7 Strategies to Overcome Diabetes Naturally

Did your doctor order a blood test to check your glucose assuming that you may have symptoms of diabetes?

If your fasting blood sugar is between 108 and 125 you are considered pre-diabetic. But if your number is above 125 mgm/dL, they’ll say you have diabetes, which means your cells have a resistance to the hormone insulin. Your body uses insulin to push glucose into your cells where it can provide energy. But with insulin resistance, your cells refuse to accept glucose. As a result, it builds up in your blood.

When I work with my diabetic clients, lowering their fasting blood sugar is my main step. In this article I will share simile natural methods to overcome diabetes naturally.

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Metformin leads to lower levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)

Research show that 70-75% of people diagnosed with prediabetes will progress to diabetes. If you are pre-diabetic, your doctor will most likely put you on a blockbuster drug Metformin (also known as Glucophage). Over 120 million people take it to try to control their blood sugar. Metformin creates serious health problems and makes it even more likely that you’ll develop diabetes, because it doesn’t address the root cause of a problem.

The most serious side effect of Metformin is that it leads to lower levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) for people with an underactive thyroid.1 Researchers studied data from over 74,000 people taking metformin over 25 years. Compared to another diabetes drug, metformin was linked to a 55% higher risk for low TSH levels.

Low TSH levels increase your risk of diabetes

Researchers in the Netherlands looked at 8,452 people without diabetes.  They found that those with the lowest TSH levels had a 20% higher risk of developing diabetes than those with the highest levels. But for people with prediabetes, the risk of progressing to full diabetes was 40%.2 Because Metformin lowers your TSH levels, it increases your risk of getting full-blown diabetes.

I’ve been helping my clients not just manage diabetes symptoms, but help them reverse their diabetes using energy medicine, lifestyle, customized dietary protocols.

Natural Solutions for Diabetes 

As a first step, I recommend all my clients to exclude sugar, alcohol and carbs. My diabetes diet plan includes low glycemic foods that don’t spike blood sugar. I also recommend specific supplements that naturally improve the body’s insulin response.

Foods to remove

  • All grains and corn
  • Caffeine, alcohol, sugar and salt
  • Processed foods, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup
  • Potatoes and other white colored foods

Foods to add

Look for grass-fed beef and non-dairy products, wild-caught cold water fish, and poultry and eggs from pastured animals. Fat and protein in these foods will not raise your blood sugar. Choose healthy fats like unrefined cold pressed olive oil and coconut oil.

  • Add protein each meal – meat, fish and poultry. Protein helps your body balance insulin, build muscles and repair tissues that are essential for preventing diabetes.
  • Nuts and seeds – they are a good source of protein and have Omega 3s.
  • Low glycemic vegetables.
  • Fruits and berries with the skin.
  • High protein breakfast every morning is critical. It will help to stabilize your blood sugar, reduce cravings, and supply energy for the entire day. Download my Breakfast Recipe Book for the Beautiful and Slim body.

Top 6 Diabetes Fighting Supplements

1. Berberine

Berberine is a plant phytonutrient extracted from medicinal herbs, such as barberry and goldenseal. And its performance in human type 2 diabetes clinical trials has been amazing. One study of diabetic patients who took 1,000 mg of berberine per day lowered fasting blood sugar levels by more than 20%, from diabetic to normal levels.

Benefits of Berberine:

  • makes the blood sugar lowering hormone insulin more effective
  • decreases insulin resistance and sugar production in the liver
  • helps the body break down sugars inside cells

Recommended Dosage: 500 mg capsule two to three times a day with food. A dose of 1,000 mg to 1,500 mg is effective for many of my people (see references section).

Berberine alone can help you lower your blood sugar. You may also add other minerals and nutrients such as like green coffee bean extract chromium, or vanadium.

2. Vanadium

Vanadium is a vital trace mineral that mimics the action of insulin. It helps to transport glucose from the blood into the cells where it can be converted to energy. In one study, people with diabetes who took vanadium supplements daily lowered their blood sugar levels by 10% on average after just three weeks.

Dietary Sources of Vanadium

The best food sources of vanadium are mushrooms, parsley, dill weed, shellfish, black pepper, beer, wine, and grains.

Vanadium exists in several forms, including vandal sulfate and vanadate. Vanadyl sulfate is most commonly found in nutritional supplements.

Recommended dosage: 500 mcg 3 times daily. Don’t exceed 10 mg in a day.

3. Guava

In Japan guava tea is used for prevention and treatment of diabetes. Guava tea compounds stop absorption of sugar and help to control blood sugar levels after meals. The article published in “Nutrition & Metabolism” listed two studies showing this effect. The first study showed the short-term benefits of drinking guava leaf tea after eating white rice had decreases in blood sugar that were greater after 30 minutes, 90 minutes and 120 minutes than people who ate the same amount of white rice followed by drinking hot water.

Drinking guava leaf tea may also cause beneficial changes in your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. According to an article published in “Nutrition & Metabolism” in February 2010, participants of the study who drank guava leaf tea had lowered total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein levels and triglycerides after eight weeks whether or not they were receiving medical treatment to lower their cholesterol levels.

When shopping for guava tea, look for varieties made from the dried leaves.

4. Vitamin D

Low vitamin D3 levels are directly linked to insulin resistance, prediabetes and full-blown type 2 diabetes. One study revealed that even a minor D3 deficiency can increase your risk of diabetes by 91%.5 You can get vitamin D3 from just 10 minutes a day in the midday sun. You may also eat Vitamin-D-rich foods like mackerel, tuna, sardines, salmon, pastured eggs, grass-fed beef, and liver. Take 8,000 IUs per day.

5. Chromium

Chromium is a very important mineral to help regulate and even reverse diabetes. In one study, participants took chromium picolinate for 30 days. All participants had diabetes. After 30 days, participants’ cholesterol had dropped an average of 19 points, with LDL cholesterol (the kind that can contribute to heart disease) dropping by more than 10 points. Even more important, the average fasting blood sugar level fell by 26 mg/dL.3

6. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)

Alpha (ALA) helps to control and prevent nerve and circulatory damage done by diabetes. In one study, people taking ALA showed improved blood pressure, reduced nerve damage, and better circulation.

While chromium makes cells more receptive to insulin, ALA improves your body’s utilization of glucose. Vanadium acts like insulin and lowers your body’s need to produce insulin.

Together, these supplements will give you a natural and powerful support protocol to help balance your blood sugar and reverse diabetes.


Because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, take dietary supplements only under the supervision of a health care provider. Some animals given vanadate supplements have developed anemia, low white blood cell counts (the cells that help to fight infection), and high cholesterol.

People with high cholesterol, anemia, an infection, or any health problem causing a low white blood cell count, such as HIV, should not take vanadium without first talking to their doctor.

Because vanadium may lower blood sugar levels, people with diabetes who take medication to control blood sugar may be at risk of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia if they take vanadium.

By Irina Maryanchik, EHH-MA, EEM-CP, PLT — Click HERE to connect with me.


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Irina Maryanchik is not a licensed physician, she has extensive experience in the fields of alternative and energy medicine. The information and material provided on this site are for educational purposes only and any recommendations are not intended to replace the advice of your physician. You are encouraged to seek advice from a competent medical professional regarding the applicability of any recommendations with regard to your symptoms or condition. It is important that you do not reduce, change or discontinue any medication or treatment without consulting your physician first. The personal stories shared on this website are personal to the users and will not be typical of the results you will have if you follow the advice provided on this website.

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