Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your body doesn’t make or use the hormone insulin properly. It causes too much blood glucose (sugar) to build up in the blood. There are 2 main types of diabetes.
- Type 1 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce any insulin. It’s sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it’s usually discovered in children and teenagers, but it may appear in adults, too.
- Type 2 diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t use the insulin as it should. In the past, doctors thought only adults were at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. However, an increasing number of children are now being diagnosed with the disease. Doctors think this increase is mostly because more children are overweight or obese and are less physically active.
Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than they should be, but not high enough to officially be diagnosed as diabetes. Pre-diabetes greatly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The good news is that, if you have prediabetes, you can prevent or delay the onset of full-blown type 2 diabetes by making lifestyle changes. These include eating a healthy diet, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising regularly.
Symptoms of diabetes
Symptoms vary from person to person. The early stages of diabetes have very few symptoms. You may not know you have the disease. But damage may already be happening to your eyes, your kidneys, and your cardiovascular system. Common symptoms include:
- Extreme hunger.
- Extreme thirst.
- Frequent urination.
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Fatigue or drowsiness.
- Blurry vision.
- Slow-healing wounds, sores, or bruises.
- Dry, itchy skin.
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet.
- Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder, or vaginal yeast infections.
People who have type 2 diabetes also may show signs of insulin resistance. This includes darkening skin around the neck or in the armpits, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, yeast infections, and skipped or absent periods in teen girls and women.
Homeopathic remedies are made from minerals, plants, or animals. They’re considered “all natural.”
Homeopathic principles state that when a substance is diluted, it increases its therapeutic strength. The natural substance is diluted to the point where the remedy contains only trace amounts of the substance. It can then be formulated as:
- sugar pellets
Examples of homeopathic remedies marketed to treat the symptoms of diabetes or prevent complications include:
- Syzygium jambolanum or S. cumini (black plum) is said to help treat thirst, weakness, skin ulcers, and excessive urination.
- Uranium nitricum is marketed to treat excessive urination, nausea, swelling, and burning with urination.
- Conium (hemlock) is purported to treat numbness in the feet and hands as well as diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage).
- Plumbum (lead) is said to help with numbness in the hands and feet, nerve pain, and tinnitus.
- Calendula (marigold) is said to treat infected ulcers.
- Phosphoric acid is promoted to treat impaired memory, confusion or heavy head, frequent urination at night, hair loss, and difficulty maintaining an erection.
- Candida (yeast) is said to treat yeast infections.