- Effective Natural Home Remedies For Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes.
- How To Cure Type 1 And Type 2 Diabetes Naturally At Home Without Medication Or Insulin
According to WHO (world health organization), there are about 422 million people in the world with diabetes. This report also includes the fact that diabetes prevalence is rapidly increasing, especially in low- and middle-income nations. Consequently, diabetes is ranked as the number one cause of disease-related deaths in the world.
As we shall get to know more later on, there are two major forms of diabetes. The difference between these two main forms is seen in the way the body handles insulin production and response. The first type is marked by the deficiency of insulin in the body, while the second type occurs when the body is not able to effectively utilize insulin.
All types of diabetes can lead to various complications. It is a fact that diabetes is a leading cause of amputation, blindness, and heart failure. Hence, the key to effective diabetes treatment is early diagnosis and treatment. And while there are many conventional medical treatment methods for diabetes, we shall be looking at natural therapies for both types of diabetes.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic, polygenic (genetically inherited) disease that is characterized by high blood sugar levels. When a person has diabetes, the body is also unable to appropriately respond to insulin, or may not be able to produce the hormone at all. This insulin-sensitivity or deficiency leads to an abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates in the body, resulting in high blood sugar (glucose) levels.
Because insulin plays a vital role in the absorption of glucose in the body and in its expenditure, the instability in the function of this hormone is what causes the various symptoms of diabetes.
Types of diabetes
We have already stated that there are two major types of diabetes. And although other forms exist, these two main forms are responsible for majority of all diabetes-related deaths.
- Type 1 diabetes: Also known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder marked by the body’s immune system fighting against the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. As a result, it becomes difficult for the body to produce insulin. This type of diabetes usually occurs during adolescence, typically before the individual reaches 20 years of age.
- Type 2 diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is the more common type of diabetes. This type of diabetes is typically caused by a sensitivity or resistance to insulin in the body. Put more simply, the body produces insulin, but there is a wrong response to the hormone. Over time, the body may stop producing insulin as the hormone receptors break down. Basically, type 2 diabetes is caused by hyperglycemia, or a condition of high blood sugar.
Other forms of diabetes are prediabetes, and gestational diabetes which majorly affects pregnant women.
Causes of diabetes
Diabetes is caused by several underlying health conditions. In the case of juvenile diabetes (type 1 diabetes), the autoimmune disorder may be caused by several factors including virus attack, poor dieting, GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and so on.
Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is caused by a combination of several factors. The following are some of the risk factors that increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes:
- Obesity or being overweight
- Lifestyle factors like living a sedentary life
- Poor dieting
- Genetics (having a family history of the disease)
- Endocrine disorders like hyperthyroidism
- Exposure to harmful chemical substances
- High blood sugar levels
Symptoms of diabetes
The following are some common signs and symptoms of diabetes:
- Persistent thirst
- Intense hunger
- Frequent urination
- Inexplicable weight loss
- Itching skin
- Numbness in the hands and/or feet
- Feeling weak most of the times
- Blurry vision
- Wounds take long to heal
- Itching around the genitalia
If you have any of the above symptoms, you should visit a doctor to properly diagnose for diabetes.
Natural remedies for type 1 diabetes
Here are some natural remedies for treating type 1 diabetes:
To begin with, it is not turmeric itself that helps in treating diabetes, rather it is curcumin. Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric. This compound has been found to have cell regenerative effects in type 1 diabetes. Another study (in 2008) discovered that curcumin can help in protecting the pancreatic islet cell.
A study conducted on rats discovered that the extract of avocado seed can help in lowering blood sugar levels. This same study showed that the pancreatic beta cells can be protected and restored back to normal function by feeding the rats with the extract.
- Corn silk
Corn silk helps in treating type 1 diabetes by reducing the blood glucose levels as well as in improving beta cell regeneration, according to a 2009 study on diabetic rats.
