Dr. Kogan shares about the alternative treatments for type 2 diabetes.
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What are the alternative treatments for type 2 diabetes? Dr. Svetlana Kogan: In the old days, back in the older days of medicine I should say, we were very limited in our armamentarium of things we could offer to our patients, and there were only several, groups of medications we could use, each one of them with terrible side effects. Here at Doctors at Trump Place, we try to approach diabetic treatment from the more holistic standpoint. So, we are very much in favor of using herbals and supplement as the first line for diabetic treatment. Different people have different need for different cocktails, so to speak, of these herbal concoctions. Before we decide what to use on the patient, we look at their entire profile. Is this a man or a woman? What is their family status? Are they sexually active? How many kids do they have? We will take into consideration their lifestyle and how compliant they can be with a supplement or a vitamin. Based on all of these factors, we put together a comprehensive program, of which vitamins and supplements are a huge part. Just to mention some of the supplements and herbals we have used successfully in my practice, bitter melon is one, Ashwagandha is another; both are Ayurvedic herbs. Gymnema Sylvestre is another very popular Ayurvedic herb, which is a component of many formulas, which are commonly used for diabetes. I am personally very fond of GlucoCare, which is put out by Himalaya, a very reputable company based in India. I believe they have been treating diabetes herbally around the world for over 50 years.