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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.
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
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 . 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 .
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