WHAT CAUSES DIABETES?
Family history. The prevalence of diabetes increases with a family history of diabetes. The risk of a child developing diabetes with a parental history increases above 50 per cent. A high incidence of diabetes is seen among first- degree relatives. Regular check-ups after age 35 is the best way to prevent the disease. When people from the vulnerable group undergo preventive testing, they should ensure that albumin is included in the test. The test for sugar should also be considered important where the fasting level should be below 110, random between 140 and 160, and the range for the 2-hour glucose test between 180-200.
Obesity. Being overweight is one of the leading causes of type-2 diabetes. Even within an acceptable body weight range, weight gain could increase the risk of diabetes. Excess body fat especially concentrated around the abdomen leads to increased risk of diabetes.
Physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle. There is enough evidence to demonstrate that physical inactivity leads to the development of type-2 diabetes. The availability of motorised transport combined with a sedentary lifestyle has reduced physical activity in all populations leading to an increase in lifestyle disorders like diabetes.
Insulin resistance. It has been estimated that Asian Indians are more insulin-resistant as compared to westerners. A cluster of factors consisting of abnormal fats [dyslipidaemia], high blood pressure, obesity, and abnormal glucose levels known as metabolic syndrome, is highly prevalent in Asian Indians.
Urbanisation and stress. Developing countries like India are undergoing rapid urbanisation. Urbanisation is associated with increasing obesity, decreased physical activity due to changes in lifestyle, diet and a switch from manual work to less physically-intense occupations. The impact of stress, both physical and emotional, along with an unhealthy lifestyle has a strong cascading effect on people with a vulnerable genetic background. This has led to a jump in type-2 diabetes.
HOMEOPATHY & DIABETES
While there is no substitute to insulin in homeopathy, professional homeopathic treatment is keyed to manage the metabolic aspect of individuals having diabetes with both therapeutic and nutritional measures. This is achieved through appropriate homeopathic remedies, lifestyle changes, reducing stress, regular exercise and customised diet.
In other words, homeopathy emphasises on the holistic management of diabetes rather than ‘cure.’ The aim is primarily focused to maintain ‘normal’ levels of insulin, or keeping anti-diabetic drugs, at a minimum possible dosage, and in preventing progressive worsening and/or complications.
Homeopathy looks at diabetes as a reflection of the body's inability to function optimally, or an imbalance in the body's capacity to effectively utilise insulin that it produces, or not generate sufficient insulin for its needs. Homeopathic remedies correct the underlying problem— the trigger for diabetes, for example, emotional stress. From the ‘root.’ Not just its mere manifestation.
It also takes into account the fact that no two diabetic individuals present with identical problems. Each of us is unique.
The best part — homeopathic remedies can be taken safely, along with your conventional or pharmaceutical medications, including insulin.
One such research was conducted in Athens to see compatibility of homeopathy and conventional medicine in controlling diabetes
A group of patients of diabetes mellitus type-2 were treated with Daonil, a conventional medicine, and a placebo (Group-1) and Daonil and homeopathy (Group-2). Group-1 showed 47 per cent improvement; Group-2 showed a hugely impressive 97 per cent improvement
What’s more, some people eat right and exercise, but they cannot stabilise their blood sugar. Homeopathic treatment is effective in such cases too. The appropriate homeopathic remedy will help to balance blood sugar levels naturally, without side- effects.
People who are diabetic should complement their medical regimen with a healthy lifestyle which will control blood glucose levels, high blood pressure and cholesterol. Follow-up with their doctor on a regular basis is advised.