Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Living – Are You Inflicting Psychological Pain On Yourself?

A lot of the pain the average person experiences in life is not due to external factors. Much of the time, the pain felt is due to our thinking and how we react to a situation: but this is not to say how we respond is the cause of our worst pain. Few things can compare to those painful circumstances in life which are almost always outside of our control: the diagnosis of a disease like cancer or the death of a loved one, for instance. Unfortunately, these are outside our control and will occur anyway. Then we have little choice but to deal with them the best way we can.

In the meantime, however, you should spare yourself from any pain you might be inflating on your being. It is more common than you think. Psychological distress is unsettling at best and devastating to your psyche and your physical well-being at worst. It is wise to learn to control the outside factors in life to help manage stress. Stress and anxiety can be lethal …

  • they weakened your health,
  • facilitate the development of severe health problems, and
  • remove years from your life.

What kind of psychological pain are you dealing with? Does it have to do with something outside your control? If so, let it go.

Have you been diagnosed with a disease such as Type 2 diabetes, which has changed your perspective on your way of living? You may feel intense regret for not taking care of yourself in the past, or for not listening to advice. You may be appreciative about the present, and fearful of the future. The first few weeks can be a stressful time not only for the person diagnosed but also for their loved ones. Put a stop to any negative thoughts driving your bad ideas and revise your future expectations. It does not help to dwell on gloomy details: it is better to focus on what can be done because there is no shortage of options.

Are you overweight? It is an issue, sure. But it is a more significant problem if you torment yourself over it. Stop thinking you are destined to be overweight forever, because of “a or b.” If you find yourself in this frame of mind, consider if it is a rational opinion. It probably is not!

Regardless of your current health standing, you should not be hard on yourself. This does not mean you should not give yourself feedback but the key is to be constructive. Spare yourself punishment because it serves no purpose. No matter what has happened, give yourself a break. You are a human being, and like the rest of us, you make mistakes. But this also means you can learn from them.

Stop inflating psychological pain on yourself.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Will Exercising on an Electric Bicycle Help People With Diabetes?

Electric bicycles, as the name suggests, have motors that move the pedals making the vehicle go at least 20 kilometers an hour. Pedaling the old-fashioned way is also permitted, and in fact, encouraged.

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom explored how the use of electric bicycles could help to improve the health of people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Their work was reported on in May of 2018 in the journal Diabetic Medicine. A total of eighteen people with Type 2 diabetes used electric bicycles for 20 weeks, completing an average of 21.4 km each week. Their aerobic abilities increased by 10.9 percent, and their heart rates averaged 74.7 percent of maximum, an improvement over 64.3 percent of maximum when the participants walked.

Satisfaction with the electric bikes was generally high. Fourteen participants bought electric bicycles after the study. They reported that they used the vehicles for commuting, shopping, and recreation. From this, the researchers concluded electric bicycles, or e-bicycles, could be used to improve physical fitness and heart health in those who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, United States, the maximum heart rate is defined as 220 beats per minute minus the individual's age. For example, for a 40-year-old individual, the maximum heart rate would be 220-40 = 160. To find your heart rate place your index and middle fingers over the point on the inside of your hand at the base of your thumb. Count the first beat at zero and proceed to count all the beats after that. Use a watch with a sweep hand or an electronic timing device which shows the passage of 60 seconds, or one minute.

The CDC recommends during moderate-intensity physical activity; the heart rate should be 50 to 70 percent of maximum. During vigorously intense exercise the heart rate should fall between 70 and 85 percent of maximum. By these criteria, the electric bicycle provided the participants with vivid activity.

Human beings did not evolve sitting at a desk and physical activity matters. Physical activity helps lower …

  • blood sugar levels,
  • cholesterol,
  • abnormal blood fats,
  • obesity, and
  • insulin resistance which is the cause of Type 2 diabetes.

Fat around the heart decreases with exercise, and heart function improves. Before embarking on a course of physical activity see your physician for an exam and electrocardiogram (EKG) if necessary.

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Healthy Eating – Do You Think Of Food As Your Enemy?

Food is becoming a source of hatred for many people. They think of it as being the enemy. We eat food that tastes good and satisfies us at the moment; then we hate how it makes us look and feel. But it is not the food we should hate. It is the decisions we make regarding food and our attitude towards food that needs a makeover.

