Diabetes Education and Treatment By Anthony Wallace, CALA, ND Executive Administrator P.C.D.I Healthcare and Consultants of Texas
Introduction This course is used to educate the community on proper health in preventiving diabetes. The course will address the foundations of diabetes and how it is treated (monitoring, insulin, and proper diet). The course will address current statistics on diabetes and how stop diabetic related events and deaths. I will give sample plans on how to treat diabetes as naturally and effectively without any harmful herb treatments. This course will cover terms that are associated with diabetes.
Disclaimer This course is used to educate the community regarding diabetes care and prevention. I caution anyone that is not under Doctors care for diabetes management please consult a MD or a ND before starting the course. The course is used to reinforce education about diabetes, that is normally done by a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) I recommend that any supplements or education used in this presentation must be presented to your primary care physician. It is best to let you doctor or practitioner know of any kind of alternative methods, supplements, or herb medication you are taking. Combining some conventional medication with herbs may cause adverse reactions, unwanted side effects, or death.
Medical Terms Endocrinologist - A Medical Doctor that has a specialty in hormone regulation (diabetes, thyroid, sex hormones) Diabetes Type1 – This a form of congenital diabetes or diabetes at birth. Diabetes Type 2 – This is a form a diabetes that is adult onset. It is usually manifested by poor eating habits. Insulin – Is a hormone that is secreted by the pancreas at the time of digestion to break down sugars for the use in your cells. Ketones – Proteins in the blood Glycogen – Sugars that are stored in the liver (60%-80%) of reserves to combat low blood sugar. Glucose - sugar CDE – Certified Diabetes Educator
Medical Terms ITG – Impaired Glucose Tolerance Test (same day test) IFG – Impaired Fast Glycemic (Fasting Glucose Testing) Neuropathy – Wasting away of the nerve system (numbness and cold) Thrombus – Blood Clot A1C – This test measure your glucose level from the last 3 months DKA – Diabetes ketoacidosis (High Blood Sugar) Glycemic Index – This is the spikes in blood sugar levels that are caused by the food we eat. Symptoms – The information you are telling the doctor Signs - The physical elements that dcotor or practitioner may see, (Dizziness, lab results, confusion)
Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 1 is a congenital disease that is present at birth. It is a disease that is managed by insulin and by proper monitoring by a blood sugar machine. Most babies that contract this disease at birth usually have parents or family members that have diabetes. Out of 100% only 5% may contract the disease.
Diabetes Type 2 This is adult onset diabetes that is usually manifested by poor eating habits, stress, and poor choices in recreational activities (drugs). Most ethnic populations such as the Asian, Black, Latino, and Hawaiian pacific just to name a few. This may be due to our assessors and current dietary habits.
Gestational Diabetes Gestational Diabetes is a condition that is discovered during pregnancy. This form of diabetes can be control by either pills, insulin, and diet. Most patients do not discover their risk until their prenatal visits. If you are pregnant make sure that your doctor check your glucose levels.
Risk for Diabetes According to The World Health Organization, More than 200 Million people have diabetes. Only 80% of people that have diabetes are considered low-income. (who, 2011) The common risk for diabetes included the following. Age Heredity Dietary Habits
Complications of Diabetes Complications of diabetes are listed below Strokes (caused by clots from poor circulation) ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) Neuropathy (wasting away of the nerve ending causing numbness) Blindness (due to bleeding behind the eyes) decubitus (sores on the legs and soles of the feet) Mood swings (this could be because of the insulin hormones and thyroid gland) Liver Cancer(due to hepatitis and over working the liver to maintain blood sugar levels) Coma Death
Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes The signs and symptoms of diabetes are as follows. Please note that some patient show different symptoms. Remember this when caring for diabetics “hot and dry sugar high, cold and clammy give them candy (low).” High – hot skin, hot flashes, blindness, confusion, excessive thirst, fatique, decubitus, anorexia, fainting, coma, and death Low - cold skin, excessive hunger, confusion, headaches, shakes, fainting, coma, death
Naturopathic Treatment When Addressing diabetes, it is best to treat it with diet that do not raise the glycemic index such as green vegetables, whole grain oats. Stay away from white bread, white flour, and sugars. Acai , Cinnamon, and Golgi Berries have been shown to reduce diabetic events. Get plenty of sunlight, fresh air, and pure water (clean). This will rejuvenate the body to heal and stay healthy. Keep track of blood sugar level and ensure your practitioner keeps track of status.
Resources This resource has more information on diabetes and resources that may be in your area. www.diabetes.org This resource measure global statistics of diabetes case. This is a good research tool for more pacific study. www.who.int This resources is good one based on diet and nutrition. This resource also good for referral to working license dieticians in your area. www.eatright.org This resource has lot of resources for those that want to learn more about health and wellness and nutrition for other nutritionist and fitness professionals. www.livestrong.com