DIABETES MELLITUS (TYPE 2)

Type 2 Diabetes is a disorder in which blood sugar is too high (Hyperglycaemia) due to insufficient, or poor quality, insulin production. Untreated, the consequences of Type 2 Diabetes can be very serious. However, clients with Type 2 diabetes may often reverse the disease with natural intervention.  We help you manage your diabetes better through life style changes such as weight management, simple exercise plans, controlled diet and nutritional support.

 

Type 2 Diabetes was once called adult-onset Diabetes, typically affecting individuals older than 40 years of age. Now, because of the epidemic of obesity and inactivity in children, Type 2 Diabetes has been diagnosed in children as young as 10 years of age who have a family history of Diabetes.

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When you have type 2 Diabetes, either your body is resistant to the effects of insulin, a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells, or your body doesn't produce enough insulin to maintain a normal sugar level in the blood. Untreated, the consequences of type 2 Diabetes can be very serious.

 

A high percentage of clients who develop type 2 Diabetes are obese, but this condition can be managed, or even prevented, by (among other things) eating certain foods (usually requiring a change of diet) and exercising, thus maintaining a healthy weight. Furthermore, clients with type 2 Diabetes often do not need treatment with oral anti-diabetic medication once their weight is stabilised.

 

Risk Factors for Diabetes 2 
•   Family history of type 2 Diabetes; having a first-degree relative with type 2 Diabetes leads to lifetime risk
•   Aged older than 40 years
•   Excess body fat, particularly abdominal obesity with waist circumference >88 cm in women and >102 cm in men
•   Sedentary lifestyle, together with poor dietary choice
•   Glucose intolerance, elevated fat  in the blood, high blood pressure
•   History of Gestational Diabetes or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 
•   Low birth weight and/or malnutrition during pregnancy may cause metabolic abnormalities in a foetus that later lead to Diabetes. 

 

Symptoms & Signs
Type 2 Diabetes
is often asymptomatic with elevated glucose found on routine exam, or an individual may present with:
•   Diabetic coma (low or severely high blood glucose levels or dehydration)
•   Polyuria (refers to the production of abnormally large amounts of urine) and polydipsia (excessive thirst)
•   Fatigue
•   Blurred vision
•   Candida infections of the skin (a yeast, or fungal, infection)
•   Poor vision
•   Pruritus (intense itching sensation)
•   Impotence
•   Numbness or burning sensation of distal extremities
•   Frequent or recurrent urinary infections

 

In our REAL THERAPIES CLINIC  we Recommend:

•   First and foremost Diet and lifestyle adjustments. Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, clients with Type 2 diabetes can usually reduce medication dosage, or even reverse the disease, with lifestyle changes. Weight loss, regular exercise, a careful, controlled diet and nutritional support are the keys to lifestyle changes.
•   Herbs or nutritional supplements from herbs to prevent and alleviate the disease.