We need to think about the way we view food. If food is what we use to satisfy an emotional need, then we should sort through our thought process. The “right” mindset can make eating an enjoyable experience without guilt. We just need to be mindful of …

  • what we eat, and
  • how much we consume.

Overconsumption of the “wrong” foods can lead to severe chronic health conditions such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Mindful eating has the potential to teach us how to overcome these diseases by opening up the connection we have with ourselves. Emotions such as anger and sadness provoke eating: this type of emotional based eating is harmful both to our waistline as well to our mental health …

  • be clear about your intentions for eating.
  • make sure you are focused on determining whether or not you are hungry before you eat.

Think about what the “enemy” at the time is. It could have someone ruined your day, but this does not mean you have to let it ruin your relationship with food. Figure out a way to deal with this emotion or at least clear your head long enough to enjoy a meal without worrying about anything else.

Emotional eating does nothing but increase the intensity of your problems …

  • the right foods and the right amount will make you feel good.
  • so will a connection with yourself.

The mind and body go hand-in-hand. Use your mind to control and calm down your body …

  • use breathing techniques,
  • go for a short walk, or
  • step outside to get some fresh air.

Whatever you do, make sure you are aware the food you eat will either add to your situation or take away from it. If you are feeling bad, remember food will not cheer you up.

If you are having trouble easing your troubles, be mindful enough to take the option of food off your plate knowing you will feel guilty after eating a particular food for the wrong reason. Or tell yourself you will spend a few minutes mentally connecting with yourself before deciding to eat. If you are hungry, eat. But be aware of every bite and every emotion you feel while eating. Doing this will help you realize food is not the enemy. It is an opportunity to compliment and establish a healthy relationship with your inner thoughts and actions.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Do a Bit More For Your Health Today

Even small changes in your lifestyle can help you better manage Type 2 diabetes. While blood sugar testing is a critical self-management tool, developing a physically active lifestyle and changing your eating style help control both your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Regardless of the problems you may be dealing with at the moment, the trick is to do a bit more for your health today than you did yesterday. Maybe it is not a trick, but more a simple piece of advice.

We all worry about the future: at times, more than the present. So do not take it as a negative to spend some of your time wondering about what could or could not happen down the track instead of focusing solely on the present moment.

The past, however, is also essential to consider because it provides an opportunity to …

  • learn from your mistakes, or
  • show you how to do things better.

Do not immediately dismiss the action you took because you have regrets. Muster the courage to address your shortcomings, and do what you must to place yourself in a better position.

Let us talk about how you can do more for your health, today. First, it is essential to determine what you can do. What have you been struggling with? These are your “pain points.” There is a good chance your body weight is on the list. Blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure are other common health issues. Identify these if they apply to you, especially because you have a significant degree of control over them.

Do not kid yourself – you most certainly can fix these problems with lifestyle changes. It will take time but see each day as a stepping stone. With each step, you will be getting closer to your objective.

What can you do to take these steps forward?

You can exercise …

  • you can pick up a sport or a new form of physical activity.
  • you can lift weights, or join a fitness class.

You can stay on top of these things so they bring you consistent results.

You can eat better …

  • make better choices at the grocery store, and do not buy snacks or food you know you should not be eating.
  • cook most of your meals, and eat out only once or twice a month.

If weight loss is a priority, count calories if you are struggling to make progress. If you usually eat 2000 calories a day, think about limiting yourself to 15000 calories. If you are hungry after you have ate the quality of the food you are eating rather than the quantity.

Do not think of eating healthily as a sacrifice, but rather as a reward to help you live a long healthy life.

On that note, ensure at the end of your day you can say you did a bit more for your health than you did the previous day. This is the way to be healthy and look after your well-being.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Liver Enzymes, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Diabetes

In May of 2018, the journal Hormone and Metabolic Research reported on a study performed at the South Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University in Harbin, China, and the First Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun, China. High liver enzymes which indicate liver disease, were linked to insulin resistance, the cause of Type 2 diabetes.

