Effective Measures to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

I was a type 1 diabetic for 26 years, but I had a kidney pancreas transplant so I not longer take insulin and I am not on a strict diet. How can I get rid of extremely swollen feet and ankle? I also have diabetic open ulcers on my right feet. Please help.

Diabetes is a very common medical condition with the way the body uses its glucose content, which is the main type of sugar present in the blood. The condition is more often diagnosed in children and young adults and prevents the body from producing a hormone known as insulin, which plays a major role in converting food substances like starch and glucose into the energy required for the body to perform various physical actions. There are no known obvious causes for the condition although a number of experts believe that genetics plays a significant role, where the condition is passed down from one generation to another within the same blood line, but the individual would also need to be exposed to some kind of virus for the condition to develop. There is also no sure shot way to predict who will develop this condition and it cannot be prevented. The condition is a permanent one and will require lifelong treatment, but many people affected by it can continue to live long, happy and normal lives with the help of a little care with regards to their eating habits. Being affected by type 1 diabetes puts the patient at risk of developing more serious medical complications such as heart disease, nerve damage, kidney damage and even blindness.

There are a number of home remedies that will help you take better care of your body if affected by type 1 diabetes. Most of them incorporate a change in the kinds of food that you eat, but will show a significant improvement in the quality of your life. Indian Gooseberry, for example, is considered to be very effective in controlling diabetes as a result of its rich vitamin C content. Mix a tablespoon of Indian gooseberry juice with 1 cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, drink this tonic once a day for a period of two months. This will strengthen your pancreas and enable it to secrete insulin. Cinnamon is also considered to be very beneficial because it contains a chemical that helps in maintaining the proper use of blood sugar. Drink about a liter of cinnamon water on a daily basis or add 3 tablespoons of cinnamon to a liter of boiling water and simmer the mixture for 20 minutes on a low flame and strain the mixture before drinking it. You must also switch to a low calorie, low fat and alkaline diet while strictly avoiding intake of any refined sugar.

answered by G M

From the general description of your health that you have provided, it is abundantly clear that while you may no longer be an overt diabetic, your diabetes is not completely gone yet. In a large number of cases of people who have Type 1 diabetes, the basic problem lies with the immune system. It is a malfunction of the autoimmune system that leads to this disease. While it is true that a pancreas transplant has often been employed as an effective measure to treat type 1 diabetes, it is also equally true that this may not always work to perfection. Your best bet is to see a doctor and figure out if you have been treated effectively and completely via the removal of your pancreas. If you are still suffering from remnants of the disease, such as the symptoms you have described here, then you need to go back to some sort of treatment method. The best person to advise you about what course that would be is your doctor who is familiar with your entire case history. Since you have had diabetes for such a long time, you are better off not taking chances and getting to know exactly why you are suffering from these problems.

At home, and by yourself, however, you can work on some easy tactics to reduce the swelling temporarily and also to take care of the ulcers. The first thing you need to do is cut back on your salt intake. This will automatically lead to less retention of water in your lower body. Even in cases of people who do not have any kind of diabetes; this is known to be of considerable help in reducing swelling of the feet. You should also try to keep your feet elevated as much as possible in order to avoid extra flow and settling of blood down at your feet. This will also be of considerable assistance in reducing the swelling. You should also try to eat less of gas causing substances, as this can also sometimes be a factor in adding to inflammation of any part of the body. These would be things like beans, cauliflower and cabbage. For the open ulcers, you can make and keep a paste of clarified butter and turmeric powder at hand. Apply this frequently to your feet. Cleanse with alcohol before each application to be sure that there are no remnants from the previous application.

answered by G R

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