5 Effective Home Remedies to Prevent Diabetes
Diabetes describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both.
Insulin is the central, underlying problem in developing diabetes. A hormone produced by the pancreas, insulin moves glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into liver, muscle, and fat cells. Without insulin, blood glucose levels climb, leading to tissue damage and starving cells.
There are two main types of diabetes, known as “Type 1 Diabetes” and “Type 2 Diabetes”.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is known as insulin-dependent diabetes. It is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.
Different factors, including genetics and some viruses, may contribute to type 1 diabetes. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it can develop in adults.
Despite active research, type 1 diabetes has no cure. It’s treatment focuses on managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet and lifestyle to prevent complications.
Symptoms of Type 1 diabetes:
- Unintended weight loss
- Mood changes
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Fatigue and weakness
- Blurred vision
- Bed-wetting in (mostly in children)
- Extreme hunger
Type 1 diabetes risk factors
Family history: Anyone with a parent or sibling with type 1 diabetes has a slightly increased risk of developing the condition.
Genetics: The presence of certain genes indicates an increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes.
Geography: The incidence of type 1 diabetes tends to increase as you travel away from the equator.
Age: Although this type of diabetes can appear at any age, it appears at two noticeable peaks. The first peak occurs in children between 4 and 7 years old, and the second is in children between 10 and 14 years old.
Type 2 Diabetes
In type 2 diabetes, your body’s cells are not able to respond to insulin as well as they should. In later stages of the disease your body may also not produce enough insulin.
Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes can lead to chronically high blood sugar levels, causing several symptoms leading to serious complications.
In type 2 diabetes your body is not able to effectively use insulin to bring glucose into your cells. This causes your body to rely on alternative energy sources in your tissues, muscles, and organs.
Symptoms of type 2 diabetes:
The early symptoms may include the following:
- Constant hunger
- lack of energy
- Weight loss
- Excessive thirst
- Frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- Itchy skin
- Blurry vision
Type 1 and 2 Diabetes are generally considered to be 2 different and separate conditions, so it is important to understand the differences between the two.
The following are some home remedies to help prevent the devastations of the disease:
- Exercise every day: Physical activity improves tissue sensitivity to insulin and weight management.