A total of 212 participants with Type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease were studied. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as the name describes, is a condition with too much fat stored in the liver, not caused by alcoholism. Between 2014 and 2015 liver enzymes, abbreviated ALT, AST, and GGT were measured, along with blood sugar and insulin levels. Insulin resistance, indicated by the amount of blood sugar compared with insulin levels, was high in those participants with elevated ALT and AST levels, although there was no correlation with GGT. From these results, the investigators concluded measuring the levels of ALT and AST could provide information on insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetes as well as serving its usual function of indicating liver health.

  • ALT is an enzyme, a molecule that speeds up reactions in other molecules. In this case, it helps amino acids go together to form a liver molecule known as oxaloacetate. Smaller volumes of the enzyme are also found in skeletal muscle, kidneys, and the heart.
  • AST is another enzyme, which speeds up the transfer of part of an amino acid between two molecules, aspartate, and glutamate. It is found not only in the liver but the heart – cardiac muscle, the skeletal muscle, kidneys, brain, and red blood cells.
  • GGT moves other molecules around the body. It is found in the kidneys and pancreas as well as the liver.

About 50 percent of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes can expect to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can also occur in individuals without Type 2 diabetes but with high levels of belly fat, and can exist without the individual's knowledge. On the other hand, it can progress to fatal liver cirrhosis. Liver disease and Type 2 diabetes are two health problems to avoid developing by maintaining low levels of belly fat.

One pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories, so to lose one pound of fat each week you need to burn off 500 calories more than you take in every day. Go for a brisk walk and burn off 200 calories in a half hour. Now have a salad with artichokes, mushrooms, chopped onions, chopped cage, and Italian dressing instead of the hamburger. You are on your way.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Inflammation and Cancer

It has been found people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk for colorectal carcinoma, or cancer. Diets causing inflammation have been linked to such cancer and a species of bacteria, according to a study reported on in April 2018 in the Journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Scientists at Harvard Medical School in the United States and Huazhong University in China compared the nutrition of the participants in the Nurses' Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The participants kept diaries of the foods that they ate over the years. Based on eighteen foods associated with pollution, researchers ranked the participants' diets according to the empirical dietary inflammatory pattern (EDIP). This score tells investigators the amount of inflammation likely to be present.

A total of 124,433 participants suffered 951 cases of colorectal cancer over a 28 year period. The ones with the highest EDIP scores were at the highest risk for colon and rectal cancer linked with the bacterial species Fusobacterium nucleatum. The investigators concluded inflammatory regimes change the bacterial species in the colon and rectum and encourage the growth of colon and rectal cancer. Since Type 2 diabetes is a disease of inflammation, this could be the link between this condition and colorectal cancer.

Fusobacterium nucleatum is known for causing a great many diseases, including periodontitis, a disease-causing loss of teeth as well as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). Drinking green and black tea are of interest as being a possible way to prevent periodontitis caused by this bacteria. Penicillin antibiotics, as well as other antibiotics such as metronidazole and piperacillin, are prescribed for treatment.

In 2015 the Journal of the American Diabetes Association, Diabetes Care, noted a study in which people with Type 2 diabetes had a 30 percent higher risk of colorectal cancer than non-diabetics. Obese people with Type 2 diabetes who had been unusually overweight for four years or over also had an increased risk of this kind of cancer.

Screening for colorectal cancer can include looking for …

  • blood in the stool,
  • searching for abnormal DNA, or
  • viewing the colon and rectum directly with fiber optics (a tube with a light at the end). How often this should be done depends upon the risk factors and should be discussed with one's doctor.

Treatment for colorectal cancer includes …

  • surgery,
  • chemotherapy, and
  • radiation.

Surgery is undertaken to remove the diseased section of the colon and sometimes the adjacent lymph nodes. Then chemotherapy or radiation can be used to prevent new tumors from growing.

Chemotherapy treatments include …

  • 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU),
  • irinotecan (Camptosar)
  • oxaliplatin (Eloxatin),
  • trifluridine and tipiracil (Lonsurf),
  • capecitabine (Xeloda), and
  • vincristine.

Often two or more of these drugs are combined, which makes them work better.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Settle Your Thoughts Before You Eat

Stress levels have increased, and like many other risk factors contributing to Type 2 diabetes or heart disease, we are now exposed to many more stressors than previous generations have been.

Stress has a way of affecting how we eat. It can seem to take up all the space in our brain; cause us to crave unhealthy foods, and makes it easier for us to eat more than we should. Diseases such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes thrive off of stress …

  • it weakens our immune system and
  • accelerates the production of pro-inflammatory cells, which is the under basis for most diseases.

