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Diabetes

Diabetes? We Can Help You With Whatever Your Goals Are!  

Diabetes effects the ability of the body to regulate blood sugar.  The importance of this is that unregulated blood sugars lead to serious complications and even death.

We have had great success in treating Diabetes.  We have helped some people completely cure themselves and others to manage their diabetes with minimal symptoms.  Whatever your health goals are around diabetes we can help you.

Our clinic treats mainly Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus as 90% of all diabetes is type 2 DM.  We have listed below the majority of different types of diabetes for your education but have specifically focused this page around type 2 diabetes mellitus.  Please read through to gain a broader understanding of diabetes.

Known Causes / Etiologies of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus:

- Thrifty Gene
- Obesity
- Nutrient Deficiencies
- Lack of Exercise
- Saturated Fat
- Highly refined carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, pastries, etc.
- Over-eating
- Environmental Toxicities
- Hormonal Imbalances

I have Diabetes Type 2, what will you do?

We treat each person as an individual who has been diagnosed with diabetes and as such we will make a tailored program to address what has caused diabetes in you. 
1.  we assess to know the root cause or your diabetes
2.  we start you on a program that entails diet, exercise, and nutrient routines.
3.  we assess results and follow up with hormone balancing and environmental toxicity removal.
For most early diagnosed cases this approach will do the trick.  For more severe cases of diabetes or cases where someone is on insulin or another medication we will tailor the above approach as needed.

What signs and symptoms to look out for especially if you have a family history of type 2?

See below in the typical presentation of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus section.

Can I normalize my blood sugars once I have been diagnosed with Diabetes?

Blood sugars reflect diet, exercise, daily habits, nutrients, toxicities, etc… Therefore when these factors change the reflection in the blood sugar levels are seen.  We have helped people normalize blood sugars on and off medications.  Once you have been diagnosed the sooner you come to see us the better.  The longer the body stays in an imbalanced mode the more work it will require to reverse it.

If I am on insulin is it too late for me? 

The management of someone with diabetes who is on insulin will show better results if it is combined or co-managed with natural medicine.  Many people are able to decrease or get off insulin but this requires close care through this process and is not a guarantee.  We have treated patients on and off insulin and in either case the outcomes are enhanced with natural diabetic treatments.

Stats on Diabetes

In 2000 there were 250 Million world wide diabetics (1) and in 2012 there are 371 Million (2). The interesting thing I found was that the chart from 2000 showed the 2025 prediction to be 380 million worldwide.  So by 2012 we have already almost made it to the 2025 projections.  This shows the rapid rate of increase in the condition.

One in four canadians are now diabetic – 90% have type 2 diabetes mellitus
One in  three born in U.S. will be diabetic
Over 50% of Americans will be diabetic by 2050 at current rate
Outside of trauma, diabetes is the number 1 cause of limb amputations per year

Diabetes every 24 hrs:

Diagnosed: 5500 a day
Deaths:  638 a day
Blindness: 65 a day
Amputations: 219 a day

5 Main Types of Diabetes: *

Type I Diabetes Mellitus typically presents with some of the following:
- Lean or Losing weight
- Polyuria (Frequent urination)
- Polydipsia (Excessive thirst)
- Polyphagia (Increased appetite)
- Fatigue
- Urinary/genital/skin fungal/bacteria infections

Type II Diabetes Mellitus typically presents with some of the following:
- Abdominal Obesity or weight gain
- Thrush/Fungal overgrowth or infections
- Acanthosis Nigricans/Skin Tags (dark colored skin tags)
- Poor wound or infection healing
- Polyuria (Frequent urination)
- Polydipsia (Excessive thirst)
- Polyphagia (Increased appetite)
- Fatigue

Gestational Diabetes
This condition needs to be monitored by a highly skilled team which includes a highly skilled naturopathic doctor to achieve the best outcomes.  The high percentages of women who get Gestational Diabetes and eventually turn into Diabetes Type 2 is astounding.  This could be prevented if the right tools are utilized during gestational diabetes and after. 
- Non-diabetic woman becoming Type 2 Diabetic during pregnancy.
- 5-10% of women will wind up with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 post-partum
- 40% of Gestational Diabetes women become Type 2 Diabetics within 12 years.
- Usually diagnosed in 3rd trimester

Type I.5 Diabetes or LADA (Latent Auto-Immune Diabetes of the Adult)
-SLOW onset Type 1 Diabetes mellitus
-Adults only--onset over 30 yrs old in usually lean people
-15-20% of Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetics have LADA (Latent Auto-Immune Diabetes of the Adult)
-No insulin resistance
-Cause: Unknown
-No family history of Type 2 diabetes mellitus

MODY (Mature Onset Diabetes of the Young)
-Autosomal Dominant Genetic problems with insulin
production, secretion, cell receptors.
-6 genes can be affected
-Up to 5% of diabetics--often unrecognized.
-Lean patients
Features:
-Type l Diabetes mellitus runs in families before age 25.
-Type l Diabetes Mellitus runs in families from one generation to the next--one
parent and ideally one grandparent are affected.

As Naturopathic Doctors have had great success in treating diabetes naturally.  Call to see how we can help you.

Resources:

(1) http://www.bostonscientific-international.com/templatedata/imports/HTML/intl/WorldDiabetesDay/images/diabetes_prevalence_large.jpg

(2) http://www.idf.org/sites/default/files/5E_IDFAtlasPoster_2012_EN.pdf

* Dr. Mona Morstein, ND