Wednesday, February 19, 2014
5 Ways In Which Bitter Gourd Helps To Beat Diabetes
Posted by Green Yatra at 7:28 PMDiabetes has been rising at an alarming rate in India, thanks to our unhealthy lifestyle. Diabetes or diabetes mellitus can be described as a group of metabolic diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels either due to inadequate insulin production or due to the inability of the body’s cells to respond properly to insulin, or both. There are generally three types of diabetes. Type I diabetes is caused where the body does not produce insulin and hence, is referred to as juvenile diabetes or early onset diabetes. Type II diabetes refers to a condition where either the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function or the cells in the body do not react to the insulin produced. Gestational diabetes occurs in women during pregnancy when they have high levels of glucose in their blood but their bodies are unable to produce enough insulin to transport all the glucose into their cells. This further leads to progressively rising levels of glucose. In India, type 2 diabetes is more common than other forms. It is indeed sad that diabetes can affect anyone, even a baby. Treatments like insulin injections and dialysis are a painful experience. The diabetics not only have to give up eating sweets but also restrict the consumption of several other food items. Bitter gourd or bitter melon is a vegetable that is hated by most of us because of its bitter taste and ugly appearance. But it is indeed a boon for diabetics. This vegetable is renowned for its numerous health benefits; especially it’s potential to lower blood glucose levels. It was widely used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes and now, it is commercially available in the form of tea, juice, extracts and pills. Though there is lack of proven data regarding its ability in the treatment of diabetes and research is still underway in this respect, consuming bitter gourd or its juice may help in diabetes due to the following reasons.