AYURVEDA FOR TYPE 1 DI­A­BETES

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My seven-year-old daugh­ter has been di­ag­nosed with type 1 di­a­betes and cur­rently has mul­ti­ple daily in­sulin in­jec­tions. I have seen ad­ver­tise­ments in In­dia about IME-9 and Deemark Di­aba Am­rit tablets. Are they good in con­trol­ling or even cur­ing di­a­betes, as they claim?

In type 1 di­a­betes (ju­ve­nile di­a­betes or in­sulin-de­pen­dent di­a­betes) the pan­creas pro­duces lit­tle or no in­sulin, a hor­mone needed to al­low glu­cose to en­ter cells to pro­duce en­ergy. In peo­ple with type 1 di­a­betes our mis­di­rected im­mune sys­tem de­stroys the in­sulin-pro­duc­ing (islet) cells in the pan­creas. Type 2 di­a­betes oc­curs when the body be­comes re­sis­tant to in­sulin or doesn’t make enough in­sulin. Many her­bal drug com­bi­na­tions are be­ing suc­cess­fully used for the con­trol of hy­per­gly­caemia, es­pe­cially in non-in­sulin de­pen­dent di­a­betes mel­li­tus (type 2). As part of con­tin­u­ous re­search ac­tiv­i­ties in Ayurveda, the CCRAS (Cen­tral Coun­cil for Re­search in Ayurvedic Sciences) has de­vel­oped a for­mu­la­tion, namely Ayush-82, for type 2 di­a­betes. This prod­uct has been com­mer­cialised by phar­mas as Di­aba Treat and I-ME9. How­ever, this com­bi­na­tion’s ef­fect in treat­ing type 1 is not es­tab­lished.

In­sulin re­place­ment ther­apy, con­trol­ling car­bo­hy­drate in­take, fre­quent blood sugar mon­i­tor­ing and fol­low­ing a healthy life­style is the ac­cepted pro­to­col for the man­age­ment of type 1 di­a­betes.

From my clin­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence treat­ing type 1 di­a­betes I have found that some Ayurvedic medicines demon­strate a re­duc­tion in daily in­sulin needs and an im­prove­ment in long-term blood sugar test mark­ers was no­ticed. I’d rather rely on the tra­di­tional and time-tested generic for­mu­la­tions for the treat­ment of di­a­betes.

Con­sult an Ayurvedic doc­tor for a de­tailed eval­u­a­tion of your daugh­ter’s con­di­tion. Ayurveda can be an ef­fec­tive com­ple­men­tary medicine in the man­age­ment of type 1 di­a­betes.

DR VL SHYAM is a Dubai-based Ayurvedic prac­ti­tioner

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