Treatment Options for Diabetes

Treatment Options for Diabetes There is always a significant amount of researchgoing onthe field of diabetes. Scientists are always looking for a cure orbetter treatment, developing new ugs and equipment, and performing experiments withstem cells and other methods. New treatment options are becoming availableall the time. As a diabetic, keeping your blood sugar levelssteady is key. Once you have that under control, many diabeticslike to search out alternative treatments. In conjunction with your physician's knowledge,you may find your health is enhanced by one

or more alternative treatments. Let's take a look at some of the treatmentoptions available for diabetics. Insulin Those with Type I diabetes will need to takeinsulin. This can be donethe form of a shot, whichthe diabetic gives him or herself (except for small chilen, whose parents could givethe daily shots). Another option is an insulin pump, which isoutside the body but attached by a small tube. The diabetic enters what he or she eats intothe pump, and the pump produces the necessary

insulin. For Type II diabetics, insulin may or maynot be necessary. If it is, there are some different optionsfor these diabetics. Inhaled or even oral insulin may be prescribed,or traditional shots or quot;pens.quot; Mediions In addition to insulin, some diabetics takevarious mediions. Some mediions, like Metformin, work bydecreasing the glucose that the liver produces, which aidsthe body's response to insulin.

Others, such as Glipizide and Glimepiride,increase the pancreas's own insulin. This, of course, lowers blood sugar; but presumablyit would only be effective if the pancreas still worked somewhat. Some newer mediions are called DPP4 inhibitors. These affect the pancreas both by stimulatingthe secretion of insulin and by reducing the secretion of a hormone called glucagon. Glucagon raises blood sugar. Alternatives

Some natural substances have been consideredfor their ability to lower or stabilize blood sugar. Chromium, a mineral that occurs naturallyin whole sugar cane, may be lowpeople with Type II diabetes. Chromium is said to stabilize blood sugar. Other minerals, herbs, and foods that aresaid to help with blood sugar are: * Stevia* Magnesium (diabetics are often found to be deficientthis mineral)* Essential fatty acids

* Cinnamon* Ginseng Acupuncture has also been explored as an alternativetreatment for diabetes. Diet and exercise are important for all diabetics,but these essentials are usually considered quot;alternative treatments,quot; probably becausethey do not directly involve ugs or conventional therapy. But exercise and diet are important for keepingblood sugar regulated and maintaining a healthy body weight.