Don’t let diabetes take over! Treat it the ayurveda way!!
Diabetes is a condition of having abnormally high levels of glucose or sugar in your blood. There are different types of diabetes each with different causes. Irrespective of the type of diabetes you have, excess sugar in the blood for prolonged period can cause serious health issues.
537 million adults (1 in 10) were living with diabetes in 2021. This number is expected rise to 643 million by 2030 and 783 million by 2045.
High levels of glucose in your blood with diabetes is either because the body is not producing enough insulin or it is not properly using the insulin that it produces. Genetics and environmental factors can be the causes of diabetes.
The main types of diabetes are- Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes and prediabetes.
Left untreated, excess sugar in the blood for prolonged periods can cause serious health issues like, heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, blindness and more.
What is Type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is an immune system disease. It is often seen in children and young adults. Your body attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in your pancreas. Genetics may also play a role and in few cases a virus may trigger the immune system attack.
What is Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes?
Type 2 diabetes, the more common type can develop at any age. Prediabetes happens when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but aren’t high enough to be called diabetes. These conditions are caused either because the body is not making enough insulin or it is not properly using the insulin that it is making.
What are the risk factors of diabetes?
- Factors that increase your risk differ, depending on the type of diabetes you ultimately develop.
- Family history may play a part in all types of diabetes.
- Prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes are more common in people who are overweight or obese.
- Environmental factors and geography can add to the risk of type 1 diabetes.
What are the health complications of diabetes?
Elevated blood sugar over a prolonged period of time can lead to a number of short and long-term health complications, including…
- Heart disease
- Kidney damage
- Vision problems
- Hearing loss
- Nerve damage
- Skin infections
- Dental problems
- Foot damage
- Dental problems
There are several blood tests which can diagnose diabetes like HbA1C test, random blood sugar test, fasting blood sugar test or an oral glucose tolerance test. Your doctor can help to decide what’s best for you.
According to the current guidelines of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), screening for diabetes should be done at 30 years of age in India. It also says that screening should be carried out at an even earlier age if you have other risk factors of diabetes.
The ICMR recommends retesting to be done once in 3 years in case of normal glucose tolerance and once a year annually, if pre-diabetic.
An HbA1c test is the main blood test used to diagnose diabetes. It tests your average blood sugar levels for the last two to three months. An A1c below 5.7% is normal, between 5.7 and 6.4% indicates you have pre diabetes, and 6.5% and above indicates that you have diabetes.
Over time uncontrolled sugar, can cause serious consequences, causing damage to a wide range of your body’s organs and tissues and eventually, it can be disabling or even life-threatening.
If diabetes goes untreated, the high blood sugar can cause serious consequences, causing damage to a wide range of your body’s organs and tissues.
At UWAY, treatment for diabetes include a combination of oral medications, external oil therapies coupled with lifestyle modifications, dietary restrictions and yoga.
It’s a known fact that, diabetes is a lifelong disease and there is no cure yet. Most cases can be managed well with proper diet, lifestyle modifications and minimum ayurvedic medications. Even in the case of insulin dependent diabetes, there are possibilities that the dosage of insulin can be reduced significantly. However, this varies case by case.
If you are already on any treatment for diabetes, your treating doctor at UWAY will take a call on this and advice you to either continue, stop or taper these medications.
Ayurveda medications are usually a very safe and effective option for treating diabetes.
At UWAY, our doctors prescribe only proven medicines from well-established and reputed ayurvedic medicine manufacturers. However, just like certain foods do not always agree with everyone, few ayurvedic medicines may cause mild side effects in some patients. This is very rare though. In case you notice any such issue you can always talk to your consulting doctor or our medical team.
Consultations at UWAY can last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.
We require most of the medical records related to the current problem, the medicines you are on currently and for pre-existing conditions like diabetes, hypertension, thyroid, cardiac issues etc.
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