Good News for Diabetics: Patients Pulled Back From the "Brink of Despair"
Why not truly reverse Diabetes with proper diet and lifestyle changes? It is within your control, but proper testing helps you have a perfect game plan!
[DrCorinneWeaver.com] "Diabetes" is a dreaded diagnosis that silently creeps up on you. It is one of the fastest growing conditions and 7th leading cause of death in the US. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death and has been called "Type 3 Diabetes." According to latest report from the CDC in July of 2017, Diabetes affects nearly 100 million children and adults in the U.S. today. More than a third of U.S. adults have pre-diabetes, and the majority of them don't even know it. We need to step up our efforts to reduce the burden of this serious disease. (Photo Credit: Dr. Corinne Weaver)
What Exactly is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a metabolism disorder. Whether "Type 1," "Type 2" or "Gestational" Diabetes, they're all a disorder of metabolism. Our bodies are designed to break down food into a simple sugar called glucose. Glucose then travels in our bloodstream and into cells to provide fuel for energy. Two things drive glucose into a cell: 1) Insulin and 2) Need.
If a cell needs glucose for energy, it freely moves in and out of the cell, but if glucose starts to back up into the blood stream which is a condition known as Hyperglycemia, the body brings out the "Big Gun" known as Insulin to kick open the cell doors and force glucose into the cells.
You are diagnosed with Diabetes when there is a chronic elevation of glucose levels in the blood stream. Chronic elevations in glucose can be caused by certain medications, toxic elements in your environment like cadmium and arsenic, poor nutrition or diet, high caloric diet combined with a sedentary lifestyle, mineral deficiencies, infections or digestion issues. (Photo Credit: Max Pixel)
How Do You Know if you Have Diabetes?
Unfortunately, a diagnosis of Diabetes can be tricky at first. In the earlier stages, there are no outward symptoms. Once the condition is fully developed the following symptoms may appear:
- Increased thirst
- Increased urination
- Increased sense of hunger
- Vision problems
- Poor healing
- Weight loss (Mainly found in Type 1)
- Tingling, pain or numbness in the hands/feet (Type 2)
The good news is, once you've been diagnosed with Diabetes, your future prognosis can be promising with proper treatment and monitoring. Type 2 Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes can nearly always be effectively managed and even reversed and Type 1 Diabetics can greatly reduce their insulin dosages if the following recommendations are followed:
- Exercise Regularly. Exercise burns the excess glucose. If you are not accustomed to working out, make sure to ease into an exercise routine. Start with at least 10 minutes of exercise and slowly work up to at least 30 to 40 minutes a day.
- Reduce the amount of carbohydrates and low-quality foods consumed in the daily diet. A low glycemic diet is often times recommended to reduce the amount of carbohydrate that is being consumed. This take stress off of the liver and helps maintain glucose levels so they're fluctuating so much.
- There are many nutrients that are vital to glucose regulation. If you're not getting them in your diet, this will increase your risk of developing some form of Diabetes. Some of the most important nutrients include: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Chromium, Vanadium and fish oil. The best way to know your true need for any of these nutrients is to get a comprehensive blood and hair test. These tests are also used to monitor progress and determine when dosing should be reduced or if there is no longer a need to supplement certain nutrients.
- Have a blood test conducted at least once a year. It is important make sure the blood test includes a Vitamin D test, liver panel, kidney panel, triglycerides and a hemoglobin A1C. Contrary to what most think, it's the liver that is the primary regulator of glucose.
- Check your C-Peptide level. C-Peptide is produced by the pancreas at the same rate as insulin. If C-Peptide levels are low, this means your pancreas may not be producing enough insulin and you could be heading toward Type 1 Diabetes.
- Have a hair test done to check on toxic and essential element levels at least once a year. It's important to see if there are toxic elements in your environment you may not know about. These toxic elements cause nutrient deficiencies and interfere with vital processes in the body. A hair test will also check your chromium and vanadium status. These are two very important minerals in glucose metabolism.
