(1) ITEM IN MY CART
We as Indians have one of the highest tendency to develop diabetes among all races. Will it not help if we know why are we so susceptible to the dreadful silent killer called Diabetes? What factors make us prone to this chronic condition? For combating this we must fight harder than others to control it, and not suffer from it.
We have known diabetes for more than 4500 years but still there is no cure. As per the International Diabetes Federation1 2019 India report, there are 770 lakh diabetic people. The prevalence of diabetes (adults) is 10.4%. In India, 1 out of 11 adults has diabetes. 57% is undiagnosed. Diabetes related deaths stand at a whooping number of 1,010,262. It is estimated that by 2035, there will be a staggering 1090 lakh diabetics out of an estimated 1.5 billion people in the country.
STILL WE ARE NOT TAKING IT SERIOUSLY
In a study published in the one issue of Diabetes, Mayo3 researchers examined whether Asian Indians have observable differences in the way their cells convert nutrient fuel to available energy and whether these differences may increase the risk for diabetes. The study yielded a number of interesting findings. Researchers observed that the Indian subjects, irrespective of their diabetic status, had a greater degree of insulin resistance than the American subjects of Northern European origin, even though the study subjects were not obese, a condition commonly associated with insulin resistance.
NOT SERIOUS ABOUT DIABETES YET?
This trend can be attributed to several environmental and lifestyle changes coupled with genetic or ethnic predisposition. Our Genetic makeup and environmental factors coupled with life style changes contribute to this high rise of disease.
Diabetes in India has a long history since ancient times. The oldest reference of this disease dates back to more than 4500 years. The name of the disease found in “Devik Yuga” tells it has been known and treated by Indians long ago. It has been mentioned in Chakradatta, Rasayana Chapter, Sloga 195, that Lord Shiva has dictated a formulation for the treatment of diabetes to his son Lord Ganesha, called ‘Siva Gutika’ , to rectify Lord Ganesha’s diabetes caused due to his excessive eating of sweets and sitting in same place for long.
Charaka Samhita (1500 BC), Sushruta Samhita (10th Century BC) also mention about diabetes and its complications and management.
Diagnosis of the disease gives an opportunity to get this state back to non-diabetic state by correcting life style, diet style and with exercise, if required with some medicines and supplements too.
GENES ARE NOT YOUR DESTINY
Style if we keep on eating the same kind of food which lead to this situation, we are very likely to be headed for diagnosis. However, lots of evidence show that changes in the diet and lifestyle can cut the odds that diabetes will occur. When it does occur, right diet can alter its course, may it be the disease or its associated complications.
If our genes call for diabetes, we do not need to listen to them. We have more control than we can image.
Take Control in Your Hands Today!