How do you know if you have Diabetes?
- Measure random blood sugar / fasting blood sugar
- HbA1c test
- Your test results must adhere to the following values:
What is Diabetes?
In simplest terms, Blood Sugar levels are controlled by a hormone called Insulin, produced by Pancreas in our abdomen. Insulin allows the cells of the body to use Glucose for energy. When the amount of Glucose (Sugar) in body becomes higher than required, because, the body is not able to use it properly, then that condition is referred to as Diabetes.
Relative or complete decrease in production of Insulin from pancreas cause increase level of blood glucose.
Produce less amount of insulin from pancreas and variable degree of insulin resistance which cause increased glucose production in liver and fat cells.
It refers to the onset or initial recognition of glucose intolerance during pregnancy, usually in the second or third trimester.
There are also genetic defects of insulin action, beta cells of pancreas, exocrine disease of pancreas, endocrinopathies, drug induced diabetes.
Types of Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is generally caused when the body attacks itself by mistake which results into stopping your body from making insulin. Roughly 5-10 percent of the people who have diabetes have type 1 diabetes. Symptoms of type 1 diabetes frequently develop snappily. It’s generally diagnosed in children, teens, and adults. However, you’ll need to take insulin every day to survive if you have type 1 diabetes. presently, type 1 diabetes is impossible to prevent.
In type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t use insulin well and can’t keep blood sugar at normal situations. About 90-95 percent of people with diabetes, have type 2 diabetes. It develops very slowly and is generally diagnosed in grown-ups. Initially symptoms are hard to notice, so it’s important to get your blood sugar tested regularly if you’re at threat. Type 2 diabetes can be averted or delayed with healthy life changes, like, losing weight, eating healthy food and being active.
Pre-diabetes, as the name suggests, is a condition just before entering the blocks of Diabetes. About 8 in 10 people don’t know they are about to become diabetic. In pre-diabetes, the blood sugar levels are more than normal, but not high enough to cause type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes raises your threat for type 2 diabetes, heart complaint, and stroke. But there’s good news. If you have prediabetes, taking timely preventive measures like, lifestyle changes can help you to reverse it.
Gestational diabetes develops in pregnant women even when they never had diabetes. However, if you have this type of diabetes, the baby could be at high risk for health problems. Gestational diabetes generally goes down after your baby is born. But, it may increase your chances of getting type 2 diabetes later in life. Your baby may become obese as a child or teen and develop type 2 diabetes in future.
Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes
- Excessive thirst and hunger feeling
- Frequent urination, mostly during night
- Blurring of vision (diabetic retinopathy)
- Tiredness feeling all time
- Unexplained weight loss
- Delayed wound healing (diabetic foot ulcer)
Causes of Diabetes
- Familial predisposition
- Lack of Physical activity like yoga & exercise
- Mental & Environmental stress
- Irregular meal times, too much sweet, sour, salty foods and drinks
- Foods that increase kapha, medhas and moothra
What should you do in Diabetes?
Diabetes is non-treatable. But, it is controllable. So much so that you can lead a happy life even with diabetes as a part of your life. The solution is not easy, but neither impossible as such. If you follow a simple regime of a better lifestyle, then you can surely control your blood sugar level and lead a normal life again. This is known to all that diet control, exercise and medicines are important aspects of managing sugar values:
- Avoid self-doctoring. See a qualified Doctor. Religiously follow the prescription he advises.
- Take up regular physical exercise, like a brisk walk, cycling, swimming, etc., for at least 60-90 minutes every day. The more you exert yourself the more your body will develop strength to fight Diabetes.
- Cut down on carbohydrates which are found most in Chapatis, and Rice.
- Cut down on cholesterol that enters your body through oily foods.
- Eat less but eat frequently. Do not stay hungry for long.
- Eat lot of salad and make curd a part of your meals
- Drink lot of water
- Last but not the least, you must consult a capable Doctor who can guide you how you must change your lifestyle in a gradual manner. We at Dr Monga Clinic have specialist Doctors who helped hundreds of Diabetes patients to lead a normal life.
Why Diabetes is difficult to manage?
Although diabetes nowadays is very common and various treatment options are available but, getting full relief and managing it satisfactory still remains a challenge. Because Ignorance, Denial, and Fear are three things which keeps you away from a proper solution to this problem. These all 3 things lead to Non-compliance (Not able to follow Doctor prescription / advices)
Ignorance: This is stage when you tend to ignore the signs and symptoms which indicate that you may be suffering from diabetes. The reason is that these signs are not apparent in initial stages.
Denial: Once you start noticing the signs and symptoms in your body, you go into a denial state with a preconceived notion that “how can I get diabetes?”, “This may be something other than Diabetes!”, or “It is nothing serious” or “It is temporary and it will be automatically ok in some days!” But Alas! Denial of a proven truth cannot turn it into a lie.
Fear: Once you finally accept the fact that you have been bold by Diabetes, the fear grips you. The fear of concerns like, “What will happen to my body or my life?”, “What will happen to my family?”, “My days are now counted!” “I will have to give up on so many good things in life!” Such apprehensions hold back the person to go for a proper treatment.
Non-compliance: Finally, when you see a Doctor you tend to follow his prescription word by word. But, soon you start skipping medicines and advices as suggested by the doctor because of all three above factors of denial, fear and ignorance. This leads to constant non-compliance at your end and your problem keeps getting bad to worse.
Diabetes management with Ayurveda
Amla powder or a glass of Amla juice twice a day can be very helpful. It is high in vitamin C and its antioxidant properties are very beneficial as they help in absorption of insulin. Triphala is a natural immunity booster and digestive aid. It is a combination of Haritaki, Amla, and Bibhitaki. It encourages healthier cardiovascular and respiratory functions. Cinnamon powder or raw cinnamon helps lower blood sugar and fight diabetes. It imitates the effects of insulin and increases glucose transport into cells.
Consult doctor for the right treatment.
How do we help in Diabetes?
Managing Diabetes is very tricky. It can’t be cured, but it certainly can be controlled. It is controllable to an extent that you can lead a healthy life happily even with diabetes as a part of your life. This is not easy, but neither is it impossible as such.
At DMAMC our focus is to tackle all the three factors viz. Ignorance, Denial and Fear. This clears the path of overcoming diabetes with courage and conviction. Instead of feeling depressed, our patients enjoy the challenge of defeating diabetes through a step wise scientific approach. At DMAMC, the Diabetic patients manage and successfully overcome their diabetes with the active support, guidance and encouragement of our entire Diabetes Management Team.
Our effective Ayurvedic formulations in combination with modern healthcare techniques have successfully helped patients suffering from Diabetes. We have facilities to correctly diagnose Diabetes. As a part of our treatment process, we counsel the patient and help him beat the fear of diabetes. We give them easy to follow diet plan and exercises. We follow up with the patients on regular basis, so that the chances of non-compliance by them are reduced.
Diabetes is controllable, provided you are determined to control it.