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Hba1c Test and Ayurvedic Herbs for Its Management

WHAT IS Hba1c Test

HbA1C test is also known as the Glycated or Glycohaemoglobin test. This test is done to diagnose Diabetes, in Diabetic patients to know their average blood sugar levels from the last 2-3 months and this test is also helpful in adjusting the Diabetes medicines. This test mainly tells about the average level of blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months. This test mainly tells about how much glucose is bound to the hemoglobin part of your Red blood cells. The life span of RBCs is about 120 days, so this test mainly tells about the average levels of glucose in your blood in the past 3 months. In cases, if your blood sugar levels are high, your HbA1C test value will be higher.

Symptoms of Diabetes

Relationship Between Blood Sugar and A1c Levels – It is as follows

A1C (%)            –       Average Blood Sugar(mg/dl)

4%                      –            68 mg/dl

5%                      –            97 mg/dl

6%                      –            126 mg/dl

7%                      –            152 mg/dl

8%                      –            183 mg/dl

9%                      –            212 mg/dl

10%                    –            240 mg/dl

11%                    –            269 mg/dl

12%                    –            298 mg/dl

13%                    –            326 mg/dl

14%                    –            355 mg/dl

HbA1C Test Results 
HbA1C Test Results

What is Diabetes

Diabetes is a metabolic disorder in which either glucose intolerance occurs or the production of insulin is decreased. People with Diabetes will have higher levels of HbA1C levels (6.5% or higher) because of more amount of glucose is bound to Hemoglobin part of the blood.

Ayurvedic Perspective For Diabetes

In Ayurveda, Diabetes comes under metabolic Kapha disorder in which blood sugar levels get elevated due to reduced Agni. In Ayurveda, this disease is treated by a multi prolonged approach which includes – Proper diet, non-medication methods like – Lifestyle improvement, and Ayurvedic medications. Raised HbA1C levels are characteristic features of Diabetes.

Herbal Remedies for Diabetes

Planet Ayurveda offers the best Herbal Remedies for Diabetes known as Diabetes Care Pack. These all products are made by using the best herbs under the strict supervision of MD-Ayurvedic Doctors by strictly following the principles of Ayurveda. These all products are 100% pure, natural, and vegetarian. These products are chemical and preservative-free. They are safe to use and can be used for a prolonged period of time without any side effects.

Diabetes Care Pack

Herbal Remedies for Diabetes

Diabetes Care Pack Comprises of

  1. Diabeta Plus Capsule
  2. Fenugreek Capsules
  3. Karela Capsules
  4. Madhumehantak Churna

Product Description

1. DIABETA PLUS

These are in the form of capsules, made by using 500 mg standardized herbal extract of best herbs. Diabeta plus results are sustained and can be monitored after some time. If you are using Diabeta plus then this drug might help to withdraw all other diabetic medicines eventually. These do not only help to bring down your sugar levels but is useful for maintaining stamina and is also good for your overall health and show the excellent result in renal damage occurring in Diabetic patients. Diabeta plus contains various herbs like – Gymnema, Pterocarpus marsupium, Salacia, and Momordica.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily, 1/2 hour before meals, with water (For both Insulin and Non-Insulin-dependent)

Herbs in Diabeta Plus

Diabeta plus contains various herbs which are very useful in lowering down your blood sugar levels. They are chemical and preservative-free and not having any side effects. following herbs are used in Diabeta plus

  1. Gurmaar (Gymnema Sylvestre) – 150 mg
  2. Tulsi(Ocimum tenuiflorum ) – 50 mg
  3. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera ) – 50 mg
  4. Karela (Momordica charantia) – 150 mg
  5. Vizaysaar
  6. Saptrangi (Salacia oblonga) – 50 mg

2 Gurmaar (Gymnema sylvestrae

Gur and Maar which stands for sugar killer. It contains Gymnemic acid molecules which bind with Glucose molecules in the intestine and thus preventing entry of Glucose into the bloodstream and it also have anti-diabetic property.

3 Tulsi(Ocimum tenuiflorum )

In Ayurveda, Tulsi is known for its various medicinal properties and is known as ”Holy Basil”. Its leaves are very useful in lowering blood sugar levels. It is also useful in cough, cold, sore throat, cancers, and viral and bacterial infections.

ANCIENT VERSE ABOUT TULSI
herbs for diabetes

Reference – The Bhavprakash nighantu edition of 1998: Verse 62-63, Page no-509-510.

Meaning – In this Shloka Tulsi properties and names are discussed.

