Diabetes

In today's stressful modern living, incidence of Diabetes is definitely increasing. Every now and then we come across patients of Diabetes seeking Ayurvedic treatment and advice. Here is a brief description of Prameha (Diabetes)

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the body is unable to make proper use of glucose resulting in hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and glycosuria (sugar in urine). Poorly managed diabetes can lead to a host of long-term complications like :-

  • Heart attacks.
  • Strokes.
  • Blindness.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Amputation of Limb.
  • Impotence in men.
  • Pruritus (Itching)

Recent studies in the USA have revealed that if we keep our 'blood sugar' close to normal, there is a chance to resist Diabetes and it's complications.

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.

Diabetes According to Ayurveda

Ayurveda can play an important role in curbing both these life threatening diseases if used in the right way.

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.

A diabetic should avoid eating Rice, Potato, Sweet fruits, Maida, Wheat, Deep fried foods, Red meat and Sabudana and should have more intake of protein rich foods like Chickpea, Moong, lentils, Masoor, Moong Daal, Soya bean products and Chana Daal. Vegetables like Palak (spinach), leafy greens, Dudhi (bottle gourd), Turai, Bhopla (white pumpkin), Padwal (snake gourd), Karela (bitter gourd), cereals like Green millet, Ragi, corn, Kulit (horsegram) and Barley (Jav).