Complimentary and Alternative Therapies for Diabetes
Although 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 blood glucose 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. A recent analysis showed that people with higher dietary intakes
of magnesium (through consumption of whole grains, nuts, and green leafy
vegetables) had a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Vanadium 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.
To learn more about alternative therapies for diabetes treatment, contact
the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse at
1–888–644–6226 or check their website at http://nccam.nih.gov. You can find NCCAM's
information on diabetes by looking under diabetes at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/bydisease.htm.
Additional Information on Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Diabetes
The National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse collects resource
information on diabetes for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Reference Collection. This database provides
titles, abstracts, and availability information for health information and
health education resources. The NIDDK Reference Collection is a service of the
National Institutes of Health.
To provide you with the most up-to-date resources, information specialists
at the clearinghouse created an automatic search of the NIDDK Reference
Collection. To obtain this information, you may
view the results of the automatic search on Complementary Medicine.
If you wish to perform your own search of the database, you may access and
search the NIDDK Reference
Collection database online.