What is Diabetes?

Can Natural Remedies help with Diabetes?

Diabetes and Naturopathy

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. If diabetes is left untreated, it could lead to complications, including vision loss, heart disease and even limb amputation.

Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body cannot control its blood glucose levels due to a deficit of insulin or insulin resistance; this results in elevated blood glucose levels.

Diabetes and Naturopathy

About diabetes

According to the World Health Organization:

  • Diabetes is found in every population globally and all regions, including rural parts of low and middle-income countries. 
  • WHO (World Health Organization) estimated 422 million adults with diabetes worldwide in 2014. In addition, between 2000 and 2016, there was a 5% increase in premature mortality from diabetes.
  • Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
  • A healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy body weight and avoiding tobacco use are ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
  • Diabetes can be treated and its consequences avoided or delayed with diet, physical activity, medication and regular screening and treatment for complications.

Types of diabetes: 

  • Gestational diabetes occurs if a woman develops diabetes during her pregnancy.
  • Type 1 diabetes is caused by an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks the cells in the pancreas, which means it cannot make any insulin. Type 1 affects 8% of everyone with diabetes.
  • Type 2 diabetes is caused by lifestyle choices and occurs in 90% of people with diabetes, including children. As a result, the body cannot make enough insulin, or the insulin it makes doesn’t work properly.
  • Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than average but not still high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. Without lifestyle changes, most people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes. 
Diabetes and Naturopathy

Diagnosis of Diabetes

Blood tests are needed to check diabetes. Results of either fasting blood glucose level of 7.0mmol/l or higher, random blood glucose level of 11.1mmol/l or higher with typical symptoms of diabetes. HBA1c of 6.5 % (48 mmol/mol) or higher.

 

Diabetes & Naturopathy

01.

Naturopathic Consultation

The Naturopathic consultation includes specific recommendations of Nutrition, Herbal Medicines and Bach Flowers Remedies to support your wellbeing, help you manage the symptoms and balance your blood sugar levels.

02.

Lifestyle advice

We explore and address the environmental and lifestyle factors that play significant roles in diabetes during naturopathic treatment. Instructing clients about healthy lifestyle changes around diet and exercise is essential to support all types of diabetes.

03.

Nutrition

You can feel better prepared to handle the day's challenges with proper nutrition.

04.

Safety

Naturopathic treatments are safe, responsible, and doable for diabetes. Clients can lose weight, achieve significant energy, and decrease their glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels. By controlling blood sugar levels early, you can prevent the many complications of diabetes.

A naturopathic treatment approach for diabetes includes:

  • Review of food diary and blood sugar. 
  • Dietary guidance for balancing blood sugar throughout the day.
  • A thorough review of other systems impacted by diabetes, including the heart, kidney, liver, and brain.
  • Lifestyle strategies.
  • Preventative strategies to avoid condition worsening.
  • Herbal remedies and nutritional supplements support nutrient deficiencies and blood sugar management.
  • Following the initial appointment, you will receive a personalised treatment plan with the highest priority areas to address and which approaches are likely to be most effective. 

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