Diabetes is a chronic illness which impairs the sugar metabolism in the body. In diabetes, the body’s ability to produce or respond to insulin is affected, which in turn results in spike in the glucose levels in the blood.
Uncontrolled blood sugar levels over a period of time can harm different organs in the body, and can lead to life threatening conditions such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and other serious conditions. Hence, it is very important to take steps to control diabetes, right from the start, and also be aware about the associated risks.
Diabetes and India
Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide and its prevalence is increasing day by day. In India, there are over 50 million people suffering from type-2 diabetes, and this has made India as the diabetes capital of the world. (Source)
This alarming figure stresses on the need for awareness about diabetes and access to better treatment so that people suffering from diabetes can lead a healthy and prolonged life.
Intelligent Ageing published an Infographic titled “The Functional Medicine Approach to Prevent Diabetes in 2018” where they have explained that how can we reverse the diabetes with Functional Medicine.
Why functional medicine approach works for diabetes?
There is not one obvious cause of diabetes, and this is because the causes of diabetes vary according to the individual and the type of diabetes. Further, development of diabetes depends upon the patient’s genetic makeup, family history, ethnicity, health and environmental factors.
Functional medicine approach overcomes the lapses in the traditional system of medicine by providing a more integrative, science-based and patient-centric system approach to treatment. And this is exactly why functional medicine has proved to be effective in the management and even reversal of diabetes.
What is functional medicine?
In the past few years, there has been a sharp increase in the incidence of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc. This spike has been linked to the paradigm shift in our environment, lifestyle, and diet. Owing to this, there is need to consider these physical and psychological factors when delivering treatment, and functional medicine follows this approach.
Functional medicine treats the underlying cause of the disease focusing on diet and lifestyle through a patient-centric health plan. Various parameters including genetics, medical history, body function, and lifestyle of the patient are considered to find the root of the illness instead of focusing on treating just the symptoms.
Functional medicine and diabetes
There is no medication involved in the functional medicine approach as it works on the normal healing mechanisms of the body. Functional medicine has been very effective in the management and treatment of various critical illnesses, including diabetes.
Conventional diabetes medications are known to have distressing side effects, whereas functional medicine employs no medications, and thus there are no side effects.
Functional medicine helps treat the underlying causes of diabetes while considering the diet and the lifestyle of a patient through a personalized health plan. Functional medicine approach holds potential to reduce the risk of diabetes and even reverse it.
How functional medicine approach works?
Functional medicine follows an integrative approach and includes the following steps:
As functional medicine is both result-oriented and effective in the treatment of chronic diseases, it has proved to be helpful in management and even reversal of diabetes.