Many people with type 2 diabetes also have high blood pressure problems. If you want a more natural solution to this part of the whole health picture, that is, to discover how to lower blood pressure without medication, then learn more about biofeedback, specifically respiratory biofeedback. Research has shown that slower, deeper breathing can help lower your blood pressure. You may be able to accomplish this goal just by meditating regularly or using basic relaxation methods.
But, if you are the kind of person who prefers to know how you are doing, biofeedback may be a more appealing way to go. The essence of biofeedback is that you use an external device to give you moment-to-moment feedback on whether you are moving a physiological function like breathing, heart rate, and/or blood pressure in a good or bad direction.
There are many devices on the market to help you relax and reduce stress. Two well established portable devices that focus on your heart rate and its variability are the emWave from HeartMath and from Stress Eraser.
Another biofeedback device focuses specifically on on teaching you to breathe in a healthier way that lowers your blood pressure naturally. It is called RESPeRATE. Scientists have done studies on this device in people with high blood pressure, and it appears that the findings are impressive. The amount of improvement is pretty close to what a drug might be able to do in lowering blood pressure -- but the biofeedback does not have side effects, and most drugs do.