Natural Remedies for Type 1 Diabetes

    (BlackDoctor.org) — Also known as childhood-onset diabetes,
    type 1 diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests and medical intervention.
    According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be
    helpful:

    What You Need To Know:

    • Go for the chromium
      Under the supervision of a doctor,
      take 200 mcg a day of this essential trace mineral to improve glucose tolerance
    • Fight back with fiber
      Under a doctor’s supervision,
      stabilize your blood sugar by eating fiber from whole grains, beans (legumes),
      vegetables, and fruit, and consider using a fiber supplement such as psyllium or
      guar gum
    • Protect with alpha lipoic acid
      Protect against diabetic
      complications, such as nerve and kidney damage, by taking 600 to 1,200 mg of
      this supplement per day
    •  Discover EPO
      Help relieve pain from diabetic
      neuropathy by taking 4 grams of evening primrose oil supplements per day
    • Get to know niacinamide
      Talk to a knowledgeable
      healthcare provider to determine if taking large amounts of the supplement
      niacinamide might prevent or limit the severity of type 1 diabetes in your
      family

    These recommendations are not comprehensive and are not intended to replace
    the advice of your doctor or pharmacist. Continue reading the full diabetes
    article for more in-depth, fully-referenced information on medicines, vitamins,
    herbs, and dietary and lifestyle changes that may be helpful.

    Dietary changes that may be
    helpful
    Eating carbohydrate-containing foods, whether high in
    sugar or high in starch (such as bread, potatoes, processed breakfast cereals,
    and rice), temporarily raises blood sugar and insulin levels. The blood
    sugar–raising effect of a food, called its “glycemic index,” depends on how
    rapidly its carbohydrate is absorbed. Many starchy foods have a glycemic index
    similar to table sugar (sucrose). Beans, peas, fruit, and oats have low glycemic
    indexes, despite their high carbohydrate content, due mostly to the
    health-promoting effects of soluble fiber. Controlled studies have found that
    people with type 1 diabetes who follow a low-glycemic-index diet have better
    long-term control over their blood sugar levels compared with those following a
    high-glycemic-index diet. However, other studies find similar benefits from
    training patients to adjust their insulin doses according to the total
    carbohydrate content of each meal or snack (“carbohydrate counting”). People
    with type 1 diabetes should always discuss changes in their diet with their
    treating physician.

    Diabetes disrupts the mechanisms by which the body controls blood sugar.
    Until recently, health professionals have recommended sugar restriction to
    people with diabetes, even though short-term high-sugar diets have been shown,
    in some studies, not to cause blood sugar problems in people with diabetes.
    Currently, the American Diabetic Association (ADA) guidelines do not prohibit
    the use of moderate amounts of sugar, as long as blood levels of glucose,
    triglycerides, and cholesterol are maintained within normal levels.

    Most doctors recommend that people with diabetes cut intake of sugar from
    snacks and processed foods, and replace these foods with high-fiber, whole
    foods. This tends to lower the glycemic index of the overall diet and has the
    additional benefit of increasing vitamin, mineral, and fiber intake. Other
    authorities also recommend lowering the glycemic index of the diet to improve
    the control of diabetes.

    Older studies suggested that including 30 grams per day or more of fiber
    helps control blood sugar in type 1 diabetes. However, a more recent controlled
    study of people with well-controlled type 1 diabetes on intensive insulin
    regimens found no important benefits from consuming a high-fiber diet. In
    another trial, a low-glycemic-index diet containing 50 grams per day of fiber
    improved blood sugar control and helped prevent hypoglycemic episodes in a group
    of people with type 1 diabetes taking two or more insulin injections per day.
    Consuming more fiber may not be as helpful in type 1 diabetes when modern
    intensive insulin regimens are used, but eating high-fiber foods is recommended
    for its many other health benefits.

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