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Type - 2 Diabetes: Know Its Ayurvedic Remedies!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Certificate In Panchakarma
Ayurveda, Bangalore
Type - 2 Diabetes: Know Its Ayurvedic Remedies!

Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly known as diabetes, is a collection of metabolic diseases, characterized by high glucose levels over a drawn out period. Side effects of high sugar include regular urination, excessive thirst and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause a number of serious health complications.

Ayurveda can be used efficiently in treating this condition. 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 excessive intake of food of “ushna” and “guru” types are said to be the chief causes 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)
  • Pathya (Regulation in diet)
  • Panchakarma (Procedures for Bio-purification)
  • The use of therapy (Medications)

Management of diabetes can be done using a variety of herbs. Some of them are:

  • Vijaysar
  • Ficus benghalensis (Nyagrodha twaka churna – banyan tree bark)
  • Eugenia jambolana (Jamun beej churna)
  • Shilajeet (Rock Salt)
  • Kirat tikata (Chirayata)
  • Embelica officinalis (Amla)
  • Karella (Bitter Gourd)

In case certain patients are incapable of responding to insulin or hypoglycaemia medicine, an ayurvedic physician may prescribe some ayurvedic drugs such as:

  • Dhatri Nisha
  • Madhuvijay Capsules
  • Chandraprabha vati
  • Madhuvijay Capsule
  • Vasant kusumakar rasa
  • Diabetes Lifestyle
    • Avoid sleeping during daytime
    • Avoid smoking
    • Take adequate eye care
    • Do exercise regularly
    • Take extra care of your foot
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Diabetes - 10 Steps To Prevent It!

Dr. Vikram Gidwani 92% (57 ratings)
MBBS
General Physician, Chittorgarh
Diabetes - 10 Steps To Prevent It!

With sedentary lifestyle, refined and processed food habits, obesity and diabetes is the new age epidemic. India, in fact, is being termed as the diabetes capital of the world given the huge rise in the number of cases over the last couple of decades.

There are well established risk factors for diabetes and if these can be managed, then the chance of delaying onset, controlling progress and containing complications are highly possible. Read on to know how simple things can be effective in preventing and managing diabetes.

  1. Weight control: Obesity is the most important risk factor for developing diabetes. A person with normal BMI is 20 to 40 times less likely to develop diabetes than an overweight person. Losing about 10% of the excess weight can help prevent diabetes by more than 50%. Check with your doctor what should be the ideal recommended weight for you and draw up a routine (diet, exercise, etc.) that will help you achieve and stay around that weight range.

  2. Exercise: All methods of exercise help in moving the muscles, which is drastically reduced given our sedentary lifestyle. Moving the muscle (as much and as often as possible) ensures they absorb more glucose and reduce the stress on insulin production. Something as simple as brisk walking for 30 minutes is good enough to reduce the chances of developing diabetes by 50%.

  3. Don’t be a couch potato: If watching television is your favourite pastime, it is time to change it. This puts people at risk of developing obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Also, watching television is usually associated with overeating, further adding to the risk of diabetes.

  4. Fibrous foods: Eating fibrous fruits and vegetables as compared to refined and fried foods helps prevent diabetes.

  5. Whole grains vs processed foods: When you have to choose between a pizza and a bowl of brown rice, go for the latter.

  6. Good fats vs bad fats: Polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in vegetable oils, nuts, and seeds and help control diabetes. Trans fats present in margarine and baked foods are best avoided.

  7. Non-vegetarian foods: If you have a choice, pick fish and poultry versus red meat (processed or otherwise). The fish is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and helps control inflammation.

  8. Leave the whites: Get off white rice, white refined sugar and white flours. Include brown rice, brown or demerara sugar and wheat flour instead.

  9. Smoking: Quit smoking and you will note how beneficial it is in preventing diabetes.

  10. Alcohol: Moderate amount helps in effective functioning of the insulin.

If you have a family history or have risk factors, follow the above to prevent diabetes.

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Diabetes and Wound Healing: Why Is It Slower?

Dr. Jagruti Parikh 90% (322 ratings)
M.D. Internal Medicine
Endocrinologist, Mumbai
Diabetes and Wound Healing: Why Is It Slower?

