Type II diabetes typically affects insulin secretion and blood sugar levels but in addition to that, it also contributes to serious health complications such as blood vessel thickening, kidney damage, nerve damage, and pain.
The following are alternative natural treatments including vitamins, minerals, herbs, and foods used to treat Type II diabetes and the conditions associated with it.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
This is a powerful natural antioxidant that has been found to improve insulin sensitivity and also significantly improves the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Alpha lipoic acid has also slowed down the progression of kidney damage in patients who are suffering from type II diabetes.
The American Ginseng herb has been shown to lower blood sugar levels after consumption of a drink with glucose for people suffering from type II diabetes.
The Asian Ginseng also improves blood sugar levels in type II diabetes patients.
The development of diabetic retinopathy is believed to be greatly aggravated by oxidation damage in the body cells. Antioxidant nutrients are believed to be especially protective in improving or reducing further progression of retinopathy.
Antioxidants such as selenium, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin C supplements all help to control further oxidation damage.
Bilberry contains anthocyanosides which are an especially potent antioxidant which helps to strengthen capillaries in the body and support the normal function of connective tissue. These antioxidants improve blood flood in the veins and capillaries thus preventing blood vessel thickening due to type II diabetes.
Biotin is a type of Vitamin B that is used to process glucose. When type II diabetes patients consume biotin, their fasting glucose levels drop significantly and this also reduces the pain that arises from diabetic nerve damage.
Chromium supplements have been shown to improve glucose levels in type II diabetes patients and people suffering from glucose intolerance. Chromium supplements work by increasing the sensitivity to insulin thus improving glucose intolerance.
Chromium has also shown to improve the processing of glucose in women with diabetes associated with pregnancy and also in people with prediabetic glucose. For healthy people, a regular dose of Chromium may help lower levels of cholesterol.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is essential for normal blood sugar metabolism and patients suffering from type II diabetes typically have significantly lower blood levels of Coenzyme Q10 than healthy people.
Supplementing with CoQ10 is recommended to regulate against the possible effects of diabetes-induced depletion although the exact science behind why it is important for people suffering from diabetes is still unresolved.
Omega 3 fatty acid supplements have resulted in improved glucose tolerance levels among healthy people. In type II diabetes patients, fish oil supplementation improves cholesterol levels and glucose tolerance.
There have however been scenarios where fish oil supplementation worsens the type II diabetes condition, therefore, a doctor should be consulted before incorporating fish oil supplements in your diet.