Home Remedies for Diabetes
Diabetes mellitus is a highly prevalent disease that affects people worldwide. If you are diagnosed with diabetes it is recommended that you visit your doctor and consume your prescribed medications regularly. Apart from this you can also follow some home remedies to more effectively manage your diabetes and the complications associated with it. However, start using a home remedy that is suitable for you after consulting with your doctor. A few home remedies are described below that are effective for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Bilberries are small dark blue fruits similar to blueberries. They contain anthocyanosides, which strengthen the blood vessels and reduce retinal damage associated with diabetes. Bilberry extract is also known to reduce blood glucose levels.
You can consume bilberry extract as a supplement in the form of tablets or capsules. Bilberry fruits can also be consumed as fresh or dried fruits. You can also make a tea or a smoothie with the bilberry fruit.
The bitter latex of the aloe vera plant called aloe latex is a common home remedy for various conditions. It contains lectins, mannans and anthroquinones, which are effective in treating diabetes. Intake of aloe vera juice has been found to control blood glucose levels in diabetics. It also decreases blood lipid levels. It also helps in healing of wounds and foot ulcers that are common in people suffering from diabetes. According to a review of 9 studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, ingesting aloe vera as an oral supplement is found to decrease both blood glucose levels and HbA1c levels. Taking aloe vera regularly has been found to stimulate the secretion of hormone insulin, which is effective in controlling diabetes.
The maximum daily dose recommended for aloe vera juice is 50 ml, whereas for capsules it is 200 to 300 mg per day.
Cinnamon is a commonly used spice in cooking. It has been shown to regulate blood glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and reduce cholesterol levels in diabetics. However, most of the health benefits have been investigated using a form of cinnamon called cassia cinnamon. It contains a compound called coumarin, which is toxic to the liver when consumed in excess. Ceylon cinnamon is considered a safer alternative but its health benefits in diabetes are not known.
Cinnamon is available as powder and in the form of barks. It can be consumed by mixing the powder in warm water or by steeping the bark in warm water, which is then consumed. You can also add cinnamon to your beverages and smoothies.
Fenugreek is a spice that is commonly used in Indian curries. Fenugreek seeds contain high levels of soluble fibers, which slow down carbohydrate absorption and thereby reduce blood glucose levels. Fenugreek has been found to reduce blood glucose levels and improve glucose tolerance in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
You can consume fenugreek seeds by soaking 2 tablespoons of seeds in water overnight and then consuming the water along with the seeds in the morning. Repeat this every day for a month to see visible results in your blood glucose levels. You can also consume 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds along with milk.
It is also known as bitter gourd. It is a vegetable consumed as food. It contains the compounds charantin, vicine and polypeptide P, which is an insulin like compound. The compounds present in bitter melon are believed to be responsible for its effect on improving blood glucose levels.
You can consume bitter melon by preparing its juice. Take 2 or 3 bitter melons and remove the seeds. Extract the juice out of the bitter melons and drink it after diluting it with water. You can also consume bitter melons by adding it to your food.
Basil is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. In a clinical trial it was shown that basil improves fasting and postprandial blood glucose levels. It is believed that it acts on the beta cells of the pancreas and enhances their insulin secretion function.
You can consume basil in the form of tea.
The high polyphenol content of green tea helps in improving blood glucose levels. However, the polyphenols in green tea can produce a hypoglycemic effect. So carefully monitor your blood sugar levels while drinking green tea.
Salt water bath
If you have diabetes then dry and itchy skin is a common problem that you may have to deal with. A salt water bath can be an effective remedy for your skin problems. Add 1 cup of sea salt or table salt to you water bath. Soaking in the salt water will soften your skin and provide relief from itchy skin. You can also rub salt all over your body and massage your body with it after your shower. This will improve blood circulation in your skin and will help exfoliate it.
Muscle cramps are common in diabetics. Apple cider vinegar is an effective remedy for the cramps. Add 8 ounces of it to your bath tub filled with water and soak for 15 minutes for relief from your cramps.
Exercise is very effective in controlling diabetes and its associated complications. Exercise increases insulin sensitivity and thereby helps relieve symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes. Exercise lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure and prevents obesity, thereby preventing the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes. Incorporating exercise regularly in your schedule will prevent the long term complications associated with diabetes.
Stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline are produced when your body is exposed to stressful situations and when produced in excess they can lead to diabetes. Meditation has been found to reduce insulin resistance, regulate insulin and blood glucose levels by reducing stress. Meditating regularly will help improve your diabetes symptoms.