Diabetes is a chronic condition where glucose level of your body rises too high. There are two types of diabetes type 1 and type 2. In case of type 1 diabetes, the body fails to produce insulin and people suffering from this condition have to depend on insulin injections for the rest of their life. In case of type 2 diabetes the body produces less amount of insulin which is not enough for the proper functioning of the body. This type of diabetes can be kept under control by following a healthy diet and practicing exercise regularly.

Why diabetic wounds can cause severe problems?
Diabetes can cause a number of complications that makes it harder for certain wounds to heal. These include:

  1. Nerve damage: Until a cut or blister worsens and becomes inflamed, in case of neuropathy, you will not experience the pain. Diabetics often suffer from neuropathy, making it difficult for wounds to heal.
  2. Weak immune system: A minor wound may even get severe and become infected if your immune system fails to exercise its natural defenses.
  3. Narrow arteries: Blocked arteries may cause severe wounds which becomes difficult to heal. Clogged arteries make it difficult for the blood to flow to the affected area which slows the process of wound healing.

Treating a diabetic wound
You can follow the methods mentioned below to avoid getting infected:

  1. Taking care of the wound immediately. If the wound is not cleaned and taken care of, letting bacteria to build up, it can lead to infection.
  2. Avoid using soaps and hydrogen peroxide to irritate the injury. Use antibiotic lotions to prevent infection and use a sterile bandage to keep the affected area covered.
  3. Consult your doctor before any minor problems turn to larger ones
  4. Since the bottom of the foot is a common place for developing blisters and calluses in case of diabetic people, try to keep pressure off the wound as it slowly heals

Penis Odor And The Diabetes Connection

Dr. Vinod Raina 92% (4940 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Odor And The Diabetes Connection

Penis Odor and the Diabetes Connection

Penis odor is a penis health issue that all men encounter at some time or other. Even when it isn't a chronic issue for a guy, there are plenty of times - when he has just finished a neighborhood game of football or come in from mowing the lawn on a hot day - when an unmistakable funk wafts from his crotch. But while these sweat-based emanations make sense, there are more puzzling ones that can be confounding. For example, evidence has shown that there can might a link between penis odor and diabetes, something most men wouldn't think to consider.

About diabetes

Diabetes, as most people know, has to do with blood sugar levels. But the disease is more complex than many people may realize. In a nutshell, diabetes refers to several disorders that all affect how the body uses and processes blood sugar. Blood sugar (also called glucose) is important; it gives energy to cells and keeps the brain healthy. Having too little or too much glucose isn't good, and when this happens over the long term, it can result in damage. Insulin is used to help regulate blood sugar, and when a person has diabetes, they need to inject insulin to help keep glucose at healthy levels.

Often, when there is a problem with the body getting enough glucose, the liver will create something called ketone bodies. Basically, this is a temporary source of energy to be used when glucose is not being accessed properly. So, when diabetes causes problems with glucose, more ketone bodies are created.

Sometimes the body produces more of these ketone bodies than it can use properly. This excess is called ketonuria, and it is one of the signs that a person's diabetes may not be being managed adequately. If a doctor find evidence of ketonuria, he is likely to recommend altering treatment.

Smell

Ketonuria is marked by an intense odor, one which is typically described as fishy. It is not pleasant to most people. Sometimes, when a man is urinating, he may catch a whiff of a very fishy smell in his urine; that may be an indication of ketonuria (especially if the man has previously been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes).

How does ketonuria relate to penis odor? Well, even the most careful man does not always shake all of the urine drops out of his penis when he finishes urinating. Drops that stray out afterward may dry on the penis and can leave behind a strong penis odor. This is one reason why it's important to take time to allow post-urination drops to dribble out. It also can be helpful to wipe the penis off with a damp paper towel after urinating, to catch any stray droplets.

If a man suspects he has ketonuria, he should alert his doctor. If he has not previously been diagnosed with diabetes, the doctor will want to check to see if this is a possibility. If he has been diagnosed, it may mean that the patient is not properly managing his diabetes or may need to have a change in his treatment regimen.

Whether a man has diabetes or not, penis odor can be an especially galling problem. Daily use of a first class penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is urged to help combat this problem. A man should definitely seek pout a crème which includes vitamin A among its ingredients. This wonderful vitamin has antibacterial properties which can be an enormous help in fighting persistent penis odor. The creme should also include alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant. By fighting excess free radicals, alpha lipoic acid strengthens penis skin and makes it even less likely to succumb to odor-causing bacteria.

