In order to prevent 1 in 3 American adults from developing diabetes by 2050, Americans have to make some critical changes to their lifestyles. Dr. Steve Dotson, D.C., Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Winchester shares some information about current treatments for diabetes and how you can reduce your risk of developing diabetes in your lifetime.
“When managing diabetes, the goal is to minimize any elevation of blood sugar without causing abnormally low levels of blood sugar,” Dr. Steve shares. “Type 1 diabetes is typically treated with insulin, exercise and a diabetic diet. Type 2 diabetes is first treated with weight reduction, exercise and a diabetic diet, but if these measures fail to control the elevated blood sugars, medical doctors will prescribe oral medications,” he explains. “Then if all else fails, the patient will need to begin insulin treatment.”
Chiropractic & Diabetes
In his practice, Dr. Steve has worked with several patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes and has co-managed treatment with a medical doctor for most of them. “I encourage diabetic patients to receive regular chiropractic adjustments so their nervous systems communicate effectively and efficiently with the organ that produces insulin, the pancreas.”
Dr. Steve also works with the patient to find ways to build a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, a diet consisting mainly of raw vegetables and organic meats and fish, and most importantly, reducing the intake of processed sugar, dairy and grains. “Steer clear of foods that come in a cardboard box!” Dr. Steve recommends.
Research has also shown that increasing your vitamin D intake, boosting your magnesium and limiting your fruits can help decrease your risks. Egg yolks and fatty fish are great food sources for vitamin D. To up your magnesium, include foods like spinach, kidney and black beans, lentils and quinoa.For low sugar fruits, stick to berries like raspberries, blackberries and cranberries. Avoid fruits with very high sugar levels like tangerines, cherries, grapes, mangos and bananas.
Healthy lifestyle changes are absolutely critical for diabetes prevention—or to help pull your body into remission. Research has shown that many type 2 diabetics have been able to eliminate insulin treatment due healthy lifestyle changes.
Get Checked & Spread the Word
November is American Diabetes Month, and considering that 26 million children and adults in the United States currently have diabetes—and 79 million more have prediabetes, we need to do all we can to spread the word on prevention. If you are over 45 years old, you should consider getting tested for diabetes and if you’re under 45, but overweight and have an additional risk factor, you should also think about getting tested. (Please see yesterday’s blog, Breaking Down Diabetes, Part I, for a list of risk factors.)
Visit www.diabetes.org for more information on what you can do in your community, and for additional support for those who have diabetes and those who want to decrease their risk of developing diabetes.