Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

There is no treatment that can replace insulin for anyone with type 1 diabetes. People who have type 1 diabetes must use injected insulin (exogenous insulin) every day to survive.

It's been suggested that some substances may help with blood sugar control. But none of these substances have been proved to effectively manage or prevent type 1 diabetes and they should not replace insulin.  Some of the substances that have been tested for blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes include blond psyllium, cascia cinnamon, fenugreek, guar gum and niacinamide (vitamin B-3).

April 01, 2014