Diabetes Management and Natural Diabetes Treatments
Dr. Stacey Munro teaches diabetes diet management. The goal is not only to manage diabetes, but to reverse it. By emphasizing the right type of diet and exercise, high blood sugar levels and insulin are improved. Mainstream diabetes treatment primarily includes medication. Information about specific diet and lifestyle changes are limited. To control or reverse diabetes naturally requires a strict diet, regular exercise, and weight loss. Dr. Munro provides treatments for diabetes without using medications.
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Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease characterized by a loss of normal blood sugar regulation. As a result, blood sugar becomes abnormally high, a condition called “hyperglycemia”. High blood sugar damages the eyes and the kidneys. It causes slow wound healing and impairs the immune system. Diabetes is also a risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
“Insulin resistance” or “pre-diabetes” can develop years before type II diabetes is diagnosed. The first symptom may be episodes of “hypoglycemia” or low blood sugar, but there may be no symptoms at all. Dr. Munro diagnoses pre-diabetes by evaluating blood tests. Elevations in Hemoglobin A1c, fasting insulin, and the ratio of triglycerides to HDL indicate that diabetes is developing. One of the keys to diabetes management is to catch it early.
Diabetes Mellitis is categorized into three main types:
- Type I diabetes is caused by destruction of insulin producing cells in the pancreas. It is an autoimmune disease. Type I diabetes management requires the use of insulin. However, strict dietary control helps to keep blood sugar properly regulated.
- Type II diabetes (previously adult onset diabetes) is caused by a diet high in refined carbohydrates such as sugar, high fructose corn syrup found in soda, and processed foods. Obesity and family history are strong risk factors.
- Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnancy and usually resolves at the end of pregnancy. Babies are typically born large, which may cause birth complications. Having gestational diabetes increases risk of developing diabetes later.
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What Treatments for Diabetes are Available to Me?
Diabetes treatments that are available at Nature’s Helper Naturopathic Clinic include weight loss programs, dietary and lifestyle counseling, and natural supplements to improve blood sugar and to treat nutritional deficiencies which are common in diabetes.
Diabetes Diet Management
Weight loss is the most important component of type II diabetes management. Dietary and lifestyle changes are the foundation of diabetes control taught at our Suffield, Connecticut clinic. Natural treatments for diabetes, including supplements, may also help to reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Munro can teach you what you need to know about diabetes diet management.
Are diabetes treatments not working? We offer two weight loss programs that may help you.
My health changed dramatically since I started visiting Dr. Munro. I was taking cholesterol medicine for approximately a year and was beginning to think that I would never stop taking it. In fact, my doctor wanted me to increase the dosage and that is when I decided it was time to take action. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical about visiting a Naturopathic doctor, but I was “desperate to get off medicine”! Dr. Munro reviewed my blood work and noticed that I had elevated glucose levels also. She then set me in the right direction with some great meal plans and a few supplements. The result was that I stopped taking cholesterol medicine, lost some weight (which I needed to do), and most importantly, stopped a pre-diabetic condition that I was not even aware of! I am so grateful for all of her help!
– P.H. Tolland, CT
I want to thank you for all of your help bringing down my Hg1c level with diet changes and supplements. I dropped from a 5.9 increased risk of diabetes range to a normal 5.6 range. I am working hard to follow your plan of exercise, diet, and various supplements to build my low bone density up as well. Your warmth and kindness make the journey to good health a pleasure.
– L.B South Windsor, CT