- If you're over the age of 30, have a urinalysis every 6 months to check for glucose, ketones and protein. Generally, the human body doesn't "spill" glucose into urine unless levels become very high in your bloodstream. When cells are not absorbing glucose, the cells may become desperate for fuel. At this point, the body turns to fat for fuel which produces ketones. If ketones are too high for too long, it can create a life-threatening condition known as Ketoacidosis. Protein in the urine can indicate kidney damage.
The bad news is, if Diabetes is not kept under control it can increase the risk of stroke, heart attacks, cancer, loss of nerve function, kidney disease, liver disease, blindness and a possibility of amputation.
Medically, Type 2 Diabetes is treated with oral medication to reduce the chances of having further complications with the condition. The ugly truth about diabetic medication is that it is designed to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood stream by force. The question we must ask ourselves: "Where does the glucose go when one takes these medications?" Does it simply "poof" away? The medications force the excess glucose into the cells. But what if the cell is already full? Glucose is fuel; it's like gasoline. Gasoline is very inflammatory. If you're "forcing" this inflammatory gasoline (glucose) into the cell, do you think just maybe it's going to damage the cell? The kidneys, eyes and peripheral nerves are very sensitive and delicate. Do you think forcing the glucose into those cells is going to cause some damage? Damage to these cells leads kidney disease, blindness and painful neuropathies.
Can you see how using medication to treat Diabetes can cause so many other problems? Why not truly reverse Diabetes with proper diet and lifestyle changes? It is within your control, but proper testing helps you have a perfect game plan!
Testimony of a Diabetic Helped by Dr. Weaver
David, age 37 was living with type 1 diabetes for 6.5 years and he never understood why, but was always curious to figure it out.
He wanted to get a handle on his Diabetes and understand more about his autoimmune disease. He wanted to find out what was going on with his thyroid numbers. He wanted answers.
After coming to one of Dr. Weaver's wellness seminars, he knew this was the place he should go. He found great support to live a healthy lifestyle through meeting with Dr. Weaver. The focus on his disease was always to get to the root of the problem, so that that the problem can be dealt with.
He learned that what he ate was so important to his healing. He ate OK before, but now he is making much healthier choices. (Photo Credit: Pexels)
At first, eliminating gluten, dairy, and soy was tough, but later, he found out it wasn't necessary in his diet and other foods taste better. Getting to really know his body and what foods he needed to avoid was interesting and very helpful. In order for his diabetes to be better, he had to first renew his mind, which led to permanent results.
Are You a Diabetic Who Needs Help?
So many people like David go through life not knowing what the true cause of their dis-ease is. David was very eager to learn, and I was able to teach him why his body was in that dis-ease pattern. Again, my goal is get your body to be at its optimal and, so you can fulfill your God-given purpose.
David's wife was his big support in his healing. She was the one to help him with his meal planning and preparation.
Food plays a role in many aspects of our life, from celebration to sorrow. The last thing you want is a long-term rigid list of rules about what to eat. Good nutrition is more than just rules. No matter the basis of your personal food decisions, finding a balance and peace with food is key to a lifetime of health and well-being.
Information-based decisions are the most important aspects of a healthy diet. It involves making choices that allow flexibility, and doesn't just follow rigid dietary rules. In fact, strict dietary rules often lead to failure in the long run—and it's the long run that you must always be thinking about with your dietary regimen. If you can't see yourself on a program for the rest of your life, you are looking at the wrong program.
Yes, the program must evolve as additional information becomes available to you, but you are moving from a life-long program that works for you to a life-long program that works even better. My information-based program gives you plenty of flexibility in your long-term choices.
I love teaching the fundamental principles of self-care with information. It has pulled so many of my patients from the brink of despair. But once you know the principles, you are the one who must employ them to embrace your wellness lifestyle. Even your level of self-education will evolve.
By having a nutritional blood and hair analysis performed, you will be able to know if you are showing any risk factors for developing Diabetes and develop your perfect game plan to reduce your risk. The earlier you catch Diabetes the sooner you can start on the path to a healthier and disease-free lifestyle. If you think you may need some help, set up a consultation with me today.
I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing His gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! If you would like to contact me with your health concerns email me directly at Dr@drcorinneweaver.com. For more information you can go to www.DrCorinneWeaver.com.
Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.
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