Diabetes
Diabetes 0

A Chronic Disease

October 15, 2017

There are 3 main types of Diabetes.

Types of Diabetes :
1. Type 1 also known as Juvenille Diabetes.
2. Type 2 also known as Non Insulin Dependant Diabetes.
3. Gestational Diabetes.
 

Today we will be adressing specifically Type 2 Diabetes because it is very common.
With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas usually produces some insulin. But either the amount produced is not enough for the body's needs, or the body's cells are resistant to it.
People who are obese that is to say people who are more than 20% over their ideal body weight for their height are at particularly high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and its related medical problems. Obese people have insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, the pancreas has to work overly hard to produce more insulin. But even then, there is not enough insulin to keep sugars normal.
 

Causes of Diabetes :
1. Family history of diabetes or inherited tendency
2. African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Asian-American race, Pacific Islander or ethnic background
3. Being overweight (20 percent or more over your desired body weight)
4. Physical stress (such as surgery or illness)
5. Use of certain medications, including steroids and blood pressure medications
6. Injury to the pancreas (such as infection, tumor, surgery, or accident)
7. Autoimmune disease
8. High blood pressure
9. Abnormal blood cholesterol or triglyceride levels
10. Age (risk increases with age)
11. Alcohol (risk increases with years of heavy alcohol use)
12. Smoking
13. History of gestational diabetes or delivery of a baby weighing more than 9 pounds (4.1 Kg).

 

Symptoms of diabetes:

Increased thirst 
Increased hunger (especially after eating)
Increased urination
Dryness of mouth
Unexplained weight loss (inspite of eating and feel hungry)
Weak, tired feeling
Blurred vision
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
Slow-healing of wounds
Dry and itchy skin (usually in the vaginal or groin area)
Frequent fungal infections
 

Now we will guide you how to manage Diabetes.
There are 3 main areas which should be worked upon to manage Diabetes:
1. Weight Management :
This is the key essential to maintain your blood sugar level. An ideal weight will help you keep your blood sugar levels in check.
2. Nutrition :
A balanced diet is very very essential to maintain your blood sugar levels. A healthy diet plan should be followed so that Diabetes can be managed properly.
3. Exercise :
This is a pillar for treatment of Diabetes. We usually recommend a walk of 45 minutes ideal for diabetics. Exercise is important to keep the blood sugar in check.
 

 

Besides this we also recommend Homoeopathy as it is absolutely safe and can be used for Diabetes as well as. The Homeopathic medicine will be made to order according to the constitutional type of the patient.
We believe in taking a detailed case history and then giving the medicine.
 

As this is our Get Well Naturally Series article we will be giving you home remedies for Diabetes as well :

 

1. Fenugreek (Methi) : 
Fenugreek is an herb which helps to control diabetes, improve glucose tolerance and lower blood sugar levels. Being high in fiber, it slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and sugars.
How to use:
Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Drink the water along with the seeds in the morning on an empty stomach. Follow this remedy without fail for a few months to bring down your glucose level.
Another option is to eat two tablespoons of powdered fenugreek seeds daily with milk.

2. Bitter Gourd :
Bitter gourd can be helpful for controlling diabetes due to its blood glucose lowering effects. It tends to influence the glucose metabolism all over your body rather than a particular organ or tissue.
How to use :
Drink some bitter gourd juice on an empty stomach each morning. First remove the seeds of two to three bitter gourds and use a juicer to extract the juice. Add some water and then drink it. Follow this treatment daily in the morning for at least two months.
Also, you can include one dish made of bitter gourd daily in your diet.

3. Cinnamon :
It can be used as it has helps in lowering the blood sugar levels by stimulating the insulin activity.
How to use:
You can take 1/4th or 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of warm water daily. 
Caution : Cinnamon should never be overused as we commonly use Cassia cinnamon (found in most grocery stores) which contains a compound called coumarin. It is a toxic compound that increases the risk of liver damage.

4.  Amla : 
It is rich in Vitamin C and promotes proper functioning of pancreas.

How to use:
Yu can make Amla juice and have it daily in the morning .

5. Jambun / Black plum :
This one is the most famous home remedy for Diabetes. Each part of the Jambun plant such as the leaves, berry and seeds can be used by those suffering from diabetes. In fact, research has shown that the fruits and seeds of this plant have hypoglycemic effects as they help reduce blood and urine sugar levels rapidly.
How to use :
The only drawback this plant is that the fruits which are edible are seasonal. So whenever they are available you should include them in your diet. 
Else you can make a powder of dried seeds of Jambul fruit and eat this powder with water twice a day.

6. Vitamin C rich foods :
Research has shown that people who have chronic diabetes should consume vitamin C rich foods as it can improve the blood sugar level significantly.

Vitamin C rich foods are : Amla, Lemon, Orange, Tomato, Blueberry to name a few.

7.  Holy Basil /Tulsi :
The leaves of holy basil are packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene. Collectively these compounds help the pancreatic beta cells (cells that store and release insulin) to function properly and increase sensitivity to insulin. An added advantage is that the antioxidants present in the leaves help beat the ill effects of oxidative stress.
How to use :
Eat atleast 2- 3 leaves daily in the morning, It has many health advantages. The advantages of Tulsi can be read in our get well naturally series, It has been elaborated beatifully.

8. Neem :
Found abundantly in India, the bitter leaf has a number of amazing medicinal properties. Neem enhances insulin receptor sensitivity, helps improve blood circulation by dilating the blood vessels, lowers blood glucose levels and reduces one’s dependence on hypoglycaemic drugs.
How to use :
Drink the juice of the tender shoot of neem leaves on an empty stomach for best results.

9. Flax Seed / Alsi :
Due to their high fibre content flaxseeds help digestion and aid in the proper absorption of fats and sugars. Consuming flax seed helps reduce a diabetic’s postprandial sugar level by almost 28 per cent.
How to use:
Consume one teaspoon of ground flaxseed powder every morning on an empty stomach with a glass of warm water. 
 

Hope this article was helpful. Happy Reading.

 

Dr ankita

Dr. Ankita Marjadi

Valsad

October 15, 2017
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