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Why Lord Ganesha never suffered from diabetes despite a pot belly obesity

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Dr KK Aggarwal    04 November 2017

Lord Ganesha is always shown with a big tummy and sweets laddoos in one hand. Yet he never had diabetes. A spiritual interpretation to this can be that the big tummy symbolizes retention of all information gathered from listening with two big elephant ears. Sweets mean control of desires. There is a medical interpretation too where the big tummy represents susceptibility of Asian Indians to pot belly obesity and to metabolic syndrome. Abdominal obesity is one of the diagnostic criteria for metabolic syndrome. The sweets denote uncontrolled desire to eat sweets which can be controlled by the offerings fruits and leaves to Ganesha through their antidiabetic properties. Gajananam Bhoota Ganadi Sevitam Kapittha Jambu phalasara bhakshitam Umasutam Shoka Vinasha karanam Namami Vighneswara pada pankajam . Oh Elephant faced worshiped by the existing beings of all living beings tasting the elephant apple kaith and jambolana jamun the Son of Uma destroyer of grief I bow to the lotus feet of Ganesha who is lord of all This main Ganesha mantra can also be interpreted as explaining the antidiabetes properties of the various offerings to Ganesha. Gajananam the big tummy one worshipped by all Bhoota Durva grass and Bilva patra Ganadi in equal quantity Sevitam if consumed Kapittha Kaith Jambu Jamun phalasara fruits bhakshitam to be consumed Umasutam son of Uma Shoka diseases Vinasha karanam get rid of Namami I bow to Vighneswara destroyer of grief pada pankajam feet of lord The mantra talks about four medicinal herbs Durva grass and Bilva patra elephant apple fruit Kaith and Jamun. Durva grass has antidiabetic cholesterol lowering immunomodulatory and anti inflammatory activities. Bilva Patra bel leaves and Elephant apple Kaitha also have antidiabetic properties. Jamun is an antidiabetic antioxidant and DNA protective and is an essential ingredient of most antidiabetic Ayurveda preparations. Disclaimer The views and interpretations expressed in this write up are my own based on listening to many Ayurveda experts.

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