Diabetes is a widely spread disease. My blog today will expose to you the functional medicine way of looking at it, and the case history, of a particular client reversing it!
Bob was a football player at his youth. Although he was trained to play professional soccer but unfortunately on account of knee injury. He was sidelined from the main stream, and that was 24 years back. Still, occasionally the client plays with his sons. But on the account of the recent diagnosis i.e. type II diabetes. He is confined to sit in his couch, and observe his favorite team play but he can’t rejoice a touchdown as he has been restricted to experience over stimulation.
But first some interesting facts about Diabetes: (Since the client in the case history is an American, I will illustrate the facts prevalent mainly in America. But the rest of the world is not behind, even more worse due to poor health system, especially in under-developed countries like Pakistan)
- Over 20 years about 1 million new cases come up in the US alone
- Undiagnosed diabetic are one-third in the number
- About 450,00 deaths were reported in 1999, due to diabetes in age group 20s and above
- Diabetes causes blindness in age group 20s to 70s
- In 1999, diabetes was given the sixth position as the leading cause of death in U.S. alone.
- Diabetes, and renal disease are co-related. Over 40 percent of cases of clients show similarity.
- Around 1999, about 82,000 amputations were carried on diabetics.
Bob weight was around 260 for his height i.e. 5’11. A rocking high. Also, he was experiencing alteration in his feelings, habits, and moods. He was always fatigued although he slept for 9 hours daily, was more thirsty, and was going to loo more than ever before. He kept these change of symptoms as a secret, and thought they will pass with time.
Basic Diabetes Symptoms include:
- Constant fatigue
- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Unexplained nausea
- Poor healing
- Blurred vision
- Burning/numb/tingling in hands and feet
- Breath with fruity odor
He scheduled a meeting with Dr. H a famous physician with 25 years of expereince under his belt. Dr.H immediately tap the problem. He checked his BP which was 230/110. He had the nurse to take a standard urine analysis, and finger-prick test. Meanwhile, Dr. H gave him a drop in the eye to dilate his eyes, he wasn’t surprised at all to see leakage, and micro-hemorrhages, which are common in diabetics. Plus, his test results came positive of diabetes.
After these results, Dr.H added few more tests. Namely CBC, and Hemoglobin A1c commonly known as Glycated Hemoglobin.
All these tests confirmed diabetes. And the doctor suggested a quick start ofd treatment.
But after three months of treatment Bob was regularly questioning Dr. H about the root-cause of his getting diabetes. But Dr. H very comfortably brushed off this topic, by asking Bob to rely on more established medical treatment. He was clearly against the alternative medicine, and only approved FDA medicines.
Sadly his ordeal went on few more months until Bob saw on TV, a programme of Alternative medicine expert. Who was talking about the causes, and reversal of diabetes. All these techniques were against Bob’s Dr. H methodology. And were scientifically proven, and were natural. With 99.99% results.
After watching the programme, Bob became sure that he could do something about his dreadful disease, as conventional treatment would only lead to cardiovascular disease.(as in most the cases)
He decided to see Dr. R, and was very excited to uncover the root-cause of his disease.
After three weeks of testing Dr. R was ready with results, and treatment protocol.
Dr. R informed Bob of low levels of minerals like zinc, magnesium, and chromium found through his mineral tests.
Plus, Bob had very high oxidative stress with free-radicals out of proportion. Also, his testosterones levels were not normal. Which are needed for normal glucose metabolism. Dr. R gave him therapeutic doses of essential minerals, along with low dose of testosterone. Plus asked him to follow low-glycemic diet. Bob was encouraged to maintain a journal, to log down his new habits, so that he can be successful.
|Bob was to carryon his medications until re-evaluation of his latest results of Hemoglobin A1c and glucose, which plummeted. (no surprise) After close-check he was completely off his medication but he needed to maintain his nutritional protocol as illustrated by Dr. R.|
After three months, Bob glucose, triglycerides, Hemoglobin A1c were tremendously improved. YES WITHOUT MEDICATIONS…Bob had more energy, and life. Now, Bob is more active, and hit the gym thrice a week. Enjoys nutritious meals. And is thinking of joining a football club. J
This was a small report to educate you about goods of Functional Medicine Diagnostics. I being Functional Medicine Practitioner, also deal with many such clients on my online practice, and help solve their health problems, and improve their well-being. Since, alternative medicine is hushed-up everywhere. I am committed to help people by my writing and practice.
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