21 Surprising Home Remedies for Diabetes

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Home remedies for diabetes include the use of apple cider vinegar, bitter gourd, fenugreek, cinnamon, aloe vera, water, mango leaves, alfalfa, jamun, curry leaves, and flaxseed oil in different forms. Exercising, healthy sleep patterns, and maintaining oral health are other good behavioral remedies for getting rid of diabetes in a natural way.

Home Remedies for Diabetes

Home remedies can offer a solution to all of your diabetes problems, despite not technically being a “cure”. You can try any or all of the following home remedies to start enjoying the benefits of a diabetes-free life.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar plays an important role in controlling the sugar levels in the blood. It also controls the blood glucose level, which rises noticeably right after you finish a meal. Moreover, it helps you to lose weight, which is important, considering obesity is one of the main drivers of diabetes. Mix a pinch of salt with two spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Take this regularly before having a meal.


People suffering from Type 2 diabetes can benefit considerably from cinnamon. It boosts the insulin production process in the pancreas and lowers the sugar level. You can take cinnamon in several ways. Mix it with your tea or other drinks or directly take it as a powder for at least 40 days to get optimal results. Close up of hands using lancet on a finger to check blood sugar levels


A proper intake of water helps to mobilize the fluids throughout your body and moves the excess sugar through your system so it can be taken in by the organs and cells to be used as a functional source of energy. Furthermore, water keeps the toxins and other foreign bodies in your body moving out and being flushed, which also includes excess sugars via urination.


As unusual as this may sound, one great remedy for diabetes is to get some sunlight in your life! Sunlight is directly linked to the functionality of vitamin D, and by rejuvenating this essential vitamin, sunlight can help improve the production of insulin. A proper supply of insulin can help those suffering from both types of diabetes mellitus.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel is a very powerful component in battling diabetes because it contains phytosterols. Early studies have shown phytosterols to have anti-hyperglycemic effects, and can seriously benefit people suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Some home remedies with aloe vera include a mixture of turmeric and bay leaves. Mix a teaspoon of all three with water and drink two times a day. This should lower your blood glucose levels!

Mango Leaves

Take at least 3 or 4 mango leaves and boil them with water. Drink the mixture every morning to lower your chances of developing diabetes. You can also dry the leaves and grind them into powder. Eat one-half of a teaspoon of this powder twice a day.

Curry Leaves

Chewing on curry leaves is a traditional and reliable way to reduce the symptoms of diabetes and help treat the insulin issues within the body. There are certain organic compounds within curry leaves that inhibit the breakdown of starches into simple sugars like glucose, which is one of the causes of diabetic flare-ups. Curry leaves are also shown to reduce cholesterol levels and obesity, both of which can contribute to diabetes as well. Curry leaves are therefore preventative medicines, as well as treatments for diabetes!


Diabetes patients should take at least a teaspoon of crushed alfalfa seeds with or before their meals. This helps to reduce and stabilize the blood sugar levels.

Low Salt Diet

A recent study suggests that intake of high-salt diet increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases in diabetics so it is advisable to opt for a low salt diet.

Bitter Gourd

Bitter gourd is also known as bitter melon, and some of the effects of this fruit are known to reduce glucose levels. It stimulates the pancreas to release insulin, thereby counteracting the effects of excess glucose in the body. Remove the seeds from two or three bitter gourds, and extract the juice. Add water and then drink it on an empty stomach every morning.


This is one of the best options as a home remedy for diabetes. Fenugreek seeds have organic compounds that stimulate the pancreas into increasing its insulin output, thereby reducing the dangerous activities of glucose in the bloodstream of diabetics. Soak fenugreek seeds (approx. two tablespoons) in some water overnight. When you wake up, drink the water as well as the seeds. Along with the organic compounds that help stimulate insulin, fenugreek seeds are also high in fiber, which slows down the metabolism of starch into glucose, thereby helping diabetics.


Take at least 60 grams of ripe Jamun fruit and soak it in boiling water for several hours. Now make a mash with it and divide it into three equal parts. Take these separated parts at equally spread times of the day. Jamun is one of the most powerful home remedies for diabetes, as every part of this plant can have some sort of anti-diabetic effect. The seeds contain glycosides and alkaloids that control blood sugar levels. The anthocyanins, ellagic acid, and tannins are also considered to be powerful anti-diabetic agents.

Flaxseed Oil

Take about 1.5oz of flaxseed oil and mix it with some cottage cheese and milk. Blend it well to make a fine mixture and eat the mixture with fruits as regularly as possible. This is another very good home remedy for diabetes.

Canola Oil

Research suggests that canola oil enriched low-GL diet may help improve glycemic control in type 2 diabetes.


Recent research suggests that grape skin extract (GSE) exerts a novel inhibitory activity on hyperglycemia and may help in diabetes management

Gluten-Free Diet

Recent research suggests that gluten-free diet may reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes.


Regular exercise is a must for people that are suffering from diabetes. You need to keep at least half an hour for exercise every day. Joining a gym is another good option since it helps maintain the regularity and motivation. Exercise eliminates obesity and lowers blood sugar levels significantly, therefore reducing your chances of diabetes. The energy required for physical activity needs to have a source, and that will stimulate the uptake of simple sugars like glucose from your bloodstream into your muscle tissues and cells, thereby doing the same job as insulin, while you lose weight and increase your health at the same time!

Exercising During Pregnancy

New research shows that exercising during pregnancy can help control gestational diabetes and curb post-natal onset of Type 2 diabetes.


Diabetes patients should sleep soundly for a minimum of 8 hours per day. This will keep them fit and fresh while releasing stress and anxiety, two more of the primary causes of diabetes.

Plant-Based foods

According to a recent study, plant-based foods contain antioxidants (polyphenols) that may improve blood sugar in people at risk for diabetes and heart diseases.

High Energy Breakfast

Recent research suggests that intake of a high-energy breakfast and low energy dinner helps in reducing hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetics.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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