Diabetes is a great example of a condition that naturopathic medicine excels with, not only because it can be largely controlled or improved with lifestyle changes, but also because there are some great supplements that can help prevent complications from high blood sugar while we working on the rest of your treatment plan.
The main diet strategy is a very low carbohydrate diet, and this is done in a way that is healthy and nutrient-dense so general nutrition does not suffer and cardiovascular risk is not increased. Increased blood sugar levels can deplete several nutrients and diabetics also generally have a lot of oxidative damage so a diet rich in fresh fruits (especially berries that are high in antioxidants) and vegetables like leafy greens, lean proteins, nuts and seeds, and other healthy fats is really important.
Exercise is critical for diabetics to help lower blood sugars and increase lean muscle mass. Sometimes this needs to be implemented gradually, depending on a patient’s health. But working up to more intense interval-based training, especially with a weight-lifting component, can support weight loss and lowered insulin resistance.
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