This day marks Diabetes Alert Day. There are many people in the United States that suffer from either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, and most of these conditions are left undiagnosed. Managing diabetes and lowering your risk of getting it are two different things. If left untreated, it can lead to kidney failure, heart disease, foot amputations, and blindness.
Check out the chart below to know the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
There is no known cure for diabetes, and the most common form of treatment, apart from diet and exercise, are insulin therapy, meglitinides, sulfonylureas, and metformin. Doctors may also recommend prescription medication, but with the rise of alternative medicine, more and more people are turning to herbal supplements to help lower blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, and weight management.
Here are some of the most well-known and effective health supplements for diabetes:
The main antioxidant component in green tea, called epigallocatechin gallate (ECGG), has scientifically proven health benefits like better insulin sensitivity and glucose control, which are two of the main factors involved in treating diabetes.
Animal studies conducted in recent years have found that ECGG can delay the onset and progression of Type 1 diabetes.
For type 2 diabetes, green tea’s effect on the body can help the cells become more sensitive to insulin, helping the body to better metabolize the sugars.
The best part is the garlic is known as one of the best foods to help lower high cholesterol, which is something most diabetics are at risk for.
Its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant compositions make turmeric one of the most beneficial herbs and spices in terms of health benefits.
Not only does it help diabetics control their blood sugar levels, but it’s also an immune system boost. This benefit isn’t just limited to diabetics, but it’s a great added benefit since those with diabetes are often immune to infections.
Its anti-inflammatory properties also help with arthritis, which many diabetics suffer from.
Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, can lower plasma glucose level and HbA1C, and improve your overall lipid profile.
Resveratrol became popular along with the French Paradox, which is essentially linked to the French diet that consists mainly of foods high in saturated fat and moderate consumption of wine.
The diet was linked to lower instance of developing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and – you guessed it – diabetes. Since then, supplementation with resveratrol has been an option for those with diabetes.
An Indian study pooled together Type 2 diabetes participants with a mean HbA1C value of 9.99% and gave each subject a 250-mg dose of resveratrol twice a day for three months. By the end of the study, the researchers found improvements in HbA1C, total cholesterol, and blood pressure.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that these supplements won’t 100% solve all your woes. They do exactly what they say – supplement, or add value to your existing diet and lifestyle routine.