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Modified lifestyle, herbal drugs can help manage diabetes within two weeks: Study



Amid rapid surge in diabetes cases in India, a recent study has suggested that a healthy lifestyle and diet coupled with anti-diabetic properties enriched herbal formulations like BGR-34 can help control blood sugar levels in diabetic patients within 14 days.

The study, conducted by a team of researchers from Patna-based Government Ayurvedic College and Hospital on a patient suffering from high levels of blood sugar has been published in the International Ayurvedic Medical Journal (IAMJ).

The team, led by Assistant Professor Prabhas Chandra Pathak, prescribed the patient a combination of research-based traditional medicines, including herbal formulation like BGR-34, Arogyavardhani Vati, Chandraprabhavati, cholesterol reducing drugs, lifestyle adjustments and a specific diet for two weeks.

After 14 days, the treatment was slightly altered. During this time, the patient showed significant improvement, for instance, the sugar level which was 254 mg/dl at the time of admission, came down to 124 mg/dl.

It was found that Daruharidra, Giloe, Vijaysar, Gudmar, Methi and Majishtha in the BGR-34 showed anti-diabetic properties, which helped cut down the sugar level in the blood.

This medicine is prepared by the country’s premier research institute, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), after extensive research.

Ahead of World Diabetes Day on November 14, Dr. Sanchit Sharma, Executive Director of Aimil Pharmaceuticals (I) Ltd., the manufacturer of BGR-34, pointed out that since diabetic patients have to depend on lifetime medicines, the outcome of the study holds significance.

“These herbal preparations also have elements to increase immunity as well as anti-oxidant levels,” Sharma said.

Researchers said that during the study, the patient was also recommended an hour’s walk daily. The patient’s fasting sugar level, which was 254 mg/dl before the start of the treatment, came down to 124 mg/dl. Similarly, the sugar level after breakfast decreased from 413 to 154 mg/dl. All these parameters indicate effective reduction in blood sugar level.

Encouraged by the positive results of the treatment plan, the researchers have suggested a comprehensive larger study for its further assessment.

Earlier, a study by the AIIMS Delhi found that BGR-34 is effective not only in reducing sugar but obesity as well.

Owing to a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy dietary habits, diabetes is on the rise in India. As many as 31 million Indians became diabetic between 2019 and 2021, according to a study conducted by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Union Health Ministry.

India has around 101 million people living with diabetes and another 136 million people in pre-diabetes stages, found a recently published study by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation and Indian Council of Medical Research.


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