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Lifestyle And Diabetes - Know The Link!

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, National Diabetic Educator Program
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
Lifestyle And Diabetes - Know The Link!
Diabetes is a chronic disorder that is gradually gripping a vast majority of the world population. Various etiological factors ranging from an inactive sedentary lifestyle to improper food habits can cause diabetes. It is not a single disease, but a group of multiple metabolic disorders that affect various systems of the body.

Commonly presenting symptoms of diabetes include polyuria excessive urination, polydipsia excessive thirst and polyphagia excessive hunger.

Complications of a hyperglycemic state can be acute or long term. Acute complications include a serious condition called as diabetic ketoacidosis. Long term complications include diseases of the cardiovascular system, nephropathy, neuropathy, skin infections etc.

Sedentary lifestyle has a huge effect on the development of this disease. Lack of exercise or any active movement, prolonged office hours, stress, over eating, especially junk food consumption cause an overall increase in the prevalence rate of diabetes.

An increase in the normal sitting time has also been found to be linked with an incidence of type 2 diabetes. In an individual with a routine exercise schedule of 2-3 hours, if the sitting time is more than 4-5 hours, then the risk of diabetes is high.

Since the human body needs to spend more active time in breaking down and absorbing sugars, increased sitting time exerts more pressure on the insulin producing cells. This leads to an increased risk of developing diabetes.

The main contributor to development of the insulin resistance and a defective glucose intolerance is obesity. When the insulin secretion becomes insufficient to overcome the insulin resistance, glucose intolerance further progresses to cause type 2 form of diabetes.

Sleep deprivation is also known to cause a pre-diabetic state. When the body is deprived o sufficient amount of sleep, then an insulin-resistance like state can develop. Insulin facilitates the absorption of glucose in the body. In case of insulin resistance, the normal functioning of the hormone is hampered, which results in a high blood sugar.

Chronic stress levels can also interfere with the body s ability of regulating blood sugar. This condition occurs due to the increase the hormone cortisol. This hormone s rise in the body can trigger a high blood sugar response. Hence, in a high stress condition, the body is unable to decrease its blood sugar level back to normal.

Also, during stress, a person may tend to over eat. Commonly in an anxious state, an individual tends to consume high calorie foods. Simultaneously, the physical activity levels of the body are also reduced. This behavior can invariably lead to cause insulin resistance.

Diabetes can be controlled by adapting various lifestyle modification techniques, with regular exercise and consuming an appropriate diet being the primary measures. Exercising control on stress, appropriate sleep and an active lifestyle can help in overcoming the risk of complications and living a normal life.

Diabetes - How Ayurveda Can Help?

B.A.M.S, Dietetics & Food Services Management Services, Panchkarma, Sports Nutrition, Clinical & Therapeutic Yoga
Ayurveda, Panchkula
Diabetes - How Ayurveda Can Help?
Diabetes is an abnormal condition where the sugar-level in humans are higher than usual. Ayurveda can be used efficiently in treating this condition. Madhumeha is the Ayurvedic term for diabetes. In Indian terms, diabetes is known to the common man as Prameha, which is said to be divided into 3 major types Kapha, Pitta and Vata. Lack of exercise and intake of food having excess of snigdha, ushna and guru types are said to be the chief cause of prameha.

Along with drugs and medications, Ayurveda stresses on the importance of a balanced diet and exercise. The management modules that can be categorized are:

Vyaayam (Exercise)
Panchakarma (Procedures for Bio-purification)
Pathya (Regulation in diet)
The use of therapy (Medications)
The individual s constitution highly affects the ayurvedic treatment of prameha. Some of them are:

Obstruction in srothus
Ahara and Vihara
Dosha predominance of disease
Hereditary factors
The prakrithi of the patient
Manasika Prakrithi
Dooshya vitiation
Management of diabetes can be done using a variety of herbs. Some of them are:

Eugenia jambolana (Jamun beej churna)
Pterocarpus marsupium (Vijaysar churna)
Ficus bengalensis (Nyagrodha twaka churna banyan tree bark)
Momordica chirantia Karvellaka (Karella Bitter Gourd)
Kirat tikata (Chirayata)
Emblica officinalis (Amla)
It is possible that certain patients are unable to respond to insulin or hypoglemic medicines. In this case, an ayurvedic physician may prescribe some ayurvedic drugs such as:

Dhatri Nisha
Chandraprabha vati
Vasant kusumakar rasa
Diabetes is not just a lack of insulin. It is the most probable cause is plain poor maintenance of your body. Its cure will need to include all of these things discussed. By doing all, diet, herbs, exercise and stress management, you can certainly take care of your Diabetes.

I am 81 fasting sugar varies from 120 to 145 pp 2 hrs after b'fast varies from 145 to 180 after 3 hrs it drops to 145 late absorption is always a problem with me I take low doses of gluconorm and semi amaryl mother was detected a diabetic at age 60 I am active is this normal?

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Dharwad
I am 81 fasting sugar varies from 120 to 145 pp 2 hrs after b'fast varies from 145 to 180 after 3 hrs it drops to 145...
Mr Lybrate-User, Thanks for the query. Your fasting glucose (120 to 145 mg) does cross the limit set for diagnosis of diabetes (126 mg and above). Pp (after 2 hours) is in the pre-diabetic range. Other value has no significance. Please check hba1c%, that will give a clearer idea. Still, the situation is just borderline. Not to worry much. Just take a controlled diet and keep physically active. Thanks.
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Hi Sir, Hypertension, arthritis, Head pain. Urinal leakage when gets nervous. Now, she is not looking at all well. The more she is aging the more she is becoming less active in every square of her life. Less energy-efficient. Less motivated. Less memory. Forgets almost everything. Lack of interest in anything. If working for an hour, taking rest for the day. Head pain begins after working.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
Hi Sir, Hypertension,
Head pain.
Urinal leakage when gets nervous.
Now, she is not looking at all well.
Please consult a general physician and psychiatrist, during aging some women due to aging may start losing memory, if she is forgetting people, misplacing things, cannot do work properly due to confusion, and forgets to locate house or known streets ,she may be dropping into dementia her headache can be due to sudden fall in glucose or raised blood pressure if she has b12 and vitamin deficiencies she may have shirt memory confusion and weakness above all predicting the signs is different in examining hence meet a GP.
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How To Treat Diabetes Through Food?

