Ayurveda, an Indian science of healing is globally relevant due to its holistic and comprehensive approach to health. Ayurveda is often described as a way of life, rather than just a medical system. It is designed to help people live long, healthy and well-balanced life and hence, it is gaining huge popularity in the West. Ayurveda offers personalized therapies to control and manage various long-term diseases. One such chronic disease is diabetes, which is fast becoming one among the four leading causes of death.
The prevalence of diabetes is predicted to double globally from 171 million in 2000 to 366 million in 2030 with a maximum increase in India (79.4 million) as compared to China (42.3 million) and the United States (30.3 million).
The American Diabetes Association’s 2017 Standards of Medical Care (ADA) recommends the holistic approach for the management of diabetes. ADA guidelines say that we’re not just managing blood glucose levels; we’re managing human being, who’s trying to live a normal life. Therefore, ADA emphasizes on managing a human being as a whole rather than just focusing on reducing the glucose levels.
Better management of diabetes is possible only with a holistic approach. Diabetes care should also include evaluation for symptoms of diabetes distress, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating and of cognitive capacities, using standardized tools at initial visits, periodic intervals, or if the patient experiences any changes that merit concern, with the inclusion of family members when appropriate.
Here are simple tips and holistic ayurvedic approaches that can help you enjoy your life to the fullest even with diabetes:
- Take your medication on time, as directed
Every single dose counts. Even though the symptoms of diabetes are silent, do not neglect the medicine. Untreated diabetes can lead to heart diseases, nerve damage and other serious complications. Take your doctor’s advice and follow the instructions carefully.
- Monitor your sugar levels
Ignorance is not bliss with diabetes. Be aware of your diabetes condition with regular blood tests. Glucose in blood can fluctuate depending on your food intake, activity, illnesses and even stress. You can keep your sugar level in control only if you are aware of its fluctuations.
- Know what you eat
Eating habits have a direct connection with blood sugar levels. Keep a log of what you eat, how much you eat, what time do you eat, etc. Over time, you will observe patterns in your eating habits. It will then help you reduce the bad food intake and increase the good ones.
- Be high on fiber
Carbohydrates are the main reasons for your sugar levels. Avoiding them is not a very good idea, but controlling their intake is. You just have to make simple choices like choosing brown bread over white bread and many other high-fibre carbs over low-fiber carbs. Moreover, high fiber carbs also provide lasting energy for your daily active routine.
- Quit smoking and drinking
Smoking and alcohol have a high impact on the health condition of a diabetic patient. Smoking makes every complication of diabetes even worse. On the other hand, regular alcohol intake is known to increase the blood glucose levels to quite an extent.
- Know more about diabetes
Read all that you can on diabetes. Especially about the people who have learnt to live happily with the illness. Talk to your friends and get some tips on what works and what does not. But at the same time, be aware of the myths too!
Exercise is the answer to most lifestyle problems like diabetes. Regular work-out decreases body fat and promote weight loss. In addition, it helps to control blood-sugar levels. Just 30 minutes of exercise in a day can work like magic.
Holistic Approach – Ayurvedic Medicine for Diabetes
Ayurvedic products have been used since ancient times for the management of diabetes and many other disorders due to their holistic approach towards the management of diseases. Ayurvedic medicines for diabetes have claimed to lower the blood sugar and benefit people with or at high risk of Type 2 diabetes. A number of clinical studies carried out recently have shown the potential links between herbal therapies and improved blood glucose control, which has led to an increase in number people with diabetes using these more ‘natural’ ingredients to help manage their condition.
Charak Pharma with a vision of providing a universal treatment option for diabetes patients has introduced Nutrabet, novel herbal supplement for diabetes. Nutrabet provides a Comprehensive Holistic Nutritional Support for Diabetes Care.
Nutrabet is an ideal adjuvant in the management of diabetes. Amalaki, in Nutrabet, preserves and empowers the functions of beta cells. Vijaysaar is an insulin sensitizer and maintains normal blood sugar levels. Karela enhances insulin secretion and reduces hepatic gluconeogenesis. Micronutrients like Vitamin C, Carnitine, and Chromium improve insulin sensitivity.
The ingredients of Nutrabet have multi-component effect in diabetes as they enhance insulin secretion, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce hepatic gluconeogenesis, reduce gut absorption of carbohydrates, modulate fat metabolism and normalize blood sugar levels.
The cumulative pharmacological action of Nutrabet helps minimize the chances of diabetic complications, if started sufficiently early.