Home Remedies for Diabetes

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Affecting more than 26 million people in the United States, diabetes is known as the most common endocrine disorder. The condition causes blood sugar levels to consistently display abnormal patterns. When left untreated, patients face other medical issues that increase in severity as time passes. Over the years, many people have learned to control symptoms by following home remedies for diabetes.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses blood glucose (also referred to as blood sugar). Serving as an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues, glucose plays a vital role in your health. An individual with a diagnosis of diabetes either has trouble making insulin (type 1 diabetes) or does not properly respond to the effects of insulin (type 2 diabetes) [1]. Diabetes can also arise in pregnant women – a condition known as gestational diabetes.

Causes and Symptoms

Patients with type 1 diabetes experience a battle between their immune system and insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Generally, the immune system attacks harmful bacteria, but for some reason, diabetics face a system that attacks the cells associated with insulin, leaving the body with little to no insulin. A lack of insulin results in a build-up of sugar in the bloodstream.

Patients with type 2 diabetes have cells that are resistant to the action of insulin. The pancreas also doesn’t make enough insulin to rise above the deficiency. Sugar accumulates in the bloodstream, causing symptoms to emerge. No one knows why this type of diabetes surfaces, but excess fat and inactivity contribute to the condition.

During pregnancy, an increase of hormones in the body can cause cells to become increasingly resistant to insulin. The majority of women suffering gestational diabetes resume their normal health after the birth of their baby.

Each person experiences his or her own crop of diabetes symptoms. Common signs and symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurry vision, sores that heal slowly, and frequent infections, such as skin, vaginal, or gum problems [2].

Diabetes Home Remedies

One of the tricks to living with symptoms is learning how to maintain and control healthy blood sugar levels. Fortunately, there are many different home remedies for diabetes that can make the disorder easier to handle. A collection of suggestions include:

a) Macadamia Nuts:

Some carbohydrates are proven to improve blood sugar levels without affecting cholesterol levels, such as macadamia nuts.

b) Olive Oil:

Cook with olive oil to control blood sugar levels without increasing cholesterol levels.

c) Bay Leaves:

Consuming 500 milligrams of bay leaves (which amounts to ½ teaspoon) may lower blood sugar levels. Insert a couple of bay leaves into your meals, including rice dishes and pasta.

d) Strawberry Tea:

Peel the leaves off of a couple strawberries (about four or five) to create a tea. Add one cup of boiling water to the leaves and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain the concoction and drink every six hours.

e) Onion:

For centuries, ancient civilizations have acknowledged the healing properties of the onion. For diabetics, the onion provides quecetin – a substance often associated with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Onions also help to lower blood sugar levels.

f) Peanuts:

Eat peanuts to keep blood sugar levels low.

g) Fiber:

A low-fat diet filled with fiber-rich foods can help diabetics control their cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Pile on the oats, barley, legumes and fruit on your plate. Fiber creates a gel in the gastrointestinal tract that may cause the sugar in food to be absorbed at a slower rate. As a result, insulin has a chance to maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

h) Flax Seed:

Working to improve the body’s ability to metabolize blood sugar, incorporate ground flax seed into your meals. Sprinkle on top of salads, add to cereal, or mix into a glass of water. Two tablespoons of this soluble fiber consumed on a daily basis is a suggested serving.

i) Soybean:

Offering an ample supply of iron, proteins, calcium, vitamin A and fiber, soybean and soybean products provide diabetics with healthy options for their diet.

j) Walking:

Regular exercise helps normalize body weight and fight insulin resistance. It is suggested for diabetics to walk between 45 minutes and one hour every day.

k) Black Tea:

Sip on black tea to see a significant reduction of blood sugar levels.

l) Garlic:

Add garlic when cooking your meals to aid in the maintenance of diabetes. Eating garlic (especially raw cloves) helps control blood sugar levels.

m) Magnesium:

Scientists have revealed that magnesium plays a role in affecting the enzymes involved in carbohydrate metabolism. In lab tests, animals with abnormally low blood levels of magnesium suffered insulin resistance. You can take a vitamin supplement or increase your intake of the following foods: pumpkin seeds, sweet potatoes, almonds, artichoke hearts, soybeans, chickpeas, brown rice, whole grain bread, and peanut butter.

n) Vinegar [3]:

Some research suggests that taking vinegar before consuming a meal can reduce the rise in blood glucose and insulin that often takes place after eating. Consider a mixture comprised of four teaspoons of vinegar mixed with three tablespoons of water.

o) Beans:

Adding beans to your dishes will help reduce blood sugar levels after meals, as it delays a drop in blood sugar that takes place later on in the day or night. High in soluble fiber, prepare bean soups for lunch and bean salads for dinner.

p) Cinnamon:

Prepare a ‘tea’ consisting of three tablespoons of cinnamon and two teaspoons of baking soda added to one quart of boiling water. Reduce the temperature of the mixture and let simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the tea and store in the refrigerator. Every day, drink one quart of the tea. The cinnamon contains a phytochemical known to beneficially affect blood sugar.

q) Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves and Turmeric:

When drinking a cup of black tea, add a pinch or two of the above spices and allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes. Some people have experienced a reduction in blood sugar levels by following this home remedy.

r) Aspirin:

Some diabetics receive a two-fold benefit when taking large quantities of aspirin for chronic pain – a lowering of blood sugar levels when needed.

s) Bean Tea:

Boil kidney beans, white beans, navy beans, lima beans, and northern beans in water to create a tea that helps flush out toxins from the pancreas.


[1] http://diabetes.webmd.com/guide/understanding-diabetes-basics
[2] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/DS01121/DSECTION=symptoms
[3] Food Cures by Joy Bauer; pg. 201.