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A 36-year-old member asked:

are there alternative therapies for child with diabetes?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
In Type I DM...: ...There are no alternatives to insulin. There are complementary therapies, of which diet and exercise are the most important, that help limit damage from diabetes.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Before insulin was available, children were treated with a variety of "alternatives" out of despiration. Case fatality rates ran 100% with an expected lifespan after Dx of < 4mo.
Mar 8, 2012
Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Alternative?: By that do you mean, choices other than what she is on now, or alternative medicine such as acupuncture? If the first, it depends on whether she has type 1 or 2. Type 1 has to take insulin, but there are various ways to take it. If type 2, there are several drugs available. If you meant the second, then, no. Diet, exercise, weight maintenance - those are essential.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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No: For type 1 diabetes, the only known treatment is Insulin replacement.

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Should I forgo western medicine and try chinese herbal medicine to treat my diabetes?

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No: I am a medical doctor a would have to say no. All the studies i know about tell me that western medicine works for diabetes. I don't know anything about chinese herbal medicine.

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