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diabetes mellitus diet
The World Health Organization (WHO) marked its annual World Health Day (7th April 2016) by issuing a clarion call for action on diabetes, as numbers have risen from 108 million people in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, most of it in middle-and low-income countries, including India. WHO also stated that in 2012 an estimated 1.5 million deaths were directly caused by diabetes while 2.2 million additional deaths were caused by higher-than-optimal blood glucose. Officials warn that all of these numbers will continue to rise unless dramatic action is urgently taken.
Diabetes can over time damage the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes as well as the kidneys. The most prevalent consequences include a 100-200% increased risk of heart attacks, chances of ulcers in the lower limbs as well as infection and even amputation, kidney failures, blindness due to damage to blood vessels, etc. Also unfortunately two out of three people who suffer from diabetes have high blood pressure.
As with most other non-communicable diseases that are a result of lifestyle choices, both Diabetes and Hypertension can be prevented or substantially degraded by a healthy and natural life and diet. It is thus important to keep tabs on the carbohydrates being consumed, limit consumption of sugar and salt, as well be aware of the intake of trans-fat, saturated-fat, sodium, etc.
But what do our Vedas have to say about disorders like diabetes?
Ayurveda always takes a holistic approach and so it is not enough to just look at nutrition and exercises, but it is equally important to look at the emotional state, and counter the effects of mental stress and emotional strain through Yoga, meditation and the proper usage of specific herbs like Gurmar Powder, Bitter Melon, Saptrangi, Vijaysaar and Turmeric.
Our conventional understanding is that obesity can lead to diabetes but even those who are underweight can fall to many disorders, including diabetes. It is thus important to keep in mind that Ayurveda recommends balance in every aspect of life.
Diabetes is a silent but deadly killer. But it is preventable and for those who are already diabetic, it is possible to have a normal and healthy life. All it takes is a few regular steps, and with Prakrartik Living it is as simple as 1, 2 and 3. So what are you waiting for.
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