Diabetes

Diabetes Specialist
Diabetes can cause a broad range of serious complications, including kidney failure and vision loss, when it’s left untreated or poorly managed. Keeping blood sugar levels under control helps reduce these risks, providing patients with an improved quality of life. Patients can ease symptoms of diabetes and prevent complications with a naturopathic regimen that emphasizes lifestyle changes. Vanessa D. Wilkie, ND provides naturopathic treatment for diabetes for patients in Bellevue, Washington.

Diabetes Q&A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when the body has too much sugar in the blood. That causes several health issues that affect many different parts of the body. Managing blood sugar levels on a regular basis can prevent these problems from occurring and stop diabetes from becoming worse.

What causes diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form, occurs when insulin is unable to move sugar from the blood into the cells for energy. Instead, this sugar accumulates in the blood. Scientists believe that genetics and lifestyle factors, such as eating unhealthy foods, cause this to happen, although they don’t fully understand why. Patients with certain risk factors, such as being overweight and having a family history of diabetes, have a higher risk of developing this disease.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

Having too much sugar in the blood can cause symptoms in several parts of the body, especially when blood sugar levels remain high on a regular basis. Common symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased thirst, sudden weight loss, increased hunger, blurred vision, a frequent urge to urinate, and fatigue. Patients who have any of these symptoms should see Dr. Wilkie for an exam and evaluation. Dr. Wilkie will go over naturopathic treatment options for those patients whom she diagnoses with the disease.

How does Dr. Wilkie treat diabetes?

Dr. Wilkie uses the principles of naturopathic medicine to help patients manage diabetes. This form of medicine places emphasis on treating the underlying cause of diseases rather than just treating symptoms.

Dr. Wilkie works with patients on making changes to their lifestyle to reverse the effects of this disease and prevent it from causing harm to the body. These lifestyle changes include adopting a healthy diet with larger amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy sources of protein and limiting or avoiding foods with high amounts of sugar and fat. Other lifestyle changes include working out on a regular basis, improving sleep quality if needed, and taking supplements. These supplements can help patients get the nutrients they need to keep diabetes from becoming worse.

Dr. Wilkie can recommend a detox method to rid the body of unhealthy substances, too. She can also provide patients with diabetes medication, such as Metformin and insulin, when needed.

For more information on diabetes treatments, please contact Vanessa D. Wilkie, ND.

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