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What Are The Early Warning Signs Of Diabetes?

With Type 1 Diabetes (Lack of Insulin Production) the onset is quick leaving patients less time to identify symptoms.  Type 2 diabetes (Insulin Resistance) takes years to develop in your body but still might not show any noticeable symptoms. Almost 1/3rd of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are not aware of the systems until complications arise, as individual symptoms do not raise alarm bells. Most cases are detected during routine diagnostic checkups and physical examinations by your doctor.

Since type2 diabetes takes time, early detection provides a far better chance at preventing any further damage or complications and allowing healing therapies to be more effective. So what are the symptoms (individually and as a combination) that should prompt you to seek medical advice and treatment.

Symptoms common in Type 1 & 2 Diabetes:

  1. Unquenchable thirst and dryness in mouth without a hot climate or strenuous activity.
  2. Frequent urination without increase in liquid intake.
  3. Unexplained weight loss without reduction in diet/hunger.
  4. Extreme hunger and not feeling full even after eating.
  5. Weakness and fatigue without decrease in diet or increase in activity/exercise.
  6. Uneasiness, irritability and feeling nauseated.
  7. Numbness or tingling feeling in palms and feet.
  8.  Fruity smelling breath and taste due to heightened blood sugar levels.

Symptoms associated with Type 2 Diabetes:

  1.  Sudden blurriness or blurriness that comes and goes without external factors.
  2.  Velvety, dark skin changes of the neck, armpit, and groin.
  3.  Slowly healing sores/cuts/bruises.
  4.  Itching of the skin (usually around the vaginal or groin area)
  5.  Frequent urine and yeast infections.
  6.  Impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED)
  7.  Obesity.

Irrespective of the above symptoms, once you cross age 40 talk to your doctor about your risks of diabetes and make lifestyle changes to stay a step ahead of this dilapidating disease.

Finally Good News For Diabetes.

A woman (65) was diabetic for the last 20+ years
was taking insulin
twice a day.
She used the enclosed homemade medicine for a fortnight and
now she is absolutely free of diabetes and taking all her food as normal
including sweets.

The doctors have advised her to stop insulin and any other blood sugar controlling drugs.
I request you all please circulate the email below to as many people as you
can and let them take maximum benefit from it.

( Bombay Kidney Speciality expert )
made the extensive experiments with perseverance and patience and discovered a
successful treatment for diabetes.
Now a days a lot of people, old men &
women in particular suffer a lot due to Diabetes.

1 - Wheat 100 gm
2 - Gum(of tree) (gondh) 100 gm
3 - Barley 100 gm
4 - Black Seeds (kalunji) 100 gm

Method of Preparation :
Put all the above ingredients in 5 cups of water.
Boil it for 10 minutes and put off the fire.
Allow it to cool down by itself.
When it has become cold, filter out the
seeds and preserve water in a glass jug or bottle.

How to use it?
Take one small cup of this water every day early morning when your stomach is empty.
Continue this for 7 days.
Next week repeat the same but on alternate days. With these 2 weeks of
treatment you will wonder to see that you have become normal and can eat
normal food without problem.

A request is to spread this to as many as possible so that others can
also take benefit out of it.


Millet – Healthy Grain For Heart Care & Averting Diabetes.

Millet – Healthy Grain For Heart Care & Averting Diabetes.

by Claude Butler - Sep 19, 2014
Millet - Healthy Grain For Heart Care & Averting Diabetes.

Millet – Healthy Grain For Heart Care & Averting Diabetes.

Super Grain- Millet

Millets are small-seeded grasses that are hardy and tolerate dry zones well and grow as rain-fed crops, under marginal conditions of soil fertility and moisture. Millets are one of the oldest food crops and probably the first cereal grain used for domestic purposes. The most widely grown millet is pearl millet, which is an important crop in India and parts of Africa. Finger millet, proso millet, and foxtail millet are also important crop species. In the developed world, millets are less important. For example, in the United States only proso millet is significant, which is mostly grown for bird seed.

The varieties of Millets include Barnyard, Finger, Foxtail, Kodo, Little Millet, Pearl, Proso, Sorghum, etc.

Millets are very nutritious and considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available today. The Hunzas who live in remote areas of the Himalayan foothills enjoy millet as their staple diet and are known for their excellent health and longevity. It has a sweet nutty flavor and one of the few grains that is alkalizing to the body.

