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. 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.
Sometimes diabetic medications may result in weight gain. But this can be definitely prevented with proper diet and exercise modifications to promote a weight loss in healthy way.
How to lose weight in a healthy way to reduce blood sugar level?
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, pitta and kapha) 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 )
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CAUTION: Never try to lose weight if you are already losing weight due to diabetes. Consult your physician before starting any weight loss program.
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