Twenty-five years ago, if your doctor told you that you had diabetes, it could be a momentous time. Diabetes, by its inherent nature, or let’s call it mere coincidence, descends on people in their fifties. Whether it was a highly successful person or someone struggling to make ends meet, medically speaking, there were no options. It would not be long before he would stick to the “pill and syringe” routine. And hoping for the best. In the worst case, you might murmur, “What a bummer!” and move on with your life, or what’s left of it.
Times have changed now. Gone are the days when the world began and ended with what happened in the US, UK, and possibly a couple of European countries. Today the world is a global village. Information technology has spread its tentacles everywhere. And, if medical science has not achieved the illusory success it hoped for, it is certainly not from a lack of trying. One of those diseases is diabetes. After the discovery of insulin in 1921, no new or worthwhile treatment has been introduced in nearly a hundred years.
However, diabetes, as a disease, is on the rise. In the last three decades it has multiplied by ten. And with 7 million cases reported each year, medical specialists and research experts predict that by 2050, one person in three will suffer from the disease. Could there be something more catastrophic?
To add to the medical problems, there are over 10 million people living with diabetes today … and they don’t even know it! That these people suffer in such ignorance is perhaps worse than suffering from diabetes of the worst kind. A large study conducted in Europe found that people with high blood sugar levels have an increased risk of developing cancer even when they have no obvious signs of diabetes.
The most important causes of diabetes appear to be genetics and obesity. While little can be done about genes, much can be done to keep lifestyle in check. Do you know that, on average, an American consumes at least 150 pounds of refined sugar each year? Add to that a sedentary lifestyle, unruly eating habits, and obesity, and you’ve got the recipe for diabetes at your fingertips.
What if you could go back to a normal life again? And a life of good health, happiness … and greater longevity of life. To do this, you must know that diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be treated with great success. The use of herbs and plants to treat diabetes successfully dates back 4,000 years. According to the World Health Organization, India is the largest producer of medicinal herbs and is known as the botanical garden of the world.
Some of the seasonings like fenugreek, cinnamon, ginseng, gooseberries, and bitter gourd have always found a place in your kitchen. Metformin, the only pharmaceutical drug that has been relatively successful in controlling blood sugar levels, owes its origin to botanical sources.
Surprisingly, Gymnema Sylvestre, a leafy plant that grows wild in South Asian countries, has been shown to increase insulin production and lower blood sugar levels beyond expectations. Such has been the measure of success that some of the best universities and medical centers in the US and around the world have sat back and realized it. And for the discerning, medical tourism in countries known for their natural healing facilities is rapidly gaining popularity. The treatment is reported to be effective and inexpensive.
It’s not about the food giants and big pharmacies. It’s about you. The goal of any diabetes treatment is to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible. And as you dig deeper, you will find that there are many scientifically proven and natural methods to do this. Diabetes and nature’s healing is a very broad topic and the more you explore … the more you will discover.
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