Breathing is a free, healthy way to reduce stress and help us settle our thoughts down before deciding to eat. Research shows “mindful breathing” may help reduce stress by lowering negative reaction to repetitive thoughts, which sets mindful breathing apart from other reliable stress-management approaches (Feldman et al., 2010).

Taking yourself out of stressful situations is ideal before eating, but sometimes we are placed in eating situations where we do not always feel comfortable. Breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth a few times can help calm you down before eating any meal.

Stress makes us lose control of our emotions. Eating in this state of mind can be self-destructive because the food is often used as the comfort source. Allow your mind and body to settle before each meal, and you will be able to make clear, concise decisions, such as …

  • when to stop eating, or
  • which foods to eat.

Eating our food slowly does not just force us to think about what we are eating; it also slows down our digestion. Our body tells us when it is full but if we are too distracted by stress or other emotions we do not always receive these messages. That is why it is important to start eating with a clear and focused mind open to any messages or feelings you may encounter along the way. You may find after a few bites you are not hungry at all, or you do not particularly enjoy what you are eating. If this proves to be the case, make sure you check in with yourself to find out what your needs are at that moment.

A simple solution to most problems. No one has ever regretted stopping to take a few breaths before encountering something, especially something they struggle with. These breaths do not have to make a scene …

  • they can be done quietly and be unnoticed if you are in public.
  • try closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths right now. It should feel relaxing and hydrating, especially if you are lucky enough to be eating outdoors where you can inhale some fresh air.

On the inhale, clear your mind. Think only about the air entering your lungs. When you exhale, blow out the stress and negativity from your body. Feel your heartbeat calm down, and your anxiety lessen. Once you have a clear mind, it is time to enjoy your food the mindful way.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Smoking Is A Risk Factor For The Progression Of Chronic Kidney Disease

In June of 2018, the Journal of Clinical Medical Research reported on a study showing the reduction in protein levels in the urine of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after they stopped smoking. Too much aluminum, a kind of protein similar to egg white, escapes the kidneys and goes into the urine in diabetic kidney disease. Scientists at Jinnouchi Hospital and Kumamoto University Hospital in Kumamoto, Japan found lower the blood pressure, and the heartbeat rate in sufferers helped decrease the amount of aluminum in the urine.

Type 2 diabetes participants attending a stop-smoking clinic for three months were divided into two groups. Eighteen out of thirty-five of the participants stopped dead smoking …

  • those who quit produced a lowered blood pressure and pulse rate at one month or later after the program.
  • after one year the discontinued-smoking group had less aluminum in their urine than the smoking group.

From these results, the scientists concluded quitting smoking could be one way of slowing or stopping the progress of diabetic kidney disease by the reduction of the blood pressure reading and the heart rate.

The kidneys have many small blood vessels running through them, so they can clean the blood and remove excess fluid. When the blood pressure or heart rate is high, they put a strain on the kidneys …

  • people with Type 2 diabetes often develop high blood pressure. One way of treating kidney disease is by lowering blood pressure.
  • high blood sugar levels are another way way Having Type 2 diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys.

Worldwide 20 percent of men and 25 percent of women aged 65 to 74 have chronic kidney disease. Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure raise the risk of this condition. Smoking poses the threat of high blood pressure and a fast heart rate. This is one reason why it is vital people with Type 2 diabetes (and the rest of us), not smoke. Programs are available to help smokers stop …

  • the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking is one. Call 1-800-LUNGUSA for guides, groups, therapists, applications for your smartphone, and more. After 35 years of helping smokers quit the ALA must know something.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, United States, also has effective plans and resources. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Some aids to smoking cessation include …

  • nicotine patches – you can find nicotine patches at local drugstores.
  • nicotine gum – the habit of smoking can sometimes be as difficult to break as the nicotine addiction itself.
  • lozenges.
  • The Quitter's Circle app created by the American Lung Association and Pfizer.
  • SmokefreeTXT is a text messaging program for adults who want to quit smoking. They send encouraging texts two or three times each day for several weeks.
  • BecomeAnEx.org. A customized quit plan is created to help you navigate your way through your tobacco-free journey.
  • prescription nicotine patches, and
  • prescription drugs.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Three Tips To Keep In Mind When Traveling With Diabetes

Excited at the thought of going away on holiday? Traveling is something many people look forward to, but if you have Type 2 diabetes, maybe you feel traveling is more stressful than it is worth. You may decide to avoid holidays just because of the fact you do not want to have to worry about dealing with your blood sugar level all the time. Feeling that way would be a shame because many good times are had on holiday. And, if you are smart in your approach, you do not need to forgo your travel plans.

