Holistic Management for Diabetes in Fort Mill, SC

Holistic Diabetes Treatment

Do you suffer from symptoms of high glucose such as frequent urination, intense thirst, and unexplained weight loss?
Are you seeking a holistic management for your diabetes?
Are you sticking to your healthy diet and a regular exercise routine, but your lab work indicates your diabetes is still out of control?
Do you need to address your blood sugar disorder before it becomes full-blown diabetes?

If you’ve answered “yes!” to any of these questions, the Holistic Wellness Center of Charlotte’s diabetes experts can help you achieve optimal health.

These symptoms may indicate that you have either Type-1 or Type-2 diabetes. Although the symptoms of these two types of diabetes are similar, they do have some fundamental differences.

We focus on the holistic management of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as well as Type 1.5, and Type 3 diabetes incorporating functional medical techniques.

It is estimated that diabetes impacts over 25.8 million children and adults in the United States (approximately 8.3% of the population).

Diabetes refers to a group of complicated disorders that impact how the body utilizes blood glucose.

Sugar may have a bad reputation, but sugar is an important part of our core biological functions, including muscle, tissue, and brain function. But if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you have too much glucose–or sugar–in your blood.

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We offer a holistic approach to diabetes testing and treatment. Schedule a FREE qualification call.

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The Four Types of Diabetes

Most people only know of two types of diabetes, but there are actually four, and the treatment of each type varies greatly.

Diabetes Symptoms

No matter what type diabetes you have, insulin resistance of some kind is the major factor of concern, so you will likely experience some similar symptoms if your diabetes is out of control or not well managed.

Different people may experience different variations of these symptoms but any combination should be checked by a doctor as soon as possible:

  • Extreme Thirst/Frequent Thirst
  • Extreme hunger/frequent hunger
  • Excessive urination/frequent urination
  • Weight loss/weight gain (without trying)
  • Fatigue or lethargy, especially in the morning or after meals
  • Blurry vision
  • Wounds that heal slowly
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A Natural, Holistic Approach With Functional Medicine

Diet and genetic factors are major players in diabetes. If you have been working on regulating your diabetes without success, it may be time to readdress these two factors with a more discerning eye.

When we work a member with diabetes, we first addresses their diet, specifically to help with blood sugar control.

It is extremely important to follow a protocol that aligns with the Glycemic Load, which is different from the more commonly known Glycemic Index.

The GL is a more useful tool for regulating blood sugar because it evaluates how quickly food turns into glucose rather how much glucose is in the food. Some foods may be high in the glycemic index but lower in the glycemic load. This is because some foods will have more fiber, fat and proteins that negate sharp rises of blood glucose.

Exercise is another important tool in the treatment of diabetes—aerobic and weight-bearing exercises impact insulin levels in the blood stream differently.

One aspect of treatment of diabetes or reversing diabetes that is not usually addressed by most primary care physicians is food allergies.

People suffering with Type 1 or Type 1.5 diabetes are often allergic or sensitive to gluten or dairy. One thing we see over and over again is patients who insist they are not sensitive to gluten or dairy–the allergy is asymptotic–but their test results reveal a different story. There is usually widespread, inflammation and allergic response markers in the patient’s lab work. The patient will ask us, “But how did I not know of this? How come no one tested for it?” The reality is that many practitioners minimize the impact of food allergies on diabetes to the determent of the patient.

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We offer a holistic approach to diabetes testing and treatment. Schedule a FREE qualification call.

Specialized Testing

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At the Holistic Wellness Center, we evaluate the following types of laboratory tests for patients with diabetes:

  • Salivary Adrenal Testing – High cortisol levels raise blood sugar, especially when the body is under physical or emotional stress.
  • Cyrex Array 2 – This test assesses intestinal permeability, which can be a major player in autoimmune disorder-based diabetes.
  • Cyrex Array 4 – This test rules out a variety of food sensitivities, which can cause stress on the body, triggering high cortisol levels. Or, in the case of gluten and diary, food sensitivities can trigger immune reactions to the pancreatic cells.
  • Cyrex Array 6 – This test checks for antibodies associated with autoimmune related diabetes.
  • GI Analysis – Stool analysis are helpful in ruling out infections or parasites that can raise blood sugar through a connection to cortisol levels. GI infections will also exacerbate autoimmune related diabetes.

We aim to help you maintain blood sugar levels and to treat diabetes using a functional medicine approach.

Diet & Lifestyle Changes That Contribute to Diabetes Management & Diabetes Prevention

Improved metabolic health through physical activity is a great way to prevent diabetes or decrease the risk of serious complications.

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Leading a healthy lifestyle is also one of the best ways to manage diabetes and keep it under control. It is very important that you live an active lifestyle, even if you have diabetes, as this will contribute to better managing diabetes. The more active you are, the better your body will respond to insulin.

Physical activity can help improve muscle strength, promote weight loss, reduce blood glucose levels, increase energy levels, decrease stress levels and manage chronic stress, maintain normal cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure. It can also help prevent heart disease which happens to be another complication associated with diabetes.

Even simple activities like walking for 15 minutes daily can do wonders for your health—not only improving metabolic health but also helping in managing other conditions associated with type 2 diabetes such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

A healthy eating plan should also be a part of any weight loss program because it will provide steady blood sugar levels, provide the body with the nutrients it needs to function properly and promote overall wellness.

Eating healthy can also help prevent type 2 diabetes among those who are at diabetes risk. Nutritionists recommend choosing a diet that is rich in whole grains, lean meats, legumes, vegetables and fruits since they have low glycemic index which helps keep blood sugar stable throughout the day.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when starting a weight loss program is not being prepared—if you go to a fast food restaurant for lunch or grab something from your local grocery store, chances are whatever you get won't be good for you. It often takes guidance from specialists to get a diet established that works best for you in terms of managing diabetes and to improve blood sugar management.

Take Control of Your Diabetes!

We run regular talks to educate the public about our approach to diabetes care, blood sugar management, and the alternative medicine that complementary and alternative therapies use for quality diabetes care. You can learn more about our upcoming talks by checking out our events on our Facebook page. You may also watch on online version of the talk – simply email our Clinic Director, Katie, at [email protected] with your request!

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