According to ayurveda using kapha and vata balancing diet (Weight loss diet), including anti diabetic herbs, exercising etc in diet are the best ways to prevent diabetes.
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Body Weight and Blood Sugar
Various statistics have shown that increased body weight increases the incidences of diabetes. Most of the researches show that there is a connection between body fat and hormones which control appetite and insulin levels. But one thing is for sure, when you lose weight you have a better control over diabetes. In our clinical experience we have seen pre-diabetic patients who are obese have been benefited by weight loss. They have achieved good control over blood glucose level without using any diabetic medications. Hence weight loss is the best option to gain a control over high blood sugar levels.
Does Ayurveda Recommend Weight loss to prevent diabetes?
Yes, texts of Ayurveda quote that weight gain due to sedentary work, increased consumption of starch and sweets, sleeping for long hours, lack of exercises etc as major causes for diabetes. These lifestyles imbalance vata dosha and kapha dosha which lead to diabetes or madhu meha
For such person a careful weight loss program has to be designed to avoid imbalance of doshas. Any imbalance of doshas may aggravate the condition and treatment of diabetes may become impossible without medications.
How much weight to lose to reduce the risk of diabetes?
Weather it is a condition of pre-diabetes or diabetes, losing 5-10 percent of body weight is always helpful. This much of weight loss improves blood sugar control and reduces the risk of diabetes by 60 percent.
How to lose weight in a healthy ayurvedic way to prevent diabetes?
Ayurveda acharyas have very well explained the pathology of diabetes or increased blood sugar level. When a person is obese and has a family history of diabetes has higher chances of getting diabetes. The ayurvedic pathology goes as follows in such persons. The tridoshas (vata dosha, pitta dosha and kapha dosha) which are vital body balancing forces get imbalanced due to unhealthy diet and lifestyles. These imbalanced doshas vitiate important body tissues (which are referred as dooshyas in texts of Ayurveda) like Medha dhatu(body fat), Rakta dhatu (blood), Shukra dhatu (semen), Majja dhatu (bone marrow), Rasa dhatu (lymph), Mamsa dhatu (muscles) and Ojas (the body energy). They also affect Ambu (Water contents of body).
The main treatment plan has to be framed in a view to balance doshas, reduce vitiation of dooshyas and use herbs, diet and lifestyles carefully to promote weight loss, avoid energy loss and prevent deterioration of tissues. (Click here for Ayurvedic Remedies for Weight Loss )
Ayurvedic Foods to be used to prevent diabetes.
Certain foods help to reduce incidences of diabetes when used regularly. Vegetables like bitter gourd (karela), Okra (bhendi) , Fenugreek seeds (methi) , carrot , etc help to control blood sugar level. Spices like Jeera (cumin seeds), Cinnamon , Black Cardamom (badi ilaichi) , etc, Fruits like papaya, amla (Indian gooseberry), Jambu (Black Jamun) etc help by preventing spike in blood sugar level.
What are the benefits of Weight Loss in obese type 2 diabetic patients?
- The blood sugar levels come well under control
- The number of diabetes medications can be reduced.
- The erectile dysfunction due to diabetes gets improved.
- The low sperm count naturally improves.(read How To Increase Sperm Count Naturally )
- The main female infertility cause PCOD improves with weight loss (read Ayurvedic PCOS Treatment )
- Body cells become more sensitive to insulin.
- Body energy levels increase.
What Diabetologist Dr.Eswara Ramanan says about preventing diabetes?
Dealing with diabetes can be frustrating, so it’s in your best interest to learn how you can prevent this disease. Today there is not yet a cure for this problem, so taking some steps to prevent it can be important, especially since it is the sixth top cause of death in the U.S. today. Some people deal with more risk factors than others for diabetes, but no matter your risk factors, there are some simple steps you can take to help prevent dealing with diabetes.
Keep Your Weight Down First of all, one of the most important things that you can do is to make sure you keep your weight down at a healthy level. Many people today who end up dealing with diabetes are overweight, which is a huge problem. When you are too heavy, your risk of dealing with diabetes can be drastically increased. So, work on keeping your weight at a level that is healthy for you.
Exercise Regularly Exercising on a regular basis is also important if you want to prevent dealing with diabetes. When you exercise on a regular basis, it helps to keep your weight down and can keep your blood flowing as you should. If you have family members who already have diabetes, then exercising regularly is especially important for you.
Eat Right Eating right is another thing that you can do to prevent diabetes as well. Your diet should be one that is low in sugar and fat. You should restrict the amounts of starches and glucose that you take in as well, since diabetes includes problems with the body producing or using insulin.
Have a Checkup Regularly Having a checkup regularly is important as well, since doctors can help let you know whether you have risk factors for diabetes or if you are a borderline diabetic. You should have your blood glucose measured every couple of years, especially after you get over the age of 45. This is especially important if you have a family history or diabetes or you are already overweight.
Eat More Fruits and Veggies Eating more fruits and vegetables can also help you to prevent diabetes as well. There are studies out there that actually show that the pigments that give veggies their color can help to stimulate the production of insulin in the body.
Keep Blood Pressure Down Keeping your blood pressure down is imperative if you want to prevent diabetes. Many people who have high blood pressure end up with diabetes, and if you have high blood pressure, you should work on lowering it so you can avoid dealing with diabetes.
Diabetes is a problem that is serious and that you’ll definitely want to work to prevent. While you may have some of the risk factors already, you can work to prevent this from happening to you. When you eat right, exercise, keep your weight down, and have regular checkups, you can better prevent dealing with diabetes. So make sure that you follow these simple steps to help prevent diabetes in your life.
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