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Ayurvedic Treatment for Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus which is also known as Diabetes is a metabolic disease that affects the pancreas and causes high blood sugar. In diabetes, the body is not able to process the food energy properly and causes damage to various organs along with other complications. The exact causes of diabetes are not known but there are certain factors like genes and lifestyle that increase the risk of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) reports diabetes as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

There are two scenarios due to which Diabetes Mellitus can take place. One is when there is an insufficient amount of insulin produced by the pancreas (Type-1) or when the body develops resistance to the insulin coursing through the system (Type 2). Moreover, there is also Gestational Diabetes that occurs among pregnant women when there is an increase in blood sugar levels without any previous history of diabetes. High blood sugar from diabetes, if left untreated, can damage your nerves, eyes, kidneys, and other vital organs.

Key facts

  • There is a rapid increase in diabetes in low and middle-income countries as compared to high-income countries.
  •  About 463 million adults have diabetes worldwide.
  • From 108 million in 1980, the number of diabetic people increased to 422 million in 2014.
  • Diabetes is the major cause of blindness, kidney and heart failure, stroke, and lower limb amputation.
  • About a 5% increase in premature mortality (i.e. before the age of 70) was reported between 2000 and 2016.
  • Diabetes stood at ninth among the leading causes of death in 2019, and about 1.5 million deaths worldwide were reported due to diabetes.
  • A healthy diet, regular physical exercise, maintaining normal body weight, and avoiding tobacco can help to prevent type-2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication, and regular screening and treatment for complications.

Types of Diabetes

There are a few different types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes:- It is an autoimmune disease. About 10 percent of people with diabetes have this type.
  • Type 2 diabetes: – It occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin that increases sugar in your blood.
  • Prediabetes:- It occurs when your blood sugar is higher than normal
  • Gestational diabetes: – It is a high blood sugar during pregnancy.

Diabetes Symptoms

  • Increased hunger
  • Increased thirst
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sores that don’t heal

Symptoms of Diabetes in men

  • Reduced sex drive, poor muscle strength, and erectile dysfunction are some of the other symptoms that diabetic men can have in addition to the general symptoms.

Symptoms in Diabetes in women

  • Diabetic women can also have urinary tract infections, yeast infections, dry and itchy skin symptoms

Diabetes Diagnosis

  • Fasting plasma glucose test
  • Random plasma glucose test
  • HbA1c test
  • Oral glucose tolerance test
Type of test Normal
(mg/dL)
Prediabetes
(mg/dL)
Diabetes
(mg/dL)
Fasting

 

glucose test

Less than 100

 

100-125 126 or higher
Random (anytime)
glucose test
Less than 140 140-199 200 or higher
A1c test Less than 5.7% 5.7 – 6.4% 6.5% or higher

Diabetes in Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, the digestive fire (Agni) causes diabetes and increases blood sugar levels.  The balance in Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas denote your overall health, and imbalance in Pitta dosha causes diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disease that is caused by a decrease in the activity of Agni. The decrease in the Agni results in the imbalance of the blood sugar levels. Ayurveda says that Type-1 diabetes is caused due to the imbalance in Vata dosha while type-2 diabetes is primarily caused due to imbalance in Pitta dosha.

Factors That Lead To Diabetes

  • Excessive intake of food like fried foods, creams, etc
  • Lack of exercise
  • Mental stress and strain
  • Overeating
  • Obesity
  • Excessive intake of sugar
  • Excess of proteins and fats
  • Hereditary factors

Major side effects of Diabetes

  • Heart Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Eye related problems
  • Mental Health problems

Treatment of Diabetes in Ayurveda

In India, Ayurveda is considered one of the oldest systems of medicine as it works on all diseases with the help of natural herbs with no side effects. Ayurveda offers complete control for diabetes and its symptoms and works for all age groups. The root cause of diabetes according to Ayurveda is an imbalance in “Pitta dosha”. The biggest benefit of Ayurvedic medicine is that it addresses and cures the root cause of the disease.

Below are some of Life Aveda`s herbal and natural products that will help you fight diabetes and its symptoms:

Advanced Dia-Revival

Advanced Dia-Revival capsules are prepared with the standardized extracts of herbs such as Methika (Trigonella foenum-graecum), Gurmar (Gymnema Sylvestre), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum), etc. Consumption of Advanced Dia-Revival capsules will increase the insulin response and keep the blood sugar levels at normal levels. These capsules will also promote healthy body metabolism and enhance stamina energy levels.

Premium Neem

Premium Neem capsules purify the blood and prevent various skin problems. These capsules remove free radicals, toxins, and excess waste material from the blood. Along with this, Neem capsules also help to develop the body’s immunity to fight against infections and help to de-worm the intestines and other digestive organs.

About Dr. Ranjana Kaushal

Dr. Ranjana Kaushal (MD Ayurveda) has 8 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda. Right now she is working as an Ayurveda consultant with Life Aveda. She has immense knowledge about herbs, their uses, and formulations. She has published articles related to many herbs and diseases in an international journal. She is also a degree holder in yoga and naturopathy. Read More..

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