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Natural Home Remedies For Diabetes By Dr. Rajeev Singh

By Dr Rajeev Singh +2 more


Diabetes is slowly evolving into a global pandemic. An increased prevalence of diabetes from 4% in 1995 to 5.4% by the year 2025 is estimated. Further, a prediction was made by WHO that the rise of diabetes cases will mainly be witnessed in developing countries. Insulin insufficiency (decreased insulin production) or insulin dysfunction (improper functioning of insulin) might be what leads to this complex disorder, i.e., diabetes. It is a disease in which multiple factors play a role and can lead to several complications, if left untreated. Therefore, the approach to treating it might also be multi-faceted. However, the choice of treatment is at the discretion of your doctor basis your appointment with them.1  

Diabetes Home Remedies

Symptoms of Diabetes: 

If you have diabetes, you might experience the following symptoms: 

  • You might feel weak and experience tiredness 
  • You might have an urge to frequently urinate 
  • You might feel thirsty more often 
  • You might experience blurring of vision 
  • You might notice an unplanned loss of weight 
  • You might notice that sores or cuts heal slower2 

Other symptoms that you might notice are: 

  • Men might notice a decrease in the sex drive, decreased muscle strength or erectile dysfunction. 
  • Women might notice frequent urinary tract infections, yeast infection and dry and itchy skin.2 

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What Causes Diabetes? 

When we eat food, it gets broken down by the digestive system into its various nutrients. The carbohydrate that is present in food is broken down into glucose i.e., sugar, which requires assistance to reach its destination, i.e., the cells. A hormone called insulin (secreted by the pancreas) assists this glucose transport to cells and plays a key role in glucose absorption into the cells.2 

In diabetes, the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin or the cells do not respond to the presence of insulin and cannot utilize it (Type 2 diabetes), or the pancreas does not produce insulin at all (Type 1 diabetes) . As a result, there is an increase in blood glucose levels, which is referred to as diabetes. However, different reasons can lead to the development of diabetes. Moreover, there are different types of diabetes as well.2 

It is important to undergo foot examination, eye examination and perform kidney function tests at least every six months to one year for a diabetic patient (type 1 or type 2) as per international guideline recommendations as these are commonly involved organs which show complications as the disease progresses.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj, M.B.B.S., M.D. in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology

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Home Remedies for Diabetes: 

 Nearly every one in ten people have diabetes in the U.S. and these numbers increase with age. Therefore, active research is being conducted in various parts of the world on treating diabetes, but there is a need for more research to reach any conclusion. However, based on the currently available data, the following remedies might be helpful for diabetes. Please make a note that diabetes is a serious condition and must be diagnosed and treated only by a medical doctor. 

1. Stress management 

Stress might be the reason behind your rising blood sugar levels. Learning ways to manage stress might be of help in such conditions. Deep breathing, walking, meditation, working out, pursuing a hobby, gardening, and listening to your favourite music might be helpful to destress. Approaching a mental health counsellor and asking for help might also be a good first step towards coping with stress better. Therefore, you should discuss this with your doctor and reach a proper conclusion regarding methods of stress management.3 

2. Eating right 

It is important to consult a doctor or nutritionist and decide on a suitable diet plan for your health needs. Your doctor might recommend that you eat foods that are rich in fibre, like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables etc. They might recommend to drink water instead of juices and soda. These carefully devised dietary changes, prescribed by your doctor, might prove to be helpful for diabetes.3 

3. Exercise 

Your doctor might recommend that you stay active most of the days and exercise regularly to stay fit and active. This might be helpful to lose weight if you are overweight, maintain a healthy weight, and control blood sugar levels as well. You can start exercising by taking frequent and short walks during the day. Then, you can slightly ramp up your exercise routine by trying out various other forms of exercise like yoga, stretch bands, etc. However, you should consult a professional before deciding on and adapting to a new exercise routine.3 

4. Onion 

An animal study on rabbits found that dried onion powder might have a potential blood sugar-lowering activity (anti-hyperglycaemic). Another study on rats showed that a bioactive compound present in onion might have a blood glucose-lowering effect. In yet another study conducted on patients with diabetes, the blood sugar reducing the potential of onion juice was noted. However, more research is required to prove the effects of diabetes home remedies Ayurveda might have to offer. Kindly consult an Ayurvedic physician before using any herbal supplement or remedy.1 

5. Bel 

Bel, also known as Bengal quince or Bilva, is scientifically referred to as Aegle marmelos. It was seen in studies that the leaves of the bel tree might have the potential to lower the sugar, urea, and cholesterol of the blood. It might also help to stop the sudden rise of blood sugar that usually occurs after taking food. However, more studies are required to prove the effects of such a natural cure for diabetes. Please do not use it without consulting a doctor.1 

