Diabetes is a metabolic disorder which if not diagnosed early and managed properly can be life-threatening.
The organ which produces insulin is the pancreas and it is insulin which allows the body to metabolize and utilize sugar efficiently. Insulin acts on the cell membrane to facilitate sugar crossing the barrier to provide energy.
In the diabetic child or adult, there is either little production of insulin or poor utilization of insulin by cells and tissue.
It has been estimated that 8% of the world’s population is affected by this disease. Health professional are concerned about the rapidly growing trend of Type 2 Diabetes among children. This is being linked to the childhood obesity epidemic.
There are three (3) types of Diabetes:
1. Type 1: formerly called Juvenile Diabetes. Insulin is the preferred treatment.
2. Type 2: formerly referred to as adult onset diabetes. It is also now being diagnosed in children. Tablets and sometimes insulin are both used for treatment.
3. Gestational Diabetes is pregnancy induced diabetes.
6 Symptoms of Diabetes
1. Increased frequency of urination
2. Unexplained weight loss
3. Nausea, Vomiting
4. Skin issues which include fungal Infections
5. Slow healing wounds
6. Emotional & Behavior problems seen mainly in children
Diabetes if not controlled causes damage to blood vessels and tissues of major target organs that including the:
· Kidneys: kidney failure
· Heart: heart failure
· Lower limbs: poor circulation, gangrene
Diabetes is treated with insulin for the Type 1 Diabetes. Oral medication or a combination of both oral medication and insulin is prescribed for Type 2 Diabetes.
Another promising technology is the transplantation of cell from the pancreas “islet cells”.
For the patient who has circulatory issues or high cholesterol, it is very helpful to have other medical conditions treated. Weight management (diet and exercise) must be a part of the treatment for obese diabetics.
Diabetes Natural Remedies
1. There are some diabetic patients that can be managed with non-drug therapy. Dietary counseling and close monitoring of the blood sugar levels allow some diabetics to live a good quality of life.
2. The importance of foot care and exercise must be emphasized for an overall good management of diabetes.
3. Plant based therapies for diabetes must be used with caution and under the supervision of a registered health practitioner as there could be unsafe lowering of the blood sugar level. This is not recommended for persons diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes who must be on insulin. Some of these are:
a. Bitter melon
c. Ginkgo, ginseng
d. Aloe vera
g. Milk thistle
4. Homeopathy preparations (study)
5. Ayurvedic treatments
6. Chinese medicine (study)
With an improvement in biomedical technology, improved drug therapy, and better dietary guideline today’s diabetic can enjoy a good quality of life.
There are many well-known successful diabetic musicians, actors, athletes, public leaders and everyday persons who have inspired us with how well they have managed their diabetic condition.
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