Type 2 Diabetes

More prevalent than Type 1, this form of diabetes is often related to lifestyle factors and is characterized by the body's inability to effectively use insulin. Management focuses on diet, exercise, and sometimes medication.
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Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Vancouver

Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose), an important source of fuel. If you're experiencing increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, blurred vision, or unexplained weight loss, these could be signs of Type 2 Diabetes. It's a common condition, but it requires careful management to prevent complications.

  • Insulin Resistance: Cells in muscles, fat, and liver don't respond well to insulin and can't easily take up glucose from your blood.
  • Overproduction of Glucose: The liver produces and releases too much glucose into the bloodstream.
  • Genetic Factors: Family history can play a role in the development of Type 2 Diabetes.
  • Lifestyle and Environmental Factors: Including obesity, inactivity, poor diet, and stress.

Possible Treatments for Type 2 Diabetes

  • Medications: To improve insulin sensitivity or insulin production.
  • Blood Sugar Monitoring: Regular checks to manage glucose levels.
  • Healthy Eating: Focusing on a diet rich in nutrients, low in fat and calories.
  • Regular Exercise: Helps control weight, uses up glucose as energy, and makes cells more sensitive to insulin.

How a Naturopath Can Help with Type 2 Diabetes

Naturopathic approaches can complement your main treatment plan for Type 2 Diabetes:

- Dietary Guidance: Tailoring a diet plan to help control blood sugar levels, focusing on whole foods, fiber, and low-glycemic options.

- Herbal and Nutritional Supplements: Recommending supplements that might improve insulin sensitivity and support overall metabolic health.

- Lifestyle Modifications: Advice on weight management, physical activity, and stress reduction techniques.

- Education and Support: Providing information about the disease and strategies for day-to-day management, reinforcing the importance of lifestyle changes in managing diabetes.