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On World Diabetes Day, experts feel that it is important for patients to prioritise their health routine

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, on November 14, doctors point out that India has the second highest number of diabetic patients – accounting for over 62 million people. It's one of the biggest medical concerns today which can lead to serious consequences, such as shorter life expectancy, non-traumatic blindness, erectile dysfunction and kidney failure.

Type II diabetes is a chronic condition caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors such as obesity, lack of physical activity, poor diet, stress and urbanisation. An integrated line of treatment is also an effective course in the management of diabetes, the doctors say.

Dr Anil Patil says, "It is important for us to prioritise our health routine. Using a complimentary approach of alternative therapies like Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Yoga Panchakarma and Reflexology can actually increase the patient's life expectancy by six to seven years. It also helps to normalise the insulin level in a patient."

Looking at a more natural approach in fighting diabetes, the doctors also recommend drinking at least one tablespoon of bitter gourd juice daily, as it helps in reducing blood sugar levels. They also add that eating raw vegetables and herbs play an important part in stimulating the pancreas and enhancing insulin production.

According to Patil, pomegranate juice contains a high concentration of antioxidants that help prevent prostate and breast cancer, while some plants foods like brewer's yeast, buckwheat, broccoli and okra are found to help people with type 2 diabetes.

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