The moment someone gets diagnosed with diabetes they instantly start to think of how they can manage it and they wonder if they can reverse it – is it too late? For years functional and alternative medicine approaches for curing diabetes has caused some people to rethink their tactics and what they thought were solutions to their treatment needs.
One of the main reasons people are eager to learn about and try functional medicine is to manage insulin and blood sugar levels. Following a functional medicine protocol also makes it easier for diabetic patients to establishing accountability in maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, lowering stress and increasing nutrients.
Why is the Insulin and Blood Sugar Balance So Important?
Insulin keeps sugar levels within a reasonable range in the blood. When you eat, your food is broken down into glucose which is how your body generates the majority of its energy supply. After the breakdown, the pancreas produces insulin to allow the glucose to reach the body tissue and balances the amounts of sugar in the liver and bloodstream.
If your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or is insulin resistant, your blood sugar level gets too high for the body to function correctly. High blood sugar can lead to an array of health issues that could make organs shut down and even decrease the functionality of your senses.
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional medicine is looking at your condition beneath the surface to attain an idea of how the state began and why you can’t naturally produce a healthy response to insulin, instead of treating symptoms one by one.
This method of medicine gives more attention to your diet and lifestyle, providing a unique health plan – something that you’d not encounter with your traditional physician. Traditional treatments use a “one-size-fits-all” method in which you are doing the same thing that other patients are doing and prescribed the same types of medicine – it’s an ineffective treatment of generalization. Each person is different and lives a different life, so why wouldn’t your healing treatment be unique to you?
Using a functional medicine approach could reduce the risk of type II diabetes and even reverse it. Traditional medicine treatments can cause stress, anxiety and frustration. Analyzing food sensitivities, physical activity choices and hormones all play a comprehensive role in how functional medicine works.
Consuming a proper diet is very important because how you eat has the most significant effect on your insulin and blood sugar levels. Are you eating enough? Do you eat foods high in carbohydrates? Are you carrying excess weight? These questions could help your doctor create an individualized plan to lead you to a healthier life.
Being active is important because you have to be sure you are doing activities that have the best advantage for your body to operate at its highest potential. When working with your provider to build your functional medicine treatment plan, consider workouts and activities that focus on burning calories and fat. The less body fat you have, the less insulin you will require. Something as simple as 30-minute walks could reduce your need for insulin substantially.
Another thing to consider when building your functional medicine plan is the types of nutrients and supplements you consume on a daily basis. Things such as Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Zinc, and Chromium are essentials to add to your list of daily intake. Not only are they easy to get at any store but they are natural.
Functional medicine is becoming the new alternative way to curing and reversing diabetes. Be sure to discuss this method of healing with your physician to build a customized plan just for you.
“This is a guest post from Dr. Jade Malay, D.C., the founder of Apex Physical Medicine who has practiced in the Dallas area since 1992. Her foundational specialty is chiropractic care – which includes neck, back and sciatica pain.”