Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Natural Solution for Lowering Blood Sugar

Some of the most promising alternative therapies for high blood sugar come from nature's pharmacy, which isn't surprising. Plants and herbs have long been part of traditional response to diabetes, and they may be the closest thing to "real" medicine in the entire alternative arsenal. In fact, some countries, such as Germany, require doctors to study herbal medicine as part of their medical training.

In India and Africa, where Gymnema sylvestre can be found creeping in tropical forests, the woody plant has been used for centuries as a remedy for diabetes. In fact, its name in Hindi is gurmar, which means "sugar destroyer". It got its reputation in part because chewing its leaves is said to make you insensible to the taste of sweetness, but there's probably more to it than that. Lab analyses have found that gymnema boosts the activity of enzymes that help cells take up glucose, so there's less of it floating in the blood. More than a decade ago, animal studies found that it brings down blood sugar - but not in animals that had had their pancreases removed. These revelations have led researchers to theorize that gymnema may battle high blood sugar by:
• Boosting the realese of insulin by making cells in the pancreas more permeable
• Stimulating insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas
• Increasing the number of beta cells.

In Mediterranean and near Eastern countries, fenugreek has a long history as a spice and flavor enhancer, but that's not all it's been used for over the centuries. Early Greek and Latin catalogs of medicines list it as a therapy for high blood sugar. Animal research and a handful of small human studies suggest that ancients were on to something. In one study, for example, 60 people with type 2 diabetes who took a total of 25 grams of fenugreek powder in two equal doses at lunch and dinner for six months dropped their fasting blood sugar from an average 151 to 112.

Fenugreek seems to make the stomach empty more slowly, hinder the absorption of carbohydrates, and put the brakes on the movement of glucose through the body - all of which may be due to the fact that fenugreek is extremely high in fiber.

Although it's a staple of Chinese and Indian cuisine, bitter melon lives up to its name - or names: It's also known as bitter gourd, bitter apple, and bitter cucumber. Cultivated in tropical areas of Asia, Africa, and South America, it's been used as a contraceptive, a therapy for psoriasis, and a variety of other purposes. Mainly, though, it's been hailed for lowering blood sugar, and the fruit and seed are loaded with chemicals that appear to have an impact on glucose or insulin (one of the chemicals is similar to cow insulin).

Lab and animal studies suggest that bitter melon may work on several levels, such as boosting insulin secretion, improving the ability of cells to absorb glucose, and hindering the release of glucose from the liver. One of the largest studies of bitter melon in people with type 2 diabetes lasted only two days, but it caused significant drops in blood sugar.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

15 Point Healthy Lifestyle Checklist

To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a checklist so you can make lifestyle changes, which will help control or prevent diabetes and heart problems.
Remember, don’t try to change everything at once. Instead, choose a few things you think you can manage right now, then come back to the list at a later date and make some additional changes:
**Check off each bullet point as you make each change successfully**

  • I will eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
  • I will eat less fat, especially saturated fat, trans fat, hydrogenated oils, lard, and shortening.
  • I will regularly choose lean meats and healthy meat substitutes, such as dried beans and peas (kidney beans, soy bean, chickpeas), lentils, and tofu.
  • I will get healthy fats from olive or canola oil, nuts, avocados, and oily fish (1-2 times each week) for example fresh tuna, salmon, or mackerel.
  • I will use baking, roasting, or grilling, rather than frying foods most of the time.
  • I will focus on getting lots of fiber into my diet, from healthy foods such as oatmeal, oat bran, fruits, vegetables, dried beans and peas.
  • I will make sure I am not eating too much salt—maximum of 6g per day.
  • I will choose water and other low-calorie drinks, rather than sodas, juices, and other sugar-laden drinks. I will also try to control my alcohol consumption (no more than 1 to 2 drinks per day).
  • I will watch my calorie and fat intake by cutting back on sugary, fatty junk food, such as potato chips, cookies, cakes, and full-fat ice cream.
  • I will control my portion sizes—healthy plate proportions are ¼ meat or alternative, ¼ carbohydrate, ½ vegetables or salad.
  • I will try to be more physically active—aiming for at least 30 minutes, 5 times each week.
  • I will take my medications at directed by my doctor.
  • I will quit smoking.
  • I will try to maintain a healthy weight.
  • I will continue to monitor my ABCs—A1C (try to maintain below 7), blood pressure (below 130/80 mmHg), and cholesterol (HDL men: above 40 mg/dl, HDL women: above 50 mg/dl; triglycerides: below 150 mg/dl; and LDL: below 100 mg/dl).

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