DIABETES MANAGEMENT

The Conventional Approach to Diabetes

MargaretCare is aware that diabetes is affecting this country in epidemic proportions. If you’re one of the 24 million Americans with diabetes, it is important that you get this condition under control, for diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack, and amputation. Insulin along with several classes of oral drugs are used to treat diabetes. For type 1 diabetics, whose pancreas produces too little insulin, insulin is appropriate and necessary. However, for those with type 2 diabetes—90 percent of all cases—the problem doesn’t lie with an insufficiency of insulin but with the cells’ inability to properly utilize it.  Many healthcare providers today are quick to prescribe drugs for type 2 diabetes. Although these medications do lower blood sugar, they have adverse consequences on the cardiovascular system. Some of these drugs actually increase the risk of heart attack! At the same time, conventional physicians tend to neglect the safest, most effective treatments for type 2 diabetes: lifestyle changes, weight loss, and natural measures to improve insulin sensitivity.

How We Treat Diabetes

At MargaretCare, our approach to diabetes is twofold: to lower blood sugar and to reduce the risk of diabetic complications with diet, exercise, and targeted nutritional supplements.

This approach is very effective in reducing and often eliminating the need for drugs in patients with type 2 diabetes. While type 1 diabetics cannot expect to get off insulin altogether, their insulin requirements can be greatly reduced and their risk of complications significantly decreased on this regimen.

FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO DO MORE....A Personalized Lifestyle Program for Diabetes (CASH PAY LIFESTYLE COACH)

Diet is a key component of our treatment program. Instruction includes nutritional lectures and consultations with the Nurse Practitioner or Patient Care Advocate, as well as the experience gleaned from eating three blood sugar-friendly meals a day and 3 smart snacks in between these meals. We also help our patients with weight control, because type 2 diabetics can often completely reverse their condition simply by losing weight. Daily Exercise is critically important and can substantially reduce your need for medication. Our MargaretCare affiliated trainer will lay out an exercise program for you based on your current health status so you will be assured that you are exercising in the safest, most beneficial manner possible.  The key to getting type 2 diabetes under control is to improve your cells’ sensitivity to insulin, and there are several natural compounds which do just that. During your program at the clinic, we closely monitor your blood sugar journals as you replace diabetic drugs with these safe, natural therapies.

 Unique Therapies for Diabetes--Supplements, NOT Drugs
If you have diabetes, you are familiar with the many potential complications that accompany the medications used to treat the disease. However, you may not be aware that most people with diabetes are deficient in nutrients that protect against these complications. Your MargaretCare provider will start you on an intensive nutritional program of antioxidants, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, and other vitamins and minerals. You will also be prescribed supplements such as bilberry for the eyes, lipoic acid for the nerves, and coenzyme Q10 for the heart.  The pro-hormone, vitamin D. Once believed to do little more than regulate bone health, vitamin D is a multi-functional hormone precursor that is increasingly being recognized as a crucial factor in protecting against various cancers, preserving bone integrity, bolstering the immune system, and even warding off debilitating depression.

Type 2 diabetes and diabetes complications can sometimes be prevented through healthy lifestyle habits. Whether you have diabetes or not, here are 19 tips to healthy living.

  1.         Take a half hour walk daily.

  2.         Know the risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

  3.         Plan healthy low fat low carbohydrate meal selections.

  4.         Sit still for 10 minutes and relax

  5.         Seek Community Support Groups

  6.         Drink 8 8oz glasses of water a day.

  7.         Get a pedometer to see the number of steps you take a day.

  8.         Seek friends to partner in your healthy lifestyle changes.

  9.         Schedule an eye appointment.

  10.    Schedule a dentist appointment.

  11.    Get a good night’s sleep.

  12.    What do your portions look like?

  13.    Get up from your chair and stretch daily.

  14.    Take the stairs

  15.    Take a stand-Learn about your disease and be active in managing it.

  16.    Sneak an extra serving of fruits and vegetables one meal a day.

  17.    Live healthy and build a sense of community.

  18.    Say goodbye to the salt shaker.

  19.    Encourage friends and family to take get screened annually.