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Type 2 diabetes mellites (DM) is a chronic metabolic disease and is fast becoming an epidemic, due to rising rates of obesity, which is a major risk factor. There is a resistance to the effect of insulin (which is responsible for storing sugar in the body), relative insulin deficiency and increased sugar levels in the blood (hyperglycemia).

It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, urination, and tiredness. Diabetics are more vulnerable to both short- and long-term complications, which often leads to premature death. Complications of diabetes include blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation.

According to the International Diabetes Federation, the current prevalence of diabetes in India is 8.8%: roughly nine out of every 100 Indians has diabetes (approximately 117 million Indians). No cure has yet been found in conventional medicine for the disease; the patients’ blood sugar is managed by medicines to reduce the incidence of complications. However, lifestyle medicine is the cornerstone to prevent, as well as to manage the disease. You can also go into remission, not needing any medications, as long as you have not already developed micro- and macrovascular complications.

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