It was the perfect first date. But I waited too long, and then I got… hugged

This was Noah Ashby’s plight in the Netflix original movie When We First Met. Noah first met Avery at a Halloween party and almost instantly liked her. But he wasn’t in a hurry to express his feelings for her as he was savouring their friendship. While he waited, Avery got engaged to Ethan, and Noah ended up hurt, dejected and lost as he realised he had been ‘friendzoned’. This reel life scene between Noah and Avery is very much what most people go through at least once in their lifetime. These situations have existed for ages, but it is only now in the 21st century when life has become more complex, and relationships, more complicated and layered, that we are labelling it ‘friendzone’.

Friendzone, according to the Urban Dictionary, is that metaphorical arena people end up in when someone they are interested in only wants to be friends. The complexity of the situation is that it’s difficult being ‘just friends’ with the one who gives you sleepless nights, frequent goosebumps and sets your heart on fire. It leaves you in a dilemma whether to accept the truth and continue as friends or sever all ties and simply move on.

Little wonder then that some call it a ‘dark’ zone. Filled with suffering and anxiety, we become the hamster-running-on-a-wheel that never ceases to stop. Experts often label it a ‘negative space’ that makes relationships extremely difficult. “It all essentially boils down to a situation where two people are not necessarily looking for the same thing. Today, there is more visibility and freedom to choose partners and that has changed the way people date,” says Nisha Menzies Rao, an academic and adolescence counsellor.

Take the case of Priya Saha, a Bangalore-based nurse working in a private hospital who got friendzoned when she was studying medicine. “Unlike other girls, I was bold enough to ask a guy out. He showed all the care and affection but never really considered me his girlfriend. He told me, first let’s become good friends, get to know each other well and then we can be a couple—but that never happened. He kept me hanging.” Then there was Aditi C, a 16-year-old, who was quite infatuated with a senior from school, but never really told him so. They became very good friends after he passed out and they remain so till date.

Sometimes though, accepting the friendzoning can lead to awkward situations, especially when there’s a romantic involvement with a third party. Like in the case of Amit Dixit and Garima Prakash. Amit was deeply in love with Garima, but she made it very clear that she was betrothed to someone else and couldn’t reciprocate the same feelings for Amit. However, she wanted to remain friends with Amit and he obliged, only to be close to Garima. But, she put him in an awkward position every time her fiancé asked her out on a date and she insisted that Amit tag around.

So, what should you do when you find yourself stuck in the so-called friendzone? Should you react like Orlando in the Virginia Woolfe-sque manner and shower insults at womankind: Faithless, mutable, fickle, he called her; devil, adulteress, deceiver? Or as new-age author Belle Aurora says should you just walk away from what you want in order to find what you deserve? “The friendzoned people need to draw boundaries and become more self-aware. They need to be practical and assertive and stop pleasing the other person in the hope of a ‘yes’ one day. Spend some time apart, do things that are just for you, go out with friends, make new friends,” says Nisha. But, the most practical advice perhaps comes from American actress and singer, Emma Roberts. She says: “I think once you’re in the friendzone, I’m not sure how you get out. Well, actually, I do know how you get out. You act like the friend back. That’s how you get out.”

Besides, not all is really ‘negative’ in the friendzone. “It can be a moment of learning and growing,” says a mature Aditi. The experience is necessary to understand how to set boundaries, when to back off and how to move on, she says. No textbook or parental guidance can really prepare you for these life situations, even though Nisha says: “Parents should teach their children about rejections and facing hardships in life.”

Rejection always stings, no matter at what point in life. One can never be prepared enough for it. But, in the case of friendzoning, it is not just the person getting friendzoned that suffers. Often, the individual saying “no” endures the same pain, sometimes more than the one at the receiving end. After all, losing someone who is a good friend could be more difficult than losing the chance of having a relationship. Hence, it requires delicate handling and a lot of patience, understanding, and maturity. Then, it is not impossible between two mature individuals to accept the friendzoning, move on in their respective lives, yet stay connected. Sometimes that connection can be in the form of a physical presence and, at other times, as an emotional support.

