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Diabetic Complication

The complications of diabetes mellitus are far less common and less severe in people who have well-controlled blood sugar levels. As diabetes is a metabolic disorder and chronic in most case, its complications can effectively be minimized through proper diet maintenance and by following proper medication routine. Health problems including smoking, elevated cholesterol levels, obesity, high blood pressure, and lack of regular exercise accelerate the deleterious effects of diabetes.


If not controlled, diabetes can put you at risk for a host of complications that can affect nearly every organ in the body. They include:

  • The heart and blood vessels
  • The eyes
  • The kidneys
  • The nerves
  • The gums and teeth

In addition, people with diabetes also have a higher risk of developing infections. These complications are broadly divided into microvascular (due to damage to small blood vessels) and macrovascular (due to damage to larger blood vessels).


AyurVAID's treatment modality for preventing diabetes complication is treat the root cause of diabetes, so that the further manifestation of complication could be prevented; as the pathology for all complications involves the pathological constraints of diabetes itself in a larger scale. So the internal medications and therapies, if judiciously administered after assessing the diabetes mellitus patient's individual clinical condition, can help prevent further progression into complications or postpone the onset of them. Along with these the proper Diet, exercise, yogic practices can all benefit, helping to counteract the disease from different angles. This approach followed by our hospitals in Bangalore (Karnataka), Kochi (Ernakulam, Kerala) and Kalmatia in Himalayas (Almora, Uttarakhand) in India.


Therapies like Yapana Vasti (medicinal enema) and Dhāra (pouring of medicinal liquid in a particular fashion), detoxification procedures like Vamana & Virechana (procedural induction of vomiting and loose motion) to control the disease from the root. So a patient of diabetes mellitus if undergoes above procedures at intervals can lead a life free from complications of diabetes and also the complications. If manifested, treatment towards the same could bring satisfactory improvement in quality of life. Netra tarpana for retinopathy changes(procedure of pouring medicated oil over closed eyes), abhyanga, lepa (application of medicated paste over body) and seka(pouring of medicated liquid over body) for neuropathy changes, and Yapana Vasti (medicinal enema) for nephropathy changes are employed.

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Diabetes and the Eyes:

It can cause a number of eye problems, some of which can lead to blindness if not addressed. The eye disorders include:

  • Glaucoma: Pressure build-up in the eye, which damages optic nerves, leading to Vision loss.
  • Cataracts: The eye’s clear lens clouds, blocking light. Leads to problems driving at night such as glare from oncoming headlights, problems with glare during the day, Double vision while looking through the eye with a cataract (like a superimposed image). Sudden changes in glasses prescription.
  • Diabetic retinopathy: Typical symptoms of retinopathy include: Sudden changes in vision, Blurred vision, Pain in the eye, seeing spots, Loss of vision, Double vision, Floaters in your vision, Night vision loss.

Heart disease and Diabetes:

  • Caused by partially or total narrowing or blocking of the blood vessels by fatty deposits to your heart, leading to a heart attack - when the blood supply to your heart is reduced or cut off

Kidney Disease and Diabetes: High levels of blood sugar can put extra stress on the kidneys. After years of damage, the kidneys start to leak useful proteins in the urine, leading to a condition known as microalbuminuria. When kidney disease is diagnosed later, during macroalbuminuria, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) usually follows.

  • Kidneys lose their filtering ability.
  • Waste products begin to build up in the blood.
  • Finally, the kidneys fail.
  • ESRD

Diabetes and Nerves (Diabetic Neuropathy):

High blood glucose damages blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the nerves,thereby impair the nerves' ability to transmit signals. Symptoms of neuropathy include numbness and sometimes pain in the hands, feet, or legs. Nerve damage caused with internal organs such as the digestive tract, heart, and sexual organs, causing indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, dizziness, bladder infections, and impotence. In some cases, neuropathy can flare up suddenly, causing weakness and weight loss. Depression may follow.

Disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) are projected to rise for diabetes; it has been predicted that diabetes will have the highest national disability score for any chronic illness from 2016. In addition, there are increasing direct health and resource costs attributed to diabetes, with this increasing burden; the challenge has never been greater to prevent diabetes and related complications. Complications of diabetes are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality

The important time-related variables were found to be duration of diabetes for retinopathy, age for macrovascular disease, duration and age at diagnosis of diabetes for sensory neuropathy, and age for renal impairment. Positive independent associations between diabetic control (glycosylated hemoglobin) and retinopathy and between diabetic control and macrovascular disease are seen. Plasma cholesterol (positively) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (negatively) were related independently to both macrovascular disease and renal impairment.


  • High blood pressure: That means blood pressure over 140/90.
  • Low levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and high levels of triglycerides.
  • Gestational diabetes. If you had diabetes while you were pregnant, you had gestational diabetes. This raises your chances of getting type 2 diabetes later in life.
  • Sedentary lifestyle. You exercise less than three times a week.
  • Family history. You have a parent or sibling who has diabetes.
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome. Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have a higher risk.

