Those 'natural' treatments like cinnamon actually require HUGE amounts, not capsules but quarts, to make a significant dent in diabetes.
Around 1920, just before the development of insulin as a treatment, there was a very real flurry of medical support for extremely low carbohydrate diets for diabetics. But I mean EXTREMELY LOW CARB, no exceptions, no days off. Even so, this regimen couldn't save those who were already severe diabetics and seemed not very successful with Type-1 diabetics. Advantages: low carb diet also worked against obesity.
Very recently a British doctor, Roy Taylor, has worked up an anti-obesity diet based on the fact that obese type-2 diabetics who underwent stomach shrinkage surgery (various types - stapling, bypass, gastric band, etc.) not only lost weight but also somehow got cured of diabetes, even though the surgery never touched the pancreas. He figured out it was the very strict diet that they had to follow after the surgery -- colloquially, five handfuls of birdseed a day forever. He figured that the birdseed diet, without the surgery, might work just as well and tried it on a bunch of obese diabetics in hospital, without doing surgery, and it did work. But the diet has to be followed super-strictly, no secret candy bars or cheeseburgers. He is now selling packages of the "birdseed" diet (really, broth, and assorted other stuff, very small portions, something like 6 or 7 little meals a day for months and months). The difference with his method and the surgery is that, with Taylor's method it is possible to back-out, very slowly and very carefully and very rarely, for a normal meal once in a while. There are a few books out describing this method or something similar.
I have been dabbling in a lower carb diet - not nearly as strict as Taylor's - and lost 30 pounds in 18 months and brought my A1C down to 5.7. I hasten to add that (1) I am only mildly diabetic, only diagnosed within the last two years, (2) I have never been prescribed insulin, (3) my blood glucose readings have never been above 210 and for the last year hover around 130-160, and (4) I am following my M.D.'s instructions additional to my lower-carb diet including daily doses of prescription Metformin pills (Glucophage).
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