Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kinds & Treatment of diabetes affected through diabetic Indian food

Author: Robin

Diabetes is a lifestyle disease that has reached serious proportions and affects around 5% of the population or more than 50 million people of India. The incidence of diabetics in urban India has increased 20 times in the last 20 years! Indians are also genetically more prone to diabetes. India has the largest number of diabetes patients in the world followed by China and then by United States. There is high prevalence of Type II diabetes in Chennai, South India. Westernization of life style and eating habits are primarily responsible for increasing prevalence of diabetes in India. Traditional Indian food like dal, rice, roti and palak are better in place of meat.
Asrava, Mutratisara, and Madhumeha are the Indian names of diabetes.

Diet plays an important role in the treatment of diabetes. The most important step in a diabetes diet is to control the intake of simple carbohydrate and consume fibre rich Indian food. Instead of 3 heavy meals it is good to have 5-6 small meals.
At least 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables should be included in the diet. Certain juices like, tomato, pomegranate, amla and karela and fruits like apple, jamun and grapefruit and foods like oats, bran and black channa are especially beneficial for diabetics.
It is important that you have dinner a couple of hours before bedtime and do not skip meals. Junk foods should be avoided completely as they provide empty calories and may even lead to a sudden increase in blood sugar. Excessive oil, salt, alcohol and coffee should also be avoided.

There are two types of Diabetes, namely, Type I and Type II
• A study has found that breastfed children are less likely to get type I diabetes and the chances are 50 % than the never breastfed children.
• It has also been suggested that Vitamin D3 deficiency may be important in development of Type I diabetes. Environmental factors also contribute towards the development of Type I diabetes
• Type II diabetes is more complex but comparatively easy to treat if this is diagnosed at early stages when the body is still producing insulin.
• Physical exercise required is small but has to be regular and for prolonged period of time. Walking for 45 min

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