6 Natural Remedies to Help Treat and Manage Diabetes
Natural Ways to Treat Diabetes
As a certified diabetes educator (CDE), when a patient asks me for natural ways to manage diabetes, I have to break it to them gently.
The most natural way to manage your diabetes is diet and exercise. Which, coincidentally, is what you should be doing anyway, according to the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2018.
The Standards of Medical Care is updated yearly. The 2018 version didn’t change much from the 2017 version, in terms of nutrition therapy and exercise.
Individuals with diabetes who have a referral for medical nutrition therapy (MNT) with a registered dietitian (RD) can see an A1C reduction of 1.0-1.9% in those with type 1 diabetes and 0.3-2% in those with type 2 diabetes – a huge reduction, regardless of the type of diabetes!
The goals of MNT are multifaceted, but part of the goal is to attain glycemic, blood pressure, and lipid goals, as well as body weight goals, while preventing complications, and promoting the enjoyment of the “diet.”
The Standards of Medical Care do not outline a specific diet for everyone with diabetes, because they realize that everyone is different, with complex needs; this is due to activity levels, current health status, as well as health history and other comorbidities.
The Standards of Medical Care outline specific exercise recommendations based on age.
Children with prediabetes, type 1 diabetes, or type 2 diabetes are recommended to engage in 60 minutes of exercise daily, as well as muscle- and bone-strengthening exercise 3 days per week.
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