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Preventive Diabetology

Dr. Jagruti Parikh 90% (322 ratings)
M.D. Internal Medicine
Endocrinologist, Mumbai
Preventive Diabetology

Preventive Diabetology:

Health care is not just about telling patients what to do, it is about truly engaging them.

Providing them smart communication so that they can closely monitor them selves - this will unable early diagnosis of health issues through constant monitoring, before they become more serious.

The idea of maintaining people's well being rather then reacting to an episode makes sense.   

It is not communication for sick care but it is communication for care so that you don't fall sick.

These communications will help in better continuum of care,  further bridging the gap between the patient and doctor. The aim is to proactively keep people well rather than react when they become ill.

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Penis Size And Diabetes: Is There A Connection?

Dr. Vinod Raina 92% (4940 ratings)
MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Size And Diabetes: Is There A Connection?

Penis Size and Diabetes: Is There a Connection?

Most men would do just about anything to increase their penis size - even if they are already blessed with a more-than-adequate endowment. Even more so, men would do anything to prevent the penis from getting smaller. Yes, society's obsession with the length and/or girth of a man's equipment continues unabated, despite the fact that factors such as penis health and skill in the sack are of far greater practical importance. And when researching things that may account for a diminishment of penis size, some men find reports that diabetes may be responsible for some loss of size. Is this true? And if so, why?

The short answer

Basically, it is true that there can be a correlation between a man having diabetes and experiencing some loss of size of his organ. That's not to say that every man who has diabetes has a small penis - only that there is a greater likelihood that a man with diabetes will have a penis that is in some way smaller than it once was.

But what does that mean? If the penis shrinks, does that mean it shrinks both when erect and when soft, or only one or the other? And does the decrease occur in length? Or in girth? Or both?

More details

Understanding that there is not as much hard-and-fast evidence pout there as one might like, here's what can be said about diabetes and penis size.

If a man has diabetes, there is a greater chance that there will be a decrease in his erect penis; all other things being equal, the diabetes is less likely to affect his flaccid penis. And both length and girth may be affected, although it is likely that length is more often changed than girth.

Why?

Diabetes is associated with erectile dysfunction in many men. This is primarily because of the excess blood sugar that is a hallmark of diabetes; cardiovascular issues that impact blood flow are also common among people with this condition.

When there is too much sugar in the blood for an extended period of time, it can cause damage to the nerves. The penis is filled with tingling, sensitive nerves; it is their stimulation that causes erections. But if the nerves and the nervous system are damaged by sugar, there can be lapses between the brain, the nerves and the penis that impact the process of getting an erection.

At the same time, diabetes can weaken the heart, while also causing plaque to build up in arteries and vessels. Both of these factors impact the ability of the penis become engorged with blood during the arousal process. These issues result in an erection that is weak or even nonexistent; and a weaker erection is generally a smaller one - often in both length and girth.

Treatment

Men who know that they have diabetes need to be sure that they maintain their treatment plan to help manage and control it. And if the plan isn't working, they need to consult with their doctor to determine if changes are needed.

Furthermore, if a man has not been diagnosed with diabetes but notices his penis size has been dwindling - particularly if it means his erections are not as long and full as they once were - he should bring this to the attention of his doctor. There could be many causes, but if it is an indication of diabetes, he needs to begin treatment as soon as possible.

Diabetes can affect more than penis size, so to help keep penis function in good shape, men should tend to their penis health; that includes using a first rate penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). If the crème contains neuroprotective L-carnitine, that can help restore loss of penis sensitivity. And one with L-arginine is also recommended, as this amino acid is part of the process that keeps penile blood vessels healthy.

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Top 5 Power Foods for Diabetes!

MBBS, MDRC (Diabetology), M.D.R.F.A.D.A
Diabetologist, Secunderabad
Top 5 Power Foods for Diabetes!

Your nourishment decisions matter a great deal when you have diabetes. Some are superior to anything others. Nothing is totally beyond reach. Indeed, even things that you may consider as 'the most exceedingly bad' could be periodic treats, in minor sums. Yet, they won't help you nutrition wise and it's least demanding to deal with your diabetes on the off chance that you for the most part adhere to the 'best' choices.

