Complementary Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-11-23 07:07:50 -0600
Started 2012-11-23 07:07:50 -0600

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Acupuncture, vitamins, massage — can they help treat type 2 diabetes?
By Sara Calabro
Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

An increasing number of Americans are dealing with type 2 diabetes, as our country’s obesity epidemic continues to spread. Fortunately, prescription medications help many diabetics keep their blood sugar levels in check. Like all medications, however, diabetes drugs do have side effects, which has led many people to consider complementary and alternative therapies. One report estimated that as many as 3.6 million Americans have tried some form of alternative medicine to treat diabetes.

“Every diabetes drug has therapeutic effects and side effects,” says Jianping Ye, MD, a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La. “So it is a hot area right now to combine CAM [complementary and alternative medicine] therapies with synthetic drugs to enhance the therapeutic effect and reduce side effects.”

Here are a few of the alternative therapies for type 2 diabetes that are currently being investigated.

Alternative Therapies and Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes


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