Diabetes Type 2

Currently, 65-75 million people in the U.S. suffer from diabetes type 2, or adult diabetes.  While diabetes type 2 used to make its appearance in your 40’s or 50’s, it now affects even children.  Hence, the term adult diabetes no longer applies.

Diet and lifestyle are by far the leading causes of Type 2 diabetes.  That means that diet and lifestyle changes are powerful tools to help you to recover from this illness.

Unfortunately, too many people are overwhelmed or intimidated by the thought of making the required changes and rely  on prescription drugs to do the work for them.  However, many people don’t realize, or don’t care, that taking these medications does not help them to recover from diabetes, just sort of manage it.  Moreover, they end up with a host of side effects from these drugs that must be managed with yet other drugs.  It’s a vicious cycle.

The promise of yet another drug to manage diabetes  type 2.

Actos, a controversial drug for Diabetes Type 2, has made the news recently regarding its use by people who are not yet diabetics. The results of a trial with prediabetic patients apparently show that the use of this drug reduces the chance of developing diabetes by 72%. See the article by HealthDay reporter Serena Gordon on March 23, 2011.

As with most drugs (if not all), the use of Actos may lead to numerous side effects, some of them life threatening.

Some of the more serious side effects are edema (fluid retention) leading to heart failure, or exacerbating an existing heart condition, liver failure, vision changes, as well as an increased risk of fracturing the upper arm, hand, or foot in women.

Prescription medication is the current standard of care for diabetes. Make no mistake, uncontrolled diabetes may lead to diabetic coma or even death. Other serious consequences may be the loss of a limb due to microvascular disease, as well as cardiovascular disease.

Natural ways to heal from diabetes type 2.

Lifestyle changes, such as exercise and a healthy diet, are recommended. However, many patients are not able or willing to make drastic changes in their habits. It appears that medication is their only choice of treatment.

It is true that a change in diet, as well as other lifestyle habits, is absolutely necessary to regain health. For those who are ready to do the work there is good news. Foods, herbs, exercise, and appropriate amounts of sleep are potent aids in warding off diabetes or most other chronic diseases.

Why take the chance of serious side effects, and potentially death, as well as be tied to a daily regimen of taking medication, when returning to healthy living may be all that’s needed?

Don’t wait until diabetes has developed fully. And if you already have diabetes, don’t let that stop you from making every attempt at becoming healthy again. Medication can help you control your blood sugar levels. Nevertheless, chances are you will be developing other health conditions by taking them long term. Healthy living has no risk associated with it, only rewards.

A naturopathic doctor can help you navigate your return to vibrant health.

The best way to start your journey to new health is to consult with a naturopathic doctor who is trained in all the medical aspects of diabetes but also in nutrition, herbal medicine, and lifestyle counseling, as well as many other modalities.

There are many foods and herbs that are known to support healthy blood sugar levels. Please consult a health care professional who can assess your current health and choose the foods and herbs best suited for you.

Diabetes is a serious disease that needs to be managed by a health care professional. As the body becomes better at regulating its own blood sugar, medications may need to be adjusted. If this is done too rapidly, the body could go into a health crisis.

A naturopathic physician can work with your present physician to reduce, or eliminate, your dependence on the lifesaving, and yet potentially life endangering diabetes medication, and lead you towards a life of health and well being.

Until the next natural healing perspective blog…

To Your Health