If adding some herbs and supplements to your regimen just popped into your mind, talk to your doctor as soon as possible! Do not take medication without his/her permission, especially if those supplements have the potential to lower your blood sugar.
“People with diabetes may be looking for something that seems less potent than a medication or something that will treat other health issues beyond blood sugar control, such as high cholesterol,” says Laura Shane-McWhorter, a pharmacist and author of The American Diabetes Association Guide to Herbs & Nutritional Supplements: What You Need to Know from Aloe to Zinc.
The vast majority of experts hesitate to recommend supplements to people with diabetes, because there’s actually limited research on their long-term safety. Also, no supplement controls blood sugar as successfully as diabetes medication drugs.
However, you should check our list of popular herbs and supplements for people with diabetes—but don’t forget to talk to your doctor before adding any of these to your regimen.