I continue to be amused by a lot of the things I hear when I discuss the use of supplements with some diabetics online. A lot of the people on the street that I talk to that have diabetes may be thinking the same things, but they do seem to be better at realizing they don't really have much knowledge about this than a lot of people online do.
So these people tend to think that if something isn't prescribed by your doctor than it probably isn't going to help you at all, they are the experts on diabetes, they went to medical school, they keep up on all this stuff, and everyone knows that drugs work, supplements on the other hand might help a little but not significantly.
They don't realize that doctors really don't know much at all about diabetes, they do get a bit of education on this in med school, so they do have somewhat of a basic understanding of it, but this basic understanding doesn't really go into the disease in much depth, and it especially doesn't look at all of the science we have on this, much of which conflicts with the traditional view of the disease.
They do get continuing education though, the drug companies are more than happy to provide this to them in fact, so they at least have a good understanding of what's out there to prescribe, and in general, what the recommended protocols are here.
Allopathic medicine focuses on treating symptoms though, that's where the term came from, this is meant as an insult by the way, used by practitioners of so called alternative medicine, and the jab is directed at how they aren't concerned about what's behind a disease, or even treating the disease itself, but instead treating the symptoms, ,and this treatment is limited to using pharmaceutical agents and surgery.
That's a discussion for another day, but in terms of what medicines that they are going to be using, they just do what they are told pretty much. To be fair, there is a growing number of allopathic physicians that are stepping outside the box here and broadening their focus, considering natural medicines as well as man made ones, but the percentage here is very small.
So very few doctors really know very much at all about natural medicine, and this isn't really taught to them either, so they are far from experts on this subject, in spite of being medical doctors. This is a shame of course but that's just how the practice of allopathic medicine works, they are programmed to dispense prescription drugs and prescribe expensive heroic medical procedures, because this is the basis of their education.
So when people say, well if something worked for diabetes, let's pick one of my favorites, creatine, as an example here, if creatine helped blood sugar, as much as some medications do, well surely our doctors would know about this and would be prescribing creatine to people. They don't, so it doesn't work.
If you asked a hundred doctors what they know about creatine being an effective treatment for diabetes, I seriously doubt even one would be familiar with the studies on this. This is mostly because they don't even look.
Creatine has been shown to benefit diabetes all the way back to 1918, even before insulin was used. It increases the expression of GLUT4, which is the primary glucose receptor in the body, and is lacking in insulin resistance. More insulin will increase this temporarily, but the cells are programmed to downregulate GLUT4 over time in the presence of excess insulin, but creatine counters this insulin resistance.
So creatine has been shown to reduce blood sugar as effectively as prescription diabetes medicines, and much more importantly, it does this by making us well, by improving insulin sensitivity, instead of doing the opposite, making insulin sensitivity worse, as is the case with a lot of diabetes medications, especially those that increase insulin levels.
So creatine has been shown to reduce A1C by 1% on average, and we're not talking people who are well up there, it does that with subjects who only have modestly high blood sugar, and that part is important.
For instance in a double blind controlled study, 5 grams of creatine a day reduced the subjects' A1C from an average of 7.4 to an average of 6.4, and in particular, reduced after meal readings, from 245 without creatine to 160 with it, which is a huge improvement to say the least.
So you can find information like this on the internet, and I'm only using creatine as an example here as it is just one of several things that have been shown to help us significantly, but it's hard to find stuff like this if you aren't looking.
I did look at a couple of traditional medical websites though to see what they had to say about creatine and diabetes, interestingly enough, there are warnings about this as far as it lowering blood sugar, but the impression was that diabetics should avoid it for that reason. In other words, take your meds, don't take this with them as you don't want to go too low.
So it seems that they do know a little here, but they are just too committed to pharmaceuticals to even recommend natural substances even when they do work. That pretty much sums up things actually.
You're on your own here, but there's nothing stopping you from going out and learning about these things yourself, thankfully.