Long-term intake of honey has been found to help in the treatment of type-1 diabetes. It is suggested that honey helps by increasing beta cell generation and in improving carbohydrate metabolism in the body.
- Nigella sativa
Nigella sativa, commonly known as black caraway, has been found to have beta cells regenerative properties. A 2010 study conducted on humans showed that taking one gram of nigella sativa daily for about 3 months helped in improving beta cell function.
Exercising helps in the treatment of several diseases, including diabetes. Physical exercises can help to improve blood circulation and metabolism. Moreover, it is recommended that regularly exercising can help in preventing type 2 diabetes.
- Eat foods with a low glycemic index
Diets containing low-glycemic index foods like oats, cabbage, beans, and grapes are recommended for type 1 diabetes patients. This is because these foods have low sugar content and will not increase the already high blood sugar levels.
- Avoid conventional cow’s milk
Dairy products like cow’s milk contain casein, which is a protein that is considered harmful to the immune system. Consumption of such products can disrupt the normal functioning of the immune system. It is better to go for organic cow’s milk than conventional cow’s milk.
Natural remedies for type 2 diabetes
The following remedies can be used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes naturally:
- Milk thistle
Although there isn’t enough scientific research on the use of milk thistle for treating diabetes, an extract of the herb called silymarin has been found to be beneficial in curing diabetes. Silymarin is a powerful compound that has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that are useful in treating diabetes symptoms.
While the use of ginger for medicinal purposes has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, its use in contemporary medicine is only gaining traction.
- Aloe vera
Some studies have shown that aloe vera be used in reducing symptoms of diabetes such as high blood sugar levels. Additional studies have also discovered that aloe vera helps in stimulating insulin production in the pancreas. While most people are only aware of aloe vera’s benefits on the skin, this herb can do wonders to diabetics. If you know anyone with type 2 diabetes, you should advise them to consider aloe vera as a natural remedy.
- Bitter melon
Note, we are not talking about bitter lemon, but bitter melon. In traditional Chinese medicine, bitter melon has been used as medicine for various health problems. A study conducted on diabetes patients using bitter melon found that there was significant reduction in the patients’ blood glucose levels. This herb can be consumed in different forms such as drinking the juice or eating the seeds.
Cinnamon is a common kitchen spice whose officinal properties are sometimes overlooked. Type 2 diabetics can benefit from this herb as has been confirmed by research. According to research, cinnamon can help to improve metabolism in diabetics, leading to improvements in insulin levels and sensitivity, blood pressure levels, and antioxidant levels.
Fenugreek seeds can also help in lowering blood glucose levels. Prediabetes patients can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by taking ground fenugreek seeds. This is due to the fact that fenugreek seeds help to increase the insulin levels in the body, thereby, lowering blood sugar levels.
- Eat fiber-rich foods
Fiber-rich foods like leafy vegetables and nuts can help to slow down the absorption of glucose in the body. Eating these foods and others rich in fiber will help diabetes patients, particularly those with type 2 diabetes.
- Stay away from refined sugar
It wouldn’t do you any good if you are diabetic and you still consume foods with refined sugar. For one, refined sugars are unhealthy as they are deleterious to general health. For another, consuming such foods only cause a spike in the blood sugar levels. Instead of using artificial sweeteners, you should opt for natural sugar sources like raw honey, which is a healthy choice.
- Fish oil
Fish oil supplement is a good source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that promote insulin activity. The omega-3 fatty acids also help in reducing inflammation and insulin intolerance. For the purpose of treating diabetes, you should take 1 gram of the supplement each daily.
Garlic has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may be helpful in treating diabetes. While more research needs to be conducted on the relationship between garlic consumption and insulin production, the available reports show some promise. Moreover, consuming garlic does more good than harm (if any) to the body.
Diabetes is the foremost leading cause of deaths globally, with about 4 million people dying from diabetes-related causes in 2012.
And while the exact cause of type 1 diabetes remains unclear, type 2 diabetes can be prevented by a combination of dietary and lifestyle changes.