Diabetes is a comorbidity that appears in 25-80% of patients within the first five years after getting the first attack of Pancreatitis. The Diabetes that happens after Pancreatitis is referred to as secondary Diabetes. This type of Diabetes is known as type-C or Pancreatogenic Diabetes. Pancreatitis is such troublesome, painful, or fatal that it makes patients forget to even think about Diabetes which is bound to appear shortly.
People with Diabetes (type 3c diabetes) have mild to moderate swings in blood sugar due to impairment in insulin and glucagon or digestion/absorptive issues. The presence of diabetes often leads to various other comorbidities. Diabetes is notorious for causing additional vascular complications of diabetes such as retinopathy, neuropathy, and kidney failure.
So, if you know someone battling Pancreatitis, this small blog may be of a bit of help to keep the fear of Diabetes at bay. Before moving to the tips which can keep your blood sugar levels in check, let us first understand what makes a patient with Pancreatitis have Diabetes.
The pancreas performs both its role as an organ that secrets enzymes to digest carbohydrates and fat and an endocrine gland for secreting hormones like insulin and glucagon to maintain blood sugar levels. While it is not yet fully understood why chronic pancreatitis results in Diabetes, some of the logical explanations may help in understanding-
- The inflammation damages the part of the pancreas that secretes insulin and prevents its release into the blood.
- It is also possible that the body uses less insulin to regulate blood sugar, which is called ‘Insulin Resistance’.
- In chronic Pancreatitis, scarring of the pancreas destroys the insulin-producing part of insulin, thus hampering its endocrine functions.
Can Type 3c Diabetes Be Reversed?
A lot of people do think or ask about the reversal or holistic and healthy management of Pancreatogenic Diabetes of type 3c Diabetes for which they should definitely adopt the path of a personalized regimen that can pave the way for them to keep sugar levels in check and avoid Insulin for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, even after getting diagnosed with Pancreatitis, most people keep on eating the meals they should avoid and this practice is very prevalent in the Western world.
If the pancreas is not damaged greatly and the patient is on a low dose of Insulin or oral anti-diabetic medicines, then type 3c diabetes can be reversed with Ayurveda treatment and regimen.
Tips To Avoid Type C or Pancreatogenic Diabetes
If you have Pancreatitis, Diabetes, or both of them or neither of them. There is no harm in keeping these handy tips in your brain to control and prepare the body to combat blood sugar-
Refined Bread, Biscuits, and Beer are destructive forms of carbohydrates. If the last ‘B’ does not appear in your savoury list items, it is excellent, but still, you need to reduce, curtail or remove the first 2Bs from your regimen.
2. Inflammatory Foods:
Processed meats, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) based eatables, artificial trans fats, refined vegetable oils and refined carbohydrates, which have a higher glycemic index. All these should not find any space on your dining table/ plate. Cutting on alcohol consumption can improve the digestive process and curb the chances of Diabetes.
3. Vegan Meals:
I advocate for meals that come without harming animals but no unsolicited moral advocacy here but still a word of caution as a stranger friend of yours. Cutting on meat and dairy products will help you with insulin sensitivity that develops after Pancreatitis. These meals remain heavy on your gut and slow down your digestive fire, which even results in acidity, bloating, and of course, a higher level of blood sugar in the body.
4. Daily Regimen:
We almost plan our life, from our careers to our weddings, daily attire, and everything. However, do we do that with our daily diet? Guess never! It is almost as random as anything. At the same time, you may ignore it if you are keeping healthy. However, suppose you are suffering from Pancreatitis or Diabetes. In that case, it becomes of paramount importance to have your daily regimen planned that helps your body fight these illnesses and does not allow sugar levels to rise.
For people having Diabetes already, certain diabetic medicines such as ‘Januvia’ and ‘Byetta’ were associated with increasing the risk of Pancreatitis. This makes patients’ lives difficult as people living with Diabetes have the risk of Pancreatitis in the later stage of their life.
Thankfully, Ayurvedic treatment for Diabetes has a superb cure in managing, controlling and reversing Diabetes with the proper adaptation of a personalized regimen composed of diet and lifestyle. Once reversed, they can easily manage their blood sugar levels independently.
The best way to live in the present is to live it thoroughly and prepare well for the future. So, if you have Pancreatitis, or know someone with Pancreatitis, share the small article that may help them start preparing themselves to cut the sugar blues in the future. The Ayurvedic treatment of Pancreatitis at Aas Ayurveda puts a great thrust on drafting a personal regimen along with the treatment for the patients, which helps them to manage their sugar naturally.