According to IDF, 88 million people in the Southeast Asia region are diabetic; of this 77 million belong to India. Diabetics should avoid having anything that is cold like rice, and curd at night: Dr Pooja Sabharwal. To treat diabetes, Ayurveda used 4 simple steps: Detoxification, repair and restore and maintenance. According to a paper published in the Lancet-Diabetes and Endocrinology, only 7·7 per cent of individuals with diabetes in India achieved combined ABC targets (A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol). The results of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-India Diabetes (INDIAB) study is a cross-sectional, population-based survey conducted in 30 states and Union Territories of India. India is the world capital when it comes to diabetes. The incidence of the disease has seen a steady rise. In 2020, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 463 million people have diabetes in the world and 88 million people in the Southeast Asia region. Of this 88 million people, 77 million belong to India. However, Ayurveda has simple tricks up its sleeve that can help diabetics manage their sugar levels. Dr Pooja Sabharwal of Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan in the capital told News9 that Ayurveda plays an important role in management of type 1 diabetes. "Not only does Ayurveda help to regulate blood sugar, there is a cure and treatment when it comes to chronic infections as well. There are several drugs like Chandraprabha vati, Manjisthadi kwath and Praval bhasama to name a few that work wonders to bring down the sugar levels effectively," Dr Sabharwal said. She also said that it is not just diabetes but in pre-diabetic people as well, Ayurveda plays a role. "With improvement in food and lifestyle changes, such people have managed to stablise their blood sugar levels lifelong," Dr Sabharwal explained. In type 2 diabetes, Ayurveda suppresses the disease symptoms by using medications and improvement in diet. This is done by following four simple steps: Detoxification: To improve metabolism and remove any blockages through a special anti-clog detoxifying treatments like Panchkarama therapy. Repairing: Rejuvenation process with Rasayana herbs improves and strengthens the pancreas functions by the cells and tissues. Restore: This ultimately restores the normal functions of organ. For instance, Murraya koenigii (curry leaves) and Ocinum tenuiforum (tulsi) are used for better body functions. Maintenance: Herbal formula and diet plan are recommended to control blood sugar level naturally throughout our life. "The patient is put these steps so that the medication and the diet we prescribe will work. Of course, each case is different and there is no one-size-fit-all. We also have to understand why he/she got diabetes in the first. We have to understand the lifestyle the person leads to give a plan that will suit and is sustainable. In most cases, diabetics are unable to follow the diet long-term. Hence, the plan should should be easy to follow," Dr Sabharwal opined. With improvement in food and lifestyle changes, pre-diabetics have managed to stablise their sugar levels lifelong What to avoid? It is important that diabetics don't eat meals after 8 pm. "They should also avoid having anything that is cold like rice, and curd at night. Instead of eating three large meals, they must eat small but frequent meals – every two hours. A little walk after every meal will help in sugar control. Stress is a known devil for diabetics, it increases sugar levels; avoid it as much as possible," Dr Sabharwal said. What to eat Instead of eating potatoes, junk food, fried foods, mango, banana and chiku eat papaya, apples and kiwi. "Diabetics must stay away from sweet fruits. They must eat high protein and fibre-rich diet," Dr Sabharwal said in conclusion..