The curative power of food can be dramatic.
Pushpa, a type-2 diabetic developed breathlessness after short walks and was diagnosed with a lung disease that causes inflammation leading to reduced oxygen intake and poor exhaling of carbon dioxide. She was placed on respiratory support to increase oxygen levels in her blood stream to safe levels and was prescribed heavy doses of steroids. The steroids played havoc with her sugar levels and she was given increasing doses of oral medication and insulin. Her sugar levels continued to be erratic in spite of 60 units of insulin every day along with oral medication.
In consultation with a nutritionist and her physician she reduced her over all calorie intake and adopted a low carbohydrate balanced diet. She introduced eating dhania and methi seeds, lots of vegetables and fruits, vegetable smoothies (bottle gourd, cucumber or white ash gourd), mint leaves, cinnamon, ginger, pepper and turmeric all in the right measure and at the right time. She rotated between millets, rice and bajra rotis at lunch and dinner and used cold pressed coconut oil for all cooking.
On this diet over a period of a year, her insulin fasting and blood sugar levels showed steady improvement and in consultation with her doctor, Pushpa gradually reduced her diabetes medication to just 10 units of insulin once a day and a tablet of sitagliptin and metformin every morning and evening. Her weight dropped from 93 kg to 84 kg.
Pushpa said, “Since starting the new diet I am much more healthy and energetic. My breathlessness has reduced and I can walk for half an hour comfortably. The swelling in my legs has also reduced a lot. Overall, I feel much better and the sense of helplessness has gone.”
You can read Pushpa’s experience and other diet and health snippets in my book Celebrating Active Ageing.
I share this with a word of caution that all medication and diet changes are to be adopted strictly on the advise of your doctor and nutritionist.
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