I have found that the ADA is politically motivated and does NOT use common sense.
When I was first Dx, I went on an all protein diet. My diabetes went away, my cholesterol was optimal, my blood pressure was better than that of an Olympic athlete, and I wasn't lacking in any vitamins.
The reason it changes was my lifestyle changed and I asked for insulin. Now with all those fast food carbs I gained a LOT of weight and everything is out of balance again.
The all meat diet was expensive. I just ate my basal metabolic rate in meat calories per day.
Vinegar tastes awful, but it does help a little. So does cinnamon, but only a certain kind. The cinnamon you buy in the grocery store is not the correct cinnamon.
Chromium supplements help too.
About those 'magical herbs'...
A few of them actually do help.
The best one would be Jerusalem Artichoke. But it must be prepared a certain way and eaten in certain ways. Hard to find and a bit complicated to follow the cooking/eating regime.
Here is a good ratio to eat:
1g carbs-2g of protein-3g of fat
And of course frequent regular after meal exercise is a must.
Personally I do not trust the ADA or AACE. Both have their numbers too high.
Normal A1C's are between 4.6 and 5.7.
Additionally the risk of heart attack rises in a straight line fashion from 4.6 up.
No one can truly cure diabetes that we know of. Too much money in it for a cure to be had.
Darned test strips usually cost about $1.00 each time you use one. Multiply that by 5 times a day, every day, times the number of diabetics using them. That is a mind boggling amount of filthy wealth the Pharma companies and others are making off this disease.
I could blog on this for days and days...
But my last statement on this post is:
Only YOU can control your health. The more elbow bending and less exercising you do the worse your health will be.