Diabetes

diabetes

diabetes Diabetes is a metabolic condition characterized by elevated glucose absorption in the blood.  It prevents glucose from being used by the body correctly. 

Insulin determines the amount of glucose in the blood.  Because glucose cannot be stored or used directly by the body, insufficient insulin leads to an increase in blood sugar levels.



Two different Types of Diabetes

•    Type 1 – Insulin dependent diabetes is the result of the pancreas being unable to make enough insulin.  This type of diabetes normally affects children but can affect adults as well.  Type 1 diabetics are insulin dependent and must take insulin every day.



•    Type 2 – Non-insulin dependent occurs because the cells of the body become resistant to insulin.  Adults are most often diagnosed with this type of diabetes.

Some may need medication while others can control their blood sugar levels by monitoring their diet, exercising moderately, and losing weight (if they are obese).  Some Type 2 diabetics must take insulin or other medications daily.

Causes



•    Heredity
•    Obesity
•    Dietary habits
•    Lack of exercise
•    Pancreatic abnormalities

Symptoms

•    Increased urination
•    Dry mouth
•    Increased appetite
•    Weight loss or weight gain
•    Poor or blurry vision
•    Skin problems
•    Slow healing (sores and cuts heal slowly)
•    Poor circulation in the limbs
•    Headaches
•    Nausea


Home remedies

Indian Gooseberry – mix 1 tablespoon of Indian gooseberry with bitter gourd juice.  Drink each day for two months to decrease blood sugar levels.

Grapefruit – eat three grapefruits three times a day to prevent or control diabetes.  Fenugreek Seeds – Ingest 25 to 100 gm of fenugreek seeds daily to reduce hyperglycemia.

Green String Beans – use the pods from the beans to make tea.  The tea is excellent for helping to control diabetes.

A Healthy Diet for Diabetics

Diabetics should always stick with a low carbohydrate, low fat, and moderate protein diet.  The best foods to eat are fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, nuts, unrefined foods, whole-grain cereals, and bran.

Always drink plenty of water (up to 10 glasses a day) and fresh fruit juices.  Try to avoid meat products, processed foods, rich foods, and sweets as much as possible.



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