Diabetes refers to the liver's inability to regulate blood sugar levels. Our blood sugar fluctuates temporarily throughout the day according to our energy levels and the food we consume. Normally, when we have taken a meal or drink, our pancreas secretes insulin, a hormone that regulates the blood glucose levels. Blood sugar level will then increase temporarily until the insulin has transformed glucose into storable compounds called glycogen and triglyceride, which are stored in the liver and can be converted back to glucose when our body needs energy.
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disorder characterized by a raised blood glucose level resulting from insulin deficiency, insulin resistance, or both. In Type I or insulin-dependent diabetes (IDDM), little or no insulin is produced. In Type II or non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM), there is reduced insulin secretion and the body cells do not react to insulin.
Diabetes increases the risk of cerebrovascular disease, heart diseases, foot gangrene, retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy.
Diabetes can sometimes go unnoticed, especially during the initial stages. It can be diagnosed by checking blood glucose level during a medical examination. For the majority of healthy individuals, normal blood sugar level before a meal is about 4 mmol/L, while in diabetic clients the level ranges from 4 to 7 mmol/L.
As the disease develops, diabetes may present with other symptoms or complications. Possible symptoms include thirst, excessive urination, increased appetite, weight loss, lethargy, poor wound healing, and infections. Uncontrolled diabetes causes acute conditions such as severe dehydration and coma.
Some risk factors for developing Type II diabetes include advancing age, obesity, a family history of diabetes, and lack of physical activity. In other cases, diabetes can also be caused by some endocrine diseases, pancreatic diseases, and drugs such as steroids.
To prevent diabetes, one should maintain an optimum body weight through a balanced diet and regular physical activity. Diabetic client should have their blood sugar under control through dietary or pharmacological measures.
The IMI Approach
Blood glucose regulation will be the main focus of the treatment. Our practitioner will conduct an assessment by functional medical tests and prescribe the necessary supplements and medicine to control your blood glucose balance and metabolism.