Yoga and Health
DIABETES — 1
Mayur Patel is an enthusiastic serviceable young doctor who is an expert
diabetologist and physician for the last 14 years. He runs his clinic and gives
treatment at different hospitals in Ahemdabad. He has taken training in the
medical field on diagnosis of diabetes as well as control and treatment of
diabetes at the well-known Apollo Hospital in Madras. He has gained expert
knowledge and treats patients suffering from diabetes, giving them good
treatment both with a serviceable mind and with humanitarianism. He has earned
blessings of so many patients. Because of his prestige as an expert, so many
hospitals call him for his honorary services. Besides this, so many different
health organizations like Indian academy of Speciality association of Ahemdabad
have also chosen him as the president. This year he has been appointed general
secretary of the All India Diabetes Society.
much detail is given because for the last three years every year he attends
Yogasana camps at Sivananda Asharam Ahemdabad. Initially, he attended along with
his wife Dr. ma Patel, children, his father Ramanbhai and others. Now a day he
brings in so many doctors from medical association and makes it obligatory on
his diabetes patients to join these camps. In his Shibir, we teach flexibility
exercises, principal Asanas, Pranayama, Kunjal process, Shanlch-prakshalana
process and relaxation. It is the experience of Dr. Mayur Patel that with
regular and proper medical treatment essential proper Yogasnanas, food taken
with understanding and patient’s strong desire to get cured, one can control
diabetes completely This is not impossible!
the last 25 years these matters are discussed in the Yoga classes. Thousands of
people thereby, have obtained the boon of preservation of health and eradication
of diseases thereby inhabiting a fresh lease of life through more than 550 Yoga
Shibirs. But this year Dr. Mayur Patel invited me to perform the opening
ceremony of the All India Diabetes Association’s meeting and thus now this
knowledge has been impressed with the seal of medical association legally
this age where people are sedentary, habituated to easy living, a life where
there is no labour, people
more or less suffer from
diabetes. The specialty of this disease is that the patient comes to know of
this ailment only after a doctor’s proper examination when the patients are
unaware of this ailment in the initial period and remain careless. They do not
seriously and with exactness get the diagnosis or treatment for removal of this
disease. The result is that this disease gradually increases and results in
heart attack, loss of sight, blood pressure and disease of kidneys. A
patient’s life is then full of restlessness, boredom and fearfulness. The
patient cannot eat or drink with peace of mind, one has to live the life taking
precautions and care at every step, the happiness in life comes to an end.
Sometimes life ends abruptly and the family gets ruined. That is why diabetes is
called a Silent Killer. But if the patient gets timely warning and saves himself
from the clutches of this killer, it is essential for a patient of diabetes to
throw off the frustration and take active steps in the proper directions to
treat the ailment.
percentage of diabetic patients all over the world is increasing day by day It
is believed that the proportion of diabetes in the world today is 3 to 12%.
Diabetes is the third widespread and serious disease after heart disease and
is estimated that there are two fold diabetic patients in India. While I am
writing this, I have just returned from the well-known Hospital of Indiana named
St. Margaret and St. Anthony hospital after delivering a lecture on stress
management. While discussing with the doctors there so that I can write during
the drive of two hours on the way, Dr. Kaze said, “Swamiji, America government
pays enough to those who do not work at all and this arrangement is made as a
public aid. Such people getting this type of aid are named Medicaid. The maximum
number of patients who visit us are such friends. These friends do not work with
their hands and feet in their life. They take fried chicken and hamburger in the
morning and evening and are known as the members of Weight Watchers Programme
government pays them for food and they join health clubs as members to bring
down their weight; what a travesty of nature! It is understood that 2 to 5% of
pregnant American women are suffering from diabetes. It is also estimated that
around 12 to 19% of population of this country are diabetic because it is but
natural that heavy body resulting from gluttony causes obesity that naturally
results in diabetes.
may be rich or poor, high or low, male or female, this disease does not
differentiate and obliges people of all the levels in the society inflicting
this disease. In most of the cases even before people learn about their having
diabetic, people start suffering from loss of sight, paralysis, failure of
kidneys or an heart attack. Thus only they have an inkling that he has diabetes.
DO PEOPLE REACT WHEN THEY KNOW of CONTACTING DIABETES?
diagnosis of this disease many patients approach quacks that have no scientific
knowledge and act on there advise for a long time, as a result they suffer
heavily When the side effect of diabetes takes virulent form they approach the
experts. This is at a very late stage and the results are not satisfactory in
some cases. Many patients die prematurely.
proper self-control, living a disciplined life, maintaining control on diet,
following the advice of a doctor and taking suitable exercises as well as
consuming proper medicine including insulin, a diabetic patient can live a
long life span of complete health.