Let us go over some of the best advice for those who are looking to travel. Use these tips and get ready to enjoy yourself …

1. Call Ahead. First, call ahead. See if your hotel happens to offer a mini fridge in some of their rooms or even better, a full-on kitchen as this can make a big difference. If you can eat even a few of your main meals in your room, it can save you a lot of calories and sugar you would otherwise have taken in.

2. Get Active In The Morning. The next tip is to be as active as you can in the morning. Get up early and enjoy a brisk walk around while you check out the sights. It is an ideal way to take in all your vacation has to offer while burning some calories and boosting your insulin sensitivity for the day ahead.

Those who exercise first thing in the morning are far more likely to get exercise in comparison to those who exercise later on in the day. Do not let anything crowd out your workout as this will help influence several aspects of Type 2 diabetes. Aspects such as …

  • blood sugar concentrations,
  • insulin action, and
  • cardiovascular risk factors.

3. Plan Your Indulgences. Finally, make sure you plan out your indulgences. It is unrealistic to expect you will not eat anything unhealthy during your travels. But, if you do not plan out what you will let yourself eat, without suspect hopefully, you may end up splurging way too much. So get it under control. Think about what is important to you to eat while you are away and make room for those foods. Eat a small serving and make sure you always eat them along with a source of protein to prevent a blood sugar spike that will set you up for health problems

Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your holiday. You can have happy and healthy travels if you remember these few tips. Make sure your mindset is geared towards taking care of your health even when you have a few extra tasty treats.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Being Kind To Yourself Has Health Benefits

Kindness is an admirable trait easily recognizable the first time you meet someone. Often we are distracted making sure we are kind to others and we forget to be kind to ourselves. Being kind to yourself is a great emotional place to be and can help break any stressful situation, including binge eating or the stress-eating connection. It requires …

  • patience,
  • love,
  • understanding, and
  • the desire to develop new habits.

Many studies suggest stress is a contributing factor for overestating. Numerous Type 2 diabetics come to realize that they are stress junkies who fuel their stress with cookies and caffeine. The first step to dealing with an eating disorder is to use kindness as a way to unlearn unhealthy habits. Being fully present and aware of your feelings allows for the opportunity to deal with them in a different way. When you are aware of a mood or a situation that encourages you to eat …

  • step away from it,
  • have a chat with yourself, and
  • be kind to yourself.

Harsh words or thoughts will not help you overcome whatever situation is making you struggle. Have the same patience with yourself as you do with your loved ones.

Unlearning a habit can be as simple as taking yourself out of the situation that caused it. Then, you have less opportunity to experience a feeling leading you to feel out of control …

  • if the habit is a bad relationship, take steps to change it or get out.
  • you may feel overwhelmed every day at lunchtime as the topic of food comes up. Find a kind and creative way to help you deal with this, such as packing a lunch and healthy snacks. If your co-workers ask why you never go out to eat with them anymore, tell them you are financially conscious.

Be kind to yourself by putting your well-being first. It is not your responsibility to explain yourself to others; it is your responsibility to take care of yourself.

Next, take your new found motivation to relieve stressful food situations and create an atmosphere you find comforting and healing …

  • you might find it helpful to take a few deep breaths before each meal.
  • find a quiet place where you can close your eyes and connect with yourself.
  • ask yourself how you are doing today? Is there anything making you feel stressed, sad, or uncomfortable? Think about this feeling and write it down if you have to.

Being harsh on yourself will bring out negative emotions.

Finally, practice new habits not involving food. Each night before bed, or even while sitting in your car during traffic, think of the rewarding moments you had during your day instead of what did not go your way. Maybe you walked more, took the stairs, or drank more water. Or sometimes you told a joke that got a few laughs or took time out of your day to be there for a friend. Use yourself to spread kindness and others will follow. But most importantly, be kind to yourself always. There is no guarantee anyone else will.

