Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body processes glucose, a type of sugar that is the main source of energy for your cells. People with diabetes either do not produce enough insulin, a hormone that helps glucose enter the cells, or their cells do not respond properly to insulin. This leads to high blood glucose levels, which can cause various complications, such as nerve damage, kidney disease, heart disease, and vision problems.
One of the common symptoms of diabetes is weakness, which can affect your physical and mental well-being. Weakness can be caused by several factors, such as low blood glucose levels, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, anemia, infection, or medication side effects. If you have diabetes and experience weakness, you should consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
However, there are also some natural home remedies and dietary changes that can help you cope with weakness and regain your strength. Here are some of them:
1. Manage your stress
Stress can have a negative impact on your blood glucose levels, as well as your immune system, mood, and energy levels. Stress can also trigger the release of hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, that can interfere with insulin action and cause glucose to build up in the blood. Therefore, it is important to manage your stress and practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, or listening to soothing music.
2. Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet that provides adequate amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber can help you maintain your blood glucose levels, prevent nutritional deficiencies, and boost your energy and immunity. Some of the foods that you should include in your diet are:
Whole grains, such as oats, barley, quinoa, and brown rice, that are rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, and B vitamins, which can help regulate your blood glucose levels and provide sustained energy.
Lean proteins, such as eggs, fish, chicken, tofu, and beans, that are essential for building and repairing your muscles, tissues, and organs, and also help control your appetite and blood glucose levels.
Healthy fats, such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado, and fatty fish, that can help lower your cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, and improve your heart health.
Fruits and vegetables, especially those that are low in sugar and high in antioxidants, such as berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, broccoli, and tomatoes, that can help protect your cells from oxidative stress, fight infections, and enhance your immunity.
Dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, that are rich in calcium, protein, and probiotics, which can help strengthen your bones, muscles, and digestive system.
You should also avoid or limit foods that can spike your blood glucose levels, such as refined carbohydrates, added sugars, processed foods, and alcohol. You should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and prevent dehydration, which can cause weakness, fatigue, and dizziness.
3. Try some natural remedies
Some natural remedies that have been used for centuries to treat weakness and diabetes are:
Onion: Onion is a common ingredient in many cuisines, and it has been shown to have hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, which can help lower your blood glucose levels, reduce inflammation, and prevent oxidative damage. You can eat raw onion or add it to your salads, soups, or dishes. You can also make onion juice by blending one onion with some water and honey, and drink it once a day.
Bel: Bel, also known as wood apple, is a fruit that has been used in Ayurveda to treat diabetes, weakness, and digestive problems. Bel contains tannins, flavonoids, and coumarins, which can help lower your blood glucose levels, improve your insulin sensitivity, and protect your liver and kidneys. You can eat ripe bel pulp or make bel juice by blending the pulp with some water and sugar, and drink it twice a day.
Fenugreek: Fenugreek is a herb that has been used to treat diabetes, weakness, and anemia. Fenugreek seeds contain fiber, amino acids, and alkaloids, which can help lower your blood glucose levels, stimulate your pancreas, and increase your hemoglobin levels. You can soak one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight, and eat them in the morning on an empty stomach. You can also add fenugreek leaves or powder to your dishes or make fenugreek tea by boiling one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water for 10 minutes, and drink it twice a day.
4. Exercise regularly
Exercise is one of the best ways to improve your physical and mental health, as well as your blood glucose control. Exercise can help you burn calories, lose weight, increase your muscle mass, enhance your insulin sensitivity, lower your blood pressure, and reduce your stress levels. You should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as walking, cycling, swimming, or dancing, per week, and also include some strength training, such as lifting weights, doing push-ups, or using resistance bands, twice a week. You should also consult your doctor before starting any exercise program, and monitor your blood glucose levels before, during, and after exercise, to prevent hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.
Diabetes is a serious condition that can cause weakness and other complications, if not managed properly. However, by following your doctor’s advice, taking your medications, and adopting some natural home remedies and dietary changes, you can cope with weakness and regain your strength. Remember, you are not alone in your fight against diabetes, and you can live a healthy and fulfilling life with proper care and support.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456