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November is National Diabetes Month

Type 2 Diabetes


Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. It affects about 37 million Americans, including adults and youth. Diabetes can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart, and is linked to some types of cancer.




A few lifestyle modifications can improve glucose control:


The American Diabetes Association recommends several lifestyle modifications to improve glucose control:


(1) Choose fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, tofu, beans, seeds, and non-fat or low-fat milk and cheese over high-sugar or refined carbohydrate foods.


(2) Pair healthy fats and lean meats with carbohydrate foods.


(3) Take a walk, swim, ride your bike, or even dance after dinner to improve glucose uptake.


(4) If you have been prescribed medication for type 2 diabetes, do not discontinue taking. If you stop taking a diabetes medication without consulting your doctor first, your blood sugar will likely return to abnormally high levels. Uncontrolled high blood sugar can lead to serious health consequences over the long term, including: Heart disease. Stroke.


Naprapathy & Diabetes Management


Doctors of naprapathy play an important role in analyzing a patient’s nutritional health when developing a treatment plan. We promote healthy eating choices and can sit down with you to explain the differences in how macronutrients are broken down and used by the body to help you make informed decisions about your foods.


From a naprapathic perspective, we can recommend decreasing carbohydrate intake such as eliminating refined sugars and refined grains and increasing fiber intake with vegetables and whole grains. We can also recommend nutritional supplements such as vitamin B-complex, chromium picolinate, and carnitine to help with blood sugar control (1).


Just like medication and nutritional supplements, exercise can be dosed based on the individual to increase its benefits and reduce side effects of elevated blood sugars (2). Prescribing an exercise regimen that supports the naprapathic treatment helps decrease systemic inflammation and increase glucose uptake (lowering blood glucose levels).


Naprapathic treatments combined with an exercise regimen, improved diet, and nutritional supplements can improve global neurovascular flow, improve glucose levels, and decrease insulin resistance.


Talk to your naprapathic physician for appropriate exercises and nutritional supplements to decrease systemic inflammation and to help with your diabetes management.



References

1. Ingram, C., Gray, J. K., & Igram, C. (2004). Dr. Cass Ingram's nutrition tests for better health. Knowledge House.

2. Paolo Sgrò, Gian Pietro Emerenziani, Cristina Antinozzi, Massimo Sacchetti, Luigi Di Luigi (2021). Exercise as a drug for glucose management and prevention in type 2 diabetes mellitus, Current Opinion in Pharmacology, Volume 59, Pages 95-102, ISSN 1471-4892, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.coph.2021.05.006.



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