App to help diabetic patients with ayurvedic medicines

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Soon, people with diabetes will be able to find out what ayurvedic medicines to take to check their rising blood glucose levels. As part of its ‘Mission Madhumeha’ launched last month, the government is set to launch a mobile app which will suggest ayurvedic medicines for diabetic patients. The app will be meant for use by both practitioners of ayurveda as well patients. It will help in identifying the type of diabetes a patient is suffering from as well as recommend which ayurvedic medicines can be administered to a patient, says Manoj Nesari, Adviser to AYUSH Ministry. The app is based on a set of guidelines issued by AYUSH ministry last month called “Protocol for Prevention and Control of Diabetes through Ayurveda”. These guidelines are meant for treating diabetes through ayurveda. They will be sent to various state governments, which will further circulate them across various medical institutions. The protocol also includes a list of fruits and vegetables a diabetic patient should or should not eat. It also recommends an active lifestyle, physical exercise, yoga in order to avoid falling prey to diabetes. There is also an assessment tool which has been developed to help a diabetic person know if it is time to visit a doctor for a checkup. A national protocol for treating diabetes through ayurveda was unveiled last month on National Ayurveda Day observed on October 28.

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