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Homoeo Call Neurological complications can include a hastening of degenerative changes and cognitive impairment

Diabetes is a dreaded condition not because of the immediate symptoms that it can produce but for the complications that it can implicate in the human body.

The fact that it does not produce any serious symptoms as it percolates into the system makes it sound trivial and the individual suffering from it really does not seem worried. There are several complications over the years that it can cause and its effects on the neurological system have been known.

Diabetes means that increased sugar levels in the blood that remain unutilised by the cells of the body which badly requires it thereby causing a deficiency of function on one hand and uselessness of the levels in the blood on the other hand. This implies that a diabetic person is more prone to stroke than others as the sugar levels play with the other lipids or fats in the circulation, making the lining of the blood vessels vulnerable to deposition along the surface either to block the circulation or cause a clot that can find its way to any part of the body or even brain to cause stroke etc.

An area not fed by nutrition through the blood either due to gradual blockage or sudden accidents like stroke tends to rot and cease to function. Secondly it has been known that diabetes can affect and damage brain cells directly. According to recent research, there are more issues to it like the cognition and degenerative diseases similar to dementia itself.

Insulin is produced by pancreas and promptly helps blood sugar reach the starved cell to metabolise it and give the requisite energy that the body needs for its functions. In insulin-dependent diabetics wherein the pancreas is not good enough to produce insulin itself and Type II Diabetes where the sugar is not transferred across into the cell either because of deficient secretion of insulin or the cell is not receptive enough to take up the blood sugar, there is an unhealthy pool up of sugar in the circulation.

What it really means is that sensing the excessive levels of sugar; body pushes in more insulin into circulation but that again means more resistance while the pooled up insulin levels are again damaging to the brain and blood vessels again precipitating stroke etc.

Either the increased levels of blood sugar or insulin itself; it has been found that it can affect the functional capacity of the brain too. Learning and memory are affected by these chemicals and a presence of large amount of insulin unutilised and not proper enough to carry on its function can lead to cognitive impairment.

The base of the brain i.e. the hypothalamus, which takes care of the metabolic functions like hunger, thirst and body temperature, tends to go awry and thereby lead to imbalance of energy and body weight. What has been disconcerting is that just as in diseases like Alzheimer’s disease wherein there is a deposit of plaques or amyloid tissues in the brain leading to gaps in function so too in patients with diabetes. This has been known to hasten this degenerative change and is definitely not welcome.

The idea is to ensure that the blood sugar levels stay near normal and the sensitization of the cells also happens so that insulin is utilized properly. Homoeopathic remedies like Syzygium, Cephalandra, Sulph, Ac phos etc. so that the complication of diabetes are kept at an arm’s length.

Dr.Venugopal Gouri

drvenugopal@gmail.com

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