Being the diabetes capital of the world is no pride for India. India has been witnessing an alarming rise in the incidence of diabetes with as many as 62 million people, which is roughly more than 7.1% of the adult population, suffering from type-2 diabetes. India has a tough challenge to face ahead of it. With nearly 1 million Indians dying due to diabetes every year, the severity of this problem and the rate at which it is expanding is indeed posing a serious threat, an enormous health hazard for the country.
But, life is not over because you have diabetes. Diabetes should only be a word, not a life sentence.
Through this article, I shall make an effort to create awareness regarding this disease and also try to find a solution to this homoeopathically as well as through life style management.
Diabetes Mellitus is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood.
Normal blood sugar levels in our body is controlled by a hormone called insulin produced by the pancreas. Diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) where in the body cannot efficiently make use of glucose that serves as a source of energy for body cells resulting from defect in insulin action or deficiency of insulin.
RISK FACTORS OF DIABETES:
•Obesity or being overweight
The average age of its onset is 42.5 years.
The symptoms of untreated diabetes are:
•increased urination( polyuria)
•increased thirst( polydipsia)
•increased hunger (polyphagia)
Although not specific to the disease, several other signs and symptoms can mark the onset of diabetes like blurry vision, headache, fatigue, slow healing of cuts, and itchy skin.
If left untreated, diabetes can lead to numerous complications. Serious long-term complications include cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease, foot ulcers, and damage to the eyes such as cause glucose absorption in the lens of the eye, which leads to changes in its shape, resulting in vision changes.
Diabetes happens due to either the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the cells of the body not responding properly to the insulin produced by the pancreas. There are three main types of diabetes mellitus.
•Type 1 DM results from the pancreas’s failure to produce enough insulin. This form is also referred to as “insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (IDDM) or “juvenile diabetes” It occurs when the pancreas fails to produce sufficient insulin. The consequent lack of insulin causes an increase in glucose level in urine and blood.
•Type 2 DM begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly. As the disease progresses a lack of insulin may also develop. This form is also referred to as “non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus” (NIDDM) or “adult-onset diabetes”. The most common cause is excessive body weight or obesity and insufficient exercise. It is mainly associated with lifestyle factors and genetics. The gradual decrease in weight is one of the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. They may be a lack of physical activity, obesity, urbanization, and change in diet.
•Gestational diabetes is the third main form, and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop high blood sugar levels.
DIET AND MANAGEMENT:
Management concentrates on keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal. This can usually be accomplished with a healthy diet, exercise, weight loss, along with medications.
Dietary patterns must change, with more fibre and protein and less of sugar and starches in the diet.
Avoiding fatty food like meat, deep-fried food, ice-creams, cakes, butter etc. is an utmost necessity in case of Diabetes. Fatty and highly saturated foods may lead to heart diseases. Avoid sugar, ghee, butter, curd, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes.
Using low fat vegetable oil to cook food is highly recommended. Foods rich in phytoestrogens like soya, pulses, fruits and vegetables should be included in diet. Include bitter gourd, wheat, turmeric, black pepper, garlic, blue berries, black plum, jaggery in your diet. Inclusion of blue berry leaves in your diet reduces sugar level in the body. Most importantly refraining from sugar free tablets is an absolute must. An early dinner is also highly beneficial.
Attention is also paid to other health problems that may accelerate the negative effects of diabetes. These include smoking, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, high blood pressure, and lack of regular exercise.
Hariom Homoeo recommends certain home remedies which could prove useful. We, at Hariom Homoeo, believe that certain age old home remedies have proved their efficacy over the ages and are definitely worth trying.
Fenugreek seeds: 20gms fenugreek powder should be mixed with fresh buttermilk and taken both morning and evening 15 minutes before meals.
Guava: This fruit is a boon for diabetics. Fresh guava leaves, 125 gms of it, should be crushed and soaked in a glass of water, which should be strained and drank in the morning. Doing the same for two months have shown tremendous results.
Indian Basil: This magical leaf is a store of antioxidants and essential oils. 2-3 leaves of it or a teaspoon of its juice if taken in empty stomach has been known to reduce sugar levels.
Flax Seeds: Fibre rich flax seeds help in reduction of fat and sugars by providing proper metabolism. Flax seed powder should be taken in the morning on an empty stomach with warm water.
Blueberry: Recently a research in the “journal of Nutrition” has found that Blueberry leaves contain high levels of anthocyanin which are very effective in managing sugar levels. 100 mg of freshly mortar-pestle ground blueberry leaves should be taken on an empty stomach.
Cinnamon: Half teaspoon of the easily available spice cinnamon helps in weight reduction, lowering heart problems as a result; also stimulates insulin regulating sugar levels.
Green Tea: Rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, it regulates blood sugar. Intake of green tea in the morning and before meals is highly beneficial.
Drumsticks: Being fibre-rich, it satiates hunger, keeping you fuller for longer and improving digestion and metabolism. Intake of half cup drumstick juice is beneficial.
Indian lilac (Neem): The leaves are full of immense magical powers which improves insulin levels, blood flow and reduce blood sugar levels.
Homoeopathy can be used effectively in the treatment of diabetes. Here we mainly concentrate on functioning of the pancreas in efficient insulin production therapy. Homeopathy is effective and safe treatment system that aims at stimulating body’s own healing mechanism to counter the manifesting disorders. The system is curative, not suppressive with many advantages. Complications of the disease can also be taken care by symptomatic treatment.
Certain effective medicines have been discussed:
1.Syzygium jambolanum Q, 10 drops twice a day with half cup warm water.
(This medicine is highly effective in Diabetes Mellitus, especially in controlling sugar in urine. There is marked itching and burning in the upper part of the body along with polydipsia, weakness, weight loss, polyuria, frequent urination.
2.Gymnema sylvestre Q, 10 drops at night.
3.Insulinum 30- 4 drops thrice a day.
4.BC7- 2 tablets thrice a day.
Also, certain medicines like Arsenic bromatum, Coca, Codinum, Syzygium, Phosphorus, Insulinum, Uranium Nitricum, Aurum, Helliborus etc. have proved to be greatly effective in Diabetic cases.
Uranium Nitricum: Marked weakness, weight loss, tendency of fluid accumulation in abdomen, frequent urination, gastritis with tympanic abdomen, burning urethra, nocturnal enuresis, polyphagia, vomiting, flatulence, irritation indicates the medicine in 2x or 6x potency. The medicine should be continued for a couple of days along with avoiding sugar.
Biochemic medication: Calcarea Phos 3x, Ferrum Phos 12x, Kali Phos 3x, Mag Phos 3x, Natrum Phos 3x and Natrum Sulph 3x should be taken in equal quantities and mixed in a cup of warm water. Divide it into 4 equal parts and when taken quarterly, morning, afternoon, evening and night is seen to be greatly effective. No food should be taken before and after half an hour of taking the medicines.
It is imperative to remember that in case of Diabetes, self-medication is not advisable. Please take medicines only after proper consultation with doctors.
Let’s march together towards making the nation diabetes free.