Diabetes4 is a serious medical condition that affects millions of people across the world. According to the World Health Organization, it is one of the leading causes of death. Researchers found that ozone therapy for diabetes is an alternative treatment.
It can also lead to other medical conditions such as kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, blindness, and limb amputation.
An Overview of Diabetes
Diabetes is a chronic disorder where the human pancreas fails to regulate the sugar or glucose in the bloodstream effectively.
The pancreas is an organ that is approximately six inches long and is located at the back of your stomach. Its main function is to produce insulin, a hormone that allows the body to process sugar from the digested food.
Diabetes develops when the pancreas either does not generate enough insulin or stops producing insulin altogether because the body becomes resistant to it.
There are different types of diabetes. You need to know which type affects you, as it will determine the treatment plan you need, as well as the ways by which you can manage your condition.
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What Are the Three Types of Diabetes?
Depending on your family history, overall health, and lifestyle, you can develop any of these three types:
Type 1 Diabetes
This condition happens when the body’s immune system begins rejecting and destroying the insulin produced by the pancreas.
Since insulin cannot carry out its main function, the glucose from the digested food builds up in the bloodstream instead of being absorbed by the cells to produce energy.
There is no clear cause for type 1 diabetes except for the fact that your genes play a big factor in its development.
Type 1 diabetes is characterized by fatigue, crankiness or mood change, frequent urination, unexplained weight loss, and feelings of extreme thirst and hunger.
When you have type 1 diabetes, your body tries to find a way to get rid of the excess glucose in the form of urine. The frequent urination also causes the calories and water to be eliminated, leading to both weight loss and dehydration.
Over time, the high level of blood sugar causes the arteries to harden, leading to heart attack or stroke.
Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed among small and young children. Unfortunately, this is a lifelong condition where patients depend on insulin shots to control their blood glucose.
There are several types of insulin on the market: rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate-acting, and long acting. Each type is characterized by the time it takes for a shot to take effect.
For example, rapid-acting starts to work within 15 minutes and continues to work for, at most, 4 hours. On the other hand, long-acting takes several hours to work, but its effect lasts for 24 hours.
Insulin can be administered through injection using either a syringe or pre-filled pen; through inhalation; or with the use of a pump.
You need to consult your doctor to determine the delivery method that is best for you.
Type 2 Diabetes
With type 2 diabetes, the pancreas produces insulin, but the cells refuse to use it the way they are supposed to.
The pancreas tries to remedy this by producing more insulin to get cells to process more glucose. Eventually, however, the pancreas will not be able to keep up and will stop producing insulin altogether.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of the disease. People used to call this type “adult-onset”, but it became evident that children and teens get it too, due to the sudden rise of childhood obesity.
Some people are also tagged as pre-diabetic, which means their blood glucose is not high enough for them to be considered full-blown diabetic.
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by fatigue, frequent urination, crankiness or mood change, weight loss, numbness in the hand or feet, and wounds that don’t heal.
Some people will also notice dark rashes on their armpits or around their neck. These signify that the body has become insulin resistant.
This condition is usually caused by a combination of factors: obesity, bad genes, metabolic syndrome, and bad communication between the cells are all likely culprits.
In addition, risk factors such as family history, age, and ethnicity all seem to play a major role in its development.
People suffering from type 2 diabetes need to take medications to treat their condition.
As the name suggests, this type of diabetes occurs in women during pregnancy. Curiously, it only affects women who have never had diabetes in the past.
It usually goes away after the woman gives birth, but it can still affect the child’s health. It also increases the woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes as she gets older.
During pregnancy, the placenta releases hormones, which in turn cause the blood sugar to increase.
For this reason, the pancreas needs to work twice as hard to produce enough insulin to regulate the glucose in your blood. Unfortunately, the pancreas sometimes fails to produce the required insulin, which leads to gestational diabetes.
Women who develop gestational diabetes are mostly overweight before they become pregnant. They are also likely to have a family member who is already suffering from diabetes (type 1 or 2) and are often pre-diabetic themselves.
