Our TOP Diabetes Treatments
Like many complex subjects, diabetes treatment has many facets and can be overwhelming. What are currently the best treatments for diabetes? What are the top alternative treatments? The latest diabetes new research? Let's take a look.
Initially, it is helpful to look at the basics, and then branch out into more focused treatment aspects. In 2012, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) published its Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.
Essentially, the ADA provides a holistic approach to treating the disease. While there are many different components to its aproach, there are six key areas to consider.
The six key areas are:
- Blood Sugar Control
- Proper Diabetes Diet
- Self Management Education Program
- Mental and Social Health Review
- Proper Immunizations
The ADA discussed other factors, including the importance of proper insulin and medication management.
Beyond conventional methods of healing, people often look for alternative diabetes treatments in conjunction with traditional methods. These methods are often referred to as alternative or complementary treatments. The National Institute of Health has an entire section devoted to studying these treatments called the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
The NCCAM provides a therapy list that may be helpful in treating diabetes. Although the NCCAM notes that any alternative diabetes treatments should be discussed and approved by your physician. These possible treatments include:
- Biofeedback Methods (also Meditation)
- Ginseng Use
- Omega 3
- Aloe Vera
You should also read our fascinating account of how Yoga for Diabetes has been advanced as a treatment and cure. Certain yoga asanas, or poses, have been studied for their diabetic healing properties. We also take a look at at how Ayurvedic Medicine can help treat diabetes.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for diabetes. Once you have it, you have it for life. Nonetheless, that does not mean scientist are not working hard to discover ways to significantly minimize the impact diabetes has on a person's life and to cure the disease.
At any given time, there are literally thousands of diabetes studies being conducted, many of which are looking for volunteers to participate. Take a look at our Top 5 Diabetes New Research Tools Here!
Diabetes stem cell research has also received a tremendous amount of interest lately. The huge promise is that stem cells appear to be able to treat and correct the underlying condition, particularly with type 2 diabetes.
Even more encouraging is the emerging role of Gene Therapy, in the treatment and cure of diabetes. Time will tell, but science is slowly making great strides in unlocking the magic box that holds the diabetes cure.
Increasingly, bariatric surgery (such as gastric band and gastric bypass surgery) has become a viable option for people with diabetes who are also obese. There are risks, which we discuss, but if you think you qualify for weight loss surgery you may want to check out our review.
There is a new drug in Phase III clinical testing called dapagliflozin. Check out the this drug review by drugwatch.com and learn how it may be able to help your glucose control.
As diabetes progresses, complications can occur causing specific problem areas. The following is a list of some common diabetes issues: Hair Loss, Foot Pain, Impotence, and Depression. For additional discussions on diabetes treatments, try looking at the Diabetes Complications and Blood Sugar Management pages of this site. Specific conditions and their treatments are discussed at length.
Other Treatment Resources
We have assembled a very eclectic group of treatment resources for you to review. For those who like to pray, How to Pray for Diabetes?is a nice read. If you want a little help with treating your diabetes, how about a diabetes educator? However, make sure you pick the right one - Diabetes Educator - Are They All Created Equal?
Two things to be wary off. First Smoking and Diabetes: It's Like Throwing Gas on a Fire!. Telling someone not two smoke seems self evident, but you'd be surprised. Second, have you heard of glyconutrients? Make sure you read this article, Glyconutrients and Diabetes: Is it a Scam?
By Erich Schultz - Last Reviewed May 2012.
American Diabetes Association, Position Statement - Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2012, Diabetes Care, Volume 35, Suppl. 1, January 2012.
National Institute of Health, Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies for Diabetes, May 2004 (accessed December 2008).