Thursday, October 16, 2008

Survival Health - Alternate Treatment - Diabetes

One of the worst things that can happen during a disaster or crisis situation is to suddenly find yourself without needed medications. One of the main conditions that affect more than 20 million people in our country is diabetes. Conventional treatment depends upon insulin, which requires refrigeration. The loss of power when the grid goes down could limit your treatment options very quickly. There is also the real possibility that medical services may be strained to capacity or non-existent, as seen recently during Hurricane Ike.

A little known seed may help in solving the problem of having an alternate source of treatment is Fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek seeds are used by many different cultures in the preparation of different food items and meals. Fenugreek seeds are extremely safe to consume. The only persons who might have problems are those with nut allergies. If you are allergic to nuts you should avoid the use of Fenugreek seeds.

Fenugreek seeds might help in your search for alternatives to replace important diabetes medications should they become unfit due to a lack of proper storage conditions or simply become unavailable for use.

Here is a brief excerpt about Fenugreek seeds:

“Supplements of fenugreek seeds were shown to lower serum cholesterol, triglyceride, and low-density lipoprotein in human patients and experimental models of hypercholesterolemia and hypertriglyceridemia (Basch et al., 2003). Several human intervention trials demonstrated that the antidiabetic effects of fenugreek seeds ameliorate most metabolic symptoms associated with type-1 and type-2 diabetes in both humans and relevant animal models (Basch et al., 2003; Srinivas, 2005). Fenugreek is currently available commercially in encapsulated forms and is being prescribed as dietary supplements for the control of hypercholesterolemia and diabetes by practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine.”

Read the entire article here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenugreek

You can get additional information about diabetes here:

http://www.pdrhealth.com/disease/disease-categories/disease-categories-index.aspx?diseaseCategoryID=15&diseaseCategoryName=Diabetes

As with any alternative to modern medications , you should always do your homework and to be completely safe, consult your physician before deciding on a course of action.

Read about some precautions to take here:

http://www.pdrhealth.com/drugs/altmed/altmed-mono.aspx?contentFileName=ame0071.xml&contentName=Fenugreek&contentId=234

The time to find alternatives to maintain your health and well-being is before a disaster and not afterwards. An alternative treatment may not be available if and when it is needed.

Staying above the water line!

Riverwalker

6 comments:

Wretha said...

Another thing you can use is cinnamon, it helps you metabolize sugar, I don't have all the facts at hand, but look it up, it works and you don't need to eat a ton of it either. I try to eat cinnamon if I am going to be eating something that is loaded with sugar, I don't have diabetes, I am doing this as a preventive measure.

Wretha

Anonymous said...

Don't overlook the prickly pear cactus plant as well - it has some medicinal qualities worth consideration. Nopales are a part of our plan - that stuff grows everywhere! Only real enemy it does not tolerate is cold. Very self reliant plant, prickly pear is.

There was an excellent article in the September / October issue of The Backwoodsman on this very issue.

riverwalker said...

To: wretha

Good to know about that about cinnamon. I don't have diabetes or any heart problems (high blood pressure, etc.). I've always tried to eat healthy and stay active. It's been working great for me so far!

RW

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous

Have lots of prickly pear cactus growing in my area, even the kind without spines. Really good when cut Julienne style and prepared just like green beans.Thanks.

RW

Wildflower said...

Blood sugars can be controlled by food intake and I recommend this rather than trying to depend on supplementation for type 2 diabetics.

Supplements run out. Unfortunately without insulin, diabetes is an eventual death sentence for type 1 diabetics.

riverwalker said...

To: wildflower

Proper diets and supplements will probably be of greater value to those with borderline blood sugar problems. In the case of Type 1, thet would merely be temporary measures until a source of insulin could be obtained, if possible.

RW

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