I am looking for information on the treatment of diabetes on behalf of my neighbour.
I know cinnamon is helpful, but I’m not sure if this is the same cinnamon sold in shops, or does he need special cinnamon supplements?
Cinnamon has been shown in scientific testing to help with the regulation of insulin signals in people with non-insulin dependent Type II diabetes. The cinnamon used is indeed the same as the one used in most kitchens, however, it is worth noting that cassia (cinnamomum cassia) is thought to be even more effective than standard cinnamon (cinnamomum verum). Cloves have also been shown to reduce the insulin-sensitising effects in abdominal fat cells and liver cells.
Your neighbour will need to take around 1-6g daily to help control blood sugar levels.
Cinnamon and cassia enhance the ability of insulin to metabolise glucose and also help prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. He can add it to smoothies, porridge oats, or in a main meal to benefit from this spice. A gram of cinnamon or cassia is equivalent to around a quarter of a teaspoon.
Type I diabetes, usually occurring in children and young adults, is responsible for only 5- 10% of all cases. Type I individuals have had their beta cells (responsible for producing insulin in the pancreas) destroyed by their own immune system. Type II diabetes accounts for the other 90-95% of cases, and occurs when the body is unable to use the insulin made by the pancreas. Most Type II cases occur as a result of diet and lifestyle, however around 8% are linked to a genetic predisposition.
I have uterine fibroids and there is a possibility I will need surgery. What are the natural alternatives?
Uterine fibroids are benign tumours found in a quarter of women. Although they typically don’t cause noticeable symptoms and are not a cancerous growth, some women experience heavier periods, anaemia, painful sexual intercourse and urinary incontinence.
Fibroids start out as an abnormal muscle cell response to oestrogen, and can occur anywhere in the pelvic cavity. You don’t mention your age — if you are close to menopause then it is likely the fibroids will shrink of their own accord as a result of the drop in oestrogen production.
Increasing your intake of oily fish, or essential fatty acid supplements will help, as will hormone balancing herbs such as agnus castus/chasteberry (vitex agnus-castus). Agnus castus works by increasing progesterone levels, which can stop fibroid growth. A. Vogel make an Agnus castus tincture which costs €10.49 for 50ml; take 20 drops daily in water. Avoid oestrogenic herbs, such as Siberian ginseng.
Source: irish examiner