5 Supplements for Managing Type 2 Diabetes

How to manage Type 2 Diabetes naturally

In this article I’ve compiled a list of 5 of the best natural supplements for Type 2 Diabetes that help to balance blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance.

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Supplements Type 2 Diabetes

The number of people with Type 2 Diabetes is increasing rapidly

Diabetes currently affects about 1 in 10 Americans.

That’s more than 30 million Americans with diabetes and up to 95% of these cases are Type 2 diabetes. [1]

It’s also predicted that there are thousands more people with diabetes who don’t even know that they have it.

Most cases of Type 2 diabetes are the result of poor food choices, combined with a lack of exercise.

Type 2 diabetes used to be most common in older people, but now more younger people and even children are developing it.

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes occurs when the cells become resistant to insulin.

Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas that takes sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells where it can be burned as energy or stored as fat.

When the cells become insulin resistant, the pancreas keeps releasing more insulin and eventually the pancreas can’t keep up and the blood sugar remains high.

Type 2 diabetes needs to be managed closely so it doesn’t progress to further complications like damage to the kidneys, eyes and nerves.

Diet

Eliminating sugar, processed foods and refined carbohydrates is essential for managing type 2 diabetes.

High carbohydrate foods like white bread, pasta, fries, cookies and cake cause the blood sugar to rise rapidly, which worsens type 2 diabetes symptoms.

Including some protein with each meal and filling up on lots of whole foods like veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds and healthy fats like avocado and olive oil can help to keep blood sugar stable.

Avocado

Exercise

Exercise helps to lower blood sugar by moving glucose out of the blood and into the cells to be used as energy.

Any type of exercise that raises your heart rate is beneficial.

The CDC recommends 30 minutes of physical exercise, five days a week. [2]

If you have some time during the day to climb some stairs or go for a quick walk, that will certainly help to lower your blood sugar.

Research has shown that short bursts of activity followed by rest periods, also known as high intensity interval training (HIIT) are just as effective as longer exercise sessions. [3]

Women exercising

Testing for Type 2 Diabetes

If you’d like to check your diabetes status without needing to see a doctor, you can order a test online from Walk-In Lab.

Then all you need to do is visit a local lab at a time that suits you and your results will be available online within one to two days.

Diabetes #1 Baseline Blood Test Panel includes a Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP-14) with Glucose, Complete Blood Count (CBC) and Hemoglobin A1c.

Hemoglobin A1c shows your average blood sugar level over the past two to three months.

See the Diabetes tests available here

Supplements for Type 2 Diabetes

Here are 5 supplements that may help with Type 2 diabetes management:

1. Gymnema (Gymnema sylvestre)

Gymnema is an Indian herb that helps to lower blood sugar and increase insulin levels.

Gymnemic acid, found in gymnema has been shown to help with weight loss and inhibit glucose absorption. [4]

2. Alpha-lipoic acid

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that can improve insulin resistance and reduce nerve damage, which is a common complication of diabetes.[5]

A small amount of alpha-lipoic acid is naturally made by the body and it’s also found in vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, beets, broccoli and red meat.

Alpha-lipoic acid supplements are helpful for managing blood sugar and may also benefit the heart, kidneys and eyes.

3. Chromium

Chromium is a trace element that helps with carbohydrate metabolism and lowers blood sugar. [6]

One of the best sources of chromium is broccoli. Potatoes, green beans and turkey are also good sources. [7]

Chromium is also available in capsules.

4. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a common spice that is found in most kitchens and can be added to recipes to add sweetness without the sugar.

Studies show that cinnamon can lower blood sugar and insulin levels and improve insulin sensitivity. [8]

5. Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia)

Bitter Melon is a fruit that is used in traditional medicine in India and China that can help to lower blood sugar.

Bitter melon isn’t available in every country and the taste is very bitter (hence the name!), so the best way to get the blood sugar lowering benefits of bitter melon is through a supplement. [9]

Here are two supplements for Type 2 diabetes that I recommend:

Zahler Advanced Diabetes Support helps to support healthy blood sugar metabolism and maintain normal blood sugar levels.

It contains Chlorella, Fenugreek seed, Cinnamon, Gymnema, Bitter Melon, Alpha-lipoic acid, Chromium, Vanadium, CoQ10, B vitamins and minerals. 

Arazo Nutrition Blood Sugar Support helps to restore normal blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce glucose absorption and assist with weight loss.

It contains Gymnema, Alpha-lipoic acid, Yarrow, Licorice, Cayenne, Banaba, Guggul, Bitter Melon, Juniper Berry, White Mulberry, L-Taurine and more.

If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance, it’s important to check with your doctor before taking any supplements, especially if you’re taking diabetes medication as these supplements can cause your blood sugar to fall too low.

Have you tried any natural remedies for type 2 diabetes? Let me know in the comments below.

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease. I hope I can be an advocate for this disease.

  2. Interesting stuff! I have a history of type 2 diabetes in my family, so have been working on preventative measures.

    1. That’s great Viktoria. It’s good that you’re actively working on diabetes prevention.

  3. I appreciate this info! Both of my parents and all 4 of my grandparents had diabetes. So I have to watch myself carefully.

    1. Thanks Heather, yes you certainly need to be extra careful with such a strong family history of diabetes.

  4. Thanks for the tips! Diabetes is hard on the body and making sure diet is in check is very important.

  5. I have a friend who has a type 2 diabetes and she is taking Chromium supplements. It’s interesting that cinnamon might help with this type of diabetes too.

  6. I always turn to natural ways to heal what ails me first and foremost. 9 out of 10 times that ends up being all I need!

  7. I am prediabetic so I have been looking up a lot of these things, especially diet. I really love that you compiled so much into one post. I am saving this for later!

    1. That’s good Jessie. Diet is so important for type 2 diabetes management and prevention.

  8. My grandmother has Type 2 Diabetes, and I think she could really benefit from some of these supplements. I’ll let her know about them, and hopefully they can help her out.

  9. I only know few people who have a type 2 diabetes, and hope they also have these supplements. This is very helpful information.

  10. Diabetes runs in my family. Both my mom and sister have it. This is some great information! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  11. What an interesting and informative article for sure. anyone who has diabetes will find this useful I am sure xx

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