Now that Diwali is almost winding to a close and presumably there have been sufficient indulgence in all things sweet, delicious and heavenly, it is time to introduce a little awareness about health, don’t you think?
Diabetes Mellitus or as it is commonly referred to as, Diabetes, is a medical condition where the sugar (glucose) level in the blood becomes higher than normal. As many would already be aware, there are two main types of Diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2.
Type 1 diabetes usually has an early onset, considered juvenile and insulin-dependent. In this case, the beta cells in the pancreas stop making insulin which causes a dip in the level of insulin in the bloodstream; the symptoms of illness are visible within weeks.
In type 2 diabetes, insulin is still produced unlike in type 1 diabetes and the symptoms take time to show up. There are however three reasons to develop diabetes-
- There’s not enough insulin for body’s needs.
- The cells in the body are not able to use the insulin to its potential (insulin resistance). Hence, it necessitates an additional boost of insulin to bring up the level of insulin to normal.
- Combination of 1 & 2.
Although type 2 diabetes is a more common occurrence in those aged above 40, it is increasingly becoming more common in children and young adults. Primarily a lifestyle related ailment, the symptoms for type 2 diabetes may take a while to appear in fully. In most cases, a patient suffering from type 2 diabetes would ideally not be aware of the onset till diagnosis happens much later. Some common symptoms that one should keep an eye out for, are as under:
– Increased thirst
– Fatigue and weight loss
– Blurry vision
– Increased appetite
– Excess urination
Excess urination and increased thirst is attributed to glucose that leaks into urine, which pulls out extra water through the kidneys.
An important point to bear in mind is with patients who don’t have a high level of blood sugar (glucose), tend to seldom show the above mentioned symptoms.
It is important to have an understanding of the short and long term complications of diabetes, chiefly because without the same, it’d be hard to administer a proper treatment.
According to www.patient.co.uk , ‘If your blood glucose level is higher than normal over a long period of time, it can gradually damage your blood vessels. This can occur even if the glucose level is not very high above the normal level.’ This may lead to some of the following complications:
- Furring or hardening of the arteries (atheroma). This can cause problems such as angina, heart attacks, stroke and poor circulation
- Kidney damage which sometimes develops into kidney failure.
- Eye problems which can affect vision (due to damage to the small arteries of the retina at the back of the eye).
- Nerve damage
- Foot problems (due to poor circulation and nerve damage)
- Impotence (again due to poor circulation and nerve damage)
Although a permanent cure for diabetes is not yet definitively found, there are these certain natural remedies that can assist in keeping damage at bay. One of the biggest cues is adopting a healthier eating pattern and changes in the existing lifestyle habits.
Mentioned below are some of the natural remedies to battle diabetes:
- Fig Leaves: Besides being used in the treatment of bronchitis, genital warts, skin problems and ulcers, fig leaves extract have excellent anti-diabetic properties. Taking the extract with breakfast first thing in the morning reduces the need for insulin supplement. An additional remedy is to boil the leaves of the fig in some freshly filtered water and drink this as a tea.
- Jamun and Neem: Daily intake of jamun fruit/jamun extracts offers a natural and safe way to prevent the onset of diabetes. Also, oral administration of jamun extract boosts insulin levels in people affected by diabetes. http://bit.ly/176R7pH
- Stevia: Stevia is the healthiest natural sugar substitute, and the most trusted natural sweet plants on Earth. It has been used as a healthy alternative to sugar for people seeking over all improved health by controlling blood sugar http://bit.ly/176QQmO
- Cinnamon: has long been regarded as a decent source for treatment of diabetes. In a survey conducted in 2003 by Khan and associates, the results indicated that the glucose level in blood dropped 18 percent; LDL cholesterol and triglycerides also showed reduced levels. According to Cancer Tutor.com, ‘Cinnamon mimics insulin, thus it may lower the need for insulin immediately.’
- Grape Seed Extracts: Although not directly related, grape seed extracts have been proven to be successful in preserving liver cells and setting up defense mechanisms against reactive oxygen species produced by hyperglycemic (high blood sugar level) conditions.
- Olive Oil: Olive oil rich diets may go a long way in preventing diabetes. Regular intake of the same can reduce blood levels including LDL and triglycerides. The property of olive oil being monosaturated instead of saturated fat, keeps diseases such as cardiovascular, atherosclerosis, and diabetes under check.
- Bitter Melon: For containing properties that imitate insulin, regular intake of bitter melon comes highly recommended as it helps lower blood and urine levels. The bitter melon should be juiced and then taken on an empty stomach before eating first thing in the morning. The seeds may be ground to a powder and eaten also.
Yes, it is possible to fight Diabetes if detected at an early stage, or even to live with it under control. Should you have come across any other ways to combat diabetes, do share your learning with us in the comment section below.