Naturopathic Medicine and Diabetes
Naturopathic medicine can play a significant role along with traditional medicine in the treatment of a variety of conditions. By mixing scientific research with traditional and natural remedies, naturopathic doctors are able to successfully treat people with type 2 diabetes.
How Can a Naturopathic Doctor Help?
A naturopathic doctor will first perform a physical exam to assess the symptoms and extent of your condition, such as nerve damage in the feet. They will also check your cholesterol, kidney function and liver function. They will measure vital nutrients in your body as well as any inflammation you may be experiencing. Armed with this information, they will monitor your progress by supporting and instructing you in developing a holistic strategy that will include changes to your diet. A low carbohydrate diet, for example, is a good choice for diabetes patients. A good variety of lean protein is also important in most cases.
Common Naturopathic Medicine Treatments for Diabetes
Diet and nutrition are an important component of naturopathic care which can be used in the treatment of diabetes, since the condition involves regulating blood glucose levels and maintaining a healthy weight. Supplements such as vitamin D can be helpful to replace the deficient levels that are often associated with diabetes. Other supplements such as chromium help to lower glucose levels and decrease the body’s insulin resistance. Foods such as cloves and cinnamon can also further help to reduce inflammation and blood pressure. The great thing about Naturopathic physicians is that not only can we use these effective natural remedies, we can also prescribe conventional medications such as Metformin when needed. There is a time and a place for medication and these conventional approaches work synergistically with these well-established natural therapies. Your naturopathic doctor will determine the best course of action to take based on your unique health history.
For more information on naturopathic treatment of diabetes, contact the Yaletown Naturopathic Clinic and speak to one of our doctors: 604-235-8068.
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