Furthermore, women who have suffered from polycystic ovary syndrome, heart disease, and other medical complications are prone to developing gestational diabetes when they become pregnant.
Gestational diabetes is treated either through diet and exercise or through insulin intake and other medications.
Common Treatment for Diabetes
Type 1 Diabetes
Those with type 1 diabetes (and some with gestational diabetes) need insulin to survive.
However, as type 2 diabetes demonstrates, too much insulin can also do you harm. Excessive insulin leads to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. Insulin is also best administered in people who live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Type 2 Diabetes
For type 2 diabetes, taking oral medication is the key to regulating the blood sugar. Medications include biguanides (Metformin), sulfonylureas (Glucotrol), meglitinides (Starlix), and SGLT2 inhibitors (Invokana), among others.
Like other drugs, though, they also have side-effects, including nausea, bloating, upset stomach, and dizziness. They can also lower your blood sugar to dangerous levels.
If you are pre-diabetic, doctors will often recommend a change in lifestyle and diet. Doing at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises, coupled with a healthy diet, should help prevent the onset of diabetes.
You should also avoid (or never start) tobacco use, as this increases the risk of diabetes.
Lastly, it is important to self-monitor your blood sugar levels using a specialized device (i.e., self-monitoring blood glucose or a lancet) to help you regulate blood sugar and to remind you of when you need to take your medication.
Ozone Therapy for Diabetes
Ozone therapy3 has been used as an alternative therapy for various diseases, especially those that are considered lifelong and incurable.
Some researchers2 devote themselves to investigating ozone therapy as a viable cure for diabetes and its numerous health complications.
Studies suggest that ozone therapy can help manage diabetes by improving blood circulation, stimulating the body’s natural antioxidant system, and activating the red blood cells.
Ozone therapy utilizes medical ozone gas, which is produced by running pure oxygen through an ozone generator. The treatment requires the administration of ozone gas to the body, which can be done through various means.
A popular method is through major autohemotherapy where a small sample of the patient’s blood is infused with medical ozone gas. The ozonated blood is then administered back into the patient’s body intravenously.
Trials conducted in Russia3 where they used autohemotherapy to administer ozone therapy showed very promising results. According to their data, the diabetic subjects who underwent ozone therapy reported a vast improvement in their state of health. Their symptoms were remarkably reduced, with their blood glucose level decreasing by up to 50%.
Diabetes is a chronic disease that can lead to a number of complications if left untreated. The World Health Organization indicates that those with diabetes are three times more likely to develop a heart disease.
Diabetes can also cause kidney failure, blindness, and nerve damage, which increases the chances of infection and eventual amputation.
Diabetes is caused by various factors, which include genetic predisposition, an unhealthy lifestyle, previous health problems, and pregnancy. For this reason, doctors often recommend a change in diet and lifestyle to manage the symptoms.
Aside from staying active and eating healthy, diabetes is managed by either taking insulin or oral medication to lower the blood sugar level.
Ozone therapy for diabetes is an alternative treatment that some researchers present as a potential remedy. Although more clinical trials need to be conducted, the initial results are positive, which warrants more attention from the experts.
- Kushmakov, R., Gandhi, J., Seyam, O., Jiang, W., Joshi, G., Smith, N., & Khan, S. (2018). Ozone therapy for diabetic foot. Medical Gas Research, 8(3), 111-115. doi: 10.4103/2045-9912.241076
- Menendez-Cepero, S., Fernandez, O., & Martinez-Sanchez, G. (2018). OZONE THERAPY IN DIABETES AND ITS COMPLICATIONS. Journal of Ozone Therapy, 2(2). doi: 10.7203/jo3t.2.2.2018.11127
- Ozone Hospital. (n.d.). Ozone therapy diabetes. Retrieved from https://ozonehospital.com/ozone-therapy-diabetes/
- World Health Organization. (2020, June 8). Diabetes. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/diabetes