Herbal approaches to combating the rise in childhood diabetes
The sharp increase in childhood diabetes type 2 has prompted much discussion and concern. Previously unheard of in children since type 2 diabetes is also referred to as late-onset diabetes and more common in adults approaching middle age or the elderly. Incidence of this non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) in children has signalled a stark warning to parents, health authorities, the government and all those involved in child health to examine current dietary practices, lifestyle and childhood obesity, all contributory factors in this condition. Effective treatment and management of NIDDM using herbal remedies can have more appeal than using conventional drugs especially in children. Herbs of choice such as fenugreek, goat’s rue, bitter gourd (bitter melon) and gymnema all show significant therapeutic promise with the complications of diabetes such as diabetic retinopathy being addressed by bilberry, ginkgo or grapeseed.
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