Diabetes is a problem with insulin levels. Glucose is a form of energy from foods that you eat. Insulin is needed to move glucose from the blood into cells for energy. If there isn’t enough insulin, glucose will build up in the blood. It can lead to short and long term health problems. Over time, regular high blood glucose can lead to problems with eyes, heart, kidneys, and nerves.
Medicine and healthy habits can help manage glucose levels. It is important to follow the care plan made with your medical care team. Natural treatments may help with blood glucose control. However, it should only be used with standard treatment.
These herbs and supplements may help you control your blood glucose levels:
May Be Effective
These herbs and supplements may help you control your blood glucose levels:
Unlikely to Be Effective
These herbs and supplements are unlikely to help lower your blood glucose levels:
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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some may get in the way of treatment. They can also make illness worse or cause new problems. Examples include:
Herbs and Supplements
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Last Updated: 6/14/2019
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