Diabetes is an endocrine disorder of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. The problem is when the pancreas (a key endocrine organ) does not produce enough insulin (a hormone that allows glucose to enter the cell) or the cells become resistant to insulin. Then, the body is not able to maintain blood sugar levels resulting in high blood sugars during fasting.
There are two main types of Diabetes:
Type 1 or Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: typically found in children or adolescents.
Type 2 or Non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus: also known as adult-onset, typically found in adults older than 40 years, but increasing incidence of this type is rising in sedentary, obese children. This is the majority of diagnosed diabetes and may run in the family.
There are serious complications associated with Diabetes Mellitus. Some of these include heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, nerve damage, arthritis, depression, and eye disease. Risk factors for Diabetes can include family history of diabetes, elevated cholesterol, specific nutritional deficiencies, diet and environmental factors.
Diabetes can be uncovered during routine annual exam, or when a person begins experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, blurred vision, poor wound healing, gum disease, or frequent infections.
Naturopathic medicine has a wide variety of therapies for Diabetes including, but not limited to nutritional counseling, exercise prescription, herbal and supplement prescriptions, and hydrotherapy. Schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today for a thorough evaluation and to get some preventative suggestions!