How Functional Medicine Is Fighting the Diabetes Epidemic
Diabetes is a serious health condition with long term implications. The constant and systematic growth of diabetes cases presents a real problem for practitioners who treat people affected by the disease. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), greater than 100 million adults in the United States are currently living with diabetes. Here at Revitalize Health Center, we understand how difficult it is to manage diabetes. We also understand that each individual case has to be treated as such. Here is some information about the disease and our unique approach to treating it in our Mount Pleasant and North Charleston centers.
Symptoms Associated With Diabetes
One of the most dangerous things about diabetes is, many of the people who have the disease don’t realize they have it. Most people who have not been diagnosed don’t find out they are diabetic until they have a diabetic episode and have to be hospitalized. Some signs of diabetes people tend to ignore include: extreme thirst, excessive urination, fatigue, constant hunger. Other symptoms of diabetes include weight loss, slow healing cuts and bruises, blurred vision and numbness and pain and tingling in the feet and hands.
Early Detection of Diabetes Is Crucial
Identifying the onset of diabetes early is crucial. There are numerous chronic health conditions associated with diabetes, and they each have their own set of challenges and risks. Some complications associated with diabetes include amputations of upper and lower digits and extremities, End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), bacterial and fungal infections, hypertension neuropathy, loss of vision, stroke, heart disease, and premature death.
How Our Doctors Approach the Diabetes Epidemic
Our doctors practice functional medicine, which differs quite a bit from how the treatment of diabetes is viewed by conventional medicine. Physicians who treat diabetes using conventional methods evaluate a specific set of symptoms and their treatment plans are determined based on those findings. In our centers, our functional medicine doctors delve much deeper into the genetics of our patients, their laboratory tests, their diets, lifestyle habits and a host of other things. Our number one goal is to find out why our patient’s bodies are resistant to insulin. Once we determine the why, then we treat based on those findings.
Brighter Days Ahead
Years ago, people believed a diagnosis of diabetes was a death sentence. At Revitalize Health Center, our functional medicine doctors are providing proof that people can live healthy lives after a diabetes diagnosis. Through the practice of functional medicine practitioners have been able to reveal and reverse the leading causes of diabetes and reverse them in many cases. To learn more about functional medicine, and how it is being used to counter the diabetes epidemic, give us a call today. You can reach our Mount Pleasant office by calling: 843-884-8489 or our North Charleston office at 843-410-1218.