    Lifestyle modifications such as weight control, increased physical exercise, and smoking cessation are also potentially beneficial in preventing diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease.

Testing

Testing is extremely important to determine the stage of the disease and in selection of appropriate treatment options. Diabetes complications can be postponed if early monitoring of the blood sugar levels to normal or near normal levels is encouraged. Testing can include blood tests and/or Doppler such as:

Investigations towards diabetes status:

  • FBS- fasting blood glucose
  • PPBS- Post prandial blood glucose
  • OGTT- oral glucose tolerance test
  • HBA1C- Glycosalated Haemoglobin
  • Serum Insulin
  • Fasting lipid profile (LDL, HDL, triglycerides)

Diabetic Nephropathy:

  • Urine al-bumin/ microal-bumin levels
  • Serum creatinine
  • Blood urea
  • GFR- Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Serum electrolytes- sodium, potassium

Diabetic Retinopathy:

  • Fundoscopy
  • Vision acquity tests

Diabetic Neuropathy:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Nerve conduction Study
  • EMG
  • Biothesiometer for assessment of various sensations.

Diabetic Cardiomyopathy:

  • ECG
  • Echo cardiography

Diabetic Carbuncles and Ulcers :

  • Ankle-brachial pressure index
  • Doppler probe
  • Doppler duplex arterial scanning
  • Arteriography

Ayurveda Concept

Diabetes in ayurveda is called as Madhumeha in ayurvedic classics.The disease prevents with prabhoota (excessive) frequency and turbidity of urine. The disease is the resultant of increased function of vata either as a result of excessive tissue depletion (Dhatu kshaya janya Madhumeha) or as a result of obstruction of channels of circulation (Avaarana janya madhumeha). In any of these forms the increased vata brings down the anabolic tissue elements to be shed as waste in urine. This leads to depletion of the necessary tissues in body leading to many complications of Diabetes mellitus in long run. The causative factors (nidana), dosa(vata, pitta & kapha), and dhusya (improper tissue elements) if they are vitiated to a higher degree the complication manifests, thus in a diabetic patient maintainance of the nidana, dosa, and dhusya in their normalcy is targeted.

To prevent onset of complications in most patients & preventing the worsening of complications will be the aim.

Ayurveda approach to medical management

AyurVAID's treatment modality for preventing diabetes complication is treat the root cause of diabetes, so that the further manifestation of complication could be prevented; as the pathology for all complications involves the pathological constraints of diabetes itself in a larger scale. So the internal medications and therapies, if judiciously administered after assessing the diabetes mellitus patient's individual clinical condition, can help prevent further progression into complications or postpone the onset of them. Along with these the proper Diet, exercise, yogic practices can all benefit, helping to counteract the disease from different angles.

Therapies like Yapana Vasti (medicinal enema) and Dhāra (pouring of medicinal liquid in a particular fashion), detoxification procedures like Vamana &Virechana (procedural induction of vomiting and loose motion) to control the disease from the root. So a patient of diabetes mellitus if undergoes above procedures at intervals can lead a life free from complications of diabetes and also the complications. If manifested, treatment towards the same could bring satisfactory improvement in quality of life. Netra tarpana(pouring ) for retinopathy changes(procedure of pouring medicated oil over closed eyes), abhyanga(massage), lepa (application of medicated paste over body) and seka(pouring of medicated liquid over body) for neuropathy changes, and Yapana Vasti (medicinal enema) for nephropathy changes are employed.

All these treatment procedures every 3 or 6 months once based on the severity and continued intake of oral medications to counteract blood sugar levels and preventive medications for diabetes complications along with proper diet, exercises all aid in controlling diabetes adding life to the years in a diabetic patient.

Treatment specific information

The nature of the disease necessitates long run treatment protocol with continuous internal medications regular therapies. The patient need to be on achara rasayana(behavioural rejuvenatives) naimittikarasayana (rejuvenation therapy specific to the disease like use of shilajatu, loha, etc) during the convalescence also.

Glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness among those who are diabetic, is also known as the silent thief as there are no symptoms until one day the sufferer notices a loss in peripheral vision or till a doctor notices it through an eye examination.

The second biggest cause for blindness in the world, Glaucoma is a condition which is associated with group of eye diseases that damage your optic nerve and gets worse over time if not treated.

But blindness from glaucoma can often be prevented with early treatment. And Ayurveda treatment of Glaucoma has been proven the best till date. With our pioneering Diabetes and Shalakya programs, AyurVAID offers effective Ayurveda treatment, providing substantial relief.

Ayurveda treatment at AyurVAID is natural and does not have any side effects. Apart from controlling the blurriness of your vision, it can also completely cure you from this disease. With glaucoma treatment in Ayurveda, you can be sure of 100% results. We offer customized solutions with a clear presentation of potential outcomes. Adopting a diet, lifestyle, medicine and therapy approach, AyurVAID treatment regime is inclusive of various Ayurveda procedures such as Thalam and Shirodhara among others.


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