Are Natural Remedies Effective And Safe To Fight Diabetes?

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Type 2 diabetes (also called diabetes mellitus) results from lack of movement and exercise, too much of the wrong type of foods, emotional stress, lack of sleep, toxins and genetics. More often than not, patients with diabetes look towards natural medicine in addition to their conventional medicine for help in treating their disease. In Malaysia and many other countries in Asia such as India and China, generally there are high populations using traditional medications due to the perception of the side effects and ineffectiveness of conventional medicines and the belief that traditional herbal medicine (HM) is much better than modern medicine in managing diabetes. 

 

We recommend  that patients with diabetes should approach it using an  integrative holistic medicine, combining both conventional and complementary therapies. Supported by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, this approach focuses on caring for the whole person taking into account mental and social factors rather than just the symptoms of a disease. This approach is contrary to the emphasis of conventional medicine, which is to cure or mitigate disease rather than taking a whole approach of dietary changes, exercise, stress reduction and emotional well-being.

What Are The Natural Remedies Available?

Natural remedies usually refer to  complementary medicine or alternative medicine. Complementary medicine is used with conventional treatments, whereas alternative medicine is used instead of conventional medicine. There are several natural remedies to help to balance the blood sugar, hence may be helpful in managing type 2 diabetes. While there is no quick fix or magic cure, recent research has shown there are several supplements and medicinal herbs that may be helpful in managing type-2 diabetes — especially when used in conjunction with oral medication. Among the popular ones are chromium, alpha lipoic acid and bitter melon. Other natural remedies may include green tea, fenugreek, magnesium, ginseng, cinnamon, gymnema and aloe vera. These natural remedies are supposed to  help in the control of blood levels, reduce insulin resistance and prevent diabetes-related complications which are the 3 key concerns in managing diabetes.

Sugar, in the form of glucose, is the main source of fuel for body cells. We need sugar to provide us with energy. However, consuming high-sugar diets without exercise to burn off the calories increases the heart disease risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and inflammation. Too much sugar found in the blood is converted to fat, leading to obesity.  Excessive sugar affects the collagen too. Collagen is the main component of blood vessels. It creates a sturdy and flexible structure that maintains the elasticity of the blood vessels, thus allowing a good blood flow.  High-sugar diets have been linked to the blockage of the blood vessels. Subsequently, it increases blood pressure and if the capillaries are affected, it leads to stroke, retinopathy and kidney problems.

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Chromium is an essential trace element that is used in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and cholesterol. It helps body cells properly respond to insulin.  It can significantly improve sugar control among diabetics. In fact, one study involving 62,160 adults in the US,  found that the incidence of diabetes was lower in people who took a supplement containing chromium within the past 30 days .

There are several promising studies suggesting chromium supplementation may be effective. A recent review study looked at 20 different randomized controlled trials on chromium and found that supplementing did decrease fasting plasma glucose levels in five of the 20 studies, while hemoglobin A1C decreased by 0.5% in five of 14 studies. Because chromium helps to reduce fats in the blood , it can reduce cardiovascular risks that are commonly found in diabetics. Using chromium together with vitamin B, especially vitamin B5 provides the synergistic effect in calories and fat burning. Vitamin B5, also called Pantothenic acid, helps turn the food, especially fat , into energy.

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Insulin is a key player in the development of type 2 diabetes. It regulates the sugar level in the blood via a fine-tuned system. How well the body controls the blood sugar level depends on how sensitive the body’s cells are in response to insulin. High insulin sensitivity allows the cells to utilize blood sugar more effectively, bringing the level down. However, in diabetics, they suffer from a condition known as insulin resistance. As insulin resistance develops, the body fights back by producing more insulin. Over months and years, the cells in the pancreas that are working hard to produce insulin get worn out and are no longer able to keep pace with the demand for more insulin. Most people do not realize

they have insulin resistance as it begins silently. This is called Pre-diabetes, which may be known as Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) or Impaired Fasting Glucose (IFG), occurs when blood glucose levels are higher than normal, although not high enough to be diabetes. People with pre-diabetes have a higher risk of developing type-2 diabetes  and heart and circulation (cardiovascular) disease.  Without lifestyle changes, approximately one in 3 people with pre-diabetes will develop type-2 diabetes. 

Natural remedies such as bitter melon are found to make our insulin function better, especially in those who have pre-diabetes.  Bitter melon extract is valuable in early diabetes management. It is used in diabetes-related conditions in countries like Asia, South and America and others. Because eating bitter melon is an acquired taste, most people find bitter melon supplement more palatable. It can overcome the problem of insulin resistance, thus improving blood sugar control. There is a lot of data on its effectiveness in animal and lab studies. However, there is limited human data on the use of bitter melon in diabetes. In fact, some available human studies are not of high quality. Thus, it is important to choose a good bitter melon extract that works well with our insulin. 

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There is a bitter melon extract developed by researchers in medical schools of Taiwan Universities that is able to effectively reduce blood sugar into healthy levels in patients with diabetes. It is a unique sequence that mimics the structure like insulin and binds to insulin receptors with good clinical results. Look out for Insumate - a patented peptide (mcIRBPTM-19) is discovered from the natural peptide fragments of bitter melon. It is a small molecule peptide consisting of 19 amino acids with the molecular weight of 2,162 daltons. It stabilizes the fasting blood sugar and glycated hemoglobin in humans, along with increasing muscle mass and decreasing body fat in rodents.The studies  have been published in five international journals.

Sugar / glucose is important for energy production in every cell. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)  is an antioxidant made by the body. It is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. Antioxidants attack "free radicals," waste products created when the body turns food into energy. When there is a lack of ALA in our body, mainly due to aging, it causes accumulation of sugar in our body.  Excessive sugar turns into fat, and leads to chronic inflammation in the body. When there is too much inflammation, it can further damage our tissues, leading to oxidative stress. 

 

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Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) is the best anti-aging nutrient found in our body.  It isimportant to produce energy and reduce free radical damage.  Lack of energy and high oxidative damage by uncontrolled  free radicals attack are the main reasons causing premature aging. ALA is essential in energy production and a potent antioxidant  in our body. ALA is water and fat soluble, hence it can work in all parts of the cells in our body.  Moreover, It replenishes glutathione, another powerful antioxidant and recycles the antioxidants vitamin C and E in the body. However, not all ALA are created equal. Only r-ALA  works.  r-ALA is the form of ALA found naturally in the body. Most,  if not all ALA supplements in the market are a mixture of r- and s-ALA. S-ALA may inhibit the absorption of r-ALA and is even toxic to our body.  Taking a potent antioxidant like r-ALA has proven to reduce chronic inflammation, in order to reduce the risk of diabetes complications such as neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy and heart diseases.

The Most Comprehensive Natural Care For Diabetes

Kordel’s has a comprehensive range of diabetes products that provides natural care for diabetes. We believe in a holistic approach to tackle the problems related to diabetes. Our range of products have unique patented ingredients that are supported with excellent scientific studies and safety profile. Choose the supplements for your individual needs. Always remember that being natural does not necessarily mean they are safe. There are many supplements in the market that are sold for diabetes management. However, not all are created equal.


There are a lot of benefits in using natural remedies instead of prescription drugs. If you are looking for a natural way to balance your blood sugar, always choose the products that are scientifically proven and safe. While there is no quick fix or magical cure in diabetes, it is important to incorporate lifestyle modification in helping the management of type 2 diabetes. Take control of your diabetes now with Kordel’s comprehensive range of natural products for diabetes. After all, if not now, when?