If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, one of the first questions that you may ask yourself is, “Can diabetes be cured?”
The standard answer from Western Allopathic medicine is no—the best that one can hope for is to manage symptoms.
Alternative medicine practitioners, however, argue that diabetes—at least type 2 diabetes, can in fact be cured.
In this article we’ll take a look at key factors of the disease, and what some possible treatment options may be.
Of course, you should always consult with your own trusted personal physician for what is best in your unique situation.
If you are taking diabetes medication and are considering the use of supplements, you will want to make sure that they interact in a safe way.
What is Diabetes—the Two Types
Type 1 diabetes (juvenile onset or insulin-requiring) represents that at least 90% of the body’s cells that produce insulin have been destroyed.
It is assumed that eventually a person may be completely dependent upon insulin injections.
Type 2 diabetes (adult-onset) patients have abnormal blood glucose (sugar) levels that may be helped by weight loss and exercise.
The medical profession tends to use the term “reversal” rather than “cure” when a type 2 diabetes patient is able to maintain normal blood glucose levels without taking medication.
In either case, diabetes patients are concerned about long-term health risks such as kidney failure, heart disease, limb amputation, and blindness.
Standard Methods of Treatment
Insulin is a standard treatment for those with type 1 diabetes, and it may also be used for treating type 2 diabetes.
Common brands include Humulin, Novolin, NovoLog, FlexPen, and Levemir, among others. Standard medications for type 2 diabetes also include Acarbose and Miglitol.
Natural Methods of Treatment
There are a number of ways to incorporate natural treatments for diabetes.
Since emotional stress levels can affect blood sugar levels, natural therapies that reduce stress can be helpful with regard to blood sugar levels.
Examples of these therapies include meditation, deep breathing exercises, and biofeedback.
Eating a low carb high fat (LCHF) diet helps to keep insulin secretion low, which in turn helps to reduce hunger, allowing one to eat less.
Can Diabetes Be Cured? Here’s One Medical Expert’s Opinion…
Dr. Jason Fung, a Toronto-based nephrologist (specializing in kidney disease), has stated that type 2 diabetes is fully curable, whether through surgery (not recommended) or other means.
According to Dr. Fung, it is important to treat the disease rather than the symptoms, and that is where much of Western medicine has struggled in the treatment of diabetes.
After reading Gary Taubes’ book, Good Calories, Bad Calories, Dr. Fung came to realize that nutrition was key in reducing insulin and combatting obesity and diabetes.
Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends an intermittent fasting diet, increased fiber, and nutritional use of dark chocolate, cinnamon, vinegar, and sweetening with stevia and xylitol rather than the harmful sugars.
Natural supplements that are recommended by some alternative healthcare practitioners include Chromium, Ginseng, Magnesium, Vanadium, and Coenzyme Q10.
Exercise has also been shown to have a positive impact upon blood glucose levels as well.
By a combination of regular exercise, proper nutrition, and stress-reducing techniques, there is much hope for those diagnosed with diabetes to incorporate natural treatments of the disease.
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Lastly, there are ongoing clinical trials on this debilitating disease being conducted periodically. Mitch Haskall, a Research Scholar at Pennsylvania University, recently conducted a test that you may find interesting.
Can diabetes be cured, do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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