Friendzone may be one of the most dreaded things in the dating world. To some, it may be the end of the world, while to others, a fresh beginning. All it requires then is a little change in perspective to bring down the walls of this proverbial zone. This shift can transform the discontent into contentment if one can cherish the friend one has found in the process.

*A few names have been changed


5 Home Remedies for Diabetes that really work


As diabetics we become used to spending large amounts of money on our daily dose of medicines to keep sugar levels in check. Unfortunately almost all allopathic medicines are geared only at temporary control of glucose levels and can have numerous side effects or complications resulting from long term usage.

As opposed to this, Ayurveda mentions certain herbs, fruits, plants which can help you control diabetes naturally. The additional benefit is that these remedies usually help in restoring balance to your system rather than treat symptomatically.

So let’s take a look at 5 remedies for diabetes that are easily available in your home.

1. Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

Amla is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, antioxidants and minerals like calcium, iron and phosphorus. Along with being a veritable powerhouse for your overall health, several studies have proven its effect on lowering sugar and cholesterol levels. It has also been shown to prevent the development of complications caused by long-term diabetes like nerve damage, heart dysfunction, eye trouble etc.
You can consume Amla as a fruit, dried pieces, pickle or as a juice.

2. Methi (Fenugreek) seeds

Methi seeds are high in fibre and other chemicals that slows down absorption of carbohydrates and sugar by the body. It is also said to reduce insulin resistance.
You can add methi seeds to your food when cooking. It can be used in preparation of vegetables, curries and pickles. You can also consume it by soaking 2 spoonfuls in water overnight and drinking the water and seeds the next morning on an empty stomach.

3. Karela (Bitter Gourd)

Karela contains an insulin-like compound polypeptide-p and a chemical substance charantin which has been confirmed to have a glucose lowering effect. It also contains a lectin (type of protein which specifically bind to certain sugars) that produces a hypoglycemic effect by acting on peripheral tissues and suppressing appetite.
Try to include Karela dishes regularly in your diet. You can also drink karela juice on an empty stomach 2 -3 times a week to get its benefit. Remove the seeds and extract juice using a juicer. Add some water and drink. Be careful to not use continuously for more than 4 weeks.

4. Jamun (Indian Blackberry)

The fruit as well as extract of bark, seeds and leaves has been proven to help with reducing glucose levels in the blood and urine. It also helps with improving pancreatic function..
Make sure to eat the fruit daily whenever it is in season. Jamun seed powder can be made by drying the seeds and grinding in the mixer. Ready-made jamun seed powder is also available in the market. Add a spoon of this powder to water and consume every morning.

5. Tulsi

Tulsi is famous for its health benefits. But it can also help specifically with diabetes. Tulsi leaves are packed with antioxidants and essential oils which help pancreatic beta cells to function properly and increase sensitivity to insulin. The antioxidants also help in combating oxidative stress which is an additional complication of diabetes.
Consume 3-5 leaves of the plants daily.

It is important to monitor your blood glucose levels and medicine intake while opting for these home remedies. You can also try Sugar Knocker, a unique blend of 11 herbs and minerals (like most of the above) specified in Ayurvedic texts as beneficial for diabetes control. It helps to control your sugar levels naturally without side effects and you can get the benefits of all these herbs without having to worry about about how much or how to consume them.

Reap the benefits of 11 herbs to curb DIABETES naturally with Sugar Knocker

Sugar Knocker is a combination of eleven herbal extracts and minerals that have been used for many years in traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. These herbs acts like insulin and helps in maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Sugar Knocker also regenerate Pancreas Beta Cells, with No SIDE EFFECTS


Order Sugar Knocker Now

Diabetic Wound Care: Dos and Don’ts

Diabetes Wound

Diabetes Mellitus is a metabolic disease which is characterized by high blood glucose which may be due to insufficient insulin production or when the body’s cells do not respond to insulin. There are two types of diabetes:

Type 1
In this type of diabetes, the body is unable to produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone which is needed by the body to get glucose from the bloodstream and also into the cells of the body.

Type 2
It is a chronic condition, wherein the body is unable to produce enough insulin and is not able to use the insulin properly.