WILL YOU PROCEED WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE A DIABETIC
not panic. Diabetes is diagnosed in routine medical examination or when a
patient does not get healing of wound. What to do then? The world known and
world respected individuals like Swami Vivekanand and Lokmanya Tilak also had
diabetes. They did live successfully and had utilized each breathe of their life
for the work of public welfare. Therefore, do not get despondent.
expert Dr. R.D Lorens has told that only lucky person get diabetes. The reason
for such statement is that if one gets a timely warning, this disease that can
be a killer, can be treated with very limited expenditure.
undertake any activity by the body, strength is necessary. Vehicle work on
petrol and diesel. Our body converts glucose into working power and remains
active. Ordinarily in order to provide necessary power a quantity of 70 to 110
mg glucose circulate through the blood daily when we consume Chapatti, Bhakari,
Rice, Khichadi, bread, potatoes, sugar and similar things. Digestive process
converts these items into glucose and the proportion of glucose in the blood
increases. Immediately therefore, pancreas gland situated behind the stomach
releases a juice known as insulin. It converts glucose in the form of power and
stores the extra glucose in the cells of liver and muscles. Thus the quantum of
glucose in the blood remains balanced.
is yet not properly discovered but die to these unknown reasons when pancreas
does not manufacture sufficient insulin in the body, as for example in. case of
juvenile diabetic or if although insulin readily available it does not become
effective as for instant in case of elderly diabetic person who are heavy
over-weight the’ proportion goes beyond 180 mg, one get glycosuria that is
kidney releases glucose through urine: If the fresh threshold level of the
kidney is high even though glucose may be very high in the blood, no glucose
will be thrown out through the urine. Because of the insufficiency of insulin,
body is not capable of making use of the same for strength. Body therefore,
utilizes fat instead. This is equivalent to the use of kerosene in place of
petrol in motorcar. When glucose is converted to strength, the fuel is fully
utilized but when fat is utilized as a fuel, poisonous gases like acetone are
produced. A diabetic patient becomes comatose., This is known as “diabetic
coma”. If this is not diagnosed in time the patient can even die. By taking in
use insulin in proper time the rate of death can be reduced.
IS THE EFFECT OF UNCONTROLLED DIABETES?
a patient of diabetes feels no trouble. They are therefore not careful about the
treatment. The proportion of glucose in the blood, as a result, remains more
than allowable continuously This condition of the body results in damage to each
and every organ of the body That is why a diabetic has more difficulties than
the common mass, as for example, high blood pressure, heart attack.
comparison to the healthy man, the possibility of having high blood pressure and
ailment of heart is 2 to 3 times more for a diabetic patient.
diabetes is not properly controlled then in the long run fat gets deposited on
inner layer of arteries and the possibilities of
occurrence of paralysis increase. Because of the effect on sensory nerves
One can contact diabetic neuropathy. This
results in insensitivity in the skin of the soles. In the long run the
muscles suffer from weakness.
Damage of the kidneys
diabetic patient can contact diseases of the kidneys 18 times more than a
healthy man. Because of the adverse effect on the working capacity of the
kidneys, blood is not properly purified. The result is that poisonous substances
in the blood increase disproportionately. Diseased kidney ultimately fails.
Need for very costly treatment of the kidney like dialysis, replacement and
similar costly treatment has to be restored to. This process ruins the family
Damage to the eyes
diabetic patient gets early cataract and there is likelihood of suffering of
damage of retina, which can result in blindness. Diabetes is the biggest
contributor of blindness in youth.
results in putrefaction that necessitates the removal of the organ. Many a time
the whole leg may have to be removed. The main cause of cutting of a limb next
to an accident by vehicle is diabetes.
the proper equilibrium is not maintained in medicine, food and exercise, one
gets hyperglycemia and poisonous substances like acetone start circulating in
the blood, which is known as ketoacidosis one gets comatose thereby
Symptoms of ketoacidosis
Feeling more of hunger and thirst
Feeling need for passing urine often
Sudden reduction in weight.
Pain in the stomach and vomiting
Feeling of tiredness
Getting easily irritated
Breathe emitting smell of fruits
Quick and deep breathing
Patient will involuntarily close his eyes
Symptoms of hypoglycemia
Patient may feel giddy, he may feel tired
may feel more hunger
He may perspire amply
Hands and feet turn cold.
Patient may feel restless, heart beats increase
Patient may get unconscious.
such circumstances, a patient should be made to consume any item that may be
sweet. Both these conditions of getting unconscious are dangerous. Doctor should
be contacted immediately
diseases take place inside the body as well as on skin. Ladies get infectious
diseases of urinary system.
cannot enjoy life if one lacks in strength and sprightliness. Muscles feel weak.
One feels loss of manliness sometimes.
these problems are in fact serious and even a thought create feeling of fear.
is therefore, essential to know how to control diabetes. It is necessary to
spare time, make efforts and keep courage. Your doctor and his entire staff are
there for your help. The whole world is out to guide you and help you in your
individual life. But you may get the benediction of God, doctor is also helpful,
medicine also suits you even then if you don’t help yourself and spend your
life carelessly, how can we get well?
knowledge of diabetes and this detailed explanation will be useful in your daily
life and your increased knowledge will be helpful in removing your fear and
help you to enjoy the life.
is a disease, which can be likened to white ant rot. Usually it goes on
progressing for years. However, one does not get any early signal. Quite often
when some problem arises as a result of diabetes, one comes to know of it.
However, one can notice the following symptoms:
One has to go for urination often. One has to get up at night more often. One
gets urine in plenty.
One feels more thirsty.
One consumes more food, still the . weight goes on reducing.
Hands and feet feel empty and a tingling sensation.
One gets cramps m the muscles of leg.
One feels weakness and tiredness.
One takes longer in healing of a wound and gets boils often.
The eyes see unclearly and the numbers of spectacle goes on changing.
One gets itching sensation on the private part.
One gets a heart attack or paralysis in young age. Ladies may give birth to a
child with more weight, the child may be born with defect in the body or in
heart. Ladies may get abortion frequently etc.
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