Diabetes Mellitus Clinic
What is Diabetes Mellitus
Diabetes or diabetes mellitus is a condition that affects your body's ability to use the sugar / energy found in food.
Types of Diabetes Mellitus
There are three major types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Type 2 can be curable but untreated it can be chronic, and lifelong with on going complications.
All types of diabetes mellitus have something in common. Normally, your body breaks down the sugars and carbohydrates you eat into a special sugar called glucose. Glucose fuels the cells in your body. But the cells need insulin, a hormone, in your bloodstream in order to take in the glucose and use it for energy. With diabetes mellitus, either your body doesn't make enough insulin, it can't use the insulin it does produce, or a combination of both.
Consequently, glucose builds up in your blood. High levels of blood glucose can damage the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys, heart, eyes, or nervous system. That's why diabetes -- especially if left untreated -- can eventually cause heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve damage to nerves in the feet.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is also called insulin-dependent diabetes. It used to be called juvenile-onset diabetes because it often begins in childhood.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition. It's caused by the immune system paying no attention to pancreas.
In people with type 1 diabetes, the damaged pancreas doesn't make insulin.
This type of diabetes may be caused by a genetic predisposition.
It could also be the result of faulty beta cells in the pancreas that normally produce insulin.
A number of medical risks are associated with type 1 Diabetes. Many of them stem from damage to the tiny blood vessels in your eyes (called diabetic retinopathy), nerves (diabetic neuropathy), and kidneys (diabetic nephropathy). Even more serious is the increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Treatment for type 1 diabetes involves taking insulin, which needs to be injected through the skin into the fatty tissue below.
The methods of injecting insulin include:
People with type 1 diabetes can lead long, active lives if they carefully monitor their glucose, make the needed lifestyle changes, and adhere to the treatment plan.
Type 2 Diabetes
By far, the most common form of diabetes is type 2 diabetes, accounting for 95% of diabetes cases in adults. Some 26 million American adults have been diagnosed with the disease.
Type 2 diabetes used to be called adult-onset diabetes but with the epidemic of obese and overweight kids, more teenagers are now developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes was also called non-insulin-dependent diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is often a milder form of diabetes than type 1. Nevertheless, type 2 diabetes can still cause major health complications, particularly in the smallest blood vessels in the body that nourish the kidneys, nerves, and eyes. Type 2 diabetes also increases your risk of heart disease and stroke.
With Type 2 diabetes, the pancreas usually produces some insulin. But either the amount produced is not enough for the body's needs, or the body's cells are resistant to it. Insulin resistance, or lack of sensitivity to insulin, happens primarily in fat, liver, and muscle cells.
People who are obese -- more than 20% over their ideal body weight for their height -- are at particularly high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and its related medical problems. Obese people have insulin resistance. With insulin resistance, the pancreas has to work overly hard to produce more insulin. But even then, there is not enough insulin to keep sugars normal.
There is no cure for diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can, however, be controlled with weight management, nutrition, and exercise. Unfortunately, type 2 diabetes tends to progress, and diabetes medications are often needed.
An A1C test is a blood test that estimates average glucose levels in your blood over the previous three months. Periodic A1C testing may be advised to see how well DIET, exercise, and medications are working to control blood sugar and prevent organ damage. The A1C test is typically done a few times a year.
Diabetes that's triggered by pregnancy is called gestational diabetes (pregnancy, to some degree, leads to insulin resistance). It is often diagnosed in middle or late pregnancy. Because high blood sugar levels in a mother are circulated through the placenta to the baby, gestational diabetes must be controlled to protect the baby's growth and development.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the reported rate of gestational diabetes is between 2% to 10% of pregnancies. Gestational diabetes usually resolves itself after pregnancy. Having gestational diabetes does, however, put mothers at risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Up to 10% of women with gestational diabetes develop type 2 diabetes. It can occur anywhere from a few weeks after delivery to months or years later.
With gestational diabetes, risks to the unborn baby are even greater than risks to the mother. Risks to the baby include abnormal weight gain before birth, breathing problems at birth, and higher obesity and diabetes risk later in life. Risks to the mother include needing a cesarean section due to an overly large baby, as well as damage to heart, kidney, nerves, and eye.
Treatment during pregnancy includes working closely with your health care team and:
Careful meal planning to ensure adequate pregnancy nutrients without excess fat and calories
Controlling pregnancy weight gain
Taking diabetes insulin to control blood sugar levels if needed
Other Forms of Diabetes
A few rare kinds of diabetes can result from specific conditions. For example, diseases of the pancreas, certain surgeries and medications, or infections can cause diabetes. These types of diabetes account for only 1% to 5% of all cases of diabetes.
Common Signs and Symptoms
If you think that you have diabetes, visit your doctor immediately for a definite diagnosis. Common symptoms include the following:
Conventional health care
Type 1 diabetes requires insulin.
Various chemical treatments for type 2 diabetes are more or less effective (in managing the blood sugar level) and requires ongoing tests and observations. Side effects and complications are common. And the bad news is the disease might be still progressing even though the symptom (i.e. raised blood sugar level) is under control resulting in conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, retinopathy, carbuncle, gangrene etc.
Ayurveda health care
Diabetes is a symptom of a compromised physiology. Ayurveda addresses the whole person as well as the pathology of the disease. It focusses on the the whole metabolism. When we provide 1) more energy to body's immune system and deepest rest to all its cells, body starts repairing the damage. Within no time you notice the symptoms vanish and vitality restored.
How long does it take to see any difference?
We are talking about improved energy, stabilised weight, more refreshing sleep, better intellectual performance and so on along with the diabetes symptoms. It takes 1-6 weeks to see a noticeable shift in this. in another 12 weeks a client has normal blood sugar. To stabilise body fully it can take another 6 months of healthy routine which doesn't cost you almost anything.
Whats your view on treating a disease physically?
Rama: Give cells 12 hours of full rest and boost the cell nutrient level. If this is achieved almost all diseases are reversed in 6 weeks.
Is that applicable to all diseases?
Is it that easy?
Rama: Its not easy as it sounds!
Why is it not easy?
Rama: During this deep energising and deep resting program your tissues will flush toxins and pathogens and we need to flush them adequately. This will require patience and attention.
How do you achieve this?
Through a personalised nutrition, herbs and cleansing program.
Am I going to starve?
There is no starvation. But, you will eat more nutrients in any healing program with us.
Can I eat normal food?
Will I have to remove all my favourite food?
I can only tell you this. You will eat a lot more food than you do right now!
Can I avoid a surgery?
That depends on your health condition and immune strength.