Doctor’s article – Diabetes

Diabetes – Causes and symptoms

To understand diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down and used by the body for energy. Several things happen when food is digested. A sugar called glucose enters the bloodstream. Glucose is a source of fuel for the body. Pancreas makes insulin. The role of insulin is to move glucose from the bloodstream into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where it can be used as fuel. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both.

Diabetes is a condition where blood sugar level increases more than threshold level. Normal fasting blood sugar level is 80 to 120mg/dl. Obesity, lack of exercise, family history and stress are the main factors which increases the likelihood of diabetes. In type 1 Diabetes, the pancreas stop producing insulin due to autoimmune response or possibly viral attack on pancreas. The initial symptoms include nausea and vomiting, and also fast weight loss as the body starts breaking muscles to produce energy. In type 2 diabetes, the symptoms are increased fatigue, polydipsia – more thirst, polyuria – increased frequency of urination, polyphagia – increased hunger, blurry vision, poor wound healing etc. Constantly high blood sugar level can lead to several complications like kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, and neuropathy. Patients with diabetes are four times more likely to suffer coronary heart disease and it is one of the leading causes of kidney failure.

Naturopathic treatment

Simple changes in diet, exercise can control diabetes to a major extent. Naturopathy gives long term relief from diabetes but most people are not ready to spend time for treatment and rather go for allopathic medication which gives symptomatic relief and does not treat the root cause. Naturopathy treatment starts with several changes in diet. Introduction ofJamun juice, bitter gourd juice, methi powder, green gram, alpha alpha sprout which act as natural insulin in the body helps in supporting the less production of insulin. Further, fruits which contain functional sugar and not direct sugar like papaya and apple are recommended. This prevents sudden increase in blood sugar levels after food intake.

This would be supplemented by naturopathic treatments like gastro-hepatic pack, cold abdominal pack, cold spinal pack, warm leg pack, full body massage and acupressure. These help in increasing the blood flow across the body, which improves the body’s capability to control blood sugar. Also, special yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher relax the body completely, giving it time to repair itself. Simple exercises like brisk walking etc. help to stimulate the pancreas and in turn improve insulin production gradually.

Since naturopathic treatment tries to address the root cause of diabetes, it has fairly long term results. Simple follow up plan consisting of easy exercises, diet etc. would be suggested to the patients which help them reverse their diabetes condition completely. Naturopathy hence helps you to get back your healthy life, free from diabetes.


Case study

This case study has been written by Dr. Jay Sanghvi, the medical director of Swas healthcare.

A business man, Mr. Jagan (name changed to protect identity) from Bhuj, came to me about 6 months ago. He was suffering from diabetes since 4 years.

Diabetes is caused due to insufficient production of insulin in the body. It may also be caused due to insulin resistance of the body. The role of insulin is to move glucose from the bloodstream into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where it can be used as fuel. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Diabetes is a condition where blood sugar level increases more than threshold level. Normal fasting blood sugar level is 80 to 120mg/dl. Obesity, lack of exercise, family history and stress are the main factors which increases the likelihood of diabetes. Constantly high blood sugar level can lead to several complications like kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, and neuropathy. Patients with diabetes are four times more likely to suffer coronary heart disease and it is one of the leading causes of kidney failure.

Even though naturopathy gives long term relief from Diabetes, most people are not ready to spend time for treatment and rather go for allopathic medication which gives symptomatic relief and does not treat the root cause. Naturopathy starts the cure at the base level i.e. enhances the production of insulin and improves the insulin acceptation in the body not just the symptomatic relief.

After studying Jagan’s case, I prescribed several changes in diet. Especially introduction Jamun juice, bitter gourd juice, methi powder, green gram, alpha alpha sprout and some ayurvedic which acts as natural insulin in the body. Further I recommended fruits which contain functional sugar and not direct sugar like papaya and apple. This prevents sudden increase in blood sugar levels after food intake.

This was supplemented by naturopathic treatment like gastro-hepatic pack, cold abdominal pack, cold spinal pack, warm leg pack, full body massage and acupressure. He also did special yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation under the guidance of a qualified yoga teacher. He was also introduced to brisk walking as an exercise. These activities help to stimulate the pancreas and in turn improve insulin production gradually.

His fasting blood sugar level came down from 370mg/dl to 140mg/dl within 21 days of starting naturopathy and yoga treatment and dietary modifications. Simple follow up plan consisting of easy exercises, diet etc. had been suggested, which helped him reverse his diabetes condition to a major extent.

Since naturopathic treatment tries to address the root cause of diabetes, it has fairly long term results. He followed same diet regime and some of the treatments and is now leading a better life. His blood sugar level remains in control and fluctuations are much lower. I hope over time he will be able to maintain normalize his blood sugar level even further by following naturopathy and yogic treatment.Naturopathy hence helps you to get back your healthy life, free from diabetes.

Mr. Suresh was treated at Swas healthcare for diabetes. His treatment commenced on 30th December 2010 and he was discharged on 05th February 2011.


Wellness tips – Diabetes

To understand Diabetes, it is important to first understand the normal process by which food is broken down and used by the body for energy. Several things happen when food is digested. A sugar called glucose enters the bloodstream. Glucose is a source of fuel for the body. Pancreas makes insulin. The role of insulin is to move glucose from the bloodstream into muscle, fat, and liver cells, where it can be used as fuel. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar. Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both.

Naturopathy gives long term relief but most people are not ready to spend time for treatment and rather go for allopathic medication which gives symptomatic relief and does not treat the root cause.Simple changes in diet, exercise can control diabetes to a major extent. Some of the tips which can be followed at home, which help control diabetes, are

Diet

Bitter gourd juice, menthe powder in milk, green gram etc. act as natural insulin. Hence consumption of more of these will help in supporting less insulin production in the body. Avoiding fruits which contain direct sugar like mango, custard apple, chiku etc. and having more of fruits like papaya, apple etc. which contain indirect sugar helps in maintaining body sugar levels.

Exercise and yoga

Simple exercises like brisk walking etc. help in maintaining blood sugar levels by consuming energy. Also, special yoga asanas and exercises involving twists and stretches help in stimulating pancreas and spleen, which help in production of insulin.

Following the above remedies can control diabetes to considerable extent but temporarily. Naturopathic treatment tries to address the root cause of diabetes, hence has fairly long term results. These tips are only suggestions made by our competent doctors. However, we suggest you to consult a competent doctor. We also encourage you to contact our customer service or write to our doctor about your condition so that we can help you with our expert advice.

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