Alternative Diabetes Treatments – Which Ones Work

Are you looking for Alternative Diabetes Treatments

The term “complementary” refers to therapies that are used in conjunction with conventional medicine, whereas “alternative” medicine includes therapies that are used in place of conventional medicine.

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that alternative treatments can cure your diabetes, meaning you can not stop your conventional treatment of tablets or insulin.

However, there is some evidence that suggest some complimentary treatments can HELP with your treatment of diabetes in conjunction with your normal meds.

Complimentary treatments for diabetes include:


Complimentary treatments can help people with diabetes who have problems such as nerve pain, insulin resistance, kidney problems, high blood pressure, skin infections, sexual dysfunction, cholesterol and much more. Some therapies can also help with relaxation and relieving stress.

Some complementary medications can have a negative side effect on diabetes. For example, glucosamine which is taken to treat/prevent arthritis may increase insulin resistance in animals (according to some studies) and might increase blood glucose levels in people, therefore I recommend you to take more blood tests to keep a close eye on your glucose levels.

More than one-third of patients with diabetes in the United States use some type of complementary treatment but 63% do not disclose use of complementary therapies to their physicians

Exercise Treatment For Type 2

Exercise is a complimentary treatment that does work for type 2 diabetes. It can control your weight and lower blood sugar and it’s free. Easy exercise to take part in include aerobics, walking, bicycling, and resistance training.

Important things when exercising with diabetes

  • Monitor your blood sugar level. Your blood sugar will fall when you exercise.
  • Bring some water with you. Don’t get dehydrated.
  • Have something to eat. Take some carbs in case you hypo.
  • Watch for injuries, and stop if you feel pain.
  • Check your shoes and feet every day.

Sometimes type 2 diabetes can be controlled by diet or exercise alone, meaning you may need to come of your meds. So in theory exercise & diet can be classed as an alternative treatment.


Despite advances in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, therapeutic targets are often not met. People dissatisfied with conventional medicine often turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Metformin, the first choice in the treatment of type 2 diabetes originated from the plant Galega offcinalis and was once considered a CAM [1]. Over 400 plants and compounds have so far been evaluated for use in T2 diabetes patients and over 1200 have been claimed to be remedies for the same illness [2].

Please leave any comments or questions below, I will try to respond within 24 hours.


Garry ( Type 1 )

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10 thoughts on “Alternative Diabetes Treatments – Which Ones Work”

  1. Theresa says:

    This was very informative to me because I have several friends and family members with type 2 diabetes. It has given me a better understanding of the disease and it’s management. I appreciate the comment about glucosamine and its effect on sugar levels. I was not aware of that.

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi Theresa, that was my mission when i set up the website, to give people information to get a better understanding of diabetes. I am glad you found the information useful to you.

  2. Nick Cooke says:

    I have a close friend who has diabetes type 1, will pass this article on to him, thankyou!

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Thanks Nick, i hope he finds it useful

  3. Hello Garry,
    This is a lot of great information. Thanks for sharing it. There are so many people who suffer from Diabetes and need to know ways to help keep it under control. Your site would definitely help anyone facing this disease. I will share your website with others I know that have Diabetes. Fortunately, I don’t suffer from diabetes as of yet and hope that I never do.
    I appreciate you trying to help others out. It shows that you have a good heart.
    Best of health,

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Thank you for your comment Devara, If i can help somebody even 1 person i have done my job, Thank you for sharing my website.

  4. Bella says:

    Hello Garry,
    Very informative article,thank you for this.I will show this to my mother while she’s suffering diabetes 2.
    keep up the good work.

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi bella, Thank you I hope your Mother finds the site useful

  5. Rachel says:

    Hi Garry, very informative article. I love how you didn’t say that this alternative was guaranteed to cure Diabetes like some people do. You gave some very helpful tips. Frankly, I had no idea what exercising had to do with diabetes but you explained it pretty well. I can wait to hit the gym.

    1. Garry Brown says:

      Hi Rachel, diabetes is a complex disease, there is many things to help and there is many things you can do in your treatment.
      I cant guarantee any supplements work because its not regulated. But i do know they help in the treatment of diabetes for some people,
      They wont cure diabetes….Nothing Can Cure Diabetes as of yet.

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