By Justin Pearce, D.C.
Millpond Wellness Center
Over 30 million Americans have diabetes, and it’s the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. The cost to treat the disease is approximately 245 billion dollars per year. One of the major industries reaping those profits is pharmaceutical companies, even though the disease that is highly reversible!
High blood glucose contributes to what’s known as metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a condition in which the high insulin and leptin levels are resistant causing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and visceral fat to become significant risk factors for heart disease and coronary disorders. When the vessels are circulating high-glucose blood, atherosclerosis occurs at a greater intensity. Atherosclerosis is a build-up of plaque and causes hardening of the arteries.
For years, we’ve been told that diabetes is genetic, when in fact, environmental and lifestyle choices primarily cause the disease. After diagnosing Type II diabetes, most primary care physicians put their patients on mediations. These medications work to lower blood sugar levels; however, after a short period, they stop working, and the dose will continuously need to be increased. Drugs have a lot of unwanted side effects, and just because you’re medicating a symptom, doesn’t mean it’s curing your disease. In fact, with diabetes medications, they only treat the “symptom” of high blood glucose and insulin resistance, but they do not get to the root cause of WHY you have diabetes. Finding out the reason your body is insulin resistant is critical. Diabetes can be reversed!
Cleaning up your diet is one of the best ways to lower your A1C and to improve your insulin resistance issues. A healthy diet can improve a great deal of dysfunction that has been increasing in the body for years. Not one specific diet is suitable for all people; a diet that is customized to your needs, and genetics is essential to healing your insulin sensitivity.
The most important aspect is to avoid all sugars. This is especially important in the beginning stages as your body is overloaded with insulin and glucose. Sugar causes a great deal of inflammation in the body. Eliminating refined sugars and long-
chain sugars like grains, pasta, and white potatoes can quickly improve diabetic conditions. Although healthy, for the initial stages, it is important to limit or eliminate fruit intake, as that is a natural source of sugar. But again, not one diet is going to work for every person.
That’s why Millpond Wellness Center takes great strides to do in-depth testing to find out what food sensitivities a person may have. For example, if you are sensitive or allergic to eggs, eating those will cause an inflammatory response and create a spike in insulin.
Along with testing for food sensitivities, Millpond Wellness Center also supplies extensive testing such as liver enzymes, c-peptide, c-reactive proteins, and other panels to get to the root cause of your disorder. The standard of care states that an A1C of 5.8 is prediabetic and 6.4 is diabetic; however, it’s known that an A1C of 5.3 is high enough to cause atrophy of the brain. Numerous professionals are now labeling dementia and other cognitive issues as type III diabetes because of the adverse effect that high blood glucose has on the brain.
Supplements and Herbal Remedies
Some natural supplements and herbs can actually help to lower you’re A1C and increase insulin sensitivity. Interestingly, in a recent trial, researchers studied the effects of the herb berberine (derived from goldenseal) as compared to Metformin, and it showed that it was as effective as the pharmaceutical drug. You may not need the addition of herbal supplements to lower your A1C, but if it’s high, this is a safe and effective way to reduce it fairly quickly. Not all supplements are equal. Some brands are not as diligent about their farming procedures and product efficacy. Millpond Wellness Center offers highly-scrutinized products that do not contain fillers, toxins, chemicals, or pesticides.
There are multiple other ways to reverse diabetes through functional medicine methods.
Millpond’s Synergistic Approach
Combined methods are always optimal for inflammatory conditions. At Millpond Wellness Center, their motto is, “We don’t guess—We test.” There are a variety of approaches to healing medical conditions, such as chronic pain and injuries, and at Millpond Wellness Center, they find healthier alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine. If you’re ready to end your persistent suffering, contact their team today to schedule an appointment and start your healing process.
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