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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2764

Treating Diabetes

By R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Diabetes is the mother of a large number of diseases. According to the oxford dictionary when the sugar and starch in human body are not properly absorbed it marks the beginning of diabetes. It brings in its wake thirst, emaciation and frequent urination containing glucose. In India we have nearly 41 million diabetics. The international Diabetes Federation estimates that their number would go up to 73 million by 2025.

Practitioners of Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Sidha and other systems of medicine the world over are groping for a solution. Success has eluded them. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare proposes to launch a National Programme for prevention and control of diabetes, VD and stroke during the XIth., Five Year Plan. The focus will be on increasing public awareness and thereby prevent the common risk factors associated with these diseases.

As early as the 400 BC, noted Physician Susruta described diabetes as “Madhumeh” - the honey -urine disease. Ancient Greek, Arab and Chinese doctors also were familiar with the disease but a really important breakthrough in understanding diabetes came in 1775 when Dr. Dobson demonstrated sugar in urine. After about 40 years, in 1815 Chevreul identified glucose in diabetic urine. The credit for developing urine sugar tests goes to by Fehling who came up with his innovation in 1850. Nineteen years later, Paul Lange Hans discovered that islet cells of Pancreas were responsible for production of insulin.

Though a diagnosis of diabetes depresses the victim, he or she need not hopeless. The key to a happy, carefree future is in one own hands. With diet control, exercise and appropriate dosage of medicine, one can have an active and normal life.

Dr. Anoop Misra of AIIMS, New Delhi, says children who eat junk food in cafeteria and other food joints are at risk for early onset of diabetes and heart disease. He has carried out extensive studies on the subject. So his opinion needs to be given due weight.

Nearly 33% of school children eat out three or more times a week irrespective of their economic status. Children as well as elders are consuming more of pizzas, burgers, bread pakoras, samosas, sweets and aerated drinks.

“What is the most harmful is the frequent consumption of potato chips, which are calorie rich and have high levels of trasfatty acid”, says Dr Misra.

There are two types of diabetes: Type I – Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) Type II- Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM). The first variety is often hereditary in nature and it can be transferred from parents to their children.

Over eating combined with obesity and under activity are some of the root causes of diabetes. Constant thirst, frequent urination, sudden weight loss or weight gain, frequent infections, slow healing of wounds, tingling sensation in feet and tiredness are some of the giveaways about diabetes.

There are a number of drugs in the market control sugar level. Insulin injections are more popular. Swami Ramdev offers Divya Madhuna shinivati and Madhu kalpavati but their curative effect disappears soon. The Himalaya herbalcare suggests Diabecaon tablets. At the same time the German based homeopathic Dr. Reckeweg prescribes R-40 preparation.

A news report also suggested that in the years to come deadly lizard spit could also control diabetes. All these formulations say that it is almost impossible to cure diabetes. However some of them do ameliorate many unpleasant concomitant symptoms.

A ray of hope in such a scenario seems to have emerged from the research conducted by Dr. Rajeev Verma of Rajnagar in Ghaziabad near Delhi (Telephone No: 00-91- 9899775727). According to him the formulation titled DIAB-TE is an herbal supplement providing valuable nutrients to the pancreas. It helps in improving the glucose tolerance levels.

Dr. Verma asserts that its extended usage could reduce insulin dependence. He claims that the DIAB-TE has no steroids, chemicals, metals, animal or human residues and that it embody the collective experience of thousands of patients; dosage is easy to use and understand. There are no special dietary restrictions.

Verma says the medicine is based on ancient formulations handed down by Rishis and Munis. He has helped nearly 15,000 diabetic patients in India and abroad. His ‘satisfied’ diabetics have a good word for him.

- Syndicate Features -

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