Various Synonyms for Tulsi are – Tulasi,Sulabha, Gauri, Bhutaghni, Bahumanjari, Devadundubhi, Surasa, Apetarakshasi and Gramya. Its potency is hot, taste is bitter and pungent. It is good for heart, generates heat in the body, aggravates pitta in the body. It helps in promoting digestive fire. It is useful in conditions like chest pain, blood impurities, dysuria, vata and kapha disorder and various skin disorders.

3 Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera )

It is very useful in symptoms occurring due to Diabetes like – Weakness, weight loss, fatigue, and diabetic nephropathy. It is also very useful in decreasing stress and anxiety and has anti-inflammatory properties. Generally, it is good for overall well-being.

4 Karela (Momordica charantia)

It is rich in micronutrients which are good in diabetes. Karela juice is very good for diabetic patients as it has anti-diabetic properties.

5 Vizaysaar (Pterocarpus marsupium)

This is a very big tree and its bark is very useful for diabetic patients. Its bark is converted into a wooden glass and this wooden glass is known as “The Miracle care for Diabetes”. In this wooden glass, some water is kept which should be consumed by the next early morning by a diabetic patient. The color of the water changes to brown. It should be changed after one month or can be changed if the color of the water does not change.

6 Saptrangi (Salacia oblonga)

It is also a wonderful Herbal Remedy for Diabetes mainly its bark is useful.

Herbs for Diabetes

2 Fenugreek Capsules

Fenugreek capsules are very useful in Diabetes as they contain chemicals and fiber which help to reduce the sugar absorption in diabetic patients. It increases the release of insulin from the body and reduces blood sugar levels.

3 Karela Capsules

These are very useful in controlling blood sugar levels. Its hypoglycemic index is very good, so useful in diabetes.

4 Madhumehantak Churna

This is a composition of various herbs like – Momordica charantia ( karela), Ocimum sactum (Tulsi), Acacia Arabica (Babool), and Salacia chinesis (Saptarngi). It is mainly helpful in reducing diabetic symptoms, hence very useful in Diabetes.

What Dietary Changes Can Help You Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Introduction

Diabetes mellitus (DM), commonly known as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases which is characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels over a long period of time.

Diabetes mellitus

Types of Diabetes mellitus (DM)

There are two main types of diabetes mellitus:

  • Type 1 Diabetes mellitus
  • Type 2 Diabetes mellitus

Type 1 Diabetes mellitus

  • Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition which occurs because the insulin-producing cells (beta cells) of the pancreas are damaged and produces little or no insulin. It is the most common type of diabetes in people who are under age 30, but it may occur at any age. 10% of people having diabetes are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes mellitus

  • Type 2 Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition that affects the process of the body which metabolizes the sugar (glucose). It starts with insulin resistance, in which beta cells do not respond to insulin properly.

Sign and symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes mellitus

  • Frequent urination
  • Increased
  • Increased hunger
  • Feeling very tired
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow healing of cuts and wounds
  • Tingling, numbness, or pain in the hands or feet
  • Patches of dark skin
  • Itching and frequent infections (yeast infections)
  • Increased thirst
  • Unintended weight loss

Causes of Type 2 Diabetes mellitus

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus occurs when the body becomes insulin resistant or when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. The exact reason for type 2 diabetes mellitus is not known. It may be triggered by genetics and environmental factors, like overweight and inactivity, family history, etc.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Diabetes

(Reference: CharakSamhitachikitsasthan Chapter-6 and shloka-6)

In this shloka, the prognosis of prameha (diabetes) is explained. The vitiated Vata, Pitta and Kaphadosha gets stored in the urinary bladder and affects the urine which can produce various types of symptoms associated with diabetes.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Diabetes

Dietary Changes Can help you to manage type 2 Diabetes

  • A healthy diet helps you to protect your body from various diseases. So you need to make some dietary changes in your daily diet which helps to manage the type-2- diabetes.

Carbohydrates

  • Carbohydrates in food provide energy to the body. But carbohydrates also raise your blood sugar level. Carbohydrates can be classified into complex carbohydrates and simple sugars.
  • A complex carbohydrate is low glycemic loaded foods that can be a part of a type 2 diabetes diet plan. The complex carbohydrate contain additional nutrients such as fiber, vitamins smaller amounts of proteins and fats which helps to lower the blood sugar level.
  • Foods rich in complex carbohydrate are brown rice, whole wheat, quinoa, steel-cut oatmeal, vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils.