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Effective Ayurvedic Guide On Treating Diabetes

Diabetes is a complex condition in the human body when the pancreas does not produce enough quantity of the hormone insulin to keep the blood sugar under control.This disease requires daily self-care because if complications arise then it can affect the quality of your life significantly. There are different types of diabetes; type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. All of them are complex and serious. Out of them, the type 2 diabetes is the most common one. The general symptoms of the disease include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger. If left untreated, diabetes can cause many complications.

Currently, there is no cure for diabetes, but it can definitely be kept under control. If you are successful in effectively managing the disease, then you can live an enjoyable life. The ayurvedic herbs act as a wonder in the control of diabetes.

What is Diabetes in Ayurveda?

According to Ayurveda, diabetes is described as 'pramha'. There are 20 sub-types of 'prameha' hanging on the doshas in Ayurveda. Asrava, Prameha, Madhumeha and Maharogya are a few of them. Out of them, the most common one is madhu meha in Ayurveda, which is closely related to type-2 diabetes.

Why are Ayurvedic Medicines more effective in managing diabetes than the Allopathic ones?

The incidence of diabetes is increasing day by day. Diabetes, being a silent killer is secretly attacking the young generation of the country and thus increasing the burden of exchequer on the people as well as the government. The allopathic medicines have two common disadvantages in treating diabetes. The first one is the common side-effects from prolonging intake of medicine and the second one is the insulin resistance among people taking modern medicines.

This has lead to the extensive search for an alternate form of medicine. Ayurveda has a great significance in this system. The diabetes treatment in Ayurveda suggests the use of natural remedies for sugar. The ayurvedic medicines, combined with the dietary regulation (pathya), Panchakarma (bio-purification procedures) and exercise (vyaayam) have been very successful in effectively controlling the blood sugar level in madhu meha in Ayurveda.

In this write-up, the significance of dietary regulation (pathya) and panchakarma techniques (bio-purification procedures) as a diabetes treatment in Ayurveda would be discussed.

The Significance of Dietary Regulation (Pathya) To Control Madhumeha In Ayurveda.

Ayurveda suggests some modification in your diet plan as a natural remedy for sugar. The diet should contain 50-60% carbohydrates, 15% protein and rest from oil and fats. Fat, salt, alcohol and caffeine should be minimized in the diet.

  • Go for High Fiber: The diet should contain around 40 g of fiber a day. You should add beans, vegetables and fruits in your meals. They are rich in fibers and help to keep the sugar under control. The break-down of high fiber carbohydrates into glucose takes a lot of time, so they are effective in regulating the sugar level. Ayurveda also recommends the use of bitter vegetables like bitter gourd, pointed gourd, fenugreek as a natural remedy for sugar. They are literally termed as Ayurvedic sugar medicine.
  • Eat Whole Grains: The whole grains regulate the glycemic response, increase insulin secretion and improve the functions of β cells in the pancreas. According to Ayurveda barley (Yava) is one of the best Ayurvedic sugar medicine. It can be taken in different forms like barley cooked with water (mantha), barley porridge (vatya), barley with roasted corn flour (saktu) and barley pancakes (apupa). Ayurveda recommends the use of old rice ( Purana shali ), as one of the cereals is highly useful to diabetic patients.
  • Add Spices to Food: In Ayurveda, madhumeha can be controlled by the addition of certain spices or condiments to food. Spices can effectively control diabetes by its action on short-term hypoglycemia and long-term improved glucose tolerance activities. A number of condiments and spices including pepper, asafoetida, aloe, Ocimum , and eugeno are used as Ayurvedic sugar medicine since time immemorial. In addition to this fenugreek seeds, ginger, garlic, coriander, turmeric, cumin seeds, onion, mustard, garlic, onions, curry leaves, mustard, and cinnamon are also used in diabetes treatment in Ayurveda .

Panchakarma Techniques (Bio-Purification Procedures) To Control Diabetes

As a result of diabetes, the sugar level in the blood circulation tends to remain above the normal range. Along with the high sugar level, the risk of ketoacidosis also increases, which is fatal. According to Ayurvedic experts, the imbalance of Kapha which lead to diabetes can be effectively controlled by the Panchakarma techniques. Before starting the Panchakarma technique one must go through the Purvakarma procedure.

