Linnet Steinman expresses her opinion about alternative or complimentary medicines to treat diabetes.
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Diabetics Alternative Medicines: Question: What is your opinion about alternative or complimentary medicines to treat diabetes? Linnet Steinman: I actually, there are number of complimentary medicines that do help with blood sugar control. Cinnamon is an excellent example. Balsamic vinegar is an excellent example. Chromium picolinate is another excellent example that can help insulin work better. My concern is when we go very, very far off track. There are some medications that don't help and potentially do harm. So if someone was interested in using an herbalist or some other different complimentary medicines, I would strongly recommend that they do talk to their physician and ask their physician what they know. I would want them to make sure that those medicines are not doing harm. There is a situation, a number of years ago where I had a patient, a young lady who had Type 1 diabetes. Her body made no insulin, and the parents very much believed in the eastern culture and the eastern medicine which is, which has lots and lots of well founded therapies. But what these parents did was they took this young lady off about her insulin and the young lady had such an elevated blood sugar that she became comatose and currently has suffered brain damage and is currently in a vegetated state. So I caution people to make sure that any kind of complementary medicines that they are on, vitamins, any kind of supplements that they are on, be sure that they share that with their healthcare provider. And if the healthcare provider is unfamiliar with it, there are some excellent websites out there and excellent books out there that can give you better information about whether or not this is helpful or not helpful. Joseph and terry Grayton who are based in Durham. They have written the people's pharmacy book. Have lots and lots of good information on some alternative and complimentary medicines.