An important therapeutic aid in supporting healthy blood sugar balance
DIABETES – THE PATHOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS
Diabetes mellitus, a metabolic disorder characterized by impaired carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism resulting in high blood sugar levels, presently affects more than 150 million worldwide. Attributed to the lack or dysfunction of the hormone insulin, which is produced by specialized beta cells in the islets of langerhans in the pancreas, diabetes has become the leading cause for the development of related disorders such as kidney disease, blindness, cardiovascular disease, impotence and gangrene. Symptoms of diabetes include increased frequency of urination, increased and often extreme thirst, increased appetite, weight loss, irritability, and fatigue.
There are two types of diabetes, Type I and Type II. Type I diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood and involves such a severe depletion of insulin that it must be taken by injection everyday. Type II diabetes is usually diagnosed in adulthood, and most often can be managed with diet and other oral medication rather then insulin injections.
THE CONTROL OF DIABETES IN AFRICAN MEDICINE
Certain African medicinal plants have been experimentally verified as useful in the treatment of diabetes. One plant is marketed under the name “Glucoleve™” and known scientifically asis Dioscorea dumetorum. The plant grows primarily in the woodland forest of west Africa. The medicinally active part of the plant are its roots (tubers). It came to be known as “destroyer of sugar” because it was observed that chewing the roots suppressed the taste of sugar. It was also observed that regular use of the root reduced glycosuria, or the appearance of carbohydrates in urine.
Trials using an extract of dried Dioscorea root indicated that it lowers blood sugar levels.
By virtue of its hypoglycemic activity, Glucoleve has become an important therapeutic aid in supporting healthy blood sugar balance.
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