Natural Supplements Could Help Prevent Diabetes

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent study by Louisiana State University.

The study claims that natural supplements could prevent someone who is pre-diabetic from developing type 2 diabetes. Past studies have shown cinnamon to be especially effective in lowering blood sugar levels while also increasing HBD “good” cholesterol and lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol.

Although initial reports of the study are promising, some doctors are warning patients that it takes more than just natural remedies to lower blood sugar.

"Studies have shown that they may or may not be effective," said Dr. Supneet Saluja, a Mercy Medical Center endocrinologist. "We don't have a lot of clinical data to prescribe it. That's why they're over the counter. But it always works in conjunction with your dietary and lifestyle changes."

Lifestyle changes

Although natural remedies could help fight off type 2 diabetes, lifestyle adjustments that include a healthy, low complex-carbohydrate diet and plenty of exercise are just as important.

"Fiber-rich food. Physical activity on a regular basis. These two have been shown to be most effective in preventing progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes," Dr. Saluja said.

She also believes that patients should be careful not to substitute supplements for prescription medications without consulting a doctor first.

Source: Newswise

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