Natural Remedies for Type 2 Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-03-04 19:39:36 -0600
Started 2013-02-19 20:45:09 -0600

I would like to hear from any of you who have used any of these methods for treating your diabetes or if you have supplemented your treatment plan with them? Please share…

By: WebMD

Diabetes treatment can include many elements, including traditional medications, alternative medicine, and natural remedies.

Alternative therapies encompass a variety of disciplines that include everything from diet and exercise to mental conditioning and lifestyle changes. Examples of alternative treatments include acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatments, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation exercises, herbal remedies, massage, and many others.
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19 replies

locarb 2013-03-04 19:35:02 -0600 Report

I have started acupuncture for neuropathy. I've had specific pain in the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (but didn't know that). That is a sensory nerve and so far acupuncture has helped a lot.

As we all know, you're constantly changing a moving target with this condition so I always reserve judgment regarding efficacy. So far it has helped and I prefer it to medication, when possible.

GabbyPA 2013-03-04 19:39:36 -0600 Report

I have wondered about acupuncture for myself. I am encouraged to hear that it can work for some people.

landi 2013-02-25 14:13:02 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,

If you go deeper to see what is happening and why it is happening, we can find the real answer:

Everything comes to a balance in our lives, including our body. Once the balances of our body are broken, medical problems will arise. This is the cause.

What we should do is to find out why this balances are broken and help our body to re-build them (or at least restore).

In diabetes, the broken balance is "sugar balance".


Many factors (genetic, age, sedentary life, alcohol, smoking, bad diet, etc)

Solution: Help our body restore the broken sugar-balance

Means: Natural - correct those contributing factors

Alternative Treatment - enhance the body ability to restore the balance back.

This is how I think.

GabbyPA 2013-02-26 07:39:02 -0600 Report

I agree. There are so many things going on in our lifestyles that cause our bodies to be broken. Many are out of our control now unless we pull 100% out of the "system". It can be done though. I just spoke with a member here who is off her meds and no more insulin because she eats vegan. That may not be the solution for everyone, but it is something that worked for her.

Malden for short
Malden for short 2013-03-04 19:02:37 -0600 Report


GabbyPA 2013-03-04 19:25:09 -0600 Report

Vegan is one step farther than a vegetarian. A vegan eats only plant based foods and doesn't cook them above 150 degrees. They eat Raw foods mostly. I tried it for a while, but had a hard time with it. Specially since no one in my family would try it with me.

landi 2013-02-26 10:08:19 -0600 Report

Yeah, right. Eating vegan can be a solution to her, but, our body needs all the right nutrients. So, we must eat everything, but in moderation. Keeping in movement is also crucial.

Tony5657 2013-02-22 06:00:21 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby,

Thanks for this valuable article! It also gives a list of sources at the end, links to even more information. Good stuff!! :o)

Yesterday I did a book review of sorts in the "30 Day Diabetes Cure Book" discussion. I'm using that book by Dr. Ripich to treat what my Dr. called, "pre-diabetes" & it's working for me. Dr. Stefan Ripich ND, CNP is both a Naturopathic Dr. (ND) - healing the natural way without prescription medicines AND a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) – also trained in traditional prescription medicine.

The link to the above mentioned discussion & book review is:

The readers of this discussion might benefit by looking at my book review because it's in the realm of your discussion. No, I have no financial interest in that book.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

GabbyPA 2013-02-22 12:17:04 -0600 Report

Would you be so kind as to add the links to those reviews to this page so people can find them easier.

Tony5657 2013-02-23 13:38:52 -0600 Report

OK Gabby, I posted the link to my book review in my original message above. I never thought of doing that … DUH :o)
Here it is again:

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

tabby9146 2013-02-21 19:03:26 -0600 Report

i am considering taking magnesium supplements because of my being n nexium and being on that can cause low levels , but I have not been on it long ,so I need to call my doctor and see, and also for the other benefits, that I have been reading about and heard about on Dr. Oz too. I don't think it would hurt anyone to take magnesium.

jayabee52 2013-02-22 03:19:18 -0600 Report

actually it might, tabby. If one's kidneys are comprmised (not working correctly) it could cause poisoning. In my dialysis clinic I took all my meds and my supplements in to list them and to go over the dangerous ones for me when being dialyzed. I had been taking a calcium-magnesium-zinc supplement and I was told that I needed to discontinue that one immediately. I don't remember what would happen to me if I continued, but I do remember it was not good.

So taking Mg supplements is not good for everyone. It depends on their conditions. (it is one of my beefs with Dr Oz that he makes blanket statements like that about the benefits of certain supplementations seemingly heedless of possible consequences or interactions with other meds or conditions)


davidhogan 2013-02-21 09:04:58 -0600 Report

Serious commitment to yoga, resistance band training and walking have brought my basil doses of insulin down to 70 units of levemir a day from 100 units a day 6 months ago when all I did was walk daily. I worked with my endo through an online patient portal to make adjustments to insulin as I increased daily exercise in length of time and intensity. Before this I had flaking of the skin on my face and tingling in my arms and hands that has for the most part gone away.

GabbyPA 2013-02-22 12:18:48 -0600 Report

I just read a good article on the "slow" exercise of yoga and all the good things it can do for us. That is a huge drop in your insulin needs with just yoga. I have always been intimidated by it.

tabby9146 2013-02-25 10:24:51 -0600 Report

I love yoga! I have been doing it a few times a week since some time last year. It does not wear you out, you can be a person who is not used to exercise, and do this. You can increase flexiibility over time. Sometimes I do power yoga, and I love the yoga with my Wii Fit Plus. I like to go to You Tube and type in Denise Austin yoga and do those. There is another really good one that combines yoga and pilates that some of the women here might like, the difference is pilates incorporates some ballet type moves.

diabetic diva 1975
diabetic diva 1975 2013-02-19 23:35:16 -0600 Report

Carlton's. can I ask what supplements you are trying?? I to have started very recently ( within the last 3 weeks ) to add supplements to my diabetes meds to try and combat my high sugars but haven't seen any change in my bg levels. I started taking chromium and alpha lipoic acid as well as biotin , cinnamon pills and raspberry ketone as recommended by a pharmacist. I also want to say I'm sorry the cook in your house hasn't made adjustments in your meal plan. :(

CarltonS 2013-02-19 21:19:44 -0600 Report

I have just started to use some of the supplements but can not get the cook in the house to use the diabetes recipes for me