Q. My sweetheart developed type 2 diabetes a few years ago after decades of being overweight. Metformin caused severe diarrhea and other drugs the doctor tried were very expensive and caused nausea.
In desperation, she started exercising every day and eating very carefully. She lost nearly 50 pounds and doesn’t need insulin any more.
I am impressed that she has nearly reversed her type 2 diabetes and wonder whether there are any natural approaches she could incorporate into her regimen to help her keep her blood sugar under control. I’ve heard that cinnamon might help. Is that true?
A. Surprisingly, cinnamon and several other foods can help keep blood sugar from spiking after a meal. Nopal leaves from prickly pear cactus, bitter melon used in Asian cuisines and vinegar are all capable of blunting blood sugar spikes. There is more information about these and other natural approaches to controlling blood sugar in the Guide to Diabetes that we are sending you.
It may also make sense for her to ask her doctor to test her vitamin D level and take supplements if needed to bring it up to an acceptable range. She is definitely to be congratulated on the wonderful effort she has made and encouraged to keep up the exercise and careful diet. We invite readers to share their successes in controlling blood sugar by posting comments below.