1. Dark chocolate: Chocolate happens to be rich in flavonoids and examination demonstrates that these supplements lessen insulin resistance, enhance insulin affectability and gruff yearnings. Be that as it may, not all chocolate is made equivalent. In a recent report from the Copenhagen University, individuals who ate dim chocolate made the report that they had the feeling more or less like eating some sweets and salty, or greasy foods contrasted with volunteers given milk chocolate, with its lower levels of useful flavonoids (and, regularly, more sugar and fat, as well).

2. Broccoli: Broccoli is hostile to diabetes. Likewise with different cruciferous veggies, similar to cauliflower and kale, it has one compound that is called as sulforaphane, which triggers a few calming forms that enhance blood sugar control and shield blood vessels from the cardiovascular harm that is regularly a result of diabetes.

3. Blueberries: Blueberries truly standout, they have both fiber that is insoluble (that 'flushes' out fat of the framework you have) and solvent fiber (which backs off the purging of your stomach and enhances blood sugar control).

4. Oats: You may not consider oatmeal a superfood, but rather it can lessen the danger of creating sort 2 diabetes. Oatmeal contains high measures of magnesium, which helps the body use glucose and discharge insulin appropriately. An eight-year trial demonstrated a 19 percent decrease in sort 2 diabetes' danger in ladies with a magnesium-rich diet, and a 31 percent decreased danger in ladies who consistently ate entire grains.

5. Fish: Fish is a thinning star, rich in protein, it will keep you fulfilled; additionally, it contains an extraordinary kind of fat that cools inflammation. Thousands of studies demonstrate that individuals with the most astounding blood levels of omega-3 unsaturated fats have less extensive inflammation, the very inflammation that prompts and compounds diabetes and weight issues.

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Diabetic Nephropathy - Tips That Can Help You Prevent It!

Dr. Ravinder Singh 86% (10 ratings)
DNB (Nephrology), M.D ( Internal Medicine), MBBS
Nephrologist, Noida
Diabetic Nephropathy - Tips That Can Help You Prevent It!

Nephropathy is also known as renal disease. It is any type of damage or disease relating to the kidneys. Though not everyone with diabetes has nephropathy, however, diabetic nephropathy can cause kidney failure.

How does diabetes affect the kidney?
Kidneys are responsible for taking waste out from your blood. They have a lot of tiny blood vessels to do this. High blood sugar may kill such blood vessels. Once these blood vessels are destroyed, the kidneys may not function as well or it may even lead to kidney failure.

What increases your risk of getting diabetic nephropathy?
There are several factors which increase your risk of getting diabetic nephropathy including: 1.High blood pressure
2.High cholesterol
3.Smoking
4.Being Native American, African American or of Hispanic origin, for whom risk factors have proved to be magnified
5. If you have family history of diabetic nephropathy
Symptoms and diagnosis:
There are very few noticeable symptoms, which appear when you have diabetic nephropathy, except swelling in your arms and legs. The diagnosis is done by checking for a type of protein in your urine known as albumin, which is not supposed to be there. Getting the diagnosis done early is crucial.

Preventive measures
You can prevent kidney damage by doing the following:
1. Keeping your blood sugar levels under control - keep HbA1C < 6-7%
2. Keeping your blood pressure under control in the range of 130/80
3. Eating healthy food
4. Exercising regularly
5. Not eating too much protein
6. Not eating too much salt
7. Reducing smoke or excessive tobacco usage

Medicines for treatment
If you do get diabetic nephropathy, here are some medicines, which can help cure it
1.ACE inhibitors which are also called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors
2.Angiotensin II Receptor - blockers (ARBs)

Possible complications
1.Blood pressure may rise
2.Triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels may rise.

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Cancer And Diabetes - Why They Are The New Epidemics?

Dr. Ravi Kumar Muppidi 86% (33 ratings)
MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM
Endocrinologist, Hyderabad
Cancer And Diabetes - Why They Are The New Epidemics?

There was an era where we had deadly infections like plague and polio causing death of thousands of people. We still have occasional outbreak of swine flu, but by and large, infections are quite controlled. The new killer diseases are caused because of the lifestyle we have adapted and the damage we have done to the environment. High intake of processed foods, artificial chemicals in our foods, sedentary lifestyle with very minimal to no physical activity, couching over the computers; the list is quite long.

