Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes!
PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: I was diagnosed for type-2 diabetes at the age of 26 and I am 52 now. It runs in my family. My Dad had it for 45 years and passed away at the age 78 after getting his gangrened leg amputated.
My Dad was such a disciplined man that he lived well with type-2 diabetes for 45 years. He followed a well planned strict combination of diet,exercise, and medication.
He never missed checking his urine (only that method was available those days) every morning and adjust his diet and exercise. He kept the medication the same everyday as there was only one tablet in those days - i.e. sulfonylurea.
He took karela (bitter melon), okra, and plenty of other herbs that can be found only in India. But finally succumbed to the condition.
In my opinion, it is his disciplined life style that kept him going, not just the herbs he took. Some of the disciplines he followed are:
1. Checking sugar level every morning.
2. Eating 3 meals a day with 2 snacks in between.
3. He will eat only in measured quantity (literally)
4. He walked a minimum of a mile in the morning and evening.
5. He was a non-smoker, non-drinker.
6. Consumed lesser amount of deep fried food.
7. Made sure that at least one portion of chicken or fish, Karela (bitter gourd), Okra, and other Indian vegetables) was included in his daily diet.
8. He tried several herbs.
Now that I have put 26 years of type-2 diabetes as of this year, I tried to be as disciplined as my Dad, but never could maintain the rigor.
But scientific and medical knowledge about diabetes has increased multifold since Dad's days. We are now in a much advanced position to manage this condition.ONE POINT: THERE IS NO CURE FOR DIABETES.
It can only be treated.THE KEY
: Learn to
MANAGE the condition with
lifestyle changes - Key Ingredients - Diet, Exercise, and Medication. Follow your doctor's instructions diligently. They know the best. You can read a lot on the web, but nothing will replace doctor's guidance. Check you blood sugar level daily. Try whatever natural medicine you want, please let me know if anything does good on long-run, leave alone curing the condition.
How did I manage last 26 years: Did Yogaasana, followed semi-strict diet, exercised daily (walked or jogged a mile or two), took medication. I tried and keep trying many natural therapies like Karela (Bitter Gourd), Okra, Cinnamon, greens, etc.
Please don't forget to prevent or slow down the onset of the byproducts of diabetes - elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure
, etc that could lead to heart disease.
I take ginger tea every morning. Drink at least a cup of green tea
, avoid deep fried and fatty food, keep desserts to bare minimal.
After 26 years, I have now become insulin dependent, despite trying everything. The point is that this condition is progressive. All the natural things can only slow down the progress, but not cure.
All that you need is the strong desire to live long and enjoy the life as it is. This desire will give you strength of will to lead a disciplined life - Active Life with conscious diet and medication.
Good Luck and God Bless!COMMENT
: Hi Shakti,
Congratulation for your strong willing to conduct such disciplined life as your father did. I hope you would find that strength for all your life.
It is true that a disciplined life as you mentioned, is the key to succeed in beating diabetes naturally.
At the same time, this is the UNIQUE AIM of our website: To encourage people to conduct a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet, and a good collaboration with ones personal doctor as he/she knows better the medical history.
Once more, All the best and lots of good work!Dr.Alba