In a world filled with sweetness, there is one sweetness we must handle with care – the sweetness of life itself. Around World Diabetes Day, time for reflection and awareness about the silent pandemic of our times: diabetes.
According to a recently published study by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation and Indian Council of Medical Research, India has around 101 million people living with diabetes and another 136 million people in pre-diabetes stages.
What is Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. It is characterised by elevated glucose (sugar) levels in the blood.
There are two main types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2, each with different causes and mechanisms.
Type 1 Diabetes: This form occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Without insulin, the body cannot regulate blood sugar effectively.
Type 2 Diabetes: In this type, the body either does not produce enough insulin, or the cells become resistant to the insulin that is produced. Insulin resistance prevents cells from utilizing glucose efficiently.
How Diabetes affects the body
Both types of diabetes result in elevated blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Persistently high blood sugar can damage various organs and tissues over time. Some of its effects include:
Cardiovascular System: Diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and contribute to the development of atherosclerosis, a condition where arteries become narrowed and hardened, leading to heart disease and stroke.
Kidneys: Diabetes can damage the small blood vessels in the kidneys, leading to diabetic nephropathy. Over time, this can result in kidney failure.
Liver: Insulin resistance plays a key role in the accumulation of fat in the liver. Over time, this can progress to more severe conditions such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis, and cirrhosis.
Eyes: Diabetes can cause diabetic retinopathy, a condition where elevated blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels in the retina, leading to vision problems and, if left untreated, blindness.
Nervous System: Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication, where high blood sugar levels damage nerves, resulting in pain, tingling, and numbness. Nerve damage can also cause problems with digestion, bladder control, and sexual function.
Immune System: Diabetes can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections. Wounds and sores may take longer to heal, and there is an increased risk of skin infections.
In addition to these complications, diabetes reduces your overall energy and vitality, so essential for living a productive and happy life.
There are several things you can do to manage your blood sugar, including:
- Eating a healthy diet of low-glycaemic and high-fibre whole, unprocessed organic foods
- Get daily physical exercise
- Taking medication as prescribed by your doctor
- Restrict your eating window – Practicing intermittent fasting or time-restricted feeding can help restore the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
- Increasing your portion of bitter and astringent foods - like bitter gourd, jamuns, and leafy greens like fenugreek, spinach, kale, amaranth
The Holistic Healing Perspective
Holistic medicine, as its name implies, embodies a comprehensive approach to attaining well-being. Unlike Western medicine, which often addresses symptoms, Ayurveda delves into the root causes of disease. Grounded in a profound connection with nature, Ayurveda seeks to harmonize individual imbalances and has identified numerous herbs and plants with the potential to regulate blood sugar levels.
Inspired by the principles of Ayurveda, we at Organic India have harnessed the power of herbs to create supplements like Sugar Balance, Cinnamon, and Weight Balance, which offer a holistic approach to managing diabetes and maintaining a sweet life.
Organic India Sugar Balance: Taming the Sugar Beast
Diabetes often feels like a battle against a relentless sugar beast. Organic India Sugar Balance, enriched with the goodness of Organic Bimbi leaf, Bougainvillea leaf and Organic Sadabahar leaf, help to lower blood sugar levels, regulate insulin response, and also aids in reducing mood swings caused due to sugar spikes and crashes. Also by regulating blood sugar levels, they help to normalize energy levels. Certified organic and used in its whole herb form, Sugar Balance is free from chemical toxins and preservatives and is safe in the recommended dosage for daily use.
Organic India Cinnamon: The Sweet Spice of Wellness
Cinnamon, a warm and aromatic spice, is not just about adding flavour to your dishes. Organic India Cinnamon, sourced from the bark of Cinnamomum zeylanicum trees is naturally rich in several antioxidants and flavonoids. It promotes a healthy metabolism, improves appetite & digestion, helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and also boosts immunity. A potent herb, Cinnamon also offers a plethora of other benefits, including lowering cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes and protecting the body from oxidative damage.
Neem: The Sugar Antidote
Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are associated with the development and progression of diabetes-related complications. Neem is an age-old herb that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for skin and blood purification, maintaining oral health as well as increasing insulin sensitivity. Naturally rich in compounds including antioxidants, flavonoids, glycosides, and triterpenoids, Neem aids in suppressing the glucose spike thus keeping your blood sugar levels stable. Since diabetes makes people more vulnerable to infections and parasites, Neem’s strong antiseptic and immune-boosting properties help to increase the body’s resilience to candida and parasites, reduce the risk of acute and chronic UTI and promote overall health.
Organic India Weight Balance: A Journey to Wellness
Weight management is a significant aspect of diabetes care. Excess weight and obesity can exacerbate the condition, and maintaining a healthy weight is essential. Organic India Weight Balance, enriched with herbs like Bhumyamalaki, Guduchi and Amalaki helps to boost healthy metabolism, aids in reducing carbohydrate absorption, helps reduce the damaging effects of stress and strengthens immune function, thereby aiding overall health.
The Sweetness of a Balanced Life
In a world that celebrates sweetness, these herbs stand as a testament to the idea that true sweetness lies in balance.
Offering a holistic approach to diabetes management, they help address not just sugar levels but also the overall well-being of individuals. They remind us that it's not just about managing the symptoms; it's about celebrating the sweetness of life by nurturing our bodies, protecting them from harm, and finding balance amidst the chaos.