6. Neem  

Animal studies have shown that neem might help lower blood sugar. It might help increase glucose uptake by cells and deposition of glycogen (complex sugar-containing glucose) in rats. However, more human studies are required on the possible use of neem for diabetes. You should consult a doctor.1 

7. Babul 

Its scientific name is Acacia arabica. It is found commonly all over India in the wild. It might have an anti-diabetic effect by potentially helping the release of insulin hormone and lowering blood glucose levels. In animal studies, the seeds of babul were found to have the potential to decrease blood glucose levels by affecting the cells of the pancreas, which might help in insulin production. However, more studies are required to prove such claims; therefore, you should consult a doctor.1 

8. Aloe Vera 

Aloe vera is another such herb which might have the potential to aid in managing diabetes. Animal studies have shown that aloe vera might potentially decrease blood glucose and increase the capacity of cells to utilize glucose. It might also influence the secretion of insulin from the pancreatic cells. However, more research is required to prove the potential uses of aloe vera for diabetes. Therefore, please consult a doctor.1 

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Though there are studies that show the benefits of the given herb and home remedies in diabetes, these are insufficient. There is a need for large-scale human studies to establish the true extent of the benefits of these home remedies on human health. Thus, these should only be taken with caution and never as a substitute for medical treatment.  

Several medicinal plant have shown to be effective in different stages of diabetes, such as curcumin is proposed to be used as one of interventions in pre-diabetes therapy to prevent the progression of T2DM due to its proven benefits and safety profile,26 whereas, cinnamon can be a better option for diabetic patients who are having co-existing hypertension, and on the other hand, the extract of Aloe vera leaf gel with doses of demonstrated increased levels of insulin from regenerated pancreatic beta-cells.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD(Pediatrics)

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When to Seek Medical Help:  

Suppose you have not been diagnosed with diabetes and notice the symptoms of diabetes such as frequent urination, increased thirst, etc., then you should visit a doctor and get a clear diagnosis. Your doctor will examine you thoroughly and reach a conclusion.  

If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, then you should visit a doctor if: 

  • Your blood glucose levels are outside the target range in spite of medicines 
  • If you develop new symptoms 
  • If you experience worsening of any existing symptoms.2 

You must not rely on home remedies alone for the treatment of the condition and should consult a qualified doctor for any advice for the condition if the symptoms do not improve with home remedies.   

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Diabetes is a complex medical condition, and many factors might have a role in it. There are many factors that may affect the blood glucose level. It might occur due to the improper production or function of insulin, which is released from the pancreas. If you have diabetes, you might experience weakness, increased thirst, frequent urination, etc. Some home remedies that might help with diabetes are stress management, proper diet, onion, bel, etc. However, you should consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of diabetes. If you are a known diabetic, ensure that you regularly consult your doctor, especially when your glucose levels reach out of the target range. 

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Frequently Asked Questions: 

Does diabetes go away on its own? 

No. Diabetes does not go away on its own. Please consult a doctor to receive a proper diagnosis and treatment plan for diabetes. Diet, exercise, and medicines form the keystones of managing and reversing diabetes.  

Can diabetic patients eat onions? 

Yes. Patients with diabetes can eat onions. In fact, it may also have the potential to decrease the blood glucose level.1 However, you should consult a doctor before using only such home remedies for high sugar. 

What are the symptoms of diabetes? 

If you have diabetes, you might experience frequent urination, increased thirst, slower healing of cuts and wounds, weakness, lethargy, yeast infection, etc. However, you should consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of diabetes.2 

Can we exercise if we have diabetes? 

Yes. Your doctor might recommend that you exercise as one of the most important ways for lowering and managing blood sugar, along with making you fitter.3  

Are fruits good for diabetic patients? 

Your doctor might recommend you include fruits and vegetables in your diet as they are rich in fibre. However, some fruits might be better to avoid. Therefore, kindly consult a doctor as to the fruits that can and cannot be consumed.3 

What are the home remedies for diabetes? 

Diabetes is a serious condition and must be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. However, some of the potential home remedies that might help with diabetes are onions, Bel, Neem, exercise, good food, stress management, etc. However, more research is required regarding the potential use of such natural remedies for diabetes. Kindly consult a doctor. 


1. Modak M, Dixit P, Londhe J, Ghaskadbi S, Devasagayam TPA. Indian herbs and herbal drugs used for the treatment of diabetes. J Clin Biochem Nutr . 2007;40(3):163–73. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2275761/ 

2. Diabetes [Internet]. Cleaveland Clinic. [cited 2022 Jul 7]. Available from: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/7104-diabetes-mellitus-an-overview 

3. NDEP. 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life [Internet]. National Institutes of Health. [cited 2022 Jul 7]. Available from: http://ndep.nih.gov/publications/publicationdetail.aspx?pubid=4 

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