Alternative medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Numerous substances have been shown in some studies to improve insulin sensitivity, yet other studies have failed to find any benefit for blood sugar control or in lowering A1C levels. Because of the conflicting findings, no alternative therapies are currently recommended for diabetes control. Some of the substances that have been studied in diabetes include:

  • Alpha-lipoic acid
  • Caffeine
  • Cinnamon
  • Chromium
  • Flaxseed
  • Ginseng
  • Glucomannan
  • Guar gum
  • Magnesium
  • Niacinamide
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E

If you'd like to try an alternative therapy for your child, discuss this with a doctor who is familiar with these alternative treatments. It's important to check with your child's doctor first to be sure that whatever treatment you'd like to try won't cause an adverse reaction with other medications your child may be taking. It's also important not to stop giving your child any prescribed medications, especially insulin, without first consulting your child's doctor.

Mar. 09, 2013