Nature’s Aid: Herbal, Dietary & Activity Approaches To Diabetes Management

  • Diabetes
  • diabetes - general health - Lifestyle
  • March 28, 2024

Type 2 diabetes can be managed with dietary changes, herbal supplements, and sufficient exercise. Make small changes today.

Diabetic Lifestyle

Approximately 37.3 million people in the US have diabetes, making the condition incredibly common. Although prescription medication can help, many patients are eager to manage the disease with lifestyle changes. Certain herbal supplements, a modified diet, and enough physical activity may be the key to controlling this chronic disease.


Understanding type 2 diabetes

After eating, the body breaks down food into sugar, or glucose, which is then released into the bloodstream. When sugar increases in the blood, the body is supposed to release insulin to use that glucose as energy. However, for people with type 2 diabetes, the body can’t use insulin effectively, keeping blood sugar levels high. If not well controlled, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure (BP), neuropathy, kidney disease, and eye damage.

Supplement your health

Although research is limited, there is some evidence that certain supplements can help diabetics. American ginseng, cinnamon, probiotics, fenugreek, milk thistle, and alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) are some examples of herbals purported to lower blood sugar. Berberine is another hot supplement on the market that has been shown to reduce A1C and fasting blood sugar levels while helping with weight loss. Vitamin D, magnesium, and chromium may also help people with diabetes.

A better diet

For many diabetics, dietary changes alone can make a huge difference in disease progression. Focus on eating healthy carbohydrates, good fats, fiber-rich foods, and fish. Vegetables, fruits, and nonfat or low-fat dairy can round out the plate. Avoid fried food, saturated fat, foods high in sodium, and sugar whenever possible. Opt for water instead of sweetened beverages. If weight loss is a concurrent goal of diabetes management, individuals need to eat fewer calories. A healthcare provider can help create a dietary plan that considers all health factors.

Get moving

Exercise is beneficial for every individual, but for people who have diabetes, daily movement is a necessity. Physical activity lowers blood glucose levels and blood pressure (BP), improves blood flow, burns extra calories, leads to better sleep, and helps improve mood. Even more encouraging is that certain effects of exercise, such as lowering blood glucose, can last 24 hours or more after a workout. Even small daily movements can add up.

Healthy life with diabetes

A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to affect the quality of life. With a holistic approach to health, the disease can be kept under control. A healthy diet and certain supplements can help lose weight and control blood sugar. Working out can burn additional calories and also contribute to blood sugar control. A natural approach to diabetes management is possible.

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