It's well known that there exists a direct link between diabetes and weight. In fact, obesity and weight gain are directly responsible for triggering type 2 diabetes in many people.
A shocking 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
Don't worry, here's the good news: this means that type 2 diabetes is both reversible and preventable. How? Properly managing your weight.
By taking a comprehensive approach to health, you can reduce blood sugar fluctuations and effectively "cure" your diabetes symptoms.
Let's look at the well-documented link between diabetes and weight, and explore diabetes options together. Because at Valhalla Wellness, we take a whole-body approach to healing.
Type 2 diabetes is what's known as a lifestyle disease or a disease of civilization.
We increasingly spend more and more time sitting on the couch, sitting at our desks, and sitting in traffic. We scroll through Facebook and binge-watch Netflix.
Our bodies aren't designed to live like this. In fact, they crave physical movement to function properly.
On top of this, our diets have changed. We consume processed carbohydrates, salt, sugars, and unnatural fats in excess quantities.This combination of inactivity and processed food has triggered a new wave of medical conditions directly linked to our lifestyles including heart disease, high blood pressure, and you guessed it: type 2 diabetes.
It happens, and it's nothing to beat yourself up over.
Over the past few decades, type 2 diabetes rates have skyrocketed. Previously only seen in adults over forty, many young people find themselves facing this life-changing diagnosis.
While it’s unfortunate, it also means that you can prevent or reverse type 2 diabetes by taking charge of your health.
You can essentially cure type 2 diabetes symptoms by changing your lifestyle. Yes, this can present quite a challenge, but that's why we're here to help.
Many patients aren't even aware they have diabetes. This illness permeates nearly every aspect of well-being, making it hard for the untrained eye to identify.
Some of the less obvious symptoms may appear to simply be minor frustrations including excessive thirst, hunger, and frequent urination. Other symptoms like blurred vision, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting may be misdiagnosed as other conditions.
Untreated, type 2 diabetes can have serious and life-threatening consequences such as nontraumatic amputations, heart conditions, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease.
Unfortunately, many doctors opt to treat these symptoms without creating a comprehensive wellness-centric treatment plan.
At Valhalla Wellness, we don't just want to stop the frequent urination or vomiting, but rather identify the causes and treat them at the very source.
Generally speaking, genetic predisposition causes type 1 diabetes while environmental factors typically trigger type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels due to the body's inability to produce insulin.
When you consume sugar, your body produces insulin to counter the excess glucose. People with diabetes, however, cannot produce adequate amounts of insulin to tackle the blood sugar.
Many risk factors can trigger diabetes including pregnancy, stress, medications, and genetic history. However, in nearly all cases, diabetes patients are overweight.
Added weight increases insulin resistance, which means the heavier you become, the more difficult it is for your body to produce insulin. As a result, more and more glucose accumulates in your blood with devastating effects.
Weight gain and the accumulation of glucose become a vicious cycle. Unhealthy foods spike your blood sugar levels and cause weight gain. High blood sugar levels require more insulin which your body has a hard time producing with added weight.
Fortunately, by taking a holistic approach to health, you can reduce your diabetes symptoms. By changing your diet and increasing physical activity, you can get well.
Many diabetes doctors in Las Vegas will surely recommend their patients lose weight, but they don't typically take a comprehensive approach to wellness.
Conventional diabetes treatment involves long-term medication and insulin replacement.
While medication and insulin ease the symptoms, it does nothing to target the causes of the illness.
Only treating the symptoms is like putting a bandage on a gaping wound. It might mask the problem, but over time, the infection just gets worse and worse.
Not to mention, many diabetes medications come with their own set of complications because every prescription drug comes with its own set of risks.
For diabetes patients, this could include increased risk of bladder cancer, diarrhea, and even weight gain.
If diabetes is triggered by weight gain, why take a medication that causes us to gain weight and only relieves the symptoms?
The goal should be to alleviate symptoms while identifying and treating the cause of illness.
Here's the good news: by losing weight, you can reduce your body's insulin resistance and effectively "cure" your diabetes.
If you don't target the source of your condition on a cellular level, you're only treating the symptoms, which won't help you in the long run.
At Valhalla Wellness Center, we offer a broad range of both weight loss and diabetes options to help rebalance your health.
We also offer medically assisted treatment. At Valhalla Wellness Center, we have a traditional doctor, functional medicine physician, chiropractor, and naturopathic doctor on-staff to provide our patients with the attention and treatment they need.
It is important for patients with diabetes to stay under the care of a doctor while losing weight due to possible complications.
We treat diabetes on a cellular level, utilizing both short-term and long-term treatments.
Your diabetes doctor at the Valhalla Wellness in Las Vegas will identify the causes of your condition and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
First, we conduct various tests including blood work to examine your illness. We also take many factors into consideration including your genetic history and health status in other areas.
After we have a thorough understanding of your health and illness, we can create a customized treatment plan.
Instead of symptom chasing, our goal is to optimize your overall health and encourage your body to heal itself, leading to balanced and sustainable health.
In many cases, prescription medicine is necessary for alleviating your symptoms in the short-term. However, we strive to coordinate with medical doctors so that these prescriptions remain a short-term solution.
That's right, by changing your lifestyle, you could potentially no longer need your diabetes medications one day. Many of our patients no longer need their medications.
Our multifaceted approach gives your body the opportunity to heal itself. Our goal is to optimize overall health and re-balance your body. Our approach includes:
Diet pills and weight loss surgery can certainly be effective. Well, at least they appear to be on the surface.
Unfortunately, if you don't take charge of your health and make substantial lifestyle changes, surgery and pills do little for overall wellness in the long-term.
If you only utilize short-term methods for weight loss, this might not even help you when it comes to getting diabetes under control.
Not only this, but conventional approaches to weight loss often come with disastrous consequences.
Diet pills can screw up your metabolism in the long-run. Many diet pills contain dangerous stimulants which can cause heart attacks, strokes, and seizures. Not to mention, diet pills create dependence.That's no good for your weight months down the road, and it does nothing for your diabetes.
Surgery also comes with its own set of uncertain side effects. Post-op, your smaller stomach means you consume less food, which can lead to malnutrition due to your body not adequately absorbing nutrients. Surgery can also be dangerous due to staples and possible puncturing of your digestive tract.
At Valhalla Wellness Center, our weight loss clinic in Las Vegas puts patients on a medically monitored program to help them heal on a cellular level and take charge of their health including:
Our weight loss programs are extremely flexible because we customize them with you in mind. Instead of forcing your body to work with our treatment, we find a treatment that works for your body.
We always take your medical status and genetic factors into consideration while designing our weight loss programs.
On average, patients lose between 25 and 30 pounds over our 12-week program. If you aren't ready to commit a full 12 weeks, give our 5-week "starter" program a try. You could lose up to 15 pounds!
If you're ready to stop treating your diabetes symptoms and start healing your body, we're here to help at Valhalla Wellness Center.
Doctors and practitioners at our diabetes and weight loss center in Las Vegas will develop a multifaceted and customized plan to suit your needs.
Request a consultation either online or over the phone today. Take charge of your health!