therapies are treatments that are neither widely taught in medical
schools nor widely practiced in hospitals. Alternative treatments that
have been studied to manage diabetes include acupuncture, biofeedback,
guided imagery, and vitamin and mineral supplementation. The success of
some alternative treatments can be hard to measure. Many alternative treatments
remain either untested or unproven through traditional scientific studies.
therapies may be useful in helping you focus on the need to take care
of your diabetes as well as improving emotional health. It must be
stressed that this alone can't replace the need for proper diet, exercise,
and medical supervision of your diabetes. There is not magic cure that
will make your diabetes go away.
is a procedure in which a practitioner inserts needles into designated
points on the skin. Some Western scientists believe that acupuncture
triggers the release of the body's natural painkillers. Acupuncture
has been shown to offer relief from chronic pain. Acupuncture is sometimes
used by people with neuropathy, the painful nerve damage of diabetes.
is a technique which helps a person become more aware of and learn
to deal with the body's response to pain. This alternative therapy emphasizes
relaxation and stress-reduction techniques. Guided imagery is
a relaxation technique that some professionals who use biofeedback do.
With guided imagery, a person thinks of peaceful mental images,
such as ocean waves. A person may also include the images of controlling
or curing a chronic disease, such as diabetes. People using this technique
believe their condition can be eased with these positive images.
of added chromium for diabetes has been studied and debated for
several years. Several studies report that chromium supplementation
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 yet exist.
the relationship between magnesium and diabetes has been studied
for decades, it is not yet fully understood. Studies suggest that a
deficiency in magnesium may worsen the blood sugar control in Type 2
diabetes. Scientists believe that a deficiency of magnesium interrupts
insulin secretion in the pancreas and increases insulin resistance in
the body's tissues. Evidence suggests that a deficiency of magnesium
may contribute to certain diabetes complications.
is a compound found in tiny amounts in plants and animals. Early studies
showed that vanadium normalized blood glucose levels in animals with
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. A recent study found that when people with
diabetes were given vanadium, they developed a modest increase in insulin
sensitivity and were able to decrease their insulin requirements. Currently
researchers want to understand how vanadium works in the body, discover
potential side effects, and establish safe dosages.
more about alternative therapies for diabetes treatment, contact the
National Institutes of Health's Office of Alternative Medicines Clearinghouse
at (888) 644-6226.
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