Diabetes is a lifelong lifestyle disease in which the blood sugar ( glucose ) levels become too high. Diabetes is not age or sex-limited and hence can be found in anyone irrespective of age. It may occur in adolescents known as juvenile diabetes. India has become a diabetes capital in the world where every 5th diabetic is Indian. The cases of diabetes have increased a lot in the past few years as per World Health Organisation and are expected to even rise further.
If we look into the etiology of this lifelong disease we get to know that it has multifactorial causes coupled with a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. It never arises overnight but makes changes in the blood glucose physiology and its processing. The major organ involved is Pancreas.
Why diabetes occurs?
Diabetes occurs when the endocrine gland that is supposed to secrete insulin fails in doing so, or the body cells are not able to utilize insulin properly. This leads to insulin deficit in either way. Insulin is important for the carrying of blood sugar/glucose from the bloodstream to the cells for further processing by either using or storing them in another form. This accumulation of glucose in the blood leads to the development of diabetes mellitus.
Sign & Symptoms of Diabetes
The person affected by diabetes mellitus presents itself with a varied number of symptoms such as:
- Polyuria ( increased frequency of urination )
- Weight loss
- Polydipsia ( increased thirst due to excessive water excreted through urine )
- Polyphagia ( increased hunger )
The major difference between type 1 and type 2 Diabetes mellitus is their speed of progress. Type 1 Diabetes mellitus symptoms may take up to a few weeks or months to develop. While in type 2 Diabetes mellitus the course of development of symptoms is more subtle and slow.
Blood sugar levels-
- Fasting blood glucose levels (FBS) – 70-100 mg/dl (normal)
- FBS- 101-126 mg/dl (borderline/early diabetes)
- FBS more tha 126 mg/dl (diabetes)
- Post prandial blood sugar (after food)- 70-140 mg/dl (normal)
- PPBS- 140-200 mg/dl ( early diabetes)
- PPBS- more than 200 mg/dl (diabetes)
For every lifelong disease, it is important to know the complications and how adverse they would affect the body with time. Similarly, DM over time can damage kidneys, heart, blood vessels, eyes ( diabetic retinopathy ), and also increases the chances of stroke. With diabetes, the healing property of the body diminishes and it takes time to heal wounds and loses power to fight against opportunistic infections because of high sugar levels in the bloodstream. Thus, a diabetic has to be very cautious regarding health and no ignorance could be entertained as the complications would be inevitable in such cases.
A wise man said why to allow things to complicate when they can be tackled from the start and the results can be changed. Likewise, why allow diabetes to complicate and harm the other organs if we integrated medicine and a holistic lifestyle this can be taken care of.
How does homeopathy help?
Homeopathy is a science of similar and minimum dose with the vast number of medicine derived from plant, mineral, the animal kingdom and more offers a lot when comes to lifestyle diseases especially diabetes. Homeopathic remedies try to get into space from where the fault of processing has occurred and fix it. Remedies act through sentient nerves and hence have immense potential to act on the endocrine system which works on a similar mechanism. The primary objective of a homeopath while treating a person with diabetes is maintaining overall health and wellness and not just fixing the organ. As such lifelong diseases lead to many other accessory symptoms and complaints in the suffering person which need to be taken care of to maintain a harmony of body and mind.
Homeopathy has a positive role in curing early diagnosed cases through constitutional remedies. Homeopathy the science of similar can be easily combined with other holistic approaches such as Yoga, & diet management to get rid of this lifelong illness. There are a certain group of homeopathic remedies known as organopathic remedies, they help in reducing blood sugar levels to great extent. Most of the homeopathic remedies are in dynamic doses in minimum physical quantity but these organopathic doses are given in physiologically active doses of mother tincture. The dosage is further decided upon the basis of the blood sugar levels, the patient’s physical build-up, and other essential requirements to be taken care of. Some of the organopathic remedies are as follows:
- Phosphoric acid
- Syzygium jambolana
- Cephalandra indica
- Gymnema sylvestre etc.
The other approach that is commonly used is working on the patient’s profile and taking a thorough case including the miasmatic ( cause ) and other pathophysiological changes of the person to arrive at a particular remedy. This remedy will act on the man as a person and work in fixing the deranged vital force ( harmony ). This remedy will include both the physical and mental sphere of the person and provide relief on the same. To mention few constitutional remedies of immense importance in treating DM from a homeopathic point of view apart from the organopathic remedies are:
- Natrum. Mur
- Gridella etc
The primary goal of the treatment is eliminating the existing symptoms and preventing further development and complication of the case. In this approach, the person has to take both the dietetic, personal care ( including yoga, exercise & sleep), and proper homeopathic treatment under the supervision of a trained homeopath. Having small meals 3-4 meals a day is promoted rather than heavy meals, also foods with a high glycemic index should be avoided. Vigilant care about what is going inside your body should be taken care of with regular exercise and yoga schedules every day. Exercises balance the hormonal secretion to a remarkable extent. So, the key is to follow a holistic approach with an integrative approach rather than doing things haphazardly here and there.
Lifestyle modifications are as important as medicine.”Wake up before it’s too late”, is important for everyone suffering from DM. Strict blood sugar monitoring with guidance by a trained professional and following the guidelines mentioned can help one to combat this lifestyle disease and the suffering will be cut short. Choose the dynamic and holistic mode of treatment till it’s time to reverse your suffering because your ignorance can cost you, your health and wellness.
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