This is a snap shot of how functional and nutritional medicine, addresses the management of type 2 diabetes, with those ready to take back their health. These topics are complex by nature, but it gives you an understanding of the inter-relationships between factors affecting blood glucose control in type 2 diabetes.
It is extremely over simplified to think of blood sugar management as just a matter of carbohydrate counting. You are essentially looking at a metabolic condition, which has far reaching consequences on the entire body; especially the cardiovascular system, nervous system, liver and kidneys. There are firstly metabolic irregularities to address.
You are an individual, with a unique set of genes, your own medical history and a variety of ‘quirks’ that are all you. A ‘one size fits all dietary approach’ does not work for all individuals, as many have underlying issues such as: other medical conditions, hormonal irregularities, poor digestive functioning, medication side effects or consequences, or the inability to produce certain enzymes. All this may be coupled by a range of nutrient deficiencies, or a below par ability to absorb nutrients.
The Eight Supporters of Optimum Health for Type 2 Diabetes:
- Food – taking things back to basics, knowing your food groups and their effect on sugar metabolism and insulin regulation. Using the right foods, to ensure you have the optimal biological advantage to stay healthy.
- Lifestyle & Environmental Factors – working with your genes, not against them.
- Digestive Health – the starting point for all health concerns.
- Hormonal Health – the masters of your metabolism.
- Stress Management– a crucial regulator of physiological and mental functioning.
- Mitochondrial Health – the energy makers in your cells, ensuring optimal functioning at a cellular level.
- Detoxification – ensuring the body is functioning optimally to remove build-up in the cells. including waste products and recycling or clearing hormones.
- Brain Health – the mental clarity, mind set and belief system to make positive changes.
This whole process involves health at a cellular level, not by addressing diseases, or individual systems or organs, but by looking for the blind spots at a functional level.
The process of functional medicine is based on biology and biochemistry 101 at a molecular level, there is no clinical counter argument to irrefutable biological and physiological functioning. You shouldn’t become sick due to ignorance, though you can become sick through circumstance.
Below is how I work within The Sugar Hunter Program, by allowing patients to understand the process and their role:
The Sugar Hunter’s Five Core Values of Success & Change:
Here are the five core values that you need to comprehend when looking to manage and control your blood sugar levels through my programs:
- We work TOGETHER to co-create health.
- We never treat the disease, we work on you. We address biochemical and biological imbalances at a cellular level using diet, lifestyle and a range of comprehensive blood sugar management tools. You need to understand how your body works, in order to understand how food and lifestyle influence the outcome.
- All health starts in the gut. Your digestive system is king and the home of your immunity.
- You are not what you eat, but what you absorb. The healthiest of foods, if inadequately digested can cause issues.
- Over 80% of the end result will come from you. I am a facilitator of change, my programs help you to make smart decisions about your health. You determine the outcome, not me, not your doctor; only 20% of the end result will come from me or your doctor through guidance. You need to have ‘skin in the game’. You need to invest in the process and do the work. The doctor of the future is the patient, by taking personal responsibility.
There are limitations in our current medical model, which is based on economic circumstance, political influence, infrastructure failure, logistic issues and bureaucracy, because we have become drug and disease orientated. Doctors often cannot practice a certain way, because there are limitations in the system and regulations.
Things you can do right now to improve blood sugar control outside of dietary interventions:
- Regulate your biological sleep/wake cycle – your circadian rhythm. The hormones melatonin and cortisol help regulate blood sugar, other hormones, inflammation, healing and energy. All time biology is centered in the brain. Ensure you use a bedtime routine that is conducive to rest and relaxation. Remove ‘blue light’ such as phones, tablets and TV from the bedroom and stop their use several hours before sleep. Ensure lighting is ‘yellow’ and soft during evening hours.
- Chew your food and don’t eat while under stress, as this leads to a different ‘nerve’ response. You want a balancing response, not a ‘fight or flight’ stress response.
- Keep your channels of communication open and your relationships in a happy place.
- Get enough vitamin D. Spend time outside, get fresh air and take gentle exercise. Don’t get an ‘outdoor deficiency’.
If you like what you’ve read, follow this link to find out more about how our programs can help you to manage your diabetes and make positive changes to your health: The Sugar Hunter Program