Diabetes is a disorder of the metabolism in which the body (the pancreas to be more specific) does not produce enough insulin or the body may be insulin resistant and not respond to the insulin that is produced. Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas helps to control the level of glucose in the body by shuttling it into the muscles, where it is used for fuel (energy).
Approximately 18.2 million people in the United States have diabetes: 13 million have been diagnosed, and about 5 million people are unaware that they have the disease. Each year, about 1.3 million people aged 20 or older are diagnosed with diabetes. There are steps that can be taken so as to avoid this disease and to control it as well. This involves doing things like exercising, eating a healthy natural diet rich in vegetables, and maintaining a healthy weight. For those that have this disease, the following is a list of natural supplements that help keep it under control.
- Gymnema Sylvestre- this is an Indian plant and the name literally means “sugar destroyer.” This plant reduces cravings for sweets and simple carbohydrates. This plant is also known to lower sugar levels and maintains healthy sugar levels.
- Bitter Melon- this supplement is used to lower blood sugar levels by helping cells to use glucose more efficiently and by blocking sugar absorption in the intestine. Bitter melon should be taken in the form of a highly concentrated pill or capsule, as one can not physically eat enough bitter melon to see any benefit.
- Chromium Polynicotinate (or Picolinate)- Chromium (of which, the polynicotinate form is more bio-available) is used to keep a steady sugar level in the blood. This mineral has a tendency to lower high sugar levels and to raise low sugar levels.
- Cinnamon– this spice helps people with type 2 diabetes by reducing and preventing insulin resistance. The American Diabetes Association recommends use of cinnamon for controlling diabetes. Current research shows that cinnamon outperforms diabetes drugs; in a study published by The Journal of Diabetic Medicine, test subjects given cinnamon supplements experienced great improvement in controlling blood sugar levels than those given traditional diabetes drugs.