DIABETES TREATMENT CAN SEEM COMPLICATED & HOPELESS
Most people are familiar with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. In addition to these two types, you may be surprised to learn there are three lesser-known forms of diabetes that receive little attention or treatment. This could be why your blood sugar is all over the place despite the fact you’ve changed your diet and are taking regular medication.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where your body’s own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. This results in a complete deficiency of the hormone insulin. This deficiency of insulin is why Type 1 is called “insulin-dependent”—because more often than not, Type 1 diabetics must give themselves supplemental insulin.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is non-autoimmune and by far the more common form of the disease. It affects 90 to 95 percent of diabetics, is completely preventable, and can be reversed in most cases. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body is producing some insulin but is unable to recognize insulin and use it properly. This is an advanced stage of insulin resistance and renders your body unable to use carbohydrates effectively. Therefore, sugar can’t get into your cells and instead builds up in your blood, causing a variety of problems. This is why diabetics have elevated blood sugar levels.
Pre-Diabetes is often characterized by an elevated blood glucose reading – in the 100 – 125 mg/dl range. Or they have an HbA1c between 5.7 and 6.4 mg/dl. The solution most doctors give is a prescription for Metformin and a low carbohydrate diet. Most doctors do not look for the underlying root cause for why the body is not utilizing carbohydrates properly. If Pre-Diabetes and its root cause are not addressed, the condition will eventually develop into full-blown Type 2 diabetes.
Type 1.5 Diabetes
Have you ever heard your doctor mention this? Probably not. Type 1.5 Diabetes means a person suffers from a combination of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. This form has both autoimmune and insulin resistant factors. People who have this form of diabetes find it hard to manage their condition despite injecting insulin daily. This is due to the fact the body attacks the insulin (the autoimmune component) and the insulin never makes it to the cell to do its job (the non-autoimmune component). Without a proper diagnosis and a holistic, full-body approach that addresses the root cause, patients with this form of diabetes will be unable to manage their diabetes, let alone improve it.
Type 3 Diabetes
Did you know people with diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s is no longer believed to be a complication of diabetes, but rather, diabetes and Alzheimer’s appear to develop from a shared pathway that disrupts the immune system and leads to inflammation throughout the cells of brain and body. More and more research is pointing to the fact that Alzheimer’s is a condition of imbalanced blood sugar and this relationship is often time referred to as Type 3 diabetes.
We’ve Got This!
The first step in winning the diabetes battle is understanding the relationship between blood sugar and chronic cellular inflammation. Whether you are experiencing high blood sugar, spikes, or low blood sugar, inflammation is involved. One aspect of your recovery involves down regulating the inflammatory process that’s raging throughout your body.
So what’s behind chronic cellular inflammation? There are many factors that can trigger your body into an inflamed state. They range from various forms of stress that can be chronic or acute, the standard American diet, nutrient deficiencies, toxins, hidden infections, and a damaged gut microbiome.
With our process and evidenced-based approach, we use non-typical lab testing and other forms of testing to find and address the ‘root cause’ of your symptoms as opposed to the traditional western medicine approach where doctors merely focus on symptoms and give you a drug as a catch-all solution.
Education is a big part of your experience with us. We believe knowledge is power, and the better armed you are with the correct tools to transform your health, the easier and more long lasting your results will be. With our step-by-step coaching and lifestyle training, you will learn exactly what you should be doing and not doing. We take the guess work out and make nutrition easy!
I Did It!
“My health and life have been transformed. I lost 40 pounds so far working with Dr. Thompson. My morning blood glucose readings used to be around 200 on medication. They are now between 80-85, and I am totally off insulin. I am also off cholesterol and high blood pressure medications. I have more energy than I have had in years!”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the most common signs of Diabetes?
You may be surprised to learn that diabetes can exist without overt obesity. However, it is commonly accompanied by abdominal obesity, often referred to as the ‘donut ring’ around the waist. This relationship is not only physically obvious but also reveals itself in lab results such as:
- Dyslipidemia – low HDL, high LDL and high triglycerides
- High blood sugar – fasting glucose above 100 mg/dL, HbA1c above 5.6
- Systemic Inflammation
- High Blood Pressure
Many people know something is not right without lab results when experiencing symptoms such as:
- Sugar cravings
- Sugar cravings that aren’t relieved by eating sweets
- Fatigue after meals
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst and appetite
- Difficulty losing weight
How do I know if I’m pre-diabetic or diabetic?
You could be experiencing pre-diabetes or diabetes if you experience unusual weight gain, excessive thirst, blurred vision, frequent infections, and extreme hunger even after eating. You may also experience irritability, blood sugar handling issues, chronic fatigue, low or high blood pressure and numbness and tingling in hands and feet. Pre-diabetes is characterized by a fasting A1c of 5.7 to 6.4, whereas as Type 2 Diabetes is a A1c of 6.4 or more
Why is taking medication NOT a long-term solution?
What most diabetics don’t know is that even though they are taking a medication, the medication will not protect them from suffering the collateral damage that comes along with a diabetes diagnosis.
Diabetics will still suffer many of the following complications even while taking medication:
- 68% develop Heart Disease
- 50% of all new cases of blindness occur in diabetics on medication
- 60% of all amputations occur in diabetics on medication
- 70% develop neuropathy
- 30% develop diabetic retinopathy
- 50% develop thyroid problems
- On Average diabetes reduces YOUR life by 8.5 years
What makes diabetes such a serious disease is the long-term internal damage diabetes exacts on the entire body.
Your body is an amazing organism that was designed to heal itself and maintain health. You do not have to live with chronic and debilitating conditions of the mind and body. We have the answers.
Our initial comprehensive assessment lays the groundwork for healing and allows our team to support you on your health journey.
Customized testing and appropriate lab work, detailed case history, personal background and more allows us to understand you and help to identify the root causes of your health challenges.
Through one-on-one meetings, you’ll receive full reports of our findings. These will help you understand what is causing your health crisis and hows to begin healing.
By improving mindset, muscle testing, nutrition, drainage, detox, and other modalities, we consistently monitor and assist you through your protocols and care plan.