But it is necessary to open this can of worms or bottle of Pills.
Does Cinnamon lower blood sugar?
Does Ginseng lower blood sugar? Does Alpha Lipoic Acid reduce Neuropathy & BG?
Does Vitamin E prevent Heart Disease?
These are just a few examples of the claimed benefits and uses of natural products to control diabetes.
I have had people refuse to take a Statin(Cholesterol lowering med) but take 3 teaspoons of Cinnamon, and massive doses of strange herbs I dare to pronounce. Scary, and perhaps an example of desperation, and or a mistrust in modern medicine.
I encourage you to click the links. Note the difference in studies from the naturals and the Statin. Not to mention it's interesting.
There are many herbal or natural supplements being marketed and endorsed. But, the medical community seems to remain skeptical, and I rarely hear a physician prescribe any of the above examples. But are these products beneficial and are the studies legit.? I do notice more interest in using Omega 3 capsules, and Vitamin D. But this greatly depends on the medical professional.
Is there a place for natural supplements in main stream medicine? Or, are these products being given way too much attention and hype? I think, yes there is a place, and yes, they are given too much sensationalized media attention with out proper studies.
The question posed is; are these herbal recommendations based on bad science and quackery or are they worthy of being fiction and fact?
I guess I posted this to stir the pot. As I must admit I get annoyed with the abundance of claims in the media, from Hollywood stars claiming to cure type one diabetes to miracle formula's.
The amount of information is exponential and people who are seeking a way to fix their diabetes will try just about anything. My issue is; are they trying safe things? Are they reading good research, and not quack science, making false claims. I could go online, read a study claiming that product "A" prevents heart disease, and then I could find another study claiming the exact opposite. It's very confusing and often misleading.
I am grateful that we are looking at natural medicine, I do think there are products that are indeed worthy in the treatment of diabetes. But let's be safe about it.
On a personal note, I believe in Omega 3, Vitamin D, and a few other well researched supplements. But I also believe, that people are out to make a buck.
I think we need to keep things real, like, reduced processed food, more natural foods, shop on the perimeter, exercise, read the ingredients, not just the advertising on the box. We have to be skeptical of what we choose to treat our diabetes with.
Let me know what you think. Do you have a favorite