Diabetes & Prediabetes
Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. Normally, the insulin hormone moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy – but with diabetes, the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or it can’t effectively utilize the insulin it produces.
Types Of Diabetes
There are a few different types of diabetes, with each type of diabetes featuring unique symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks and destroys pancreatic cells that produce insulin. About 10% of people with diabetes have this type.
Type 2 diabetes happens when the body becomes resistant to the insulin hormone, resulting in both insulin and sugar building up in your blood.
Pre-diabetes occurs when you have developed insulin resistance and your blood sugar (measured as fasting blood sugar or HbA1C) is higher than normal but not yet high enough for an official type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Finally, gestational diabetes is characterized by high blood sugar during pregnancy.
Overall, diabetes symptoms are triggered by rising blood sugar levels.
The general symptoms of diabetes include:
- increased hunger
- increased thirst
- weight loss (Type 1 Diabetes)
- weight gain (Type 2 Diabetes)
- frequent urination
- blurry vision
- extreme fatigue
- sores that don’t heal
- numbness or tingling of hands and feet
Beyond the general diabetes symptoms, men with diabetes may experience a decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction (ED), and oftentimes poor muscle strength.
For women with diabetes, urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and dry, itchy skin are common symptoms.
Causes of Diabetes
Each type of diabetes has its own root causes, and our team at VIDA Integrative Medicine specializes in identifying what’s going on, and crafting a customized game plan for you.
Genetics, lifestyle, chronic inflammation, and stealth infections are among the causes of the autoimmune type 1 diabetes – causing the immune system to attack and destroy insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.
On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is more commonly due to lifestyle factors. Being overweight or obese increases your risk and carrying extra belly fat can make your cells more resistant to the effects of insulin. Frequently, type 2 diabetes runs in families, but it is not always because of genetics. Type 2 diabetes can also be attributed to lifestyle choices such as inactivity or overconsumption of poor-quality, processed high-carbohydrate foods.
The Link Between Diet and Diabetes
A nutritious and nutrient-dense diet, along with regular exercise, is the primary approach we use to address diabetes. In many cases, these lifestyle adjustments may be enough to control the disease without prescription drugs.
For all types of diabetes, the foods you eat influence your blood sugar levels – starchy or sugary foods (with a high glycemic index) cause your blood sugar levels to peak quickly, whereas protein and fat cause more gradual increases.
If you’re suspecting your symptoms might be related to diabetes, you should get an FBS (fasting blood sugar) and an A1C blood test. The FBS test measures your blood sugar after you’ve fasted for eight hours, while the A1C test provides a snapshot of your blood sugar levels over the previous three months.
How We Can Help
As your VIDA Integrative Medicine care team, we may recommend for you to limit the amount of processed sugars and simple carbohydrates you eat each day, along with enhancing your complex carb (fiber) intake. Often simply consuming the right types of foods will assist with weight loss as well as better control over your blood sugar.
We typically employ a mix of strategies, including monitoring carb intake, intermittent fasting, or possibly a keto-diet. We emphasize healthy foods such as vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts. We will do a nutritional assessment to identify vitamin and mineral deficiencies, metabolic pathway abnormalities and heavy metal exposures that impact your metabolism.
We will guide you through creating your own meal plans or refer you to a specially trained dietician to create meal plans for you, so you are getting the appropriate balance between proteins, fats, and carbs… which will help you control your blood sugar!
The earlier you get diagnosed with pre-diabetes, insulin resistance, or diabetes, the sooner you can start addressing it. Feel free to schedule a complimentary phone consultation to see what the best next steps are for you.
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