Exercises and Yoga

Physical exercise is the second important mode of treatment in diabetes. Renowned Ayurvedic physician Maharshi Sushruta had advised diabetics to search for a cow lost in the forest. In other words he advised diabetics to flex their limbs. Today, however, forests are fast disappearing and cows are seldom lost. But there are several other ways […]

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Environmental Triggers

What exactly triggers the autoimmune system to self destruct is not clear, but studies have implicated several viable theories. Environmental toxins, a virus, or a medication may be the final physiological straw for someone genetically predisposed to the disease. As of early 2003, clinical studies had implicated fourteen different viruses in beta cell damage and […]

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Type 1B Or Idiopathic Diabetes

Type 1 B diabetes is also referred to as idiopathic diabetes, or diabetes of unknown origin. This form of type 1 diabetes is not autoimmune in nature, and tests for islet cell antibodies will come up negative. People with type 1 B have an insulin deficiency and can experience ketoacidosis (a high blood sugar emergency), […]

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Insulin Is Not a Cure

Subcutaneous injections of insulin are the frontline treatment for type 1 diabetes. However, it’s important to realize that insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor can insulin treatment erase the potential for complications and increased risk for other autoimmune disorders that accompany the disease. The only current “cure” for the disease is the transplantation […]

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Signs and Symptoms

Physical signs of type 1 diabetes usually appear rapidly as uncontrolled high blood glucose, or hyperglycemia, reaches crisis levels. Symptoms include the following: Excessive thirst Frequent urination Extreme hunger Unexplained weight loss Fatigue, or a feeling of being “run down” and tired Rapid breathing Blurred vision Dry, itchy skin Headaches Tingling or burning pain in […]

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