Additional Diabetes Information:
Diabetes is characterized by abnormal and high levels of blood glucose and its subsequent excretion through urine. Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by deficiency in production of insulin by the pancreas. There is increased concentration of glucose in the blood and in some cases; the pancreas fails to produce insulin that is essential for survival. However, noninsulin-dependent diabetes is much more common in most countries worldwide.
Some of the factors responsible for diabetes include overeating, obesity, excessive intake of sugar, anxiety, tension and hereditary factors. Symptoms of this disease may include constant feeling of hunger and thirst, weight loss, exhaustion, drowsiness, low sexual urge, anemia, constipation and slow healing of wounds. Diabetes is the most common metabolic disorder and it affects majority of people worldwide.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that the incidence of diabetes is increasing and the number of patients is much huge and alarming in most developing countries. India has recorded the maximum number of people with diabetes and it is estimated that there are over 50 million people in India are affected by diabetes. It has been observed that the symptoms of diabetes tend to appear much later than the condition occurs in the body. However, most doctors advice to have diagnosis of blood sugar levels periodically.
Diabetes is not completely curable and its control mostly depends on the patient. The patients are advised to take care of their diet, exercise and medication. The most common treatment for diabetes consists of insulin injections and implantable insulin pumps. Diabetes can be treated with exercise, weight reduction and a balanced diet. Weight reduction and exercises help to control blood sugar elevations by increasing the body's sensitivity to insulin.
A balanced diet plays a vital role in controlling diabetes. Junk food should be avoided as it contains lots of fats and the sugar content in such foods is high. Intake of low-glycemic foods is recommended which include fruits such as apples, grains like barley and peanuts, vegetables such as green leafy vegetables, beans and peas. For the required carbohydrates intake, diabetic patients can depend on low starch foods like chicken and sea foods.
Herbal medicines are derived from natural herbs. These are used by majority of the world's population. Herbal drugs and various plant extracts are used in the treatment of diabetes. Most ayurvedic physicians are prescribing herbal formulations to reduce the ill effects of diabetes and its related complications. These herbal formulations are preferred due to lesser side-effects and free from chemicals.
There is a variety of medicinal plants with proven anti-diabetic and related beneficial effects. There has been an exponential growth in the field of herbal medicine and the herbal drugs are gaining popularity both in most developing countries, because of their natural origin and safe procedure. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed a number of plants which are used for medicinal purposes around the world. India records a majority of medicinal plants which are most frequently used in the treatment of diabetes.