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PRINCIPLES OF AYURVEDA


          Ayurveda is a traditional Indian system of medicine, which is a recognized system of traditional medicine by WHO. The age old herbal remedies and herbal supplements offered by Ayurveda often give miraculous results in many difficult to treat illnesses. Ayurveda explains use of herbs, minerals, natural remedies, herbal products, life style modification, dietary modification, nutrition, meditation, purification and rejuvenation as methods of healing. "Samadosha samagnisch samadhatu malakriya Prasanna atma mana swastha iti abhidhiyate."
Having a balanced state of Doshas, Agni (Digestive Fire), Dhatus (tissues) and normal functioning of Mala (waste products), cheerful state of Atman (soul), sensory organs, and mind are the symptoms of healthy life.

Vata-Pitta-Kapha

• If Vata gets out of balance, for instance, it leads to overactive mind, poor circulation, poor nerve conduction, loss of memory, irregular elimination, uncomfortable menses, etc. - all things related to movement.
• If Pitta is out of balance, we can get excessive digestive fire, resulting in heartburn, excess stomach acid, a hot temper, inflammations, etc. -all things related to heat and digestion.
• If Kapha gets out of balance, it can lead to chronic congestion, weight gain, cellulite, cholesterol buildup, acne, oily skin, etc. - all things related to structure and lubrication.

Vata-Pitta-Kapha Body types & Personalities

• According to Ayurveda, the five elements:
(fire, earth, water, air & space) in their biological form combine to form these 3 energies in the body. These 3 basic energies are the primary life forces or biological humors, called doshas in Ayurveda-The Vata, Pitta and Kapha. They help regulate physical functioning within our body, besides providing us with individual physical characteristics. The constitution of a person is primarily determined by the dominant dosha .
• It is such a unique combinations of doshas that no two persons are alike. The determination of the constitution gives insight into deeper working, behavior, body type and with this it is possible to know which herbs, diet, medicines and activities will be suitable for a particular individual to maintain his health whole life. It also becomes easier to outline the disease tendencies of the different body types so that a preventive lifestyle may be observed. Accordingly, a person can plan diet and other routine activities affirming to his / her constitution. This individual constitution analysis is an important step to ascertain about types of diseases and to help a lot in maintenance of good health and prevention of diseases.
• Your predominant dosha could be any one of the three, a combination of any two or all the three in a balanced form.

DIABETES



Diabetic symptoms:

People with type- 2 diabetes usually do not have any symptoms. When symptoms occur then they used to often ignore it because they may not seem serious. Symptoms in type-1 diabetes usually crop up suddenly and are often knockout.

• Blurred vision • Fatigue • Dry mouth
• Excessive thirst and appetite • Increased urination (sometimes as often as every hour) • Unusual weight loss or gain
• Nausea, perhaps vomiting • Itching skin, especially in the groin or vaginal area • In women, frequent vaginal infections
• In men and women, yeast infections • Slow-healing sores or cuts • suddenly drowsy
• excessive sweating • breathing more deeply and rapidly than normal • have abdominal pain
• feel irritable

Types of Diabetes

About 25.6 million people age 20 or older -- more than 1 in every 9 -- have type 2 diabetes. Another 79 million people are considered prediabetic. Type 2 diabetes is serious. Adults who have diabetes are two to four times more likely to die of heart disease compared to those without diabetes, and 67% have high blood pressure. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and blindness in adults. Nerve problems -- such as impaired sensation in the feet or carpal tunnel syndrome -- affect 60% to 70% of people with diabetes. More than 60% of lower-limb amputations that are not a result of trauma are performed on people with diabetes. The average medical expenses for someone with diabetes are 2.3 times more than for someone without.

Both type-1 and type-2 diabetes affect the way the body controls the level of blood glucose, but these two conditions are very different.

Type-1 diabetes:

Type-1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the pancreas. Eventually, the pancreas is unable to produce insulin, requiring lifelong insulin injections or an insulin pump (and close monitoring of blood sugar levels). Previously known as juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is usually detected in childhood, but it can also be diagnosed in adults. Type 1 diabetes has a genetic component, although it is possible for environmental factors, such as exposure to a virus, to trigger the destructive immune process.

Type-2 diabetes:

Type-2 diabetes, the body may produce insulin, but the body's cells don't respond to insulin normally and glucose starts to build up in the bloodstream instead of being used by the cells. Without glucose in the cells, the body feels fatigued and dehydration can occur as sugars accumulate. Although sometimes called adult-onset diabetes, that's not always the case. With the growing rate of childhood obesity, an increasing number of kids are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Even though type 2 diabetes used to be called non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, insulin is necessary for some people who have type 2 diabetes. Typically, when first diagnosed, health care providers try to control blood sugar through diet, increasing physical activity, and weight management. For some people, that does the trick. For others, though, even with careful attention to their lifestyle, treatment with medication is needed. Some medications for type 2 diabetes are taken by injection, including insulin. Others are pills that can be taken by mouth. Health care providers work with people to find a regimen that works to control the individual's glucose level.

Eating sugar will not cause type 2 diabetes. However, consuming too many calories and becoming overweight contribute to your body becoming insulin resistant and allowing blood glucose levels to increase. Sugary treats such as cookies, cake, pie, or ice cream can be part of a healthy diet when they are eaten only occasionally and in small portions and taken into account when considering total daily calories.

Who's at Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes?

Those at risk for type 2 diabetes include:
• People with a family history of type 2 diabetes.
• Women who had gestational diabetes or have had a baby weighing more than 9 pounds.
• Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
• African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and Pacific Islanders, minority groups that are disproportionately affected by diabetes.
• People who are overweight or obese, especially around the abdomen (belly fat).
• People with high cholesterol, high triglycerides, low good 'HDL' cholesterol, and a high bad 'LDL' cholesterol.
• People who are inactive.
• Older people. As people age they are less able to process sugar appropriately and therefore have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

What Are the Symptoms of Prediabetes?

Although most people with prediabetes have no symptoms at all, symptoms of diabetes may include unusual thirst, a frequent need to urinate, blurred vision, or extreme fatigue.
A medical lab test may show some signs that suggest prediabetes may be present.

Who Should Be Tested for Prediabetes?

You should be tested for prediabetes if:
• You're 45 years of age or older.
• You're overweight with a BMI (body mass index) of 25 or over and have any of the following risk factors for diabetes:
    o You are physically inactive.
    o You have a first degree relative with diabetes.
    o You belong to a high risk ethnic group.
    o You have a history of gestational diabetes or delivering a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
    o You have polycystic ovary syndrome.
    o You have high triglycerides or low HDL (good) cholesterol.
    o You have had abnormal blood sugar tests in the past.
    o You have a history of heart disease.
    o You have any signs of a condition called insulin resistance (such as severe obesity or a skin condition called acanthosis nigricans).

How Is Prediabetes Diagnosed?

         To determine if you have prediabetes, your doctor can perform one of three different blood tests -- the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), or the hemoglobin A1C (or average blood sugar) test. During the FPG blood test your blood sugar level is measured after an 8 hour fast. This laboratory health screening can determine if your body metabolizes glucose correctly. If your blood sugar level is abnormal after the fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test, you could have what's called "impaired fasting glucose," which suggests prediabetes.

Read more at: http://diabetes.webmd.com/diabetes-health-check/default.htm

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