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Supplements and Diabetes

We explain how to determine if supplements are a help -- or hindrance -- in managing diabetes. It's important to do your homework before trying a natural dietary supplement. Always use caution and talk to your doctor first. This is especially important because dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA. Some natural dietary supplements like chromium and magnesium may help those with diabetes if taken in low doses. Other supplements such as ephedrine and germander are dangerous and can make you very ill. It's important to always talk to your doctor before taking any over-the-counter supplements.

 

Learn About Natural Treatments for Diabetes

There are many natural treatments for type 2 diabetes. They include alternative therapies such as acupuncture, guided imagery, yoga, hypnosis, and massage, as well as natural dietary supplements -- vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural products. While some natural remedies, such as relaxation therapies, are safe and easy to do at home, others might require a specially trained practitioner.

For more detail, see WebMD's article Natural Remedies for Type 2 Diabetes.

Be Wary of Natural Diabetes Cure Claims

Perhaps you are hoping for a natural cure for diabetes. Before you get your hopes up, read more about it to see what it entails. Again, always discuss any natural or prescribed treatment. You never know what might cause your blood sugar levels to get out of control and cause you to become ill.

 

Find Out About High-Tech Tools for Diabetes

Find out the latest information on high-tech tools for diabetes. There are a host of tools for diabetes that can help people manage their disease just as they manage other facets of their lives. For instance, there are increasingly sophisticated software programs that allow people with diabetes who use regular blood glucose meters to track and analyze trends. These programs allow you to download and store data from your blood glucose meter onto a computer and then view charts that show what percentage of time your glucose levels were within normal ranges, as well as above or below normal.

Other high-tech tools for diabetes include combination tools that let you monitor your blood glucose and administer insulin therapy through the insulin pump -- all in one piece of equipment.

There is also a small monitor your doctor can attach to the skin that will measure blood sugar every few minutes for several days. That can help you find the best ways to adjust your diet, exercise, and diabetes medication for optimal control

For more detail, see WebMD's article Four High-Tech Tools for Diabetes.

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on June 04, 2013

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People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.

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However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.

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Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.

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