Purvakarma

Purvakarma is a prelude to Panchakarma. It starts with some easy lifestyle modification practices like going to bed early, waking up at dawn. In addition to this, you are recommended to have herbs like amalaki, gurmar, and neem with every meal. After completing the session of Purvakarma, the Panchakarma process starts.

Panchakarma

Panchakarma technique is very beneficial for the diabetic patients. It detoxes and burns the excess fat of the body, and releases the toxin from the system. It also helps to put your body and mind into deep relaxation. Along with Panchakarma, the diabetic patient is advised to do Pranayama and meditation. At the end of the session, you would definitely feel energized and stress-free.

So, this was, in brief, the significance of dietary regulation (pathya) and panchakarma techniques (bio-purification procedures) to control diabetes.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL) Linked With Diabetes

Researchers at the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran found a link between high levels of LDL cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Their work was reported on in the journal Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome in April of 2018.

Healthy close relatives, children, and siblings of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes aged 30 to 70 years not being treated with blood fat-lowering medications were examined for ten years. The ability to lower blood sugar levels after drinking sugar water was measured to diagnose the development of Type 2 diabetes. The risk of developing the condition increased by 22 percent in those with high-LDL compared to those with lower levels. The difference was seen regardless of the age, gender, fast blood sugar levels, waist size, or blood pressure measurement.

Normal LDL cholesterol should be less than 100 mg / dL …

  • from 100 to 129 mg / dL can cause concern in doctors when their patients have heart disease or risk factors for heart disease.
  • levels between 130 and 159 mg / dL are even more worrisome.
  • seeing LDL levels of 160 mg / dL or over will give your medical adviser a headache, and you will be given a lecture on improving your lifestyle.

So, what to do to lower LDL cholesterol? Vegan and vegetarian diets are often recommended for several reasons. Going meatless has several benefits – your health and maybe the environment. Vegan and vegetarian diets are commonly prescribed to help prevent and treat Type 2 diabetes. Indeed, they help to lower cholesterol as cholesterol is found in meat and dairy products. Eat more high-fiber foods, such as legumes (beans), oats, nuts fruits, and vegetables. Try pinto beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans.

Fruits lauded for their fiber content include …

  • apricots,
  • berries,
  • passion fruit,
  • oranges,
  • pears,
  • nectarines, and
  • apples.

Vegetables providing a good amount of fiber include …

  • Brussels sprouts,
  • beets,
  • okra, and
  • eggplant.

Now you are on the road to healthy eating, let us look at physical activity. Join a gym that has stationary bikes and televisions. Pedal right through a half-hour television show and you will hardly notice how fast the time goes by. Now shower and take a dip in the pool to cool off.

Take off the extra weight if you have any. The gym has access to at least one scale, so use it. Now calculate your kilogram of weight divided by your height in meters squared. This is your body mass index (BMI) and should not be over 25.

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Curing Type 2 Diabetes Naturally Rather Than Living With Its Associated Life Threatening Diseases

Type 2 Diabetes is a long-term metabolic disorder of high blood sugar, insulin resistance, and relative deficiency of insulin that leaves your body attacking itself which you can naturally reverse permanently. It is a disease associated with age 40 years and above, although it has been diagnosed on younger people. Type 2 Diabetes Symptom includes unusual regular thirst, frequent urge to urinate especially at night, chronic fatigue, unexplained sudden loss of body weight, dizziness, blurred vision, abnormal huger feeling, numbness or tingling in the feet or hands, and sores that do not heal.

Studies show that majority of terminal diseases claiming lives today like heart diseases, strokes, kidney failure, amputations, neuropathy, hypertension, nerve system diseases, high cholesterol, and depression are caused by type 2 diabetes. It occurs as a result of obesity and lack of regular exercise although 10% of diabetic patients are slim people. Some people are genetically at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than others.

The bad news is that some people believe type 2 diabetes is a disease that one has to manage and live with Plus the associated 10 years life expectancy. By living with it, you are under the constant daily threat of its associated diseases and the side effects of prescription medication like hepatitis, liver problems, acidosis, and high Risk of cancer.