Refined Grains v/s Millets

Refined grains and flours have no bran in them. Refined foods increase glucose and blood sugar levels after they are consumed which is countered by the body producing excess insulin to lower blood sugar levels. If the body keeps pumping out large quantities of insulin for a long time, it usually develops insulin resistance. The pancreas may also stop producing insulin. Either way, glucose levels start to jack up, resulting in diabetes.

Millets are highly nutritious, non-glutinous and non-acid forming foods, thus making them soothing and easily digestible Compared to rice, especially polished rice, millets release lesser percentage of glucose but at a slow rate over a longer period of time decreasing the risk of diabetes.

Millets are rich sources of minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Finger millet (Ragi) has very high calcium content, about 10 times that of rice or wheat.

Amazing Health Benefits of Millet:

. Alkaline, easily digestible.

. Contains phytonutrient lignans which are converted by friendly flora in our intestines into mammalian lignans, that protect against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease.

. Hydrates your colon and keeps you from being constipated

. Acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your internal body ecosystem.

. Serotonin in Millet acts as a mood-enhancer

. Smart carb with lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Takes longer to release the sugars reducing risk of diabetes.

. Has a low glycemic index and shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice.

. Magnesium in millet helps reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks. Also reduces the instances of childhood asthma.

. Niacin (Vitamin B3) in millet helps lower cholesterol.

. Decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein.

. Phosphorus in Millets is critical in forming the mineral matrix of the bone, building block of the genetic code, and an essential component of lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures..

Nutritional Food during Pregnancy and for Babies:

Millets are ideal for pregnant mothers since several millet varieties like ragi and bajra are a rich source of iron and calcium. Mothers having gestational diabetes would benefit from substituting millets in place of other grains. Millets also help in building immunity for the baby growing in the womb.

Babies can be fed popped or malted millet powder which is a very good substitute for generic store-bought baby foods. Traditionally, children were given different forms of millets from 6 months onwards.

Cooking Methods

Most millets (except for foxtail millet which must be soaked for an hour before cooking) can be cooked like rice and can replace rice in any traditional preparations. It can also be used as flour to make breads. Millets may also be slighty roasted (until you get a nutty flavour) before cooking them in boiling water as they will retain their firmness better.

Wash and clean your millets, remove any grits. For 1 cup of millets, boil 3 cups of water. Add your millets and once the water starts to boil, simmer and close the lid. Cook for 10 minutes and switch off the flame. Let it sit for 20 minutes in the pot as it will cook completely in that time.

You can occasionally stir while cooking. Millets are best cooked in a mud/clay pots, however, you can use other utensils too.

No Agro-Ecological Conflict

Rice and wheat require many inputs in terms of soil fertility and water, whereas  millets grow well in dry regions as rain-fed crops. Thus by eating millets, we will be encouraging farmers in dry land areas to grow crops that are best suited for those regions. This is a huge step towards sustainable cropping practices. By encouraging diversity in our diets, we respect the biodiversity in nature rather than forcefully changing cropping patterns to grow wheat and rice everywhere.

MEHARI Choornam – A Simple Solution for Borderline Diabetes

Mehari Choornam is an herbal powder mix with three simple herbs useful in treating pre diabetes and non insulin dependent diabetes mallitus.  Mehari choornam

Mehari Choornam Composition

The product is a powder of

Curcuma longa – Haridra  (Turmeric)

Emblica officinalis – Amalaki

Syzigium cumini – Jambu

Mode of action

This combination helps in reducing the blood sugar levels in border-line diabetes and also acts as on anti-oxidant thereby preventing end-organ complications.


Mild Type ll Diabetes Mellitus


1 tablespoon 2-3 times a day, one hour before food.

Triphaladi churnam – All you want to know about

Triphaladi churnam is a combination of three herbal ingredients –

1. Haritaki – Terminalia chebula – Fruit rind

2. Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica – Fruit rind

3. Amla – Emblica officinalis – Fruit

4. Yashtimadhu – Licorice powder

all the three herbs are dried under shade, powdered and filtered to get fine powder . 

Uses: It is potent astringent. It can be boiled with water and filtered. this decoction acts as herbal wound healing.
For internal administration – It is rich in antioxidants, good for eyes, spleen, liver, useful in diabetes, and acts as rasayana (antiaging).

Triphala Cleanse: It can also be effectively used  for natural herbal bowel cleanse and herbal colon cleansing. AVN manufactures Triphaladi Churnam, with additional benefit of licorice(yashtimadhu).

