A Holistic Approach to Diabetes Management

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Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions worldwide, where the body's inability to regulate blood glucose levels leads to various health complications. In naturopathic medicine, a holistic approach to diabetes management emphasizes the significance of nutrition and regular exercise as key elements in a comprehensive treatment plan. Let's delve into how these principles play a pivotal role in maintaining optimal blood sugar levels and contribute to overall well-being.

Ensuring Proper Nutrition:

Proper nutrition is a cornerstone of naturopathic diabetes treatment, recognizing its profound impact on blood sugar levels and overall health. Balancing macronutrients, including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, is a key principle. High-fiber carbohydrates from vegetables, grains, and legumes are encouraged, as they have a gradual impact on blood glucose levels and help reduce the risk of complications. At the same time, it is important to reduce the intake of refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pasta, as these can cause blood glucose levels to rise quickly.

Incorporating lean proteins, such as fish and legumes, and healthy fats from nuts, seeds, and avocados, contributes to blood sugar regulation and overall health. A diverse, nutrient-rich diet, low in refined carbohydrates, is emphasized for reducing the risk of diabetes-related complications and promoting optimal health.

When you work with a naturopathic doctor, the plan nutrition plan should be tailored to your needs and resources, including assessing cooking skills, assess to food, cultural considerations and motivation.

Exercise for Diabetes Management:

Regular exercise is a fundamental aspect of naturopathic diabetes treatment, playing a vital role in controlling blood sugar levels, reducing insulin resistance, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Simply, going for 15-minute walks after each meal can help lower your blood sugar, or doing any kind of movement will do!

If you’d support in managing your pre-diabetes or diabetes, consider scheduling an appointment with a naturopathic doctor at a Bastyr clinic. Providers at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle or Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego are experienced and eager to support you. They can provide individualized, holistic treatment recommendations for you based upon your values and health care needs.

Adapted by Mia Tarte, CN, from Naturopathic Approach to Diabetes, Alexander Aponte-Davila, ND, MHSN, 2023.