Diabetes, can be defined under metabolic diseases, in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar).
Type 1 Diabetes – It results from the pancreas’s inadequacy to produce enough insulin in our body.
Type 2 Diabetes – It begins with insulin resistance, a condition in which cells fail to respond to insulin properly.
Taking your food according to diabetes diet plan chart is certainly a way to stay fit and keep your diabetes in control. In Ayurveda, Prameha occurs primarily due to imbalance of two doshas – Pitta and Kapha. Prameha as per Ayurvedic samithas, can be described under conditions involved in obesity, prediabetes, diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome. Due to unhealthy lifestyle choices, the imbalance affects kapha , pitta, mamsa (Muscles) and medha (fat), the increase in them leads to condition, Madhumeha, which is diabetes.
- Some of the causative factors mentioned in Ayurveda are-
- Excessive amount using salt and eating sour food
- Use of unhealthy and excessive amount of oil
- Regular over eating
- Excess amount of eating new grains like new wheat and rice
- No regular exercising
Due to such unhealthy choices, doshas are imbalanced, which affects Kleda (it starts to waste our tissues), agni mandya(digestive fire or metabolism slows down). Most of the toxins, dushyas culminates in medodhatu (get stored in fat tissues) and unnecessary fluid gets oozed out from all tissues which is excreted in the form of urine. When anyone is suffering from Type I or Type II diabetes, it is important that they eat food, which helps in regulating release of blood sugar in the body. Hence it is important to stop eating all sorts of junk food, food prepared using all-purpose flour (maida), food which is high in sugar and salt,(chips, biscuits, canned food )and sugar substitutes. According to Ayurvedic Diet, Some of the super food for diabetes is
- Barley (Jau): Barley is high in fiber and antioxidant. It has absorbent qualities, which helps in reducing weight. It is rich in vitamins and minerals- rich in selenium, B vitamins, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium, niacin, and more.
- Black Plum (Jamun): Black plum, both fruit and dried seeds powder are considered to control blood sugar. It is astringent in taste, and astringent food balances kapha dosha, which helps in diabetes. It is rich in antioxidant, magnesium, calcium, folic acid and more.
- Bitter Gourd (Kerela): Bitter melon has hypoglycemic properties, which helps in regulating blood sugar. It is very good for detox as it cleanses blood and is anti inflammatory in nature.
- Oats (Jaee): Oats are rich in high soluble fiber, which slows the process of digestion and that regulates release of blood sugar in the body. And are a good source of magnesium and phosphorus
- Horse gram or Barley Sattu: A very good source of vegan protein, high in fiber. It has properties that improves metabolism and digestion.