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Scientists speculate that genetics and the environment may contribute to the onset of diabetes, but maintaining a healthy weight can decrease the likelihood of its onset.
Although we generally consider vitamins and supplements to be safe, sometimes they’re contraindicated for certain health conditions. For example, vitamin D may help the body to increase hormone production, so be sure to advise your medical professional if you’re taking vitamin D or plan to start.
Research has yielded conflicting evidence regarding the effect of vitamin D on hormone production, but vitamin D works by interacting with receptors in the beta cells and helping them to survive in the diabetes environment. Vitamin D also manages the body’s regulation of calcium levels, which can impact several systems in the body. Although they’re vital to several bodily functions, excess vitamin D and excess calcium in the body can be harmful, but a blood test can determine whether you need additional vitamins and minerals in your body.
Be sure to discuss this with your medical professional before embarking on a regimen of vitamin and mineral supplements.
It’s always prudent to live a healthy lifestyle that avoids hazardous habits such as smoking and vaping, but some naturalists and advocates of holistic remedies believe that diseases such as diabetes can be cured by home remedies. Some of these remedies may have credibility, others may not. Commonly listed holistic remedies for diabetes include:
A few examples of foods containing complex carbohydrates that are good for a diabetic diet:
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine urges consumers to avoid relying on herbal supplements and holistic remedies to treat diabetes because their effectiveness hasn’t been clinically proven. Some may have side effects and some may be contraindicated when taking some prescription medications.
The decision to use traditional Western medicine, alternative medicine or a combination is a highly personal one and there’s no solution that’s correct for every diabetic individual. You must be comfortable with your treatment protocol, so select the treatment regimen that makes you comfortable. Prescription medicines, although they may be successful in treating diabetes, usually have a long list of side effects, some of which may require additional medications to treat. Holistic remedies usually have few or no side effects, but they may not be backed by the research that prescription medications are. The choice is yours.
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