Here are 5 Reasons that Lead to Foot Amputation in Diabetic

Generally any wound, cuts or blisters are taken normally. They are cured by medication. But in case of diabetes, even a small cut or scratch creates a serious situation. One should not ignore it and should be treated right way. Slow healing can lead to infection and in extreme case can lead to amputation. But now there are certain steps that need to be followed to avert the aggravating problem.

Do: Make a point to check your feet every day

Take care of your foot to check for any cuts, red spots, blisters, or swelling. This very important activity in case feet or legs has a loss of sensation due to diabetic neuropathy. It is a fact that 80 percent of amputations onset with foot ulcer. So make it a daily routine to check your feet before going to bed at night.

Don’t: Avert performing any type of bathroom surgery

In case you find some wound, consult an expert for this. There are various types of wounds. In some wounds removal of dead tissue is done. Avoid cut off dead skin yourself. This way one can easily help to avert damaging a blood vessel and worsen the problem.


Beware of cutting corns or lumps by yourself. Avoid using acid-based wart remover. You can use pumice stone to clean the area gently.

Do: Take a “load off”

If you have a wound on your foot or leg, stay off your feet. Your doctor may prescribe a contact cast to uniformly redistribute pressure throughout the leg. Other safe option comprises wearing a boot, removable cast-walker or healing sandal. If this is not followed, then it would lead to slow wound healing. Doctor’s advice is must.


Put on off-loading device, even if you want to just to go to another room. Further, remember to change your wounds dressings as it is crucial for wound care healing. If dressing is not changed affect the moisture balance and delay healing. Further understand the treatment plan from doctor.

Do: In case of stubborn wounds take advice from your doctor

Certain wounds are difficult to heal. If debridement, pressure off-loading and antibiotics are not helping, the alternative needs to be considered. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is generally used to treat decompression sickness from scuba diving, is helpful to increase oxygen supply in the blood, which further promotes wound healing. Skin substitutes are another option. They protect the wound and keep bacteria out. Now, skin substitutes can be temporary or permanent or else can be natural or synthetic Another option is maggot (fly larvae) therapy. By use of maggots there can be increase in supply of oxygen to the wound and enhances cellular growth.


Get an expert opinion of doctor about the ways to heal the wounds that is not healing.

Don’t: Overlook other factors that can help you heal faster

It is a challenge to deal with a wound. But there are other ways that you can take to speed the process. Take care of keeping your blood sugars within target range because high blood sugar level slows down the healing process. Eat a healthy diet which contains enough protein ,calories, vitamins and minerals, which also includes vitamin C and zinc, which are a key for would healing. Abstain smoking as it can weaken your immune system.

Treat the Root Cause instead of just Symptoms of Diabetes with Sugar Knocker

We do NOT challenge conventional medicine but provide supplements that help diabetics to manage their condition better with the use of natural and time-tested ingredients. The all natural Sugar Knocker works along with your prescribed drugs without any side effects and will become an excellent addition to your diabetes management regimen.

Sugar Knocker not only focuses on controlling sugar level but also starts working on a root cause of diabetes. In short it gives permanent solution by removing problem from root and not temporary by controlling sugar level.



21 Tips for Traveling with Diabetes

‘Travel’ the word makes us feel the adrenaline gushing, isn’t it? The thought of exploring places can be an exciting experience. Do I see a crease on your forehead? Worried about how the change in routine will affect your food intake?  The change in time zones can disturb diabetes management. So here we get a few easy to follow tricks to maintain diabetes and also enjoy your travel. So plan a little beforehand to enjoy without hindrance.

