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About 50% of adults with Type 2 diabetes may not know that they have it, especially in the early stages. In fact, 75% of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes do not notice any major symptoms. They may have had some mild fatigue or other symptoms, which they assume are a natural phenomena of growing older.
Symptoms include
Frequent urination, especially at night
Extreme thirst
Extreme weakness or fatigue
Weight loss (even with good appetite)
Blurred vision
Vaginal yeast infection
Sores and infections of the skin
Bleeding of gums
Urinary tract infections frequently
Wounds take longer time to heal
Tingling and numbness in the feet
Itching, dry skin
How is diabetes diagnosed?
If you suspect diabetes, it can be confirmed through a blood test. Even if you have not had any symptoms, your doctor might discover diabetes when you have a routine blood test or urine test.
Diabetes is diagnosed when
Two fasting blood glucose values are greater than 126 mg/dl, or
Two random blood glucose values are greater than 200 mg/dl accompanied with symptoms.
What does ‘Control’ mean?
There is no cure for diabetes in any Medicine, but Ayurveda and Siddha has learnt abount several thousand years and it has experimented with it and has found several measures to treat and control Diabetes. The goal of treatment is to control it, i.e. to keep your blood sugar as close to “normal” as possible. We call this “good control”. This “good control” helps you feel better and you’ll have fewer long – term health problems related to diabetes.
Blood Sugar Levels:
The normal fasting blood sugar content is 80 – 120 mg per 100 ml of blood This can go up to a level of 160 mg per 100 ml of blood, 2 hours after meals(Post Prandial). Anything above these levels is termed as diabetes.
Why should you control your diabetes?
It is one of the leading causes of death
Increases the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke
A major cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations of the lower extremities
The goal for all people with diabetes is proper control of their blood glucose levels. By keeping these levels in the non – diabetic range, people reduce their risk of complications associated with the disease. People who achieve good control over their blood sugars feel better, have more energy, and are less prone to severe swings in blood sugar levels.
Diabetes in Ayurveda and Siddha:
As said earlier. Ayurveda and Siddha have understood this disease since ancient times. It explains the cause of the disease to sedentary life style, eating heavy foods, oversleeping etc. Surprisingly, the Ayurveda and Siddha recommends physical exercises and reduction of weight, along with medications. Lot of good time honoured Ayurvedic and Siddha preparations are available to overcome this killer disease Diabetes.

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