Non-insulin dependent diabetes or Type 2 diabetes is affecting 90% – 95% of the 18.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes. Patients with type 2 diabetes produce insulin, but the insulin their pancreas secretes is either not enough or the body is unable to recognize the insulin and use it properly.
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes:
- Increased thirst and hunger (especially after eating)
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Fatigue (feeling tired)
- Blurred vision
- Numbness or tingling of the hands or feet
- Frequent infections of the skin, urinary tract or vagina
Some natural remedies and herbal supplements are known to help people suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Here are some of them:
· Bitter Gourd
Bitter gourd contains a hypoglycemic or insulin-like principle, designated as ‘plant insulin’, which has been found valuable in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels. The best results are obtained when the diabetic should uses the juice of about four or five bitter gourds every morning on an empty stomach.
· Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry is rich in vitamin C. A tablespoon of its juice, mixed with a cup of bitter gourd juice reduces the blood sugar in diabetes.
· Jambul Fruit
Jambul fruit helps a lot the pancreas. The fruit as such, the seeds, and fruit juice are all useful in the treatment of this disease.
Grapefruit makes wonders for diabetic patients. You can consume three grapefruits three times a day.
The seeds of fenugreek diminish reactive hyperglycemia in diabetic patients.
· Bengal Gram
According to studies, diabetes patients who are on a prescribed diet which does not severely restrict the intake of carbohydrates, but includes liberal amounts of Bengal gram extract, have shown considerable improvement in their fasting blood sugar levels, glucose tolerance, urinary excretion of sugar, and general condition.
The seeds of parslane are also useful in diabetes. It is recommended to take a teaspoon of the seeds every day with half a cup of water for three to four months.