What are some Home Treatments for Diabetes?


Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition, usually caused by the malfunctioning of the pancreas. The pancreas secretes insulin into the bloodstream to regulate the oxidation of sugars, which produce heat and energy for the body. Insulin controls the amount of sugar in the blood, keeping the level at less than 120 mg/100ml, while excess quantities are stored in various parts of the body. Blood sugar (glucose) comes from the digestion of carbohydrates (starchy foods such as noodles and breads) and sugary foods.

In diabetes, the blood sugar is expelled from the body through the urinary tract, instead of being utilized correctly. The test for diabetes is by measuring the sugar level in the blood, which can be caused by other diseases, or more definitively, by measuring the blood sugar in the urine. There are several types of diabetes, each with different causes, symptoms and treatments. Diabetes Mellitus is characterized by the expulsion of blood sugar in the urine. The name mellitus comes from the Latin word for honey, because the urine is sweet from the expelled sugar.

Diabetes Mellitus Type I, or Juvenile Diabetes, is the most complicated form, where the patient is constantly hungry, loses energy and weight, and may enter into a comatose state. As the name implies, Juvenile Diabetes attacks the young, having been present since birth, and is considered an autoimmune disorder. This variety of the disease is insulin sensitive that is, it can be controlled by constant introduction of insulin into the body. This can be done by injection, or by oral medication, although some oral medicines have been proven to cause undesirable side-effects. The other main control techniques include diet and exercise, with proper orientation.

Diabetes Mellitus Type II, or Acquired Diabetes, mostly occurs in adults, with the risk increasing as age advances. This type of diabetes is more stable, usually not requiring insulin to control it. When allowed to run its course, diabetes can cause blindness, lesions in the legs which can lead to amputation, and damage to other organs because of the difficulty of maintaining adequate blood flow. The patient gains weight (exactly the opposite of the juvenile variety), but this can often be controlled by exercise and diet. In the case of Diabetes Insipidus, a third variety, the patient urinates frequently, expelling a very diluted and colorless urine, and is always thirsty.

The pituitary gland ceases to produce correct quantities of ADH (anti-diuretic hormone), which normally causes the cells to reabsorb water. With the lack of this hormone, the body continuously expels water, which must be constantly replaced by drinking more. Diabetes Insipidus can lead to dehydration, and is most commonly treated by chemicals that either limit how much water the kidneys expel or replace the action of the missing ADH. This illness seems to be independent of the pancreas, but is classified as diabetes because it has to do with excessive expulsion of urine, as do the other types, even though in this case the urine doesn't contain the high levels of blood sugar present in the other forms of diabetes.

Modern medicine confesses that it can't cure diabetes. In fact, the regulating of a diabetic condition depends on the patients and the practices they adopt to keep the risks as low as possible. The doctors can only give orientation and accompany the progress of the disease they can't live the patients day to day lives for them. But there are ways to diminish the harmful effects of its symptoms through home treatments. For people who have a genetic tendency to develop diabetes, these same methods help to avoid this disorder.

The principle home treatment for diabetes is, of course, diet. The choice of what to eat and what to avoid is fundamental in the control of the disease. People with diabetes should stay away from refined (white) wheat flour, rice, and sugar, as well as tobacco and coffee. Also avoid meats, fats and oils. There is a difference of opinion concerning some protein sources such as cheese, nuts, and sunflower seeds, because of the oils contained. Some specialists say to eat less fruit, especially apple, banana and melons, which are sources of fructose that the liver converts into glucose, adding to the blood sugar.

Among the natural remedies for diabetes that should be consumed, garlic and onion, especially raw, help to lower the blood sugar level. Soups, salads and green juices are beneficial. Vegetable proteins from avocados and soy beans, as well as yogurt, are helpful. Whole grains such as wheat, oats, barley and rye contain cereal fibers that help retard the absorption of glucose in the intestines, thus avoiding high blood sugar.

Other plant remedies that have this effect are the Peruvian yacon root, and the powdered inner hull of the passion-fruit. Lemon juice has been tested by some patients, with positive results.Diabetes is always a sign that it's time to change one's lifestyle. While many say that it has no cure, with disciplined home treatments, diabetes can be controlled.

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Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )

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