A staggering new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July 2017 revealed that 100 million Americans are either diabetic or pre-diabetic. This alarming statistic represents both a national tragedy and disgrace, particularly because Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) is entirely preventable. The key to prevention lies in understanding the causes of T2D and addressing them through a holistic approach, such as functional medicine.
Type 2 Diabetes primarily results from poor dietary choices, specifically the widespread consumption of the Standard American Diet (SAD). This diet, characterized by an overabundance of simple carbohydrates and a lack of essential vitamins and minerals, has little nutritional value. In contrast, a diet rich in complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and proteins can prevent the onset of T2D.
Functional medicine emphasizes a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s health, focusing on identifying the root causes of illness and implementing tailored interventions to restore balance and well-being. This approach is particularly relevant in the context of diabetes prevention and management, as it seeks to address underlying factors contributing to the development of the disease.
One of the early warning signs of T2D is insulin resistance (IR), which can be detected through blood work. This condition typically manifests for years before a person develops full-blown diabetes, providing ample time to make crucial dietary changes. By transitioning from a simple carbohydrate diet to one that includes complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and proteins, individuals can effectively prevent the onset of T2D.
There is an abundance of information available on the internet about diabetes prevention and management through dietary and lifestyle changes. However, for those who require further assistance in controlling their IR or T2D, functional medicine practitioners can provide invaluable guidance and support.
Functional medicine practitioners work closely with patients to develop personalized plans that take into account individual health history, nutritional needs, and lifestyle factors. By empowering patients with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed dietary choices, functional medicine can play a pivotal role in addressing the national tragedy and disgrace of diabetes.
The growing prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in the United States is a matter of great concern. However, through a functional medicine approach that emphasizes holistic, personalized care and focuses on the root causes of the disease, we can help prevent T2D and improve the overall health and well-being of millions of Americans. If you or someone you know is struggling with insulin resistance or Type 2 Diabetes, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for guidance and support.