We all would know people in our family and friend circle who are having Diabetes, and this is not good ☹. It means that this not a rare disease anymore, and in fact every 1 of 3 people are having diabetes these days. Today, diabetes takes more lives than AIDS and breast cancer combined. More common are the side-effects of the medicines these diabetic people take. Moreover, people who keep on taking these medicines for long become insulin resistant!
So, what is the alternative? One of the best alternative is Ayurvedic system of treating Diabetes, that includes drugs, diet, panchakarma and exercise. Millions of diabetes patients have managed their blood sugar levels with Ayurveda and have avoided onset of major health complications caused because of neglecting timely treatment for diabetes.
In this article, we help you in understanding the root cause of your diabetes, and share a few tips to proactively take steps to manage and treat it with Ayurveda:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
Immune System Attacks: With type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. Scientists are not sure why. But the immune system mistakenly sees the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign, and destroys them. This attack is known as “autoimmune” disease. These cells – called “islets” (pronounced EYE-lets) – are the ones that sense glucose in the blood and, in response, produce the necessary amount of insulin to normalize blood sugars.
Insulin Therapy: So, a person with type 1 treats the disease by taking insulin injections. This outside source of insulin now serves as the “key” bringing glucose to the body’s cells. The amount is based on many factors, including:
- Emotions and general health
Balancing Act: These factors fluctuate greatly throughout every day. So, deciding on what dose of insulin to take is a complicated balancing act. If you take too much, then your body burns too much glucose — and your blood sugar can drop to a dangerously low level. This is a condition called hypoglycemia, which, if untreated, can be potentially life-threatening.
The most common form of diabetes is called type 2, or non-insulin dependent diabetes. This is also called “adult onset” diabetes, since it typically develops after age 35. However, a growing number of younger people are now developing type 2 diabetes (Diabetes Mellitus). People with type 2 are able to produce some of their own insulin. Often, it’s not enough. And sometimes, the insulin will try to serve as the “key” to open the body’s cells, to allow the glucose to enter. But the key won’t work. The cells won’t open. This is called insulin resistance. Treatment focuses on diet and exercise. If blood sugar levels are still high, oral medications are used to help the body use its own insulin more efficiently. In some cases, insulin injections are necessary.
Diabetes or “Prameha” in Ayurveda is divided into 20 types, based on the predominant Doshas in the body. This sums up to 4 types caused due to Vata, 6 types caused due to Pitta and 10 types caused due to Kapha. Prameha when not treated leads to “Madumeha” which is the Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2).
The three main divisions of Diabetes according to Ayurveda – Kaphaja, Pittaja and Vataja of Prameha and Madhumeha are:
- Kaphaja:This causes indigestion, lack of hunger, flu, running nose, lethargy and vomiting
- Pittaja:This causes pain in the bladder leading to urinary tract infection, fever, acidity, diarrhea and sleep apneas
- Vataja:This causes severe cold and cough, breathing problems, constipation, fatigue, sudden tremors or chills and insomnia
A healthy diet that includes adequate and essential nutrients, along with herbs and food that is low on sugar can be the best way to get this disease under control. Ayurveda believes that one needs to live healthy to feel content, hence, a change from the sedentary lifestyle to a more active one can help in preventing and curing diabetes.
Symptoms of Type 1 and 2 Diabetes:
- Diet increasing Kapha Dosha such as sugar, fats, potatoes, rice
- Lack of exercise
- Mental stress and strain
- Excessive sleep etc.
- A diabetic patient should never skip meals. Proper meals on time are a must. Raw salads should be taken along with afternoon meals and also for dinner. Sprouted horse gram, green gram, black gram, green peas, etc., should be consumed more. Fried and grilled (BBQ) food should be completely avoided.
- Jack fruit, mango, banana, potato, fruit juices, meat should be avoided. Fruits including berries and apples, vegetables like spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, etc. can be taken.
- Barley, oats, brown rice, flax seed, garlic, onion, cinnamon solution can be taken regularly.
- Tender coconut water can be taken and the whitish pulp should be avoided as it is high in sugar and fat. Taking coconut water directly improves blood circulation and helps to widen the vessels for smooth blood circulation. Therefore, coconut water provides great relief against fighting the symptoms and side effects of diabetes. It suppresses the appetite and also increases metabolism. Hence it is an ideal drink for obese diabetic patients. Only pure and unflavored (fresh) coconut water should be taken.
Simple Home Remedies for Diabetes:
- Grind three seedless Amla/Indian Gooseberries into a fine paste. Strain the paste through a cloth to get the juice. Mix two tablespoons of this juice with water and drink every morning on an empty stomach. It’s rich in vitamin C and promotes healthy functioning of your pancreas.
- Add Bitter Gourd to your diet to help control your diabetes. Suitable for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, bitter gourd, can be had as a juice or as a dish. Extract the juice of a bitter gourd using a blender and drink it every morning on an empty stomach. Alternatively, you could also eat it as a dish in any meal throughout the day. It influences your glucose metabolism, increases pancreatic insulin secretion and prevents insulin resistance.
- Drink a glass of Bitter Gourd juice mixed with Amla Juice, added with half teaspoon of Turmeric Powder, daily morning on empty stomach.
- Include Fenugreek seeds in your daily diet.
- Consumption of Jamun seeds (dried and powdered) has proved too beneficial in case of type 2 Diabetes.
- Jamun seeds are said to be highly beneficial in treating diabetes because of its effect on the pancreas. Dried and powdered seeds should be taken in the dose of 1 tsp twice daily with warm water.
- Extremely good for diabetes, Aloe Vera Juice can help regulate and control blood sugar levels. Mix some aloe juice with one teaspoon of turmeric and bay leaf powder each. This should be taken twice daily.