Diabetes has grown to “epidemic” proportions and the latest statistics revealed by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) state that 25.8 million Americans have diabetes. Also, research from the ADA shows that 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which is 25% of the US population!
And while millions of people across the world rely on these drugs to control their diabetes, it turns out that these drugs may actually be doing more harm than good — particularly in adults older than 50.
Diabetes drugs are the preferred option of doctors and patients because — let’s face it — it’s much easier than changing your diet.
People don’t want to give up cookies, cakes, and crackers no matter how much it damages their health — not because they don’t have any willpower, but because that food is as addictive as cocaine and heroine.
Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The damage to the pancreatic cells leads to reduced ability or complete inability to create insulin. Some of the common causes that trigger this autoimmune response may include a virus, GMO organisms, heavy metals, vaccines, or foods like wheat, cows milk, and soy.
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In addition to its many other health benefits, research has also shown that curcumin helps improve the survival of islet cells in the pancreas and another study found that it also can aid the regeneration of pancreatic beta cells.
Most people simply throw corn silk away after shucking an ear of corn, but it too has medicinal and nutritional value. In a 2009 study, it was found that the corn silk helped to promote the regeneration of beta cells in the pancreas and normalize the blood sugar of mice with Type 1 diabetes.
This superfood is not only great for heart health and weight loss: a study using avocado seed extract on laboratory rats found that it was able to reduce their blood sugar levels and also had a positive effect on the islet cells of the pancreas where insulin is produced.
Berberine is a bioactive compound found in many plants such as goldenseal and barberry and has a history of medicinal use going back at least 1400 years. In one study in 2009, it was found the berberine was able to regenerate beta cells in the pancreas of laboratory animals.
While it sounds strange that a natural sweetener like honey could help with diabetes, it has been found that long-term consumption of honey may help Type 1 diabetics with their metabolic problems and also help regenerate beta cells.
L-arginine is an amino acid and a popular supplement that is widely available in health food stores. In a 2007 study, it was found that this amino acid was capable of helping beta cells to regenerate in laboratory animals.
A human study from 2010 found that Type 1 diabetics who consumed one gram of black seed daily for three months showed increased beta cells function.
This natural sweetener was the subject of a human study done 2011 which found that stevia has many anti-diabetic properties, including the apparent ability to help repair damaged beta cells.
While more research needs to be done on several of the potential natural therapies, preliminary results are at least hopeful and there is a good possibility that one or more of the line of inquiry discussed above might yield nature-based Type 1 diabetes treatments in the future.
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