With over 23 million Americans now diagnosed with diabetes, it’s no wonder that more and more prescription drugs for this condition are showing up on pharmacy shelves.
Unfortunately, they typically come with a boatload of side effects, which include upping your risk of suffering an amputation, genital infections, kidney disease or a frightening episode of hypoglycemia. At the Magaziner Center we treat diabetes holistically, as well as addressing any additional conditions that can accompany it, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetic neuropathy.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body is either unable to utilize insulin efficiently or produces abnormal amounts. There are three distinct categories: type 1, where little or no insulin is produced, type 2, which is most common, results from the body making excessive amounts of insulin but not being able to effectively utilize it, and gestational diabetes, which can occur during pregnancy.
What causes diabetes?
With type 1 diabetes, typically diagnosed in childhood, the cause is still unknown. Genetics, viruses and autoimmune diseases are thought to play a role.
The more common type 2 diabetes, although possibly influenced by genetics, is thought of as more of a “lifestyle” disease. Of course, that covers a lot of territory, including weight, diet, exercise habits, food additives and numerous other environmental factors.
Gestational diabetes can develop during pregnancy when the hormones produced by the placenta make a woman’s cells more resistant to insulin.
What are the symptoms?
Both types 1 and 2 can produce similar symptoms that include:
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Extreme hunger
- Unintended weight loss
- Yeast infections
Symptoms of gestational diabetes can mimic those of a normal pregnancy, such as fatigue, nausea, and frequent urination, along with abnormal thirst.
How they treat it
Typically, diabetes is treated with oral medications, insulin injections, diet modifications and exercise. Any diabetic taking insulin needs to monitor their blood-sugar levels regularly.
How we treat it
At the Magaziner Center for Wellness we utilize extensive and unique testing to get to the root of all contributing factors so we can treat them at the source. Many of our patients are put on a gluten-free, plant-based diet, along with appropriate exercise and stress-reduction programs. We also use nutriceuticals, herbal and nutritional supplements to help combat glucose intolerance. For patients suffering from diabetic neuropathy we frequently use hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and for those with cardiovascular disease, chelation therapy is often a recommended treatment.