Diabetes is a disease of the endocrine or hormone system of the body in which the body does not produce enough insulin, has a decreased sensitivity to the effects of insulin, or a combination of both. Insulin is a hormone that allows sugar to enter cells in which the sugar is then converted into energy. With uncontrolled or untreated diabetes, sugar stays in the blood, building up to high levels which can eventually lead to permanent vital tissue and organ damage.
Diet Management for Diabetes
Not only is it important for maintenance of general health to choose, eat, and prepare healthy foods, it becomes even more important in the treatment and management of diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not assimilate food properly, specifically carbohydrates. The goal of treating diabetes is to control blood sugar levels and diet is the major foundation of this. Frequently patients go to the doctor and are told they need to eat healthier, but they are not told how to do so. Modifying your diet can have a significant positive impact on the treatment of diabetes.
The doctors at Human Reconstruction are trained in clinical nutrition and can provide you with detailed guidelines on what you need to be eating to treat the diabetes and what you need to be avoiding to avoid progression of the disease and possible serious complications including blindness or amputation of a limb. Using diet modification is a major tool for treatment of diabetes and by strictly following the guidelines provided by the doctors, our patients have been able to decrease or sometimes even discontinue certain diabetic medications. Individuals should never attempt to modify the use of their prescription diabetic drugs without first consulting with a doctor.
The major cause of Type II diabetes is being overweight or obese. Today that describes 2/3 of Americans. Weight loss aids in the treatment of diabetes and helps prevent heart disease, a major complication of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association reports that even losing 10-15 lbs can decrease blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. We help you to take action and make positive lifestyle changes and decrease your risk for the complications associated with having diabetes with our extensive Human Reconstruction Program, where people regularly lose 10 to 15 pounds in a month working out with Dr. Ryan Weitman.
Blood Sugar Control
Diet is not the only way to help control blood sugar. There are specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are shown to help increase insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar. Our doctors will make expert recommendations based on your health history and current medications.
Constant stress can increase levels of stress hormones, which result in higher blood sugar levels, and cause weight gain and may result in diabetes. At Human Reconstruction, there are many various methods of keeping stress at bay in order to feel better including meditation, medical exercise, hypnotherapy, herbal medicine, supplementation, high magnesium IVs and hormonal interventions.