Diabetes and Alternative Treatments

What is Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus or hyperglycemia develops as a result of dimished production of insulin by the pancreas. Excessive urine production, the resultant thirst, lethargy etc are some of the symptoms of diabetes. It is broadly classified as diabetes type 1 and type 2. Though conventional medicine is able to treat diabetes, the treatment itself leads to inevitable complications in the long run. Cardiovascular disease, renal failure, nerve damage, retinal failure etc are some of the serious long term complications. Poor wound healing, especially of the foot can lead to amputation.

World Health Organization projects that by 2030, the number of diabetics will be more than 350 million.

Diabetes Symbol the Universal Blue Circle

The symbol for Diabetes
The symbol for Diabetes

Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

 Studies have shown that diabetes strikes one out of every 400 cats and a similar number in dogs.   Most of these, almost 85%, have type 2 diabetes, the rest type 1 diabetes.  Early detection and treatment can help and in some cases can even lead to diabetic remission, where the injected insulin is no longer needed.  If left untreated, it can lead to blindness in dogs, malnutrition, dehydration and death.  Sudden weight gain or weight loss, ravenous appetite or lack of appetite, excessive urination and thirst, these are some of the symptoms.

Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes, Siddha and Ayurveda

Ayurveda recommends a change in lifestyle for treatment of diabetes to be effective. Changes in diet, regular intake of prescribed medicines and exercise can keep diabetes in control and in some cases can reversed the trend too.

Adding more of bitter greens to the diet is advised. Turmeric has been found to be effective in treating diabetes. Consumption of full grown gooseberries is beneficial. Another way to use gooseberries is to dry the pith, and powder it. The shelf life of this powder is six months. It can add to the taste of the dishes as well as help in controlling diabetes. 'Nellikai rasayanam' prepared out of gooseberries is a good alternative.

One way to bring down the levels of sugar is to drink the following preparation early in the morning before food. Take cluster beans 20 nos, ladies finger 10 nos, small onions (shallots) 10 nos and two glasses of water. Cut the beans, ladies finger, small onions to pieces. Take an eathern vessel, pour water onto it and add these cut pieces. Boil the water and reduce it to a fourth of its volume (half glass). Let it cool and filter out the pieces. This decoction is taken for a couple of days and this has been found to bring down the blood sugar levels safely.

Another way to bring down sugar levels is by using the passion fruit and leaves. Handful of leaves of passion fruit vine is cut to small pieces. Boil these leaves in a glass of water and reduce it to half. Strain out the leaves and drink this preparation for 2-3 days. This will help in bringing down the sugar levels.

Once the sugar comes down to a normal level, regular exercise, change in diet, and regular intake of medicines can help in keeping diabetes in control.

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