Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
Type 2 diabetes is a complex, chronic disease which affects millions of Americans. In addition, diabetes rates continue to rise.
Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic lifestyle disease. It affects the body’s ability to balance blood sugar and typically results in high levels of sugar in the blood. This occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin, the hormone responsible for moving sugar from the blood into the cells. In addition, constant high levels of sugar in the blood increase your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease, and more. Above all, there are several factors which lead to the development of Type 2 Diabetes – the most obvious being dietary choices. However, each person is unique, and there are different underlying causes for each, many of which are often overlooked. In short, a comprehensive approach to diabetes treatment is essential.
Development of Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes can seem to run in families. Specific genes are indeed associated with the development of diabetes. However, keep in mind that carrying a gene that predisposes you to Type 2 Diabetes does not guarantee you will develop it. More importantly, lifestyle and dietary factors are the key contributors to the development of Type 2 Diabetes, and unlike genetics, are under our control.
Diet & Lifestyle Choices
Food choices that are high in simple sugars, as well as refined/processed foods, are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and increase blood sugar levels. As a result, this triggers our pancreas to pump out insulin, which is a hormone that signals sugar to leave our blood by entering our cells. Moreover, the higher your blood sugar is, the more insulin your body responds with. What’s more, over time, your body’s cells become resistant to insulin, which means your blood sugar will not go down in response to insulin. Therefore, your body must then produce more and more insulin to cause a decrease in your blood sugar. This results in the development of Diabetes Type 2.
A sedentary lifestyle which means you spend the majority of your day sitting is as detrimental to your health as smoking! Exercise helps us to utilize sugar and energy from the foods we eat and make our cells more sensitive to insulin.
Hormone Imbalances in Diabetes
We live in a world where feeling chronically stressed is common. What’s more, cortisol, your stress hormone, impacts the way your body regulates sugar. As a result of high stress, it can become difficult for your body to lower blood sugar levels and lose weight. For many people, proper stress management is a crucial component to preventing, treating, and reversing Diabetes.
Appetite is in part controlled by hormone ques, namely leptin, and ghrelin. Furthermore, these hormones are affected by several physical and mental-emotional factors, including lack of sleep. Most importantly, you can balance your body’s hunger and satiety signals through a number of lifestyle and dietary changes, which include hormone balancing, gut flora balancing, and getting enough sleep.
Other Factors in Diabetes
Glyphosphate, the main ingredient in pesticides like Round-Up, as well as other chemical exposures, can damage the pancreas’ beta cells. These are the cells that create insulin, which is the hormone that regulates blood sugar.
Some medications have side effects that affect blood sugar, increase your appetite, impair insulin production/sensitivity, or cause gain weight gain.
Research shows that imbalances in the intestinal flora, known as the microbiome, influence appetite, sugar cravings, mood, and stress levels. This is important as all of these factors impact aspects of Type 2 Diabetes. In short, a healthy digestive system is an essential and often neglected aspect of Type 2 Diabetes treatment and prevention.
There numerous contributors to inflammation in the body, including diet, metabolism byproducts, gut flora, and nutrient deficiencies. As a consequence, high levels of inflammatory chemicals prevent proper hormone, digestive, and metabolic functioning. As a result, this can result in impaired sugar metabolism, sleep, weight loss, and changes in mood.
Conventional Type 2 Diabetes Treatment
The conventional Type 2 Diabetes treatment focuses on medication management of blood sugar. What this means is that a person is prescribed various drugs in an attempt to lower blood sugar levels. However, if these medications are a standalone treatment, the underlying problem never gets fixed. Furthermore, it is not uncommon to experience the need for more and more medications, at higher dosages over time, increasing drug side effects. Common drug side effects include digestive upset, weight gain, and fatigue. Most importantly, you will not achieve an improvement in your condition unless you adopt targeted diet and lifestyle changes. In addition, digestive, hormonal, and metabolic imbalances play a role in diabetes, and it is essential to correct these as well.
At Onyx, our goal is to help you reverse your diabetes through lifestyle and diet changes. In addition, we include clinically studied herbal and nutritional supplements to stabilize your blood sugar, cholesterol, as well as help you achieve a healthy weight. Most importantly, we take an individualized approach to your care and customize your treatment to meet you where you currently are. However, in some cases, medications are needed to manage blood sugar at times. Fortunately, our Naturopathic Doctors can prescribe medications when needed. In short, we work with what your individual needs are to help you improve your health.
- Individualized Naturopathic Medical Care
- Comprehensive Laboratory Testing
- Diet & Nutritional Counseling
- Exercise & Lifestyle Counseling
- Professional Grade Supplements
- Medication Management