You can prevent type 2 diabetes by Staying a normal weight, exercising regularly and eating properly. The root cause of diabetes is the inflammation of pancreas that leads to insulin resistance in turn results to high blood sugar and diabetes. The insulin producing beta cells in your pancreas is exposed to saturated fats which leads to its death and inflammation. The treatment of the root cause of the disease condition is the best and fastest approach to getting you off medications and ends the need for insulin. It is only what you eat that has the power to make or break diabetes, losing weight can never cure it.

Studies show that type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome can only be permanently changed through your lifestyle changes. Diabetes medications artificially adjust your blood sugar without addressing the root cause of the disease. Drugs are meant to treat and manage your diabetes symptoms letting you live with its daily threats to life.

By eating properly and lifestyle changes your blood sugar will be reduced, insulin resistance increased, neuropathy pains reduced, blindness and amputations preverted with other problems, and you will be taken off prescription drugs, insulin injections and stop blood sugar monitoring.

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Type 2 Diabetes – What Have You Done For Your Health?

If your circumstances where your health is concerned are not ideal, you may be surprised to find yourself in this situation. Many people do. It may seem as if you were unlucky or dealt a bad hand, or that a harsh coincidence has fallen upon you. First, you should carefully consider your circumstances before you come to any conclusions. What are you dealing with? If it is something severe with little hope for treatment, you may have been unfortunate, and we are sorry to hear that. But if it is a condition like obesity, Type 2 diabetes, or heart disease, then you really ought to ask yourself some questions.

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Your Primary Care Physician Could Be Crucial Towards Successful Diabetes Control

This is our courageous combat against chronic diabetes control in an America that represents one in ten people (International Diabetes Federation, 2011) diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes. Blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol monitoring, lifestyle and diet choices and diabetes pills are constantly under focus when it comes to controlling diabetes mellitus. Sadly enough, the human side of medicine seems to have receded into the background. In these times, when the medical profession seems to be arranged by specialists, elaborate studies have shown that the primary care physician could be instrumental in achieving better results in diabetes management.

In West Indies, a three year quality improvement project was undertaken by a diabetes clinic. By regular monitoring of blood sugar, addressing concerns of patients regarding diabetes and educating them about diet, exercise and medication, the PCP in conjuction with a registered nurse at a special diabetes clinic in Trinidad achieved improved glycaemic control over the three year period. (Babwah T., 2011)

When a Spanish research group studied over two million diabetics under primary care, results suggested marked differences in diabetes management in their favor. Improvement in control of glycaemia, blood pressure and lipids was attributed to the primary care setting alone. (Vinagre I, 2012)

Further, one of the major takeaways from research findings by the faculty of Public Health at the Mahidol University in Bangkok was that health personnel, pharmacists and doctors were success factors in diabetes management. Researchers indicated that policy makers could help distribute services of these health professionals to primary care settings. (Sathira-Angkura T, 2011)

It is encouraging to note that patients enrolled in primary care networks continue to present much better clinical results in diabetes management (Manns BJ, 2012). This means that they do better in terms of their glycaemic control, blood pressure and cholesterol control. They are better informed and agree with the advise of their physician regarding essential medication towards diabetes control.

In an era of quick and dry communication with the PCP, diabetic patients are often left with a void, due to unanswered concerns, incomplete disease education and little or no emotional connection with their physician. Inline with evidence pointed out by research studies, the role of the primary care physician is indicative to a diabetic patient. The PCP is invariably the first contact point for a person diagnosed with diabetes mellitus. When this human side of medicine and the resulting patient-physician bond becomes the crux of delivering healthcare, diabetes control would unduly become a successful, synergistic process.

References

Babwah T. (2011). Improving glycaemic control in patients attending a Trinidad health center: a three-year quality improvement project. Quality in Primary Care, 19 (5), 335-339.

International Diabetes Federation. (2011, November 14). World Diabetes Day – Press Release . Retrieved from International Diabetes Federation

Manns BJ, TM (2012, Feb 7). Enrollment in primary care networks: impact on outcomes and processes of care for patients with diabetes. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 184 (2), 144-52.

Sathira-Angkura T, KS (2011, Dec). Factors associated with the effectiveness of diabetes care at primary care settings. Journal of Medical Association of Thailand, 94 (12), 1513-20.

Vinagre I, M.-CM-N. (2012). Control of Glycaemia and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes in Primary Care in Catalonia (Spain). Diabetes Care .

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