DIABETES…AN IMPENDING DANGER…DON’T SUGAR COAT IT!!
Diabetes is a chronic illness characterized by persistent increased sugar levels in blood caused by defects in insulin secretion, function of insulin or both. Genetically predisposed Type 1 and lifestyle acquired Type 2 are its variants. Generally, its signs and symptoms are increased thirst, frequent urination, extreme hunger, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, irritability, blurred vision, delayed healing of wounds and frequent infections. Early diagnosis of diabetes and prediabetes is essential using recommended haemoglobin A1c criteria because over time, diabetes can damage the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
We at Sanjeevanam strictly adhere to Ayurveda Prameha (Madhumeha) chikitsa which focuses on the sustainable management of diagnosed diabetes mellitus and prevention of disease progression in pre-diabetic patients. We optimise the health journey by infusing multi-disciplinary approach like dietetics, yoga, fitness sessions and freshly prepared customised medicines giving a wider hope to those inflicted to restore health. Regular follow ups reminds us to adopt healthier lifestyle and timely tracking of blood sugar level to prevent future complications.
The treatment provides metabolic correction and activation of the functions of internal organs thereby effectively managing the present disease symptoms as well as its further advancement, thus keeping the patient away from future complications of diabetes.
Types of Diabetes :
Type I – Due to
- Beta Cell destruction usually leading to absolute insulin deficiency
- Impaired beta cell function due to genetic defect
- Impaired insulin action due to genetic defect
Type 2 – Due to
- Insulin resistance
- Impaired insulin secretion
- Glucose intolerance and insulin resistance due to the advancement of age
- Other hormonal defects
- Drug induced
General Clinical Symptoms:
- Family History
- Obesity (The more fatty tissue you have, the more resistant your cells become to insulin)
- Age >45 Years
- Hypertension > 140/90 mm of Hg
- HDL <35 mg/dl and/or Triglycerides > 250mg/dl
- Habitual Inactivity
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Neuropathy (Numbness and burning sensation over plantar and palmar surfaces)
- Nephropathy (Renal tissue Damage)
- Boils and Carbuncles
- Cardio Vascular Disease
- General Debility and Loss of Libido
According to Ayurveda, the Diabetes Mellitus can be rarely related to Madhumeha (Honey like sweet urine). It is one among the 20 types of Prameha (Urological disorder), where 2 types of symptoms are given. One is Excess Urination (Polyuria) and other is Turbid Urine. It happens because of vitiated Vata due to Sahaja (Genetics) or Kalaja (Acquired) nidana (Etiology). Sahaja can be compared to Type 1 and Acquired with Type 2.
Causes as per Ayurvedic classics are:
- Excess usage of Guru (Heavy to digest), Snigdha (Oily), Amla (Sour or fermented) and Lavana (Salt) rasa
- Navanna (food prepared with newly harvested grains)
- Fresh wines
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Excess sleep
- Lack of physical and mental exercises
- Refrain from body purifications etc.
- Follow proper Dinacharya (Daily Regimen) and Ritucharya (Seasonal regimen)
- Regular exercises
- Regular use of Rasayana drugs (Amalaki, Hareetaki etc.)
- Use of various preparations made from Yava (Barley), Mudga(Green gram), Old rice, Methi, Patola, Bitter gourd, Ash gourd, Cucumber, Bimbi etc.
- Avoid Sugar, Sugar products, Fried foods, Dairy products
- Avoid day sleep and laziness
- Use of Samanaushadha (Amalaki, Haridra, Methi, Jamun seed, Meshasringi etc.)
- Do proper Shodhana Kriya (Vamana, Virechana, Vasthi etc.)
- Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation
- Do Physical activity 45-60 minutes daily
- Increase use of Barley, Green gram, Methi, Horse gram etc in daily meal
- Restrict or stop intake of rice, potato, tapioca, milk, milk products, oil foods and sweets
- Avoid use of tobacco and liquor use in any form
- Take utmost care of personal hygiene especially hand and feet
- Check HBA1C, Renal function, Lipid profile, examine eye, foot & cardiac functions once in 6 months or in 1 year