How to Control Blood Sugar Naturally
Every year, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes. For diabetics, the body has an abnormal physiologic response to blood sugar and insulin. While some people are born with diabetes due to an autoimmune destruction of the β-cells in the pancreas (type 1 diabetes), it is far more common to develop insulin resistance and an inadequate supply of insulin (type 2 diabetes). If patients with type 2 diabetes learn how to control blood sugar naturally, they can often slow or even reverse the disease progression.
Getting to the Root of Type 2 Diabetes
In conventional medicine, when patients develop type 2 diabetes they are prescribed medication and that is often the end of the conversation. Very rarely do doctors talk to their patients about how they developed the condition or what can be done to treat it aside from medication.
In functional medicine, we understand that elevated blood sugar is a symptom, not a cause. If we only treat symptoms, we will never get to the root of the disease. In most cases, type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, and one of its key functions is to regulate the blood sugar. Insulin combines with cell receptors so that the glucose in the blood can be absorbed into individual cells throughout the body. With insulin resistance, it becomes increasingly difficult for these cell receptors to bond with insulin, requiring increasing amounts of insulin to be released so that glucose can be absorbed. If you are eating a high-sugar diet, your pancreas cannot supply sufficient insulin and the excess glucose begins to build up in the blood. This glucose starts sticking to cells throughout your body, causing damage. There are several factors that can lead to insulin resistance, aside from a high-sugar diet, including:
- Chronic stress
- Sleep deprivation
- An unhealthy gut
Functional Medicine Teaches You How to Control Blood Sugar Naturally
After a diabetes diagnosis, a patient’s first question is often, “What can I do?” While conventional medicine focuses on medication, science supports diet and lifestyle changes as the most effective primary treatment for type 2 diabetes. Making these changes may seem overwhelming, but with functional medicine you are not alone. A typical office visit with us ranges from 30-90 minutes, and we educate you at length about food and nutrition. We provide you with a personal health coach to help you through the sometimes difficult dietary changes that need to be made. We carefully monitor your labs to ensure you are moving in the right direction, and we can use physician-grade, scientifically proven nutraceuticals as needed to boost your body’s ability to respond to the dietary and lifestyle changes you are making.
At Anchor Wellness Center, Dr. Minni Malhotra, MD, FAARM, ABAARM and her team are committed to helping you achieve optimal health. As a Board Certified physician, both in Family Medicine and with the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Malhotra will create a personalized health plan for you. For more information on how to control blood sugar naturally, call us at (832) 246-8437.