TYPE 2 DIABETES MELLITUS
Are you feeling excessively thirsty? Urinating an abnormal/increased amount? Feeling tired and lethargic? Can’t seem to satisfy your hunger? Have you noticed weight gain around your abdomen? Regularly feeling dizzy and light headed? You could possibly have Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus or insulin resistance!
Type 2 Diabetes is a multi-factorial lifestyle disease whereby the pancreas is no longer working effectively to produce insulin. Insulin is the hormone responsible for the uptake of glucose (sugar) into the cells where it is converted into energy. Due to this defective uptake of sugar into the cell (glucose intolerance), abnormal levels of glucose are left in the blood which leads to damage in the arteries resulting in cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and deposition of atherosclerotic plaques in the arteries), kidney disease and impaired vision. Pathology testing will be necessary to ascertain a diagnosis.
Diets that are high in refined food and simple carbohydrates in addition to lacking in fibre, antioxidants and essential fats along with lack of exercise contribute to the progression of the disease. Eating well and maintaining a healthy weight and incorporating regular exercise are the first steps to taking action in managing this condition. Integrated Wellness Clinic offers consultations with experienced Nutritionist, Dietitians and Naturopaths who can advise and support you on your journey to wellness. Unfortunately, sometimes diet and lifestyle changes aren’t enough to manage the condition as there are other contributing factors to address.
Is stress the culprit?
Cortisol is a life saving hormone produced by the adrenal glands that functions to regulate blood pressure, is anti-inflammatory, is involved in immune function and can work with insulin to manage blood glucose levels. When a person is experiencing excessive stress for prolonged periods of time, cortisol continually converts protein into glucose which increases blood glucose levels and contributes to abdominal obesity, glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. It’s a vicious cycle! Here at Integrated Wellness Clinic we offer salivary hormone testing that measures cortisol levels and is a diagnostic tool which aims to guide treatment plans to help bring the client back to wellness and health.
Our treatment methods may include:
- Addressing any stress triggers
- Assessing hormonal imbalance
- Correcting nutritional deficiencies or excesses
- Improve the bodies nutrient status
- Provide natural treatment methods to help balance blood sugar levels
- Liaise with your doctor to ensure insulin, blood sugar levels and other pathologies are being monitored
- Provide tools for easy lifestyle changes
Make an appointment today with our friendly and experienced practitioners who will work to identify the underlying cause and will guide you to achieving optimal health. You are encouraged to start with a free introductory consultation to assess your options.