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  • Writer's pictureMaria C Colon-Gonzalez

Can supplements help patients with Type 2 Diabetes?

Updated: Jan 17

The short answer is yes! Supplements can be vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural products.

The easiest to use is cinnamon. Straightforwardly, cinnamon acts like insulin; therefore, it helps your cells eat the glucose in your blood. Yes, you want the glucose inside your cells to generate energy, not in your blood, which causes high blood sugar. As with everything, moderation is needed since some studies have found adverse health consequences when overeating cinnamon. So maybe adding a bit to your morning coffee might not be a bad idea, but since it can interact with some medications, you should always consult your doctor.

Another favorite is berberine. This yellow flower helps reduce fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels by helping your pancreas release more insulin. Not only that, but it also increases the sensitivity of the liver, muscle, and fat cells. AKA now your liver, muscle, and fat cells become responsive to insulin and can use more glucose to produce energy inside the cells.

Then there is chromium picolinate. Studies have shown that some people with Type 2 daibetes have low levels of chromium. Supplementation will help reduce the risk of heart disease, which we know is the number 1 killer for people with type 2 diabetes. It also improves lean muscle mass and enhances insulin activity.

Finally, the mother of all herbs, Holy Basil. This herb has many positive health effects, including adaptogenic nervine properties. Because of this adaptogenic effect, discussing this with your doctor first is essential. But this herb lowers both blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

As you can see, there are many other treatment options to help regulate Type 2 Diabetes. If you are looking for answers and options to help you handle your blood sugar levels, a combination of therapeutic lifestyle behaviors, including medical nutrition therapy and supplements, should be part of a comprehensive, holistic plan.

If you are searching for a holistic physician to help you reduce the number of medications you take and want to consider supplements to help regulate your blood sugar, contact me today.

Remember, in 2024, Salud Revisited is launching the Type 2 Diabetes Transformation Method. Want more help? Then join my FREE Facebook Collective Ladies in Action Reversing Type 2 Diabetes.

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