HOW TO MANAGE DIABETES NATURALLY AND AVOID DAMAGING SIDE EFFECTS
Diabetes is a devastating diagnosis particularly for people who have a hard time managing their diets, activity level, etc. But for those who went right to the internet, homeopathic, naturopathic, or functional medicine resources, they found that Diabetes management can be relatively simple and effective. In fact, many people may reduce or completely eliminate their diabetes by making diet, exercise, lifestyle, supplement, and nutrition changes. While Diabetes can be a frightening diagnosis, it can also be managed with education and proper care taking the scare out of what would be an otherwise negative prognosis.
As of 2015, 30.3 million people in the United States, or 9.4 percent of the population, had Diabetes. More than 1 in 4 of them didn’t know they had the disease. Diabetes affects 1 in 4 people over the age of 65. About 90-95 percent of cases in adults are type 2 Diabetes. (NIH, 2017)
What is Diabetes for Those Who Don’t Know?
Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells. (NIH, 2017)
Types of Diabetes and Who Gets it
Type 1 Diabetes. If you have type 1 Diabetes, your body does not make insulin. Your immune system attacks and destroys the cells in your pancreas that make insulin. Type 1 Diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, although it can appear at any age. Type 2 Diabetes. If you have type 2 Diabetes, your body does not make or use insulin well. You can develop type 2 Diabetes at any age, even during childhood. However, this type of Diabetes occurs most often in middle-aged and older people. Type 2 is the most common type of Diabetes. Gestational diabetes. Gestational Diabetes develops in some women when they are pregnant. Most of the time, this type of Diabetes goes away after the baby is born. However, if you’ve had gestational Diabetes, you have a greater chance of developing type 2 Diabetes later in life. Sometimes Diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy is actually type 2 Diabetes. (NIH, 2017)
How is Diabetes Usually Treated Medically?
Depending on what type of Diabetes you have, blood sugar monitoring, insulin and oral medications may play a role in your treatment. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and participating in regular activity also are important factors in managing Diabetes.
People with type 1 Diabetes use insulin therapy. With type 2 Diabetes oral or injected medications are prescribed. Some Diabetes medications stimulate your pancreas to produce and release more insulin. Others inhibit the production and release of glucose from your liver, which means you need less insulin to transport sugar into your cells. Still others block the action of stomach or intestinal enzymes that break down carbohydrates or make your tissues more sensitive to insulin. Metformin (Glumetza, Fortamet, others) is generally the first medication prescribed for type 2 Diabetes. In some people who have type 1 Diabetes, a pancreas transplant is an option. (Mayo Clinic, 2010)
What Can I do to Prevent Diabetes?
Healthy lifestyle choices can help you bring your blood sugar level back to normal or at least keep it from rising toward the levels seen in type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight through exercise and healthy eating can help. Exercising at least 150 minutes a week and losing about 7% of your body weight may prevent or delay type 2 Diabetes. (Mayo Clinic, 2010)
Cut sugar and refined carbs from your diet. Work out regularly. Choose physical activity that you enjoy, can engage in regularly and feel you can stick with long-term. Drink water as your primary beverage. Eight, eight-ounce glasses per day is recommended but you may need more depending on your size, the weather, etc. Lose weight if you are overweight. Quit smoking. Follow a very low carb diet. Watch portion sizes. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Make sure your diet is high in fiber. Take Vitamin D and other herbal and dietary supplements as recommended by your Functional Medicine practitioner. Minimalize processed food intake. Drink coffee or tea in addition to your water intake. (Spritzler, 2017)
How Can I Manage Diabetes Naturally if I am Diagnosed?
Functional Medicine can help patients control or reduce the symptoms and effects of Diabetes naturally. Natural management of diabetes is possible with the help of your Functional Medicine practitioner.
Functional Medicine is a relationship between a patient and their physician looking at more than just the symptoms of a given disorder, discovering the core reasoning for the condition and, what can be done to reduce or alleviate symptoms. This could be through testing to check for other related disorders. Blood and other tests, medical history, review of lifestyle, environmental factors and diet both historically and currently are reviewed before a treatment plan is devised. A discussion of what the patient has experienced or has gone through and how it is affecting their life is discussed. Then, the patient and the doctor develop a treatment plan to possibly include not only therapy but supplementation, diet, and lifestyle changes. This treatment would be in conjunction with any medical treatments the patient is receiving particularly if they are on prescription medications as diet changes may cause fluctuations in blood sugar and medication reduction or elimination may be required as treatment progresses.
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