Diabetes mellitus is a term used to describe a group of disorders that revolve around increased levels of blood sugar (glucose) and insulin. Glucose is your body’s principle source of energy. Insulin is a hormone produced by beta cells in your pancreas. Insulin is required to transport glucose from the blood into the cells. When the glucose remains in your blood instead of it going into the cells, this causes a series of metabolic complications which is grouped together in a condition known as diabetes. In general, there is type 1 diabetes which was formally known as juvenile diabetes, and type 2 diabetes which is adult onset diabetes. We view type 1 diabetes as an autoimmune condition which may be helped by our autoimmune protocol, depending on the duration and severity of the type 1 diabetes. This webpage is mostly about type 2 or adult onset diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is most often related to lifestyle issues (mistakes you may not be aware you’re making) which are changeable and many times, with the appropriate treatment, this type of diabetes is reversible. Diabetes affects over 20,000,000 Americans and 200,000,000 people worldwide. Diabetes increases your risk of stroke, heart disease and cancer.
Diabetes should not be viewed as an all or nothing phenomenon. It is a progression of blood sugar dysregulation including hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), insulin resistance and full blown diabetes with its complications. Diabetes does not happen overnight. There were indications that you were beginning to have issues with blood sugar dysregulation long before your blood sugar went above the magic number of 125 or so and you were officially diagnosed with diabetes.
Below you will find some signs and symptoms relating to diabetic and pre-diabetic conditions. If you feel you are pre-diabetic please do not take the standard approach of waiting until you are “officially diabetic” so you can be placed on medication including insulin. Although our approach makes diabetes treatable, obviously, it is always better to begin treatment early when the condition is not as severe and there has been less damage to your body.
Signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia, insulin resistance and diabetes include:
• Difficulty losing weight and obesity
• Fatigue after meals • Craving for sweets (chocolate and coke)
• Belly fat
• Feeling foggy and irritable with too much time between meals
• Tiredness and fog that improves after you have something to eat
Have you been told that your triglycerides are high and your HDL is low?
Is your blood pressure going up?
Metabolic syndrome is a term used to describe high blood sugar insulin resistance, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These conditions are tied together and are pre- diabetic. There is a physiological reason that these conditions run together in a group. Did you have any of these symptoms before you were diagnosed with diabetes? Do you have any of them now and are you pre-diabetic and not aware of it? In addition to the complications such as heart disease and kidney issues listed above, blood sugar dysregulation can also cause female hormone issues such as polycystic ovarian disease (infertility, retaining fluid, obesity, tiredness, facial hair, loss of hair and irregular painful periods).
Some complications for men maybe low testosterone and obesity as well as issues with your fatty acid and energy metabolism. Diabetes can affect your circulatory system, your kidneys, your nervous system and your eyes. Yes, we need to get your blood sugar down into normal ranges, but this needs to be done by addressing why your blood sugar is so high in the first place. Your high blood sugar is a manifestation of the problem not the cause of the problem. If you’re insulin resistant, the insulin receptors in your body ignore the insulin, providing more insulin. The fact that your mother and father had diabetes may create a genetic predisposition but does not mean you will inevitably get diabetes and there is nothing that you can do about it.
Just as high blood sugar can affect multiple organ systems as we mentioned earlier (your heart, your eyes, your kidneys and nervous system) multiple systems are involved in regulating your blood sugar not just the pancreas. Your liver, adrenal glands and thyroid are also involved in blood sugar metabolism. These functions also need to be checked along with your blood sugar in order to get a complete picture as to why your glucose levels are out of control.
Our approach is to do a more complete analysis of not only your blood sugar but by using an understanding of all the biochemical processes, pathways and interactions of all organ systems including immune dysregulation to analyze why your body is expressing the dysfunction of higher blood sugars. By finding the biochemical glitch which expresses itself as higher blood sugars and which causes the complications with organs such as your heart, eyes and nervous system, we can develop a treatment plan which will address your individual situation.
This is done without the use of pharmaceuticals. In fact, our goal is to get you off as many medications as possible. This is done through the use of targeted supplements (vitamins, minerals and botanicals) and specific exercise recommendations to help with sugar and fat metabolism.
Our treatment plans are all evidence based and even though you should feel better once you’re engaged in the treatment plan, we monitor the specific laboratory findings which we have identified to be an issue in your particular case to ensure that you are truly moving in the correct direction. If you see the logic in this treatment approach and would like to find out more, call the office at (813) 935-4744 to schedule a consultation. Please be sure to bring any prior lab work or records that you have in order to save time and money.