Getting to the Source of Diabetes

While over 30 million people in the US are currently diagnosed with diabetes, another staggering 84 million are estimated to be living a pre-diabetic life without knowing!

(Statistics:https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/diabetes-statistics)

Diabetes is less of an imbalance of blood sugar than it is a complex, cellular issue. The cells in question become unable to receive and absorb the glucose (sugar) that is delivered by the bloodstream, eventually causing a buildup of unwanted glucose. This buildup causes blood vessel and nerve damage, which over time can lead to serious complications, such as heart attacks and renal diseases.The key to preventing this glucose buildup is the hormone insulin. Insulin allows the blocked cells to unlock and receive the excess glucose that otherwise would be causing dysfunction throughout the bloodstream. Without insulin, the cells cannot process the glucose, therefore most modern medical approaches require patients to inject or ingest insulin While this system is effective, it can take a significant toll on the organs involved and overall health.

There is something you can do, but you must start now!

As diabetes is without a doubt becoming more and more of an issue in today’s society, scientists and medical professionals alike have attributed the upsurge in diagnoses to the unfortunate prevalence of poor lifestyle choices – things such diet, physical activity, and environmental factors.

This is where functional medicine comes in. Functional healthcare focuses on the individual as a whole and takes into account elements of their lifestyle that may contribute to their health issues. This means not just aiming to reverse the physical manifestations, but also getting to the source of the problem.

As every person’s experience with this illness will have contrasting underlying causes, it makes no sense to treat every patient with the same solution, often being mass-produced prescription drugs.

This is why we are so motivated to help our community understand and identify their health issues. We are aware that there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment when it comes to diabetes management, prevention, or reversal. 

As functional healthcare methods focus on helping the individual to cultivate unique lifestyle improvements as a means of reducing the risk and progression of a disease, there are plenty of steps that people can implement on their own.

One thing which Western medical practitioners and functional, holistic healthcare experts agree on is that NUTRITION is the cornerstone of diabetes management and prevention. Therefore, implementing dietary changes is a fundamental practice in the fight against diabetes.

Keep in mind though, as, with all dietary recommendations, moderation is key!

Try this delicious, diabetes-friendly recipe to kickstart your diabetes treatment plan:

 

Kale and Tomato Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz multigrain/whole wheat pasta
  • 8 oz kale (stems removed and leaves chopped and washed)
  • 2 red or green peppers (chopped)
  • 24 oz jar of reduced-sodium and reduced-fat tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup basil
  • ¼ cup feta cheese

Directions:

  • In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions (omit any salt given in instructions).
  • Add kale and sweet peppers for the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  • Drain well and return the mixture back to the pot.
  • Stir pasta sauce and snipped basil into pasta and vegetables. Heat through.
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese. Garnish with basil leaves, if desired.

Bon appetit!
(Source: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com)

 

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