Controlling Diabetes With Minimal Diet Changes
Just type the word 'Diabetes,' and the internet will throw up several different diet recommendations, which will also have the usual unhealthy food. With so many suggestions, an individual will get confused about what food to avoid. However, are such food omissions truly needed to control Diabetes? Or is there a way to control Diabetes without giving up on all your favorite food items? Let’s look at a Diabetic patient’s case and judge accordingly.
In 2009, there came a patient to the Ayushakti Clinic in Mumbai. The patient’s name was Sunderji, he was a 50-year-old Indian who had been residing in South Africa since birth. The doctors learned that he had high cholesterol levels and a family history of cholesterol problems. Also, he had high blood sugar levels as his family used to eat rich, sugary, and spicy food in the form of traditional dishes that were native to the Indian Cuisine. On testing his blood sugar, the number came up to 200, which was high.
Now, this patient had come to Ayushakti with the purpose of controlling his Diabetes and cholesterol problems.
Now there were a few facts about this person to consider:
- He was a pharmacist himself, and he knew about the side effects that come with anti-diabetic and other allopathic medicines
- He hadn’t come to Ayushakti on his own, but instead, was there at the insistence of his sister, as she had found relief in her Arthritis problem during her treatment at the Ayushakti clinic in Switzerland
- He wasn’t willing to change any of his food habits as he had grown up eating all the rich and heavy food, and dieting was something that he would never take up
Normally a modern medical clinic would have tried to counsel him on his demands, prescribe him expensive medicines and eventually try to satisfy him to adopt a special diet of some sort. However, he was in one of the most premium Ayurvedic clinics in the world, and what the Ayurvedic doctors suggested to him, made him think twice about the traditional techniques.
As per the Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes, Ayushakti Ayurveda doctors suggested the following points: -
- His health problems were a result of too much ama (toxins) in his system, that was blocking the channels.
- Follow a strict diet for just 4 weeks, continued by detoxification therapies, which would help lower his blood sugar and reduce his tummy.
- Followed by a diet & Ayushakti herbs that had to be consumed for a year. The change in the diet was only 15% of what he was currently eating.
Now here was something that Sunderji wasn’t expecting. Only a 15% change in diet? Would it be enough to help in controlling Diabetes?
The doctors at Ayushakti explained that since he would follow the 4-weeks strict diet and the detoxification plan, the 15% change in his diet would do 80% of the work, Sunderji was overjoyed. Sunderji was a man who had difficulty controlling his food cravings and therefore wasn't very enthusiastic about following a full-fledged diet plan that restricted him from tasty and rich food. He was completely adamant about not avoiding the delicious food prepared by his wife. If he had to follow a 4-week diet plan in a year and consume 85% of his regular diet for the remaining 11 months, he would just be the happiest person alive. Thanks to the power of Ayurveda, along with the 33 years of research at Ayushakti, that brought this treatment plan into existence, Sunderji could now eat what he wanted (most of it) and live a healthy life at the same time.
Till date, Sunderji comes to Ayushakti, every 2-3 years to get his detoxification done. Due to the dietary changes and the regular ayurvedic herbs for diabetes, suggested by the Ayushakti doctor, Sunderji now looks fit, young, and has his cholesterol and sugar levels under control.
This is how an individual succeeded in controlling Diabetes, while still eating what he wants from his regular diet. However, a word of caution, to the reader, not everyone can get to eat what they want while suffering from Diabetes. In Ayurveda, each treatment plan is personalized for the individual. A treatment plan for one person may not work for the other. Also, avoiding any change in your food habits shouldn’t be the goal, while controlling Diabetes. Instead, getting treated from an authentic Ayurved clinic like Ayushakti and putting faith into their doctors would be the best route.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Archana Singh
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd