Diabetes is a complex condition because it can impact all systems of the body. Diabetes occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high.
Think of insulin as the key and your cells, which need sugar for energy, as a lock. In order for the sugar to get into the cells appropriately, they need the assistance of an insulin key. If there are not enough ‘keys’ or the ‘keys’ aren’t working well, the blood sugars will elevate which is very dangerous.
Types of Diabetes:
Type 1 Diabetes:
Autoimmune disease (pancreas, the organ which produces insulin, gets attacked by the body leading to an inability to make it’s own and thus relying on insulin injections)
Type 2 Diabetes:
The body isn’t producing enough insulin or your body becomes resistant to the insulin (needing more and more to do the same job it was once able to do).
This is a major warning sign. Your blood sugars are elevated but not technically high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. This is when you need to get serious about turning your health around to avoid becoming diabetic.
This is when a pregnant woman develops high blood sugars only during her pregnancy. This is caused by insulin-blocking hormones produced by the placenta. Both the mother and baby will have higher chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes later in life if the mother had gestation diabetes when pregnant. Gestational diabetes usually goes away shortly after delivery.
Symptoms of Diabetes:
- Frequent Urination
- Excess thirst
- Feeling Hungry
- Exhaustion or feeling fatigued
- Visual disturbances, blurred vision
- Wounds that do not heal properly, take a long time to heal
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- Mood changes, irritability
- Unintentional weight loss
Getting a clear picture of what is going on metabolically is a huge ally in working towards finding the best approach to healing. Diabetes is a complex condition, it is more than just the hemoglobin A1C and your morning fasting glucose.
Big Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes:
- Being overweight, especially if the bulk of your excess weight is in your abdomen (also called visceral fat)
- If it runs in the family
- High blood pressure and high triglyceride levels
- Standard American diet
- Physical inactivity
- Heart Disease
- Increased alcohol consumption
- If you’re a smoker
Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes require different treatment methods. Type 1 diabetes is a condition that will require insulin injections to manage the disease.
It is now known that Type 2 Diabetes, and Prediabetes, can be reversed through diet and lifestyle modification.
How working with us is different:
At Balanced Healing we consider many tests to help you effectively put this picture together so that you know your health status and where to begin. We don’t simply review standard labs and call it a day (we call that lazy medicine!) Functional testing includes nutrient panel tests, organic acid test, and other additional testing to identify any stealth pathogens (if necessary). We always take the deeper approach because to allow for healing to occur.
It is possible to regain your health and reverse PreDiabetes and Type 2 Diabetes and it’s empowering to do so. We can support you on this journey. Additionally, there are supportive measures we can take for Type 1 Diabetes as well.