Diagnosis: Type 2 Diabetes
A 70-year-old Bangalore woman contacted us for an online consultation, complaining of extreme weariness and weakness, as well as gas and indigestion.
Our Chief Physician Dr Shanthi Ganga advised her to get a blood test done. The blood test showed that she was Type-2 Diabetic.
The lab reports were as follows: HbA1c - 13.9, eAG - 352, FBS - 251, PPS - 398, Glucose in Urine - 4+
Diabetes Mellitus, or diabetes, is a metabolic condition characterised by excessive blood sugar levels. Insulin transfers sugar from the bloodstream into your cells, where it is stored or utilised for energy. Your body either doesn't generate enough insulin or can't utilise the insulin generated efficiently if you have diabetes.
Untreated high blood sugar from diabetes can damage your nerves, eyes, kidneys, and other organs.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where insulin is made. It’s unclear what causes this attack. About 10% of people with diabetes have this type.
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin, and sugar builds up in your blood.
Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but it’s not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar during pregnancy. Insulin-blocking hormones produced by the placenta cause this type of diabetes.
The symptoms, causes, and therapies for each form of diabetes are different.
The patient's extreme weariness, along with indigestion-related gas problems, was a clear sign of diabetes.
According to a survey performed in Bangalore, diabetes affects roughly 51% of the population. Diabetes has become frequent in India's main cities due to a rise in obesity caused by urbanisation, nutrition change, and more sedentary lifestyles.
Rather than admitting the 70-year-old woman to therapy, we advised her to adjust her lifestyle. Dietary adjustments, the addition of yoga and pranayama, and more regulated sleeping habits were all part of the lifestyle improvements. She slept well between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., averaging 7 hours of sleep. She gets up for a one-hour yoga session.
We prescribed Nisakathakathi Kashayam, Siva Gulika, Dhanwantharam Gulika and at a later stage, Chandrapabha Gulika and Asthi Poshak and Triphala.
The first evaluation of the patient was done on Nov 14th of 2021. The results of the evaluation were: FBS 138, PPS 219, urine glucose -negative. The second evaluation was done on Jan 2nd of 2022 & the results were: FBS -101, PPS -89.31, HbA1c - 6.2. We were able to bring all the values to normal.
We asked her to taper her medication intake once the levels returned to normal. Her blood sugar levels were expected to remain stable as a result of the new lifestyle adjustments.
The patient is no longer fatigued and is in good health. She embraced a more disciplined lifestyle without having to give up on her favourite foods or activities.