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A Holistic Approach To Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body manages sugar. Either your body can't make enough insulin, or can't use the insulin it produces correctly. Insulin is a hormone that helps to control the amount of sugar in your blood and your body needs to maintain a balance of sugar in the blood to work correctly. Diabetes type 1 is a chronic condition, where the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to regulate sugars and type 2 diabetes is insulin-resistant diabetes, where in this case, the body produces insulin but has difficulty utilizing it to regulate sugars. Some people are considered prediabetic, which means they have not yet developed type 2 diabetes and do not have all the symptoms yet their glucose levels are above normal for a period of time.

If you have any type of diabetes -maybe you have been newly diagnosed or have been fighting it for a while - you can always turn to a natural approach. At Vitality Wellness, a holistic health care clinic langley, we will get into the root cause of your condition and tailor a plan to target that. We use technology, such as blood analysis and bio-communication to assess your condition at a cellular level.

What Are The Symptoms Of Diabetes?

There are symptoms that are common for both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Some of the symptoms might not alarm you, but if you are having them for a while or they seem unusual and unexpected we recommend getting checked by your physician. Take note of the following symptoms: peeing a lot, including at night, and feeling thirsty, hungry, and tired. Losing weight unexpectedly. Finding that wounds are slow to heal and get infected easily. If you are experiencing unusual and sudden stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting, that could indicate that you are at risk of type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can take longer to develop while type 1 can have a shorter onset.

There are some misconceptions about diabetes that should not be overlooked. For example, type 2 diabetes is occurring in adults only. That is not accurate as in the recent decade the number of adolescents and even children developing type 2 diabetes is on the rise. So there is an importance of encouraging healthy lifestyle habits from an early age. Another misconception is to associate diabetes with weight gain and obesity only. This is simply not since people with healthy body weight have been diagnosed with diabetes as well, even though the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is greater in those who are overweight and obese. At Vitality Wellness we lead and educate our clients working to develop healthy lifestyle changes and providing holistic treatments for diabetes.

How is Diabetes Treated?

Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin shots (or an insulin pump). Type 2 diabetes is managed normally by adopting a healthy lifestyle and monitoring blood sugar. Managing diabetes can be hard and requires sticking to your lifestyle changes. Sometimes people just can’t balance their blood sugars well enough. In this case, your doctor will prescribe you medications such as Metformin.

What Is A Holistic Approach To Diabetes?

Taking a holistic approach to diabetes and choosing the right practitioner to work with you can make a huge difference in the way you control diabetes and your quality of life. A holistic approach can be adopted with any type of diabetes. A holistic diabetes approach starts with a thorough assessment and continues with putting an individualized plan in place. The plan can include recommendations for nutrition, weight loss, exercise, and stress management. A holistic approach centers around lifestyle changes since it proved to be a very effective way to manage diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes. A key nutritional lifestyle change includes avoiding refined sugars and consuming low glycemic, complex carbohydrates and whole-food meals that contain high-quality proteins and essential fatty acids.

Ariel Jarvis, RHN, CEO, and Director at Vitality Wellness has worked with a lot of people that

suffer from both 1 and 2 diabetes. “I start with education and awareness then I take a

look at the diet” since what you eat impacts your cells and shows up in the cell analysis, which is done monthly. Ariel will guide you on following a low glycemic diet, rich with cruciferous and green vegetables and proteins, and make sure your plan is working for you.

An unbalanced lifestyle can throw off your glucose levels and lead to or worsen diabetes. Have a dedicated and experienced practitioner to work with you and motivate you to get better to improve your health and return to an optimal quality of life.


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