Diabetes treatment: Get a grip on the disease using natural means
In Germany, more and more people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many have not known about their illness for a long time. After the diagnosis, those affected are often quickly given medical treatment. But in many cases, a healthier lifestyle is enough to get a grip on the so-called “diabetes”.
More and more people suffer from diabetes
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of diabetes patients worldwide has been increasing massively for years. The disease continues to increase in Germany. “In addition to the large number of more than 6 million people affected, there are around 300,000 more patients annually. Most of them are suffering from type 2 diabetes, which is still diagnosed many years too late and which contributes to the very high "unreported figure" - which is estimated at up to 2 million, "says the" German Health Report Diabetes 2017 ". Not all patients need medical treatment. Often, natural means are enough to get the disease under control.
Risk factors for diabetes
The main risk factors for type 2 diabetes are unhealthy eating, lack of exercise and being overweight or obese.
However, these factors do not play a role in type 1 diabetes. Rather, this is due to misguided immune system reactions, in which the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas are destroyed.
According to experts, this results in an absolute insulin deficiency and the body can no longer metabolize blood sugar. Insulin injections are the standard therapy for type 1.
Lose excess weight and regular exercise
For type 2, a healthy lifestyle is usually recommended first. Losing weight can often normalize insulin levels again.
Regular exercise also helps to lower high blood sugar. For this purpose, sports such as jogging, Nordic walking, cycling or even walking or dancing are available.
In addition, scientific studies have indicated that certain foods can have a positive effect. For example, a study showed that broccoli lowers blood sugar in type 2 diabetics.
Positive experiences with medicinal plants
57-year-old Marika Ruft from Gusow in Brandenburg swears by wormwood, dandelions and yarrow. “These plants promote digestion. The bitter substances in it reduce the appetite for sweets, ”said the baker in a message from the dpa news agency.
The diabetic has been working intensively on medicinal plants since her illness became known and can now also benefit from nettles.
“They are great for draining the body. You can enjoy it as a tea in combination with peppermint and apple pieces, ”says the woman from the Märkisch-Oderland district.
After the diabetes diagnosis, the Brandenburg native wanted not only to swallow medication, but to do something for herself and her body.
Together with her husband and the association "Über Land", she set up a show garden for medicinal plants in a community garden.
There "information boards indicate the use of the individual plants, in the utility garden these plants are then available to take away," says a message.
Use centuries-old experiences from nature
The great role model for this "diabetes garden" is the journalist Hans Lauber from Cologne, who initiated the first diabetes gardens after his own illness to show how "sugar can be tamed naturally", explained the marketing expert, who has also published several books on opportunities and risks of the natural pharmacy for supportive diabetes treatment.
“These gardens are an important means of education and prevention. Affected people get tips on what diet they can use to fight their type 2 diabetes, and their enthusiasm for the healing power from nature is awakened, ”says Lauber, according to dpa.
The head of the Märkisch-Oderland Health Department, Steffen Hampel, also thinks that using centuries-old experiences from nature is basically a good approach. But just because something is green doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy.
"What works there are also chemical substances - and they have side effects that are often not discussed," warned Hampel in the agency report. It indicates possible liver damage, phototoxicity or allergies.
He also knows that what really helps with the chronic metabolic disease diabetes is a change in lifestyle to exercise and healthy eating. (ad)