has two forms. In the type that developes early in childhood (type1), the
insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas are destroyed (probably by a viral
infection), and blood levels of insulin drop nearly to zero. However, in
the adult-onset form (type2), insulin is often plentiful, but the body
does not respond normally to it (This is only an approximate description
of the difference between the two types.). In both forms of diabetes, blood
sugar reaches toxic levels, causing injury to many organs and tissues.
Conventional treatment for childhood-onset diabetes includes insulin injections
and careful dietary monitoring. The adult-onset form may respond to lifestyle
changes alone, such as increasing execise, losing weight, and improving
diet. Various oral medications are also often effective for adult-onset
diabetes, although insulin injections may be necessary in some cases.
Principal natural treatments
methods may be helpful when used under medical supervision as an addition
to standard treatment. They may help stablize, reduce, or eliminate medication
requirenments; reduce the symptoms of diabetic complications; or correct
nutritional deficiences associated with diabetes. However, because diabetes
is a dangerous disease with many potential complications, alternative treatment
fo diabetes should not be attempted as a substitute for conventional medical
for improving blood sugar control:
The following treatments may be
able to improve blood sugar control in type 1 and/or type 2 diabetes. However,
keep in mind that if they work, you will need to reduce your medications
to avoid hypoglycemia. For this reason, medical supervision is essential.
helpful in type 1 and type 2 diabetes
appears to be helpful
preliminary evidence suggests it is effective
promising new evidence.