Diabetes is a disease in which the body’s blood glucose (sugar) level is too high. Normally, the body breaks down food into glucose and carries it to cells throughout the body. The cells use a hormone called insulin to turn the glucose into energy.
The two main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. In type 1 diabetes, the body doesn’t make enough insulin. This causes the body’s blood sugar level to rise
Poorly managed diabetes can lead to a host of long-term complications like :-
– Heart attacks.
– Nerve damage.
– Amputation of Limb.
– Impotence in men.
– Pruritus (Itching)
Causes of diabetes –
1] Diet increasing kapha dosha such as sugar, fats, potatoes, rice.
2] Lack of exercise.
3] Mental stress and strain.
4] Excessive sleep etc.
Symptoms of diabetes –
1] Excessive urine formation & Frequent urination.
2] Burning of palms and soles.
3] Increased hunger
4] Excessive Thirst.
5] Sweet taste to mouth etc.
6] Weight Loss
7] Blurry Vision
8] Wounds that take time to heal
9] Skin Infections
10]Unexplained extreme fatigue
Remedies for diabetes–
1] Diet planning- is the cornerstone of managing diabetes.The diabetic diet is an otherwise normal balanced diet, with a few modifications and proper spacing between food intakes. Avoid diet increasing kapha dosha such as sugar, fats, potatoes, rice. Avoid alcohol
2] Daily exercise- One of the methods to heal prameha include strenuous exercises. Regular exercise in any form is a must.
In ‘Yogasanas’ -Forward bending asanas like ‘Paschimottanasan’,’Halasan’ etc. are effective
3]Restrict and reduce weight.
4] Avoid sleeping during daytime.
5] Avoid smoking.
6] Try to reduce stress by implementing ‘Yoga’ practice.
Useful herbs for diabetes management–
1] Jambhul (Eugenia jambolana)Powder from jamun core is useful.
2] Gurmar(gymnema sylvestre).
3] Bitter Gourd/bitter melon (Momordica charantia)
4] Bel (Aegle marmelos).
5] Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum)
Useful drug formulations –
4] Shilajit Vati