Grains

  • Whole grains are good sources of fiber and nutrients such as brown rice, quinoa, and oatmeal. They reduce the glycemic load. Whole grains are unprocessed but refined grains can be processed /milled to remove the bran and germ. For example white flour, white bread, de-germed cornmeal, and white rice.

Proteins

  • Protein has little effect on blood sugar level. Protein not only maintains blood sugar level but also helps with sugar cravings in patients of diabetes. You can get protein from both animal or plant sources. But, animal sources are considered as the sources of unhealthy saturated fats.
  • Foods that include good protein are beans, legumes, eggs, fish and seafood, organic dairy products, peas, tofu and soya foods, lean meats such as chicken and turkey.

Vegetables

Add fresh or frozen vegetables (without added sauces, fats, or salt) in your diet. Take at least 2½ to 3 cups or 450 to 550 grams vegetables a day.

Non-starchy vegetables:

  • It includes dark green and deep yellow vegetables, such as cucumber, spinach, chard, broccoli, cabbage, and bell peppers.

Starchy vegetables:

  • It includes corn, lima beans, green peas,  carrots, yams, and taro.

Fruits

  • You can eat fresh, frozen (without added sugar or syrup), or unsweetened dried fruits. It includes apples, berries,  bananas, cherries, fruit cocktail, melon, grapes, oranges, peaches, pears, pineapple, papaya, and raisins. You can also drink juices that contain 100% of fruit without any added sweeteners or syrups. Consume at least  240 to 320 grams of fruits per day.

Dairy products

  • Always choose low-fat milk products. Total dairy and low-fat milk products reduce risk of type 2 diabetes. For example milk, yogurt, and cheese, they do not include any added sugar.
  • Some non-fat dairy products contain a lot of added sugar. So always read the label before purchasing non- fat dairy products.

Five superfoods for Type-2- diabetic patients

Chia seeds

  • Chia seeds contain fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia lowers down the glycemic load of any meal, improves hunger satisfaction (satiety), and balance the blood sugar level.  You can add Chia with almond milk, cocoa, and a low-glycemic index sweetener such as agave or stevia to make a healthy pudding. Which helps with sugar craving in diabetic patients.

Wild salmon

  • Salmon is considered as a great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid. It is a type 2 diabetes superfood. Wild salmon in our diet reduces inflammation, lower triglycerides, prevents obesity and manage blood glucose levels.

White balsamic vinegar

  • Vinegar helps to reduce gastric emptying, which shows beneficial effects in people with type 2 diabetes. This reduces the release of glucose into the bloodstream. Vinegar also increases hunger satisfaction, if you eat vinaigrette salad with your meal.

Cinnamon

  • Cinnamon lowers blood glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes. One teaspoon of cinnamon per day is beneficial for diabetic patient. Cinnamon lowers both fasting and after meals blood sugar levels.

Lentils

  • Lentils are the superfood for type-2-diabetic patients. They contain important vitamins, great protein, and lots of fiber. Lentils are rich in iron, vitamin B such as folate,  balanced protein and complex carbohydrate (high in fiber), and also very versatile to cook.
  • The green and brown lentils stay firm when cooked and you can eat it as a salad. orange ones become soft when cooked and we can add them in Indian soups, curries, and dal.

Foods should be avoided in type 2 diabetic patient’s diet.

The food is restricted in Type 2 diabetic patient included unhealthy foods such as:

  • Processed carbs (white bread, pasta, chips, saltines)
  • Refined sugars (donuts, pastries, cakes, cookies, scones, sweets, candy)
  • Sodas: Both diet soda and sugar-sweetened regular soda can raise the blood sugar level.
  • High-fat dairy products: It includes whole milk, cream, ice cream, cheese.
  • High-fat animal products: It includes red meat, fatty cuts of pork, sausage, bacon.
  • Artificial sweeteners: These are mainly found in processed foods.
  • High fructose corn syrup: It is mainly found in candy, soda, packaged convenience food.
  • Highly processed foods: It includes novelty sweets, chips,  candies, kettle corn, cookies.
  • Trans fats: It includes butter spreads, some mayonnaise spreads, some salad dressings, bakery goods, and packaged sauces.

Consumption of alcohol in Type-2- diabetic patients

  • Moderate consumption of alcohol is allowed in Type-2- diabetic patients. Some research shows that two drink per day for men and one drink a day for women can reduce cardiovascular risk and doesn’t show any negative impact on diabetes. However, alcohol can reduce the blood sugar level and raise  High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol which is known as good cholesterol.