BACKGROUND: Diabetes Mellitus is one of the most challenging health threats to the country. It is characterized by hyperglycemia due to absolute or relative deficiency of insulin. Diabetes mellitus has a close parlance with prameha according to Ayurvedic science. Modern medicines provide quick relief but also lead to various side effects.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study is to study diabetes and prameha according to the respective sciences and study the effect of Ayurvedic medicines and lifestyle changes in diabetes mellitus.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 41 year old newly diagnosed male diabetic patient was taken for the study after consent. Patient complained of unexplained weight loss, increased thirst, increased frequency of micturition, burning sensation on soles. Patient was advised to do blood sugar levels and HbA1C, which turned out to be positive. Ayurvedic medicines along with modern medication was given for a month and was asked to do few lifestyle modifications as per Ayurvedic texts. After 1 month, blood sugar levels were investigated, which were normal; since then, modern medicine was stopped and patient was given only Ayurvedic medication and lifestyle changes.HbA1C levels were taken as the assessment criteria for the study. HbA1C levels were checked before beginning the medication and after six months of medications.
RESULTS: The HbA1C levels dropped from 11.2 to 5.5 in the period of 6 months.Blood sugar levels remained normal within the given time.
CONCLUSIONS: Ayurvedic medicines and lifestyle modifications can be considered as a mainstream treatment in case of newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus.
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