Diabetes is one of the most prevalent and deadly conditions we face as a society and yet it is also one of the most preventable
The Standard American Diet (SAD) focuses on simple carbohydrates that break down into an excess of glucose that our bodies can’t use and so you store fat, instead of burning it. This excess glucose damages our organs and is stored as fat around our bellies and hips. These extra fat cells produce a hormone cascade that increases our insulin resistance and damages our ability to process sugar. I will work with you to eliminate simple carbohydrates from your diet to reverse this fat storage process. By building a healthy and comfortable meal plan, I can help you reduce your weight and normalize your blood sugar, thus targeting your type II diabetes and improving your overall health and well-being.
Exercise increases your metabolic burn rate, optimizes your blood sugars and uses up your extra fat stores. It is a vital part of improving your cardiovascular health and blood sugar management.
I will customize a program appropriate for your level of fitness and help you set achievable goals.
While we incorporate all the factors necessary to improve your blood sugars and blood values it will be necessary to reduce your medications that you are currently taking because the need for these medications will diminish as you continue through our program. Ultimately, we would like to see you completely medication free!
Every aspect of our life has an effect on our wellbeing and health. For example, chronic stress and fatigue can be a significant factor in your diabetes and cardiovascular disease and can impair your ability to manage it.
What is Type II Diabetes?
Ninety percent of people with diabetes have type II diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin in the setting of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that the body does not effectively respond to and use the insulin that’s produced. This dysfunction means that excess sugar ends up circulating through the body. There are many diabetics that have no symptoms at all, come in and we will check you for diabetes.
Symptoms of Diabetes:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease and failure
- Eye disease and blindness
- Loss of libido and erectile difficulties
- Nerve damage
- Risk Factors
Your risk of type II diabetes increases after age 40, after which you should begin to be screened for it annually. Your risk increases if you:
- Are a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, or African descent)
- Carry excess weight, particularly around your abdomen and middle
- Have a first-degree relative who is diabetic
- Have a prior diagnosis of gestational diabetes
- Suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increased levels of other blood fats or impaired glucose tolerance
- Have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, acanthosis nigricans or schizophrenia
Signs and Symptoms
- Unusual thirst
- Frequent urination
- Dramatic weight gain or loss
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Frequent or recurring infections
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- Erectile difficulties