Before You Start Traveling

  1. A visit to the doctor is a must to make sure you are fit enough for the trip. Questions to ask your doctor
    1. What activities are you planning to be involved in? Trek/Diving/Swimming?
    2. Are you on insulin? If so, please check for the insulin intake variation with different time zones
    3. Prescription copy of medicines in case you need to purchase in unknown places.
    4. In case you need vaccines
    5. A letter stating yourself to be diabetic and why you need your medical supplies
  2. Keep a note of pharmacies and clinics in and around the locations you are to visit
  3. Wear a medical ID bracelet stating you have diabetes and if any other health conditions
  4. Keep travel insurance id handy in case you miss a flight or need medical assistance
  5. Order the flight meals as per your meal plan or make an alternative arrangement
  6. What to Pack?
    1. A carry bag with medical supplies. The medical supplies consisting of insulin, snacks and glucose tablets
    2. Take an extra month’s supply. Pack the medicines as they come in pharmacy bottles. You can even ask the pharmacist to attach extra labels to plastic bags.
    3. Pack healthy snacks like fruits, nuts and raw vegetables
  7. Security Check at Airport
    1. Get TSA notification card. The card will help you to go through the screening process with ease.
    2. Diabetics are allowed to carry 3.4 oz. liquid medicines, gel packs to keep the drug and juice cool
    3. The glucose monitor and insulin pump can get damaged while scanning through the x-ray machine. So you can ask for hand inspection of the devices.
  8. For extra information, you can check Traveler’s Health site

While Traveling

  1. Driving? Pack a cooler with healthy foods and enough bottles of water and fluids
  2. Make sure insulin and diabetes medicine are not stored in direct sunlight or in a hot car. Keep the medication in the cooler. Care to be taken, so insulin is not directly on the ice or a gel pack.
  3. Excessive heat can damage blood sugar monitor, insulin pump and other diabetes-related instruments. The instruments are not to be left in direct sunlight, hot car, pool or beach. The condition applies to the test strips as well.
    1. With little awareness, you can find healthy food options for yourself at the airport and restaurant as well
    2. Nuts, Fruits, yogurt,and sandwiches
    3. Chicken and Fish in Salads (avoid the dried fruit and croutons)
    4. Eggs and omelets
    5. Burgers with lettuce wrap in place of a bun
    6. Fajitas(avoid the tortillas and rice)
  4. Avoid sitting in the same posture for long. Get up and move around in the passageway if you are in plane or train. In case you are driving, take a break.
  5. Set the alarms for medicine intake if you are one of the forgetful types or traveling in different time zones.

On Arrival at the location

  1. Due to travel and time zone, your blood sugar might be out of target range initially. Don’t fret! Monitor in intervals, body should adjust in a few days. Treat the high and low sugar levels as per the instructions of your doctor
  2. While involving yourself in physically active sports, do check your blood sugar levels before and after the activity. Make suitable changes in food, insulin and activity as required
  3. Different cuisine can be quite tempting. Mind You! Don’t go for the buffets. Order from the menu to suit your healthy choices
  4. Don’t get carried away and overdo activity when the sun is in his prime. Carry suntan lotions/slippers/sunglasses/umbrellas to protect yourself
  5. As the temperature soars, there will be variation in insulin levels in the body. So you might need to test your insulin levels frequently and adjust with insulin dosage and food.
  6. While traveling to a different country, you might not find everything like you do at home. So to be on the safer side, learn the local language phrases for “I have diabetes” and “Direction to nearest pharmacy?”
  7. Have wet wipes handy when you are outdoors. You need to clean your hands before checking the blood sugar levels.

Make Memories

Traveling with Diabetes can be quite challenging but not impossible. Surely, we cannot let it tie us down to our homes, can we? Just plan ahead, relax and enjoy your vacation.

Let YOUR DIABETES MANAGEMENT Effort Give A FRUITFUL RESULT, Put Your Small Step Towards a Diabetic-Free Life just like Vasudevan Nayar!!!

Vasudevan Nayar from New Delhi, age 71, had a history of diabetes but had been controlling it for 20 years with allopathic pills. Then his sugar level was getting high and finally he was landed to insulin intake. Vasudevan also had to start giving himself insulin shots with high dosage. The frequent testing and insulin injections turned his world upside down.

One Day he came across “Sugar Knocker”. With help of Sugar Knocker by Following Diet, and Doing Physical Activities, he was able to normalize the blood sugar level.

Sugar Knocker played a important role in his success. He said,“I came across a wonderful ayurvedic product Sugar Knocker, I took it for 3 months and my sugar levels were normalized. It is a safe and good sugar lowering product one can depend on…”

Bring Results to Your Diabetes Management Efforts With Sugar Knocker, By Making Simple Changes in Your Life!!!