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Do natural remedies help in reversing diabetes type 1?

I have heard there are home remedies like eating fenugreek seeds and so on that can help in reversing diabetes type 1. Is it really true?

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Type 1 diabetes defines a condition where blood glucose levels rise unchecked because insulin is not being produced by the pancreas. These individuals require insulin injections or transplantation of insulin-producing pancreatic tissue. Some remedies may help in the digestion of meals to make for controlled release of glucose to the circulation. Other supplements may gratify sweet cravings without causing blood glucose surges. They do not cure diabetes mellitus type 1, nor do they replace the need for insulin.
No, natural remedies do not reverse type 1diabetes.


Marvin A. Leder, MD
Absolutely not. Type 1 diabetes is autoimmune. Nothing can reverse it. Vitamin D may help prevent additional autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, celiac disease or vitiligo from also developing....
No. Type 1 DM is due to lack of insulin. Insulin is required in type 1 DM.
There is no herbal to treat type 1 diabetes. Prior to 1921 it was a fatal disease.
There are interesting studies being done at Mass General in boston which may alter the immune mechanism to a point where some function may return. See BCG vaccine studies and Type I diabetes.
In conventional medicine there is no cure of Type 1 DM. But I hope we find cure of this condition soon. I don't have any expertise or knowledge of herbal products
None to date
I wish it were and it was this easy. I would not say we will never have a natural product that will help since many meds originally came from plants. BUT we have no scientific experimental evidence that fenugreek or any other of the "natural home remedies" work in people with type 1 diabetes. If you try one, PLEASE DO NOT STOP THE INSULIN. I have seen many people try this and get into serious trouble because the home remedy did not work and the lack of insulin caused them to go into DKA, and that can be fatal. Consult your Dr. before starting such an agent and have him or her follow the progress or lack thereof and be available to provide rescue if needed. Over the 55 yrs. I have provided diabetes care, I have seen a number of these supplements come about and just as quickly disappear. So be very careful.