Natural diabetes treatments are being studied all over the world. But currently there is no natural cure that has been accepted by the medical communities for either Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes. But there are many natural treatments for controlling symptoms.
Type-1 diabetes is caused by the destruction of Beta islet cells in the pancreas which secretes insulin. Insulin metabolizes sugar in the blood system into energy that can be absorbed and used by the cells. People with Type-1 diabetes need to be on insulin for the rest of their lives. Type-2 diabetes is cause by the destruction of insulin receptors on cell surfaces which causes the cells to be resistant to insulin. Type 2-diabetes can be managed with medication and/or lifestyle
There are several Amazon jungle root herbs being studies in South America with reported abilities to lower blood glucose levels, normalize the frequency of urination, and eliminate glucose in the urine of diabetics. In Brazil, Pfaffia root has been used for years to treat the symptoms of diabetes. Pata-de-vaca is also widely used in Brazil for the treatment of diabetes.
In China and other parts of Asia there are many herbs being studied that help with blood glucose levels as well as some that relieve the effects of narrowing blood vessels which is a common complication that occurs with diabetes.
A study conducted in Germany showed cocoa with high flavanol improves cardiovascular health. The study was specifically to test the effectiveness of the cocoa with long term use. 41 stable Type-2 diabetics were given cocoa with high dose flavanol as compared with low flavanol dosage cocoa. The researchers did find that the flavanol found in cocoa has a positive effect on FMD response in diabetics. Researchers concluded that these results happened by increased production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a chemical that sends signals to arteries to relax and widen in response to increased blood flow. This relaxation of the arteries takes stress off the heart and blood vessels.
Doctors in Canada are currently studying the chemical that makes chili peppers so hot, with mice that have Type-1 diabetes. These researchers have theorizing that the islet cells in the pancreas in diabetics are surrounded by pain nerves that signal to the brain that the pancreas tissue is damaged when in fact the tissue may not be damaged. They believe that there is simply miscommunication between the pain nerves and the brain. These doctors use injections of capsaicin to destroy the pain nerves surrounding the islet cells in the pancreas in mice with Type-1 diabetes. These mice completely recover from their diabetes. The islet cells begin producing insulin almost immediately with some mice doing well with one injection for over four months. These researchers are also finding similar results in mice with Type-2 diabetes.
The information was reported recently in the journal “Cell”. Type-1 diabetes is often diagnosed in childhood and there are currently millions of children with this type of diabetes. It was also reported that human trials with this chemical will begin soon.
Natural treatments for diabetes are being studied all over the world. But currently there is no natural cure that has been accepted by the medical communities for either Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes although there are many natural substances that are showing great promise in helping to control symptoms.