The cure for diabetes is not yet complete, but the options we’ve today are effective and ensure better quality life. To keep your expectations realistic, you must know that there is nothing so far that can give you a fresh start in diabetes. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything for your condition. There are a bunch of proven medical and natural methods that help mitigate the symptoms, slow down the progression and even assist in the reversal of the disease. This is what this article is all about!
You may not be fond of treating diseases through allopathic medicine. But know this, these medicines work! Here is a little something about how medicines help in the cure for diabetes.
- Sulfonylureas make up a popular medicine group for people with diabetes. These meds raise the levels of beta cells in the pancreas- these cells are in charge for making insulin. These drugs are quite popular and are in use for treating diabetes since 1950. The first generation sulfonylurea used today is Chlorpropamide. Other than this, three popular second generation drugs are glimepiride, glyburide and glipizide. The second generation drugs are used in lesser amount as compared to first generation drugs. You can take these drugs one or two times a day. The major advantage of these drugs is that they have a quick action. However, there are some disadvantages too, which include weight gain and hypoglycemia.
- Biguanides can also be taken for treating diabetes. Metmorfin is a popular medicine in this group. It lowers blood glucose levels through several mechanisms; by increasing muscle uptake and decreasing liver synthesis of glucose. Possible side effects are nausea and diarrhea. However, these side effects improve when it is taken with food.
- Thiazolidinediones are popular drugs for treating diabetes. Two popular meds in this category are pioglitazone and rosiglitazone. The drugs also improve muscle uptake and reduce liver production of glucose.
- Other popular diabetic drugs are bile acid sequestrants, amylin mematics, incretin mematics, sodium-glucose transporter 2 inhibitors, and alpha-glucosiadase inhibitors.
P.S: Please consult with your healthcare provider before starting with any of the aforementioned drugs!
We put ourselves at the increased risk of diabetes with the poor lifestyle choices we make. But, nature is kind enough to give us some ways out too! Here are some natural remedies that you can try.
- Fig leaves are quite popular among diabetics due to their anti-diabetic properties. A research conducted at the University Hospital 12 Octubre, Madrid, Spain showed that using an extract made from fig leaves with diet can provide better glycemic control, especially in patients with type 1 diabetes. You can take fig leaves extract in the morning.
- Fenugreek seeds have also proven their worth in treating diabetes. Researchers at the Louisiana State University, USA found that adding fenugreek seeds to diet on daily basis can improve the body sensitivity to insulin, especially in type 2 diabetics. However, limit the intake of fenugreek to 90 grams per day.
- Aloe can also help in the treatment of diabetes. Two human studies have shown that aloe can help in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. One popular way to use aloe is using its extract.
- Another good source for treating diabetes is cinnamon. Cinnamon improves the tissue sensitivity to insulin and boosts up the entry of glucose into muscle fibers, as shown by a 2003 study.
- Garlic is also a popular herb for diabetic patients. Garlic, when taken in appropriate amount (10ml/kg/day), leads to reduction in blood glucose and increase in useful amino acids.
You’ve to control your diabetes before it starts controlling you. Go to your healthcare provider, talk to him about the treatment options you’ve and get started with a better and healthy life!