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Diabetes affecting more and more youngsters

diabetesDiabetes is increasingly becoming common and is affecting youngsters at a fast pace especially young Asian adults. Not only this, there is also an increase in the number of gestational diabetes in women which puts them and the baby at risk of getting diabetes in the future. It also puts them at a risk of other serious conditions like kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, etc at a young age when they should be at their productive best. The major cause is of course obesity and lack of physical activity which leads to insulin resistance.

According to the Diabetic Living India, our country is inching closer to two interlinked epidemics - obesity and type 2 diabetes or DIABESITY.

What is diabetes?

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Diabetes is a metabolic disease which is characterised by high blood sugar levels. It can be caused either due to the lack of insulin (type 1 diabetes) or because the body's cells fail to respond to the insulin produced (type 2 diabetes). Some of the common symptoms of diabetes are hunger, frequent urination and increased thirst. While type 1 diabetes is usually genetic, type 2 diabetes is caused more by lifestyle factors. It is one of the common 'lifestyle diseases' which is plaguing people in the developed countries and often has a causal link to heart diseases, hypertension and obesity. (Read more..)

Reasons:

Sedentary lifestyles, junk foods high in complex carbs, sugars and saturated fats, no physical activity are factors which have given a rise to the number of cases of both diabetes and obesity.

Home remedies for diabetes

Ever wonder if there was something you could do at home to keep your blood sugar levels in check? Well, there is. Here are some of them:

Holy Basil Leaves: Also known as tulsi, leaves of holy basil are packed with antioxidants and essential oils that produce eugenol, methyl eugenol and caryophyllene. Collectively these substances help the pancreatic beta cells (cells that store and release insulin) function properly. This in turn helps increase sensitivity to insulin. An added advantage is that the antioxidants present in the leaves help beat the ill effects of oxidative stress.

Tip: Have two to three tulsi leaves whole, or about one tablespoon full of its juice on an empty stomach to lower the blood sugar levels.

Flax Seeds: Due to their high fibre content flaxseeds help digestion and aid in the proper absorption of fats and sugars. Consuming flax seed helps reduce a diabetic's postprandial sugar level by almost 28 per cent.

Leaves of bilberry plant: Also called the neelabadari plant, it has been used in Ayurveda for many centuries to control diabetes. Recently the Journal of Nutrition stated that the leaves of the Bilberry plant contain high amounts of anthocyanidin, which enhance the action of various proteins involved in glucose transportation and fat metabolism.Due to this unique property, bilberry leaves are a great way to lower one's blood sugar levels.

Cinnamon: Also known as dalchini, it improves insulin sensitivity and lower blood glucose levels. Having as little as teaspoon of cinnamon per day can improve one's insulin sensitivity and help controlling weight, thereby decreasing one's risk for heart disease.

Tip: Include about 1 gram of dalchini into your daily diet for about a month to help lower blood sugar levels.

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