Diabetes Management from Hoyt Integrative Health
One of the most common chronic medical conditions that people suffer from today is diabetes. One in three Americans, including half of those age 60 and older, have a silent blood sugar problem known as insulin resistance. Insulin resistance increases the risk for prediabetes, type 2 diabetes and a host of other serious health problems, including heart attacks, strokes and cancer. It is important for everyone to take steps to prevent these complications from developing. That is why the team from Hoyt Integrative Health is here to help everyone in the Temecula and Murrieta areas with diabetes treatment.
What is the Job of Insulin and What is Insulin Resistance?
Insulin is a hormone that your pancreas is in charge of releasing, it releases a specific amount based on your blood glucose levels. Insulin basically tells your cells to pull glucose out of the blood stream and put it into your cells to use for energy. When you have insulin resistance, cells in your muscles, body fat and liver start ignoring that signal from insulin. Genetics and ethnicity can play a role in insulin resistance, but it can be also caused by excess body weight, too much belly fat, a lack of exercise, smoking, and even skimping on sleep.
How Does Diabetes Develop?
There are two types of diabetes. Many people who have type-one diabetes are diagnosed in childhood. This condition develops when the immune system destroys the beta cells of the pancreas that produce insulin. Type-two diabetes develops when the body is not able to respond appropriately to the insulin that is being produced by the pancreas, to which your body fights back by producing more insulin. Over months and years, the beta cells in your pancreas that are working so hard to make this insulin, get worn out and can no longer keep pace with the demand for more and more insulin. Then, years after insulin resistance silently began, your blood sugar begins to rise and type 2 diabetes develops. The treatment of types two diabetes has been a focus of the medical field for many years as professionals try to help the millions of people who suffer from this disease.
Signs and Symptoms of Insulin Resistance
Insulin resistance is usually triggered by a combination of factors linked to weight, age, genetics, being sedentary and smoking.
A large waist: Experts say the best way to tell whether you’re at risk for insulin resistance involves a tape measure and moment of truth in front of the bathroom mirror. A waist that measures 35 inches or more for women, 40 or more for men (31.5 inches for women and 35.5 inches for men if you’re of Southeast Asian, Chinese or Japanese descent) increases the odds of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome, which is also linked to insulin resistance.
High triglycerides Levels: of 150 or higher, or taking medication to treat high levels of these blood fats.
Low HDLs: Low-density lipoprotein levels below 50 for women and 40 for men, or taking medication to raise low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels.
High blood pressure: Readings of 130/85 mmHg or higher, or taking medication to control high blood pressure
High blood sugar: Levels of 100-125 mg/dl (the prediabetes range) or over 125 (diabetes).
High fasting blood sugar: (or you're on medicine to treat high blood sugar). Mildly high blood sugar may be an early sign of diabetes.
You develop dark skin patches: If insulin resistance is severe, you may have visible skin changes. These include patches of darkened skin on the back of your neck or on your elbows, knees, knuckles or armpits. This discoloration is called acanthosis nigricans.
An estimated 87 million American adults have prediabetes; 30-50% will go on to develop full-blown type 2 diabetes. In addition, up to 80% of people with type 2 diabetes have NAFLD.
What are the Diabetes Treatment Options?
When someone has been diagnosed with type-two diabetes, the cornerstones of treatment are always diet and exercise to help with weight loss and glucose control. This is never going to change; however, many people need something more than this. The team from Hoyt Integrative Health is also proud to offer diabetes supplements that might help people who suffer from this chronic medical condition. We know that the best approach is one that considers all the options on the table. That is why we invest in every option available. Trust us to help you with diabetes management.
Rely on the Team from Hoyt Integrative Health
These are only a few of the many important points that everyone needs to remember regarding diabetes management. Anyone who would like to learn more about this common condition and the various treatment options should reach out to the team from Hoyt Integrative Health. We are here to serve the people of the Temecula, Murrieta, and surrounding areas. From the first day we opened our doors, we have focused on diabetes management and the various diabetes supplements that are available. We would be happy to help you and your family as well. Call us today to schedule an appointment with a member of our team!