Q: I am 42 years old with a stressful lifestyle. I developed diabetes two years ago. My wife is 35 years old and was diagnosed with diabetes after her two deliveries. Can homoeopathy help?

A: Diabetes is a lifelong condition in which the blood sugar level becomes too high. The condition can cause havoc in different parts of the body. Possible complications of the condition include heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, leg amputation, diabetic neuropathy, and vision loss. Type 1 or juvenile diabetes occurs more frequently in children and young adults. But Type 2 diabetes affects middle-aged and older people and results when the body can’t recognise the insulin and use it properly.

A range of factors can cause diabetes from family history, obesity, physical inactivity and sedentary lifestyle, insulin resistance, to physical and emotional stress.

Emotional stress caused due to work or financial pressures and personal or marital life issues can trigger the onset of diabetes. Physical stress can cause Gestational Diabetes or pregnancy-induced diabetes is a disease that is affecting a large population of women today. It may go away post-delivery or continue to affect their health long after childbirth. Certain medications such as steroids can also cause drug-induced diabetes.

The most common treatments for diabetes include medication to help control blood sugar and modifying lifestyle. But you can also opt for homoeopathy in your diabetes care plan. Homoeopathy works by correcting an imbalance in the body’s capacity to utilise the insulin that it produces and by understanding and treating the trigger for diabetes, for instance, emotional stress, from the root. It also takes into consideration the fact that no two diabetic individuals have identical problems, and hence the treatment is tailor-made for every individual.

Homoeopathic remedies can help treat certain symptoms and complications of diabetes such as weakness, skin ulcers, excessive urination, nausea, swelling, numbness in the feet and hands, nerve damage, reducing stress, impaired memory, and hair loss among others. Therefore, early introduction of homoeopathy can reduce the chance of complications.

During the consultation, the homoeopath will discuss remedies that would work for you. To create a personalised plan, they take a detailed history of the patient, family history, likes, dislikes, sleep patterns, and other factors. The remedies they offer can be taken safely, along with existing medication and don’t pose a risk of side effects.

However, note that homoeopathic treatments will work along with keeping blood sugar levels within a healthy range, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising as part of a treatment plan for diabetes.

Homoeopathy can go a long way in controlling diabetes as it emphasises the holistic management of the disease, works by maintaining normal insulin levels, and aids in minimising complications from the disease.

Dr Riyaz Badami is a homeopathic practitioner and medical director at Good Living Medical Centre. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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