In Ayurveda, Science of life, Obesity is known as Medo Roga and is defined as the condition in which excessive amount of fat is accumulated in the body. Itholds that when the agni, the digestive fire is vitiated, then the ama (toxic substances) is built up in the body,leading to obesity.
** In Ayurvedic theory, the body is said to contain three primal forces (tridosha) that work in tandem: vata, pitta and kapha. Excess kapha is said to cause obesity which increases the chances of getting Diabetes.** Generally Type 1 diabetes are completely unable to produce insulin whereas Type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but their cells have become resistant to it.
Besides sugar utilization, Insulin is required for fat deposition in the body. In obese people, an ‘Insulin steal’ occurs : the fat ‘steals’ the Insulin from other cells, setting the stage for Diabetes. Thus the link between type 2 diabetes and obesity is firmly established. Without the intervention of a healthy diet and appropriate exercise, change in the sedentary life style in order to lower the elevated blood glucose level, obesity may develop into diabetes over a relatively short period of time.
The excessive fat interferes with body’s ability to use insulin properly. According to Ayurveda this is called ” Stroto-avarodh” i.e. blocked channels. This blockage in the channels of passage of insulin is reason for greater insulin resistance.
And following are the ayurvedic tips to fight obesity thereby prevents diabetes :
** Exercises like brisk walking, jogging, out door games etc help to reduce weight.
** Avoid taking curd the food and beverages which increase kapha and medha.
** Having sex frequently is also a good physical exertion
** Consume wheat products than rice products.
** Physical and mental exertion..
** Sleeping for less hours.
If the person is obese, then diabetes becomes more of a problem. In such people, an elaborate Ayurvedic system of treatment is used. The preliminary methods are a) Apatarpana (de-nourishment) and b) Shamshodhana (cleansing)
In these methods, the fats built up in the body are reduced by de-nourishment of the body. This is followed by a cleansing of the toxins that have accumulated in the body. The Panchakarma method of cleansing the body may be used. Once this is done, then the body has to be rebuilt.