MBBS, Diploma In Diabetology, DNB - General Medicine
Diabetologist, Mumbai
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There are many myths about diabetes, especially related to what you can eat and what you can t. Lots of people think that diabetics shouldn t eat sweets at all. This is not true. Similarly, all carbs and fats are not bad. A high protein diet is also not required and there are no special diabetic meals.
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Diabetes - How Ayurveda Can Help?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Nashik
Diabetes - How Ayurveda Can Help?
Diabetes or madhumeha, is a serious disease that affects many people worldwide today. Diabetes, which is referred to as maha-roga is the excess of glucose in the blood. As a result, you cannot consume sweetened food, get excess urges to drink water or urinate. However, Ayurveda has the most effective solutions to control diabetes naturally. Read on to know what best natural medications are there to cure diabetes.

1. Gymnema Sylvestre or Gurmar
It is one of the most effective remedies for diabetes. It is a hypoglycemic component, which makes it ideal for treating diabetes. It helps in reducing dependency on insulin by regeneration of residual beta cells of the pancreas.

2. Coccinia indica
It is another herb which regulates diabetes very well. This plant contains components which, after consumption of carbohydrates, prevent the sudden increase in blood glucose level. It can also prevent any adverse effect on other organs of the body due to diabetes. It is found to reduce oxidative stress amongst diabetes patients by surging the Vitamin-C levels in the plasma and also prevents the fluctuations in fatty acid levels amongst diabetes patients.

3. Azadirachta Indica or neem
It is one of the most common household antiseptics and a wonderful cure for diabetes. It enables high glucose tolerance and also prevents diabetic neuropathy, which may cause severe fatalities.

4. Morus Indica or Mulberry
It is a food that is experimentally proven to reduce diabetes. Daily consumption of mulberry leaves for 15 days at a stretch have been beneficial in limiting approximately 38% of diabetes cases among its consumers. It also protects you against oxidative stress by building the antioxidant defence system of the body and is also known to correct any lipid-profile abnormality. It also delays the possibility of the appearance of cataract as a result of diabetes.

5. Momordica Charantia or bitter gourd
It is another common remedy found in most Indian households. Even though it is extremely bitter in taste, its medicinal properties are exemplary and are extensively used in Ayurvedic medicines. It also targets the beta cells of the pancreas to help boost up insulin secretion by increasing their number. Bitter gourd also helps to release more insulin by way of regeneration of the pancreas.

6. Eugenia Jambolana or Indian Jamun
This Ayurvedic cure reduces blood sugar level and increases the release of insulin. The extract of "jamun" seeds help in the healing of wounds quicker, usually impaired by diabetes.

7. Trigonella Foenum or methi
It is another household ingredient that serves medicinal purposes in case of diabetes patients. Even 1gm of fenugreek seeds could reduce diabetes sharply in a short span of 2 months. This benefit is because of the presence of diosgenin, a compound with hypoglycemic properties.

However, all these medicinal plants should be advisably consumed under proper guidance from professional practitioners only.

Hi, Mera upper bp 140 ke aas pas ya us se kam rahta hai, par lower always 90 to 105 tak rahta, main daily digital bp machine me check karta hu, please guide me kaise normal rakha jaye bp ko.

MA Science of Living & Yoga, Doctor of Yoga and Naturopathy
Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Udaipur
Hi, Mera upper bp 140 ke aas pas ya us se kam rahta hai, par lower always 90 to 105 tak rahta, main daily digital bp ...
Hello Prabhanshu singh, if you feel any other symptoms related with hypertension then you must check with the doctor and if you are more active throughout the day and there is no symptoms with hypertension then you don't need to worry about it. in general to control hypertension,you should do some pranayam like (nadi shodhan,anulom vilom,bramri,om chanting). intake of citrus fruits and green vegetables,omega 3 is also good for controlling hypertension and start cooking in green vegetable in lite ghee,dont use any kind of refine oil. list to intake daily- 1.lemon 2.raisins 3.amla 4.beet root 5.carrot,pineapple,apple 7.coconut water with malai vegetable. eat only sendha salt with less quantity.
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I am 45 year old and had a blood sugar test done today. My readings are as mentioned below: hba1c: 6.1% blood glucose - fasting: 117 mg/dl glucose, post prandial: 93 mg/ dl mean plasma glucose: 128.4 mg/dl please advise if these readings are normal?

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Certificate Course In Evidence Based Diabetes Management, Certificate Course In Gestational Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetologist, Sri Ganganagar
I am 45 year old and had a blood sugar test done today. My readings are as mentioned below:
hba1c: 6.1%
blood glucose...
Hi Sir, Only fasting blood sugar levels are on the higher side. Rest all the rest are normal. You need to lose your body wt. Adopt a healthy lifestyle.
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Sir my name is ali raza my age 24 year sir my ultra sound report are normal sir sir may urine report protein nill sugar nill sir puss cell0-1 sir amorphous +

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Sir my name is ali raza my age 24 year sir my ultra sound report are normal sir sir may urine report protein nill sug...
There is no urinary tract infection and your result is perfect and you can be just happy
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