High Blood Sugar & Pre-Diabetes (Insulin Resistance)
If you have been given a diagnosis of “pre-diabetes” or been told you are borderline diabetic you are not alone. The Canadian Diabetes Association estimates that more than 5.7 million Canadians have pre-diabetes, and 25% of the population isn’t even aware they have this health issue.
Pre-diabetes is a somewhat confusing diagnosis – you’re not quite a Type II Diabetic, but your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, and you are at risk if you don’t make some real changes in your life. While it is certainly not the news you would want to hear, consider it a blessing of sorts. Your body is telling you that it can’t manage your current blood sugar imbalance but it’s still possible to turn things around. With some specific nutritional modifications and some key lifestyle strategies, you can heal pre-diabetes and reverse the pattern occurring in your body for good.
Type II Diabetes
Diabetes Type II has long been considered a lifestyle disease. This means that unlike Type I Diabetes where the immune system destroys the cells that make insulin, you are in fact able to produce enough of that hormone. It’s just that due to specific lifestyle issues (increased weight, too little exercise, high carb diets) the insulin and the blood sugar it transports cannot effectively enter your cells. This results in high levels of glucose remaining in your blood stream, which can lead to damage to your kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. Although your body is currently less sensitive to insulin, it can learn to re-sensitize to insulin once again. Type II Diabetes is not a condition that you need to live with for the rest of your life. It can be reversed. With some focused effort and lifestyle modifications you can re-claim your health and stop this disease in its tracks.
Following is the approach I take to help you reverse both Type II Diabetes & Pre-Diabetes:
1. Assess your blood glucose, insulin, HBA1C, homocysteine, cholesterol levels, cortisol and inflammatory markers.
2. Increase your insulin release and insulin receptor sensitivity and reduce the level of glucose in your blood. I will provide you with some specific supplements, a nutrition and exercise plan and ongoing support.
3. Discuss your current eating habits and identify any emotional or physical attachments to food.
4. Customize a nutritional plan that emphasizes the consumption of protein, health fats and fiber.
5. Discuss your existing exercise regimen and identify any barriers or obstacles.
6. Design an exercise plan that takes into account your day-to-day realities but that meets your health goals.
7. Identify the key sources of stress in your life and design a support plan to provide short and long term relief. Stress increases your blood sugar levels so it’s important we address it.
8. Provide ongoing support and help you trouble-shoot whenever necessary.
If you need help balancing your blood sugar then Book an Appt. and Let’s Get Started!