Frequently asked questions about Triphala Choornam –

Can Triphaladi Churnam be used to make Triphala kashayam? how to make it?

Yes. It can be used to make Triphala Kashayam.  Mix  50 grams of Triphala Churnam with 800 ml of water and boil it to reduce the liquid to 200 ml and filter it. This Triphala Kashayam can be used for cleansing the wounds, and also can be used for internal administration.

can Triphaladi Churnam help in diabetes?

yes. Triphala Churnam is ideal as a supplement in diabetes. Apart from helping in controlling the blood sugar level, it also rejuvenates and acts as antioxidant.

Quantity of Triphaladi Choornam to be taken  - For easy bowel movements and to relieve gas trouble – five grams at night with warm water. as a liver protective and anti oxidant agent  (Rasayana) 2-3 grams one or two times a day with warm or cold water.

Side effects:
There are no known side effects. However, to use this product in people with high BP, child, pregnant and lactating mothers, one needs to consult a healthcare expert.

  1. Prevents Diabetes – Fenugreek contains a rare amino acid (4HO-Ile) that has anti-diabetic properties. It enhancing insulin secretion under hyperglycemic conditions (for type 1 diabetes) and increasing insulin sensitivity (for type 2 diabetes). Also galactomannan, a natural soluble fiber, present in fenugreek slows down the rate of sugar absorption into blood.
   7 Tips to Dodge Diabetes

7 Tips to Dodge Diabetes

7 Tips to Dodge Diabetes

7 Tips to Dodge Diabetes


Once upon a time, there was a disease called Type 2 Diabetes that was not so well-known. Now this type of diabetes is very prevalent and is the poster child for poor lifestyle choices. Diabetes rears its ugly head in response to low-level inflammation and it is this type of inflammation that produces most illness, disease, faster aging and weight gain.

The good news however is that it can be prevented and reversed! When you take steps to prevent diabetes, you will be creating optimal health as well as lowering your risk for possible complications of diabetes such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, nerve damage, and many other health problems.


Below are 7 tips to help you dodge the diabetes bullet:

  • Take vitamin D to help control insulin. Studies show those who are not deficient in vitamin D are less likely to get diabetes. This nutrient is important for over-all optimal health as well. Take 2,000 – 5,000 IU daily.
  • Use vinegar to balance blood sugar. Balanced blood sugar is an important key for anyone who desires optimal health. Use vinegar on your salads as in a dressing or simply add 2 tablespoons a day to your diet.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking increases your risk of diabetes by interfering with the pancreas ability to stabilize blood sugar.
  • Avoid SugarSugar creates severe blood sugar swings that set you up for diabetes by creating insulin resistance (remember that your body’s ability to use insulin effectively is key to everyone’s optimal health). Sugar is in almost every product so be on the lookout for it. One soda contains 10-15 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Check out the spice TurmericTurmeric helps to reduce blood glucose levels, reduce belly fat and helps to reverse low-level inflammation throughout the body. You can add this yellow peppery spice to dishes or take as a supplement.
  • Add Magnesium. High magnesium intake is associated with a low diabetes risk (80% of our population is deficient). Look to adding foods that are high in magnesium such as avocados, pumpkin seeds, green leafy veggies, broccoli and black beans for example.
  • Use cinnamon to outsmart carbs. Adding only 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to your daily diet such as in yogurt, cereal or smoothies, slows down carbohydrate absorption and that means a marked reduction in blood sugar levels (ask your physician if you are taking a diabetes prescription first, as it may interfere with it). And Cinnamon can increase your glucose metabolism about 20-fold.


Ensure you are focusing on a diet that highlights a Mediterranean type diet that consists of diet rich in fresh, organic vegetables and healthful fats (including saturated fats) and high quality proteins, and reduced excess carbs.

There are many lifestyle choices that will benefit you and help prevent Type 2 diabetes. Any choice you make will help to create optimal health – no matter what your health.

Is ayurveda effective for diabetes?

Is ayurveda effective for diabetes?

by Claude Butler - Jul 14, 2014

Answered by Curejoy Expert

The modern aspect of diabetic management is healthy diet, yoga, pranayam and ayurvedic medicine.

