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What are the common natural diabetes treatments?

Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, managing and treating the disease requires lifelong diligence. Several natural diabetes treatments are available today. Since there isn’t much research to verify the effectiveness of these alternative treatments, they’re generally not accepted by the scientific community.

Acupuncture is an alternative form of treatment that originated in the Far East. Acupuncture works by inserting needles into certain areas of the body. The goal of this treatment is to alleviate pain by unlocking the body’s natural painkillers. Some people believe that pain resulting from nerve damage caused by diabetes can be relieved through acupuncture treatment.

Another natural way to alleviate pain is through biofeedback, which is a psychological technique that uses relaxation, meditation and various stress-reduction methods. Consuming natural substances, such as chromium, has also been proposed as a way to improve insulin action. While some people have theorized that chromium can be taken to treat diabetes, no scientific consensus exists on this issue. People with diabetes also tend to be deficient in magnesium. While the exact nature of the relationship between diabetes and magnesium hasn’t yet been figured out, some have claimed that taking magnesium supplements is an effective way to manage diabetes. Another substance that has being researched for its possible effects in treating diabetes is vanadium. In experiments performed on diabetic animals, vanadium was found to be able to normalize blood glucose levels. However, there’s still not enough research on the effects of vanadium on humans for the scientific community to approve of its use.

Beyond the various natural diabetes treatments on the market, Type 2 diabetes can usually be managed by exercise and sticking to a healthy diet. However, more severe cases of the disease need to be treated with medication that will help control the body’s blood glucose levels.