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Diabetes (Diabetes mellitus or Type 2 Diabetes)

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus or Type 2 Diabetes is a condition where the insulin secretion or insulin efficiency in the body drops down over time. Insulin is a hormone secreted by pancreas that helps in carrying glucose from the blood into the cells. In Diabetes, this function of insulin is impaired, as a result the glucose stays in the blood leading to high blood glucose levels. This condition can lead to more health problems that could be serious or life-threatening.

What are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

Typical: Often, there are no symptoms. When first symptoms do occur, they include excessive thirst and/or urination, fatigue, weight loss, and/or blurred vision.
Might Experience: tiredness, dry skin, very hungry or thirsty, urinate often (especially at night), blurry vision, losing weight without trying, and tingling in hands or feet.

What are the Causes of Diabetes?

  • Excessive Weight
  • Physical inactivity
  • Family history
  • Aging
  • High Blood Pressure

When to see a Doctor?

More than normal fatigue, blurred vision
Drinking and urinating more than normal

Regular screening: Every year after the age of 40

Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Diabetes

Cut sugar: Eating less sugar on a daily and weekly basis will help to prevent diabetes. Switch to a low-carb diet and watch your portion sizes. Choose foods with high soluble and insoluble fiber.
Exercise regularly: Exercise regularly. Physical activity is known to reduce insulin insensitivity and helps in reducing blood sugar.
Drink water more often: Drinking more water will help your body stay fully hydrated.
Quit smoking: Smoking is known to increase the risk of diabetes, quit smoking to reduce your chance of getting diabetes.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Diabetes

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

What is High Blood Pressure?

High Blood Pressure, commonly known as Hypertension, is when the pressure measured within arteries is higher than the normal range (from 130–139 Systolic mm Hg / 85–89 Diastolic mm Hg). If left untreated, the arteries could become blocked and prevent blood flow to the heart.

What are the Symptoms of High Blood Pressure?

Typical: High Blood Pressure known as the “silent” disease because it may have no noticeable symptoms.
Might Experience: Fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, headache, excessive sweating, palpitations or irregular heartbeats, problems with your vision, or confusion.

What are the Causes of High Blood Pressure?

  • Pre-existing family history
  • Obesity
  • Unhealthy eating habits

When to see a Doctor?

It is recommended to have regular screenings for those with a previous history of high blood pressure, those with blood pressure that is at the high end of normal (from 130–139 Systolic mm Hg/ 85–89 Diastolic mm Hg), or those with certain pre-existing health conditions that may be at risk of High Blood Pressure.
Regular screening: annually for those that are 40 and over and at risk of having HIgh Blood Pressure

Lifestyle Prevention of High Blood Pressure?

Eat healthy foods: Develop a healthy meal plan and stick to it. Be sure to have fruits and vegetables. Follow the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) practices.
Exercise often: Regularly exercising can help you maintain a healthy weight and therefore lower your blood pressure.
Avoid smoking: Smoking is known to raise your blood pressure. Avoiding smoking will help to prevent the risks of having a heart attack or a stroke.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for High Blood Pressure