In Ayurveda, diabetes is known as ‘Prameha’ which means profuse urination. According to the doshas, these are classified as

  1. Vataj prameha
  2. Pittaj prameha
  3.  Kaphaj prameha

It is also believed that increased kapha blocks the channel of the urinary system and pancreas and is responsible for producing low tissue fire or mandh-dhatu agni which results in malformation of all the tissue in body.

Treatment will vary based on type of Diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) and on stage of diabetes (early stage and those whose organs have already been affected). The first phase of Ayurveda treatment for diabetes is known as Shodhana, which will remove the bad fat that gets concentrated in the cells. The treatment Thakradhara with medicinal whey, is effective in reducing the weakness in the body, itching and reduce insulin medications. Njavarakkizhi is effective for diabetes patients who have lost weight and Udharthana treatment is effective for obese patients.

Turmeric and gooseberry are very effective in the treatment of diabetes, according to ayurvedic books such as Ashtangahridayam, Bhavaprakasham and Rajanigandu. They not only help reduce the amount of sugar in the blood but also prevent cells from decaying. It is also found that bitter gourd juice and fenugreek reduce the amount of glucose in the blood. Regular consumption of bitter gourd juice and gruel mixed with fenugreek powder is also found effective. Chewing curry leaves and drinking its juice are also good.

Practicing yoga asanas like Mundukasan, Surya Namaskar, Pavanmuktasan, Utthanpadasan, ArdhMatsyendrasana, Bhujangasan, Paschimothanasana, Shalbhasan in conjunction with Ayurverdic treatments brings immediate and long lasting results.

Is Jaggery a Safer Sugar Substitute for Diabetics?

Curejoy Expert Dr.Janardhana Hebbar Explains:

The answer, sadly for all those diabetics who consume jaggery as a safe sugar “substitute”, is: JAGGERY IS NOT SAFE FOR DIABETICS.

Jaggery has immense medicinal value and has been used in Ayurvedic Science as a sweetener which purifies blood, aids digestion, improves lung health, strengthens the nervous system, prevents anemia, promotes bone health and also protects the body against environmental toxins.

Though derived from the same source, table sugar and jaggery are different due to their nutrient composition. Sugar is “stripped” of all nutrients during the chemical crystallization process while jaggery retains essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper and zinc. So jaggery is definitely the “healthier” choice.

But for diabetics the key is to avoid foods with high glycemic index (absorption rate of sugars by the body). This is where both jaggery and sugar are similar (have almost the same glycemic index) and cause the same detrimental impact of heightening blood sugar levels. Jaggery, containing complex sucrose, is slightly slower in getting absorbed but catches up within a couple of hours.

For a healthy person, jaggery is a healthy substitute for sugar but diabetics may occasionally enjoy a jaggery laced treat, however frequent use is certainly not recommended.

Nisakathakadi kashayam – Benefits, Dose, Side Effects And Ingredients

Nisakathakadi kashayam is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is widely used in the treatment of pre-diabetes, diabetes and its complications. This medicine is formulated based on Kerala Ayurveda practice.

Nisakathakadi kashayam benefits: 

It helps to maintain normal blood sugar levels in pre-diabetes, diabetes.

It is also used to treat complications of diabetes such as neuritis.

Nisha katakadi kashayam dose: 
The dose is 12 – 24 ml, before food, at about 6 am and 6pm or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.
It is usually advised to add equal amount of water to the kashayam.

Nishakathakadi kashaya Side Effects: 
There are no known side effects of this medicine.
Higher dose may cause low blood glucose levels.

This medicine should only be taken under strict medical supervision.

Nisakathakadi kashayam Ingredients:

Nisha – Turmeric – Curcuma longa

Kataka – Clearing nut – Strychons potatorum

Paranti – Ixora coccinia

Lodhra – Symplocos racemosa

Amalaki – Emblica officinalis

Bhadrika – Aerva lanata

Mehari moola – Gymnema sylvestre

Usheera – Vetiveria zizanioides

It is added with 8 parts of water, boiled and reduced to quarter part, filtered.



Manufacturers: Nagarjuna

Pre diabetes treatment – The Ayurvedic way

Pre diabetes is a menace of modern day – sedentary lifestyle. It is a condition, if left unattended, the person might go on to develop diabetes. Allopathic system of medicine treats it as a condition and medicines are prescribed to ‘treat’ prediabetes. But since it is only a hint that the person ‘might’ develop diabetes in future, it can be very well reversed with suitable lifestyle changes and by including some very simple herbs in diet.
Click here to read more about why pre diabetes treatment is really not necessary.

