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Diabetes & Homeopathy
CAUSES, SIGNS& SYMPTOMS, COMPLICATIONS, HOMEO-MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION
What is Diabetes?
One of the commonest diseases that the human suffer from; in India, about 60 million persons suffer. It is primarily a Life-Style disease, i.e., a disease which results from unhealthy food habits and defective daily practices.
Diabetes may be of two types:
1)Diabetes insipidus (A fatal disease caused by want of Anti Diuretic Hormone)
2)Diabetes mellitus(A complex disease caused by increased presence of glucose in blood due to want of Insulin hormone or inability of body cells to utilize insulin)
By the name ‘Diabetes’, we ordinarily mean Diabetes mellitus. Before going further, let us first understand the basic mechanism how glucose level is maintained in our body.
We all know that whatever carbohydrate types of foods (starting from rice, rice-products, wheat or flour and their products, arrowroot or barley and their products, sugar and all types of sweetened foods and drinks prepared with sugar, potatoes etc.) we eat/drink daily, are ultimately transformed into glucose (commonly blood sugar) in our digestive system and absorbed into the blood stream.This glucose is the primary source of energy we need to perform all sorts of work. This is called glucose-metabolism.
In glucose-metabolism, one particular hormone named Insulin produced from Pancreas helps in the utilization of glucose by the body cells in oxidation of sugar to produce energy. In healthy condition of the body, glucose-production by digestion of carbohydrate and glucose-utilization by metabolism are so controlled that a certain glucose level called healthy level is maintained.Due to some reasons, if body-cells do not or cannot utilize insulin or there is want of insulin in the blood, production of energy from glucose by body cells is hampered. This leads to two types of consequences:
1)The most grave consequence is gradual increase in the level of glucose in blood. As the glucose level is increased in the blood, a chain of dangerous changes set in many important organs of our bodylike heart, blood carrying vessels, eyes, kidneys and nervous system.
2)In later stage of the disease, when production of energy by the body-cells fall short of minimum energy needed by our body to maintain its normal functions, first body-fat and then body-muscles starts burning down leading to other sets of grave consequences.
To be precise, diabetes mellitus may be of different types of which the following are important:
a)Type 1 Diabetes
b)Type 2 Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes: This type of diabetes results from absence or want of insulin hormone; this is an auto-immune disease where the immune system attacks and destroys the cells of the Pancreas that make insulin. Generally, children and young adults are commonly affected; however, persons of any age may be prey to the disease.
Type 2 Diabetes: When body fails to make use of insulin produced by the Pancreas, this type of diabetes results. This is by far the commonest type of diabeteshuman usually suffer from.
Gestational Diabetes: As the term implies, a group of ladies suffer from this type of diabetes during their pregnancy. It is caused by placenta-secreting hormones that contribute to insulin resistance by cells of the body.
What are the causes of Type 2 Diabetes?
Since this is the most common type of diabetes, we shall confine our rest of the discussions on this type only.
Several factors like life style and genes play important roles. The following are the persons predisposed to be affected with diabetes:
i)Age > 45 yrs.
ii)Having family history of diabetes;
iii)Overweight or obese persons;
iv)Persons with high blood pressure(HBP);
v)Persons leading idle lives;
vi)Persons having low good cholesterol(HDL);
vii)Persons having high triglycerides;
viii)Ladies who suffered from gestational diabetes;
ix)Persons having heart disease / suffered from strokes;
x)Persons suffering from Depression;
xi)Ladies suffering from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS);
xii)Persons having Body Mass Index > 23;
xiii)Persons suffering from disease like Pancreatitis;
xv)Following medicines are reported to harm Pancreas or intervene the ways insulin works: a)Niacin (type of vitamin B3) b)Certain diuretics(medicine that increases urine) c)Anti-seizure drug d) Anti- Rejection remedy e)Psychiatric drugs f)Pentamidine used to treat a type of Pneumonia g)Glucocorticoids used treat Rheumatoid arthritis, Asthma, Lupus etc. h)e)Drugs to treat HIV
What are the signs and symptoms of Diabetes?
i)Increased thirst, increased urination and increased appetite;
iv)Numbness and tingling in feet and hands;
vi)Ulcers do not heal normally;
vii)Cramp in leg muscles;
What are the complications of Diabetes?
ii)Cerebro Vascular Accidents(Strokes);
vii)Feet problem; DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
How are cases of Diabetes managed with homeopathy?
Curability of Type 1 Diabetes is almost zero. Few cases of Type 2 Diabetes where history of definite cause of onset of diabetes is available, homeopathy proves to be of definite help in the cure of the disease; such as, in one case of a patient suffering fromtype 2 diabetes there was a history of onset of the diabetes following an attack of malaria, i.e., before attack of malaria the patient was non-diabetic but after malaria was over, he became diabetic. It was reported in a medical journal that such a patient was completely cured with homeopathy.
However, in all other cases, that is, in cases where there is no definite history of causation of onset of diabetes, only management of disease with regular intake of particular medicine with low potency or mother tincture are followed.Most commonly used medicines here are: Syzygium jam., Uranium nit., Azaridicta ind., Chionanthus, Gymnema syl., Cephalandra ind., Abroma aug., Lactic acid, Phosphoric acid, Phosphorus etc.
Type 2 Diabetes is preventable by constant watch and vigil on the blood sugar level, HDL, Triglycerides, B.P. etc.,avoiding idle life, overweight and obesity, taking recourse to an active life, games and sports and control of foods and drinks.Following steps may be observed:
1)Keep body weight under control by avoiding high calorie foods and taking regular exercises in the form of brisk walking, jogging, running, swimming etc. so that you perspire; if this is not possible due to medical reasons, practice vigorous pranayama; Keep body mass index (BMI) in the range 18-23;
2)Avoid hard drinks as well as soft drinks and smoking;
3)Get alkaline foods and drinks and avoid acidic foods and drinks;
4)Drink 2-2.5 L water daily, if not forbidden by doctor specifically;