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Naturopathy and Diabetes

May 25, 2024 | The Healthy Way Newsletter

Almost 1 in 10 Canadians aged 20 years and older has been diagnosed with diabetes, and these rates continue to climb.

Diabetes is a disease that needs and can be kept under control!

Naturopathy, a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on natural remedies and the body’s ability to heal itself, can be a valuable complementary therapy for managing diabetes. While conventional treatments such as medication, diet, and exercise play a crucial role in diabetes management, naturopathic approaches can provide additional support in improving overall health and well-being.

Here are some ways in which naturopathy can help with diabetes:

1. Dietary Guidance: Naturopathic doctors may recommend a diet rich in whole foods, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats while limiting processed foods, sugars, and refined carbohydrates. Dietary changes can help regulate blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and support overall health.

2. Herbal Remedies: Naturopathic practitioners often use herbal remedies to help manage diabetes symptoms. Certain herbs like bitter melon, fenugreek, cinnamon, and ginseng have been studied for their potential benefits in lowering blood sugar levels and improving insulin sensitivity.

3. Supplements: Naturopathic doctors may recommend specific supplements to support diabetes management. For example, omega-3, magnesium, chromium, and vitamin D are commonly used to help regulate blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity, and reduce inflammation.

4. Lifestyle Modifications: Naturopathy emphasizes the importance of lifestyle factors such as stress management, regular exercise, and adequate sleep in managing diabetes. Stress can impact blood sugar levels, so techniques like meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises may be recommended to help reduce stress and improve overall well-being.

5. Acupuncture: A traditional Chinese medicine practice may help with diabetes management. Some studies suggest that acupuncture can improve blood sugar control, reduce insulin resistance, and alleviate diabetic neuropathy symptoms.

Before starting any naturopathic treatment, it’s essential to consult with a qualified naturopathic doctor to ensure that the approach is appropriate for your individual needs. By integrating naturopathy into your diabetes management plan, you can take a holistic approach to improving your health and well-being.

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I'm Dr. Elena Krasnov, N.D and I've been healing people for decades with my holistic and comprehensive approach to health.

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