Pre diabetes symptoms according to Ayurveda – 
Ayurveda explains the following pre diabetes symptoms – 

Dantaadeenam malaadhyatwam – depleting oral hygiene

paani paadayoho daaha – burning sensation in feet and palms

chikkanata dehe – a feeling of stickiness in whole body

According to modern parameters, a fasting blood sugar level of 100 – 125 mg/dl and post prondial blood sugar level of around 140 mg/dl is considered as pre diabetes.

Pre diabetes management with Ayurveda –

Watch what you eat: A great saying – what you eat is what you become. Ayurveda explains Asya-sukham (eating at will) as main cause for diabetes. So, cut down on excessive sweets, junk stuff, oily foods,  non vegetarian foods. Eat more of green leafy vegetables.

Dont sleep / rest unnecessarily – Ayurveda calls it as Swapna sukha. while a small nap is good for you, sitting in front of TV for long hours, no physical activities, sleeping during day time for hours together should be avoided in pre diabetes.

Walking / exercise / games : Controlling weight and being active helps to curb extra sugar in blood and keeps you more active. Losing weight is one of the effective ways to fight pre diabetes.

Avoid curd – Ayurveda explains curd as one of causes of diabetes. Especially curd consumption at night is not encouraged according to Ayurveda. Butter milk is the suitable substitute for curd.

Avoiding fresh grains – Ayurveda encourages to use grains like Ragi, rice, wheat etc.. which are at least one year old. So, new grains are to be avoided.

Ayurvedic herbs for pre diabetes –

Turmeric and Amla – This combination of two herbs is very effective in pre diabetes management. include them as a part of diet. Amla pickle made with turmeric is a great way to do that.

Neem leaves & Curry leaves - not only is good for improving digestion and taste of food, but is also good for fighting pre diabetes

Are any ayurvedic medicines / supplements needed?

For reversing pre diabetes, I suppose, the above mentioned measures would be highly effective to manage. However, it is up to the decision of health care provider to decide on any medicine / supplements.

The above mentioned tips can also be followed as diabetes alternative treatments, as along with the necessary medication, after consulting with the doctor.

Exercise and diabetes treatment – recent guidelines and Ayurvedic perspective

Exercise and diabetes treatment , especially type 2 diabetes, has a direct relationship. Recent guidelines issued by the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Sports Medicine stress the very important role of physical activity  in the management of type 2 diabetes. While Ayurveda has explained exercise as a treatment option for diabetes centuries before, the truth has been revisited now. 

Ayurvedic view:

Ayurveda has explained Avyayama (lack of exercise) as the first and foremost cause for diabetes.

Ayurveda advises exercise for every healthy individual as a daily routine. Click to read – Ayurveda exercise
Since it is explained as the avoiding the cause of the disease is a way of treatment, Ayurveda has been using exercise as a mode of treatment for diabetes.

Exercise and diabetes treatment – guidelines:

Here are the benefits of physical activity

Regular physical activity improves blood glucose control and can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, along with positively affecting lipids, blood pressure, cardiovascular events and quality of life.

Aerobic and resistance training type of exercise is very beneficial.

For people with type 2 diabetes, 150 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise spread out at least 3 days during the week, with no more than 2 consecutive days between bouts of aerobic activity is recommended.

Resistance training should be done at least 3 times a week.

The new guidelines emphasise that exercise must be done regularly to have continued benefits and should include regular training of varying types.

Benefits of exercise and such other physical activities:

  • Physical activity increases glucose uptake into active muscles.
  • Moderate exercise improves blood glucose and insulin action with minimal risk for very low blood sugar levels.
  • Physical activity acutely improves systemic insulin action for 2 to 72 hours.
  • Aerobic and resistance training improve insulin action, blood glucose control, and fat oxidation and storage in muscle.
  • Physical activity and physical fitness are linked with reduced risk for heart and cardiovascular diseases.
  • If relying on exercise alone for weight loss, up to 60 minutes per day of physical activity might be needed.


Exercise is an important tool in the treatment of diabetes, pre diabetes treatmentIt is good for those, having risk of developing diabetes.

Exercise is good for heart, cholesterol control, and for muscles and bones.

Physical activity can be taken up by starting gym, Yoga, dance etc.

It is always better to start an exercise schedule under expert advice. A qualified expert will help you on deciding on amount, type, and schedule of physical activity suitable for you.

Those having arthritis and such other problems, should exercise extra caution.