The following information came from the website www.holitic-online.com. Eat a low-fat, high fiber diet including plenty of raw fruits and vegetables as well as fresh vegetable juices. This reduces the need for insulin and also lowers the level of fats in the blood. Fiber helps to reduce blood sugar surges. For snacks, eat oat or rice bran crackers with nut butter or cheese. Legume, root vegetables, and whole grains are also good. Remember to regulate your complex carbohydrate intake. Supplement your diet with spirulina. Spirulina helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Other foods that help normalize blood sugar include berries, brewer's yeast, dairy products (especially cheese), egg yolks, fish, garlic, kelp, sauerkraut, soybeans, and vegetables. Get your protein from vegetable sources, such as grains and legumes. Fish and low-fat dairy products are also acceptable sources of protein. Avoid saturated fats and simple sugars (except when necessary to balance an insulin reaction). Eat more carbohydrates or reduce your insulin dosage before exercise. Exercise produces an insulin-like effect in the body. Talk to your doctor about the right approach for you. Do not take fish oil capsules or supplements containing large amounts of para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), and avoid salt and white flour products. Consumption of these products results in elevation of blood sugar. Do not take supplements containing the amino acid cysteine. It has the ability to break down the bonds of the hormone insulin and interferes with absorption of insulin by the cells. Do not take extremely large doses of Vitamin B1 (thiamine) and C. Excessive amounts may inactivate insulin. These vitamins may, however, be taken in normal amounts. Avoid tobacco in any form; it constricts the blood vessels and inhibits circulation. Keep your feet clean, dry and warm and wear only white cotton socks and well fitting shoes. Lack of oxygen because of poor circulation and peripheral nerve damage (with loss of pain sensation) are major factors in the development of diabetic foot ulcers. Try to avoid injury, and take measures to improve the circulation in the feet and legs. Diabetic nephropathy (damage to the kidneys caused by diabetes) is quite common, but is becoming less so, as people recognize the necessity of maintaining a stable blood sugar level. It is important to monitor kidney function periodically. Treating high blood pressure is important, as is eating a low-protein diet containing less than 40 grams of protein each day. Diabetic neuropathy (damage to the nerves caused by diabetes) usually affects the peripheral nerves, such as those in the feet, hands and legs. Symptoms include numbness, tingling and pain. Autonomic neuropathy may lead, among other complaints, to a buildup of gastric juices in the stomach. Too much stomach acid can cause nausea and diarrhea, but the condition can be relieved by eating smaller, lowfat meals. For men, neuropathy or circulatory problems can lead to erectile disjunction. Viagra may be able to alleviate this problem.