All these have led to diseases like diabetes and cancer that were not so common about say few decades ago:

Detailed observation has revealed that both these new epidemiologic diseases have a close correlation. There are factors, which induce diabetes and diabetes in turn and in some cases, diabetes inducing agents, can cause cancer also. It has also been observed that mortality is severely increased if diabetic patients are diagnosed with cancer. There are two types of diabetes. While type 1 is mostly hereditary, type 2 is lifestyle induced and the age at which this is being diagnosed is taking a severe plunge. Adolescents and teenagers are being diagnosed for diabetes. Cancer, on the other hand, is of various types (leukaemia, melanoma, myeloma, etc.) and can affect various organs (lung, breast, prostate, stomach, liver, etc.).

The medical community is yet to decipher the disease pattern of both these conditions. While there is no definite correlation between diabetes and all types of cancer, some types of cancer are definitely correlated with a definite reason identified, pancreatic and liver cancer for instance. The high amounts of insulin that diabetic patients are exposed to causes changes in liver and pancreas including fatty liver and cirrhosis, here the incidence of cancer is higher. The linkage is not very clear in lung and intestinal cancers and also there is no link between prostate cancer and diabetes.

Diabetes is considered as a state of chronic inflammation and leads to conditions like hyperinsulinemia (higher levels of insulin in the blood) hyperglycemia (higher levels of sugar in the blood). These are believed to aggravate the neoplastic process of cancer formation, thereby inducing cancer at a greater pace and also increasing the mortality rates.

The following are risk factors that are applicable to both age, physical activity, diet, obesity, drinking and smoking. It is also possible that onset of one can be followed by the other. As noted earlier, more detailed research is awaited to establish a definite linkage, but the correlation cannot be ignored at all.

Both these new epidemics are here to stay and since they have a common set of factors, we need to work on ways to contain them.

Diet And Lifestyle Managment For Diabetics

Diploma In Dietetics, Health & Nutrition (DDHN), ISSA - Sports Nutrisionis
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Surat
Diet And Lifestyle Managment For Diabetics

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease, with the incidence mainly increased by changing lifestyles including food habits and sedentary way of life. How does it happen? The sugar that is consumed is metabolized by a hormone known as insulin. Diabetes can occur due to two reasons:

  • Reduced amount of insulin production
  • Increased amount of sugar levels beyond what the produced insulin can metabolize.

Risk factors: Diabetes can be genetic, but in most cases, it is acquired and the following are risk factors for the same.

  • Ethnicity (Hispanics, Latino Americans, Afro-Americans, etc.)
  • Dietary habits including excessive consumption of sugar(s), refined foods, processed foods
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Developing resistance to insulin (thereby increased sugar levels)
  • Decreased amount of dietary fiber

Symptoms:

Management through Lifestyle changes:
Diabetes 1 which requires insulin is not preventable but type 2 diabetes is easily manageable through lifestyle changes. This can prolong the onset of getting diabetes and reduce the severity of the disease. It also helps reduce complications. This would require a combination of diet, lifestyle changes, and healthcare.
Diet:

  • Increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables. This helps reduce calories and also increase fiber consumption.
  • When it comes to fats, increase consumption of unsaturated fatty acids and reduce saturated fatty acids.
  • Sufficient hydration ensures the toxins are washed off and the tissues are well hydrated.
  • Pack the diet with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Diabetes is considered a chronic inflammatory process, and including antioxidants in your diet ensures that the buildup of toxins is reduced and inflammation is controlled.
  • Avoid eating large portions at any meal. Small, frequent meals ensure the body receives an even spread of calories.
  • The size of the meal should reduce as the day goes along.

Lifestyle:

  • A routine exercise regimen helps in weight management, improved insulin function, and reducing fat accumulation. Pick what works for you - jogging, cycling, running, swimming, brisk walking, etc.
  • Quitting smoking has multiple benefits, and improved diabetes control is just one.
  • Weight management: Weight needs to be constantly monitored for deviations and immediate course corrections to be done
  • Stress management: Stress is a risk factor for diabetes and controlling stress helps improve diabetes control
  • Vigilance and Monitoring: Sugar levels need to be constantly monitored. Higher sugar levels or missed doses should be immediately corrected.

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