Approximately 1.5 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes. Many would do well to consider the use of herbs and nutritional supplements, which can complement conventional medical treatment and help to prevent some complications of this chronic but manageable disease.
What it is?
A person with diabetes doesn’t produce enough of the hormone insulin or is unable to use it effectively, which causes high blood sugar (glucose) levels. Over time, this imbalance can lead to heart disease, nerve dam age, kidney disease, vision loss, and other complications. There are two types of diabetes Less common is insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1), which usually develops before age 30. Non-insulin- dependent diabetes (type 2) accounts for 90% of cases; it usually appears after age 45.
What causes it?
Type1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin. No one knows exactly why this happens, but some experts believe a virus or an autoimmune response, in which the body attacks its own pancreatic cells, is responsible. People with this type of diabetes must take insulin for life. Type 2 diabetes develops from insulin resistance. Here the pancreas secretes plenty of insulin, but the body’s cells don’t respond to it. Obesity plays a major role in most cases of type2 diabetes. Genetic factors, however, can contribute to the onset of both types.
How supplements can help?
All the supplements can be used along with prescription drugs and by people with both types of diabetes. Taking some supplements may require altering dosages for insulin or the hypoglycemic drugs used for type2 diabetes. Dosage changes must be supervised by your doctor. The B vitamins help produce enzymes needed to derive energy from glucose and may also aid in preventing diabetic nerve damage. The mineral chromium is effective in lowering blood glucose and reducing cholesterol levels in people with diabetes. Gymnema Sylvester, an herb from India, improves blood sugar control, sometimes reducing the need for insulin or hypoglycemic medication.
• Neem (Azadirachta indica)
• Gurmar Leaves (Gymnema sylvestrae)
• Karela (Momordica charantia)
• Nayantatra (Vinca rosa) Ayurvedic Supplements
• Madhumehari Granules
• Shilajit Tablets
• Karela Tablets
• Avoid sugar in any form-rice, potato, banana, cereals & fruits containing high percentage of sugar content.
• Do away with fatty stuff.
• Go for the following low-calorie, low-fat alkaline diet of high quality natural foods.
• Seeds: Paslane seeds .Seeds of bittergound & Fenugreek
• Vegetables: Bitter Gourd, string beans, cucumber, onion, garlic
• Fruits: Indian Gooseberry, Jamul Fruit, Grape Fruit.
• Grains: Bengal gram, black gram.
• Dairy Products: Home-made cottage cheese and various forms of soured milk such as curd and butter milk.
• Emphasis should be on raw vegetables & herbs as they play a part in stimulating the pancreas and enhancing insulin production.
• Don’t indulge in day-time sleep.
• Should take care not to injure yourself as you take time to heal. As a result, there is a possibility of the wound becoming septic.
• Should take adequate eye care as the disease in serious condition might affect the eye.
• If you are afflicted by any other disease, you should take prompt actions since you lack resistance.
• Foot care.
• A must for you
a) Cobra (Bhujang Asana)
b) Locust (Shalabh Asana)
c) Bow (Dhanur Asana)
• Apart from Yoga daily some exercise must be done like cycling, swimming, jogging etc.