Natural Remedies for Type 1 Diabetes

( — 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

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

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
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.