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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Treating diabetes

By R.K. Bhatnagar - Syndicate Features

Diabetes is the mother of a large number of diseases. According to the Oxford dictionary it hits you when the sugar and starch are not properly absorbed in your body. If one is suffering from diabetes one gets thirsty, emaciation and frequent urination containing glucose. In India nearly 41 million people suffer from this disease. The International Diabetes Federation has estimated that Diabetics would double to 73 million by 2025.

The doctors of all the systems of medicine the world over including Allopathy, Homeopathy, Ayurveda and Siddha are busy finding a solution to it but success has eluded them. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare proposes to launch a National Programme for prevention and Control of Diabetes, CVD and Stroke with the focus on increasing public awareness thereby preventing the common risk factors associated with these diseases. It may be recalled that as early as the 400 BC, noted Physician Susruta described diabetes as “Madhumeh” the honey urine disease. Not only in India, Diabetes was well known to ancient Greek, Arab and Chinese doctors.

However an important breakthrough in understanding diabetes occurred with demonstration of sugar in urine was made by Dr. Dobson in 1775 and subsequent identification of glucose by Chevreul in 1815 in diabetic urine and development of urine sugar tests by Fehling in 1850. In 1869, Paul Lange Hans discovered that islet cells of Pancreas were responsible for production of insulin. Though a diagnosis of Diabetes depresses the individual one need not feel hopeless; with diet control, exercises and drugs one can have an active normal life.

An alarming situation surfaced when a project report of Dr. Anoop Misra of AIIMS showed that children who eat junk food in cafeteria and other food joints are at risk for early onset of diabetes and heart disease. 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”.

There are two types of Diabetes: Type I – Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) Type II- Non Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (NIDDM).

The type I or IDDM is often hereditary i.e. it can be transferred from parents to their children. Causes of diabetes include over eating combined with obesity and under activity. Pancreatic pathology, underutilization of insulin Diabetes is characterized by constant thirst, frequent urination, sudden weight loss or weight gain, frequent infections, slow healing of wounds, tingling sensation in feet and tiredness.

A number of drugs in the market control sugar level. Insulin injections are more popular. Swami Ram Dev offers Divya Madhuna shini vati and Madhu kalpa vati but its curative effect disappears soon. The Himalaya herbal care 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 it is almost impossible to cure diabetes. However some of them do ameliorate many of the 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, Ghaziabad. According to him the formulation titled DIAB-TE is an herbal supplement providing valuable nutrients to the pancreas. It also helps in improving the glucose tolerance.

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, embodies the collective experience of thousands of patients, dosage is easy to use and understand and it has no special dietary restrictions. It uses ancient formulations handed down by Rishis and Munis.

Dr. Verma has helped nearly 15,000 diabetic patients in India and abroad.

- Syndicate Features -

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