popular home remedies for treating diabetes worth a try?

Diabetes affects people in every country of the world. Some cultures use remedies to lower blood glucose which have been used for countless generations. They mix herbs and juices to make their own diabetes medicines that they say help reduce blood sugar.

Much of the world depends on medication made by large pharmaceutical companies. Insulin therapy may come from an animal, such as a pig, but most diabetics use human insulin that is made through DNA technology.

Methods of Treating Diabetes from Around the World

Ayurvedic medicine has been practiced in India for thousands of years. The person who develops type 2 diabetes is typically told to eliminate sugar and simple carbohydrates from their diet. Complex carbohydrates are substituted, and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is eaten. Fats are greatly reduced or eliminated. Increased exercise is also prescribed for the patient.

Diabetes meal plans in India are much like those used by Western countries and herbs are also used, including turmeric that is taken with ground bay leaf mixed into 1 tablespoon or aloe vera gel. Fenugreek, mustard, and the juice of bitter melon or gourd are other Ayurvedic remedies.

Home Remedies Used by Those in the US and Other Countries

Some people say that eating grapefruit several times each day lowers their blood sugar levels, and others boil ground bitter gourd with water and drink it two times each day. Another home remedy is to mix gooseberry juice with bitter gourd solution that is drunk two times every day. There is another natural remedy that supposedly brings down sugar levels in the blood. That is to soak mango leaves overnight. In the morning, the leaves are removed and the remaining water is drunk. Diabetics who use these remedies say that their blood glucose levels are lower, and that they do blood sugar readings throughout to day to be sure that it is working.

Important: Consult Your Doctor

It is always a good idea to have your doctor check you often, whether you are using homemade diabetes remedies or traditional diabetic medication. It is risky to stop taking your medication to try a home remedy because of possible damage to your eyes, kidneys, feet, and other parts of your body. If you decide to do this, be sure to consult a doctor who works with natural remedies to treat patients.

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