About 422 million people worldwide have diabetes. (source: WHO)
The predominance of diabetes has been steadily increasing for the past 3 decades, reflecting an increase in the prevalence of obesity and overweight people. In particular, the predominance of diabetes is growing most rapidly in low and middle-income countries.
Type 2 blood sugar is the most common among all that is diagnosed in every other person suffering from high stress and high BMI. It has reached an epidemic proportion in today’s world.
Let's understand what is Type 2 diabetes two and which approach is more effective in reversing diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes has its origin in multiple factors including a poor diet rich in refined sugar, today's sedentary lifestyle full of stress, strained relationship, and poor gut health.
Blood Sugar is measured by testing blood sugar levels as fasting blood sugar, postprandial blood sugar, and random blood sugar. Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a test done to know the average blood sugar levels of the last three months.
In the conventional system of medicine little is done on the preventive aspect of Diabetes, Once developed patients are given medicines to reduce the blood sugar level without addressing the root cause.
Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of Holistic Healing and is an excellent approach to addresses the underlying chronic health conditions as well as the preventive healthcare needs of the 21st century.
By revolutionizing and shifting the traditional practice of disease-based focus of medical practice to a more personalized, true healthcare, holistic and treatment of the body with a central focus on gut healing is becoming a more realistic and adaptable approach to cure diabetes and reverse this chronic disease. The focus is more on the root cause rather than the traditional underlying treatment.
Now, since medical science has done a lot of research on the Gut-Brain Axis, it is becoming evident that the gut plays an important role in the well-being of the human body.
Functional medicine addresses the human body as one and not just an isolated visible cause of symptoms or disease. Holistic practitioners spend time with the patients, understanding the food habits, lifestyle, family health, work level stress, medical history, nutritional needs, which have a direct and indirect impact on the Gut Health and Overall, Well Being.
In this way, functional medicine experts derive certain practices which the patient may be knowingly or unknowingly undergoing which could be impacting gene expression, gut health, and vitality.
Thus, an individualized holistic treatment road map is prepared which is easy, adaptable, and does not impact the business routine of the patient. Functional holistic care strives to address the micro needs of the patient like treatment of chronic conditions, dietary advice, mental counselling, and lifestyle protocols.
The functional medicine approach ascertains the overall imbalance by detailed case analysis, a set of diagnostics tests, and advises a change management protocol.
Thus, the functional medicine approach helps in not only maintaining normal sugar levels but also helps in restoring the gut health, body’s overall health by improving sleep, giving a relaxed mind, and preventing any further complications of diabetes.