Natural Treatments for Diabetes in an Emergency

If you are diabetic, or know someone who has type 2 diabetes, you may wonder what you can do should a long term emergency cut off your supply of medications. It may be a good idea to have a supply of natural supplements on hand if traditional medications run out.

Here are a couple of natural treatments I was able to find. Some have controversial results, but nothing here can hurt to try. If it doesn’t help you are no worse off than you were to start.

These data indicate that vinegar can significantly improve postprandial insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant subjects. Acetic acid has been shown to suppress disaccharidase activity (3) and to raise glucose-6-phosphate concentrations in skeletal muscle (4); thus, vinegar may possess physiological effects similar to acarbose or metformin.

  • Consume Cinnamon
    • Capsules or in Tea or food
    • 1 tsp contains approx 4 grams of cinnamon

The results of this study demonstrate that intake of 1, 3, or 6 g of cinnamon per day reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes and suggest that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

  • Chromium Supplementation
    • Not as clinically sound
    • Couldn’t hurt either way

Chromium may reduce myocellular lipids and enhance insulin sensitivity in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus who do respond clinically independent of effects on weight or hepatic glucose production. Thus, modulation of lipid metabolism by Cr in peripheral tissues may represent a novel mechanism of action.

The benefit of added chromium for diabetes has been studied and debated for several years. Several studies report that chromium supplements may improve diabetes control. Chromium is needed to make glucose tolerance factor, which helps insulin improve its action. Because of insufficient information on the use of chromium to treat diabetes, no recommendations for supplementation exist.

  • Glucostat
    • Commercial combination of Trichosanthes kirilowii, Polygonatum sibiricum, Dioscorea oppostia, Panax ginseng, and Stevia rebaudiona
    • Used in conjunction with chromium

This study strongly suggests that this combination of traditional Chinese herbs, together with chromium, may be effective in improving glycemic control in people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The mechanism of action remains unclear and may be a combination of an increase in insulin responsiveness and glucose uptake. The relative importance of the individual component herbs is also unknown, and we are undertaking further studies to investigate this.

  • Magnesium
    • Used by enzymes in the body to regulate blood glucose levels
    • Supplements or in food

If you have any other advice or suggestions for managing diabetes in an emergency, please comment below. 🙂


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