I have this client whom I adore, who recently got some “bad” news, as she put it, from her doctor. She went in for her annual checkup only to leave with a diagnosis of prediabetes. She was frightened, confused, and even a little embarrassed. After speaking with her, we were able to get to the root of these feelings and see how they were coming from shame around her weight, her lack of self-care, and her fear of declining health. Addressing her feelings around this news was a very important first step because once addressed, she was able to see where they were coming from and loosen the grip they had on her, making it possible for her to take action towards the real issue at hand, her health. Now it was time to make a plan to improve her health.
One of the most amazing things about functional medicine and functional nutrition is that it focuses on removing things that are contributing to illness and adds things that help heal, based on each individual person. With this client, we took a good look at her daily patterns, food choices, belief system, self-care habits, and her lab data. We were able to easily identify patterns that she was engaging in, such as having a bagel and cream cheese first thing in the morning or forgetting to eat lunch on a busy day at work, that was contributing to her blood sugar imbalance. With a few simple tweaks to her daily routine and intake, she was making amazing progress towards optimal health and dropping that diagnosis for good.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34.2 million or 1 in 10 Americans have Type II diabetes and approximately 1 in 3 have prediabetes. Although these statistics are astounding, Prediabetes and even Type II Diabetes is not a life sentence. These diagnoses are COMPLETELY REVERSIBLE with gradual, but consistent habit change. Some of my recommendations for anyone with elevated blood glucose is:
The more we know what your unique body needs, the more progress we can make. If you’re interested in learning how to reverse prediabetes or Type II Diabetes, feel free to schedule a complimentary consultation today.