Reverse Diabetes Naturally with These Indian Superfoods
Their marriage was perfect and Armaan and Priya were very much in love. Everything was beautiful, until Priya discovered her husband has got Type 2 Diabetes. It all started with Armaan always feeling extremely tired. Even in the afternoons, when he was supposed to be at office, he used to come back home to have an extended hours of sleep. Soon he started taking frequent leaves from his office. But, before it could take a toll on his job, Priya took him to a doctor for check-up. Though Armaan had no other classic symptoms of diabetes, the doctor suggested an HbA1C (Glycated Haemoglobin) blood test and much to their surprise, the reports came positive. Armaan was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
What is Type 2 Diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes, also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes, is the most common type of diabetes known today. Currently, about 90% – 95% of diabetic people across the world is suffering from this disease. Unlike Type 1 diabetics, patients suffering from Type 2 diabetes can produce insulin inside their body, but the amount of insulin that secretes from their pancreas is either inadequate or their body is incapable of using it effectively. This state is known as insulin-resistance, during which the glucose level of a human body gets disturbed. In this condition, glucose (sugar) builds up in the blood, instead of going into the cells that further triggers severe complications.
Problems Caused by Glucose Surge in the Blood
Dehydration: Increase of glucose (sugar) in blood causes frequent urination. It’s basically a reflex of your body to clear the excess sugar from the system. But, when the kidneys eliminate the excess of glucose through urine, a large amount of water is also lost in the process. Hence a Type 2 Diabetes patient often suffers from frequent dehydration.
Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic: This is a life threatening comatose condition, which a Type 2 Diabetic patient may experience at times. This condition happens when a patient becomes severely dehydrated and is unable to drink enough fluids to compensate the fluid loss from his body. If not treated in time, the high glucose levels in the blood may severely damage the nerves and small blood vessels of the eyes, heart and kidneys. Such people are more likely to develop life-threatening condition of atherosclerosis (hardening) of the large arteries, which further causes heart attack and stroke.
Who is at risk of Type 2 Diabetes?
While the incidence of diabetes has in-depth genetic connection, recent studies reveal that anyone can get Type 2 diabetes, no matter whether it runs in the family or not. However, obese or overweight people and women who have had gestational diabetes are more prone to this disease. Many people with metabolic syndrome (usually a cluster of health hazards include high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low ‘HDL’ cholesterol count, and high blood pressure) can also develop Type 2 diabetes. In addition, older people are more susceptible to developing this disease since aging makes the body less tolerant to sugars.
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes usually vary from one person to another. However, the most common symptoms include the following.
- Increased thirst
- Dry mouth
- Increased hunger (especially after eating)
- Nausea and occasionally vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
- Frequent urination
- Numbness of the hands or feet
- Frequent infections on skin, urinary tract or vagina
Herbal Supplements That Reverse the Effects of Diabetes
While we mostly depend on medicinal pills to kill our ailments, here are some easy herbal remedies that help to reduce the effects of diabetes. Read on to know more.
Bitter Gourd (Karela)
Bitter gourd is considered a magical potion for treating diabetes. The hypoglycaemic or insulin-like properties of this vegetable helps in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels. Hence, doctors often suggest to include this vegetable in the diet of a person suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. In fact, consuming the juice of bitter gourd every morning in an empty stomach also reduces the glucose accumulation in the body.
Indian Gooseberry (Amla)
Vitamin C and antioxidants of Indian Gooseberry are highly effective in reducing the blood sugar level. Any diabetic person can consume this fruit’s extract, mixed with bitter gourd juice daily to deal with the increased glucose level of their body. This juice is known for stimulating the ‘Islets of Langerhans’ (the secluded group of cells that secrete the hormone insulin in the pancreas), which also reduces the blood sugar in diabetic patients.
Jambul fruit is an effective home remedy for diabetes. According to the Ayurveda experts, the fruit itself including its seeds are used for treating this disease. The seeds of this fruit contain ‘jamboline’, a glucoside that restricts the pathological conversion of starch into sugar. Consuming the seeds (dried and crushed) along with a cup of milk or water can help reducing your blood sugar level. In addition to the seeds, the bark of Jambul tree is also used as an herbal remedy of diabetes. The bark of Jambul plant is often dried and then burnt to form a white colored ash. Any person with Type 2 diabetes can consume this daily with warm water to check the progress of this disease.
Grapefruit is highly recommended in the dietary regime of any diabetic patient. This fruit reduces the blood-sugar level and also lowers the risk of developing diabetes in future.
Fenugreek seeds reduce reactive hyperglycaemia, which further controls the levels of glucose, triglycerides and serum cholesterol in the blood of any diabetic patient.
Bengal Gram (Channa)
The extract of Bengal gram when consumed with water enhances the utilization of glucose in both diabetic and normal people. Diabetic patients who are on this remedial diet for an extended period of time have seen improvements in their glucose tolerance, fasting blood sugar levels, urinary excretion of sugar and general wellbeing.
Apart from what’s mentioned above, there are various other vegetables that are beneficial for improving the health of a diabetic patient. This list includes string beans, onion, garlic, cucumber and many more. However, it’s important to follow these herbal remedies for an extended period of time, in order to keep the glucose level of your body under control.