Category Archives: Diabetes

Bitter melon for diabetes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, A few months ago I heard about the health benefits of bitter melon, particularly regarding diabetes. My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and immediately put on insulin injections. Would bitter melon help her with her diabetes? Does it make any difference if the bitter melon is eaten raw or…

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Acupuncture a cure for diabetes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture cure diabetes? A: Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) can help manage diabetes. It cannot necessarily cure the condition, but may assist in managing the symptoms and helping to regulate the blood glucose levels. In addition to acupuncture, proper management of diabetes includes taking the proper medications (if any…

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Recommendations for diabetes, high blood pressure and constipation?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have diabetes, high blood pressure, and constipation troubles. Do you have any recommendations? A: Depending on what type of diabetes you have, the most important thing is to regulate your blood sugar levels. This is directly impacted by your diet, which impacts your blood pressure. Keep a bland regular diet,…

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Grapes good for diabetes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Are grapes beneficial for diabetics? A: Grapes contain specific enzymes and natural acids that help regulate sugar. As with any food, moderation is essential. Do not drink grape juice because it often contains additives and simple sugars. Dark colored grapes are better.

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