Diabetes can take a major toll on the body and overall wellness, but understanding how the disease develops, what factors affect the disease, and what you can do about it gives you the best opportunity to feel and be healthy. Diabetes doesn’t have to take over your life. At Ann Arbor Holistic Health, we help you realize you’re the one in charge.
Diabetes Risk Factors
People with diabetes often feel like they’ve been given a life sentence filled with medications and restrictions. Those at risk of developing diabetes may feel frozen not knowing how to help themselves reverse what seems to be their fate. Diabetes can be a daunting diagnosis, but it isn’t inevitable, and it doesn’t have to last forever.
There are a lot of misconceptions about diabetes, who it strikes and who is immune. Anyone can develop diabetes, but some factors make people more likely to be diagnosed with this health issue.
- DNA: If you are genetically predisposed to develop diabetes, you’re at a disadvantage. However, developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be the difference between becoming a diabetic and the disease remaining dormant forever.
- Ethnicity: African American adults have an 80 percent higher risk of a diabetes diagnosis than non-Hispanic white adults. Hispanics, American Indians, and Asian-Americans also have a higher risk.
- Age: While your chances of developing diabetes grows with every year past your mid-40s, millions of diabetics and pre-diabetics are children and adolescents. Lifestyle has everything to do with risk.
- Weight: Obese and overweight individuals have a high risk of developing diabetes. Staying active is difficult for larger individuals, but remaining static leaves you in the danger zone.
- Diet and Nutrition: Poor dietary choices – what, when, and how you eat – mean your body isn’t getting the well-rounded nutrition it needs and can be the difference between developing diabetes and remaining unafflicted.
- Preexisting conditions: If you have other health problems like high blood pressure and low HDL levels, or if you have a history of gestational diabetes, diabetes may be more likely.
The Problem with Diabetes Medications
Many diabetics are prescribed an array of medications to help manage their condition and address high blood glucose levels. Unfortunately, some prescriptions create more health problems. Diabetes sufferers often experience side effects like weight gain and swelling, high cholesterol and heart disease, gastrointestinal problems and resistance to insulin.
Taking medication for diabetes management can feel like a tenuous lifeline – you want to keep your diabetes under control, but you don’t want to feel worse than you already do. You would love to eliminate the dependence on prescriptions, but you’re afraid of what will happen if you shun them for good.
What traditional medicine frequently fails to acknowledge is that diabetes meds are not a universal fit. A holistic approach, however, addresses the source of your diabetes with a regimen fine-tuned to your body and individual symptoms and needs. Lifestyle changes make the difference when it comes to combatting and controlling diabetes and minimizing your dependence on medications.
A Customized Program to Manage or Prevent Diabetes
Your health is within your control, especially when you have the help and support of holistic digestive health specialists. At Ann Arbor Holistic Health in Ann Arbor, we encourage and empower our patients through education and targeted nutrition programs.
Identifying digestive disorders, autoimmune conditions, and hormone disorders is the first step to managing diabetes, delaying the onset of the disease, or preventing diabetes entirely. Fine-tuning your diet and lifestyle is the second step. You can live happily, eat well without depriving yourself, and control insulin surges. You are in charge of your life and diabetes is merely an arm of your existence.
Contact us today to schedule your comprehensive nutritional evaluation and consultation. We know you’re ready to feel better. Allow us the privilege of guiding you to wellness and a balanced and healthy existence.