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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 806-811

Diabetes management and the buddhist philosophy: Toward holistic care


1 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India
2 Department of Endocrinology, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
3 Department of Endocrinology, Ivy Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
4 President, Myanmar Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Yangon, Myanmar
5 Department of Psychiatry, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, Punjab, India
6 Department of Medicine, University of Medicine 2, Yangon, Myanmar
7 Department of Diabetes Care, Kossamak Hospital, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
8 Department of Diabetes Care, Hope Worldwide Medical Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
9 Department of Medicine, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
10 Department of Endocrinology, Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila, Colombo, Sri Lanka
11 Department of Endocrinology, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka
12 Department of Endocrinology, Life Fourways Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
13 Department of Obstetrics, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjay Kalra
Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijem.IJEM_285_17

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Buddhist philosophy is a way of life that transcends the borders of religion and focuses on the alleviation of suffering. The core teaching of Buddha was the Four Noble Truths: there is suffering, suffering is caused by clinging and ignorance, there is a way out of suffering and that way is the Noble Eightfold Path. The medical analogy in diabetes care would include identification of diabetes, understanding its etiopathogenesis, and how prognosis can be improved with appropriate care and management of this chronic disorder. Gaining awareness about the cause of illness and conducting our lives in a manner that nourishes and maintains long-term good health leads to improved outcomes for individuals living with diabetes and improve their overall well-being. The Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism constitutes of right view, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. These elements of the Eightfold Path can be taken as guiding principles in diabetes care. Buddhist meditation techniques, including mindfulness meditation-based strategies, have been used for stress reduction and management of chronic disorders such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety, hypertension, and diabetes. In this article, we focus on how Buddhist philosophy offers several suggestions, precepts, and practices that guide a diabetic individual toward holistic health.


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