Type 2 diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent in America today. Did you know that of the 29 million people who suffer from diabetes, 90% have type 2? Because type 2 diabetes is largely caused by nutrition and lifestyle, it presents a great opportunity for patients with type 2 diabetes to learn to effectively control and in some cases, even reverse their condition. This becomes possible with the right care and guidance.
Unfortunately, traditional practitioners dont offer a lot of options for patients with diabetes other than insulin injections, medication, specific diet, and exercise. The problem with this model for care is that patients arent given much guidance as to the right nutrition for their specific needs. Did you know that certain foods can actually cause inflammation in your system that aggravates diabetes? Medication also has unwanted side effects that leave patients feeling worse.
This is why its important to seek out care that is comprehensive and customized to your individual needs. Working with practitioners who have training in functional medicine is a great place to start. Doctors like Dr. Sarah Scharf and her team at Flourish Integrative Health have specialized training and a proven track record in helping patients with chronic health issues like diabetes.
When you work Dr. Scharf and the team at Flourish Integrative Health you can expect:
- Highly trained practitioners. This teams specialties of practice are focused upon functional medicine, applied clinical nutrition, digestive issues, hormone assessment, and autoimmune conditions such as Hashimotos. The doctors also specialize in helping people with diabetes naturally reverse their chronic degenerative disease.
- The doctors will determine the root cause of your diabetes. The only way to effectively control diabetes is to determine exactly whats causing it. Unfortunately, a TSH test alone is not enough to provide the complete picture of your health. Comprehensive testing must be done in order to pinpoint the underlying causes of your diabetes and blood sugar issues.
- Customized Care. Medication is designed to regulate your blood sugar, not determine whats causing your diabetes. This is more of a “one size fits all” approach that doesnt work for everyone. Dr. Scharf and her team understand that every patient is a unique individual, and for this reason your care plan will be tailored to your specific needs.
- Long-term results. When youre dealing with a complicated disease like diabetes, its rare to achieve long-term results with a “one size fits all” approach to care. Your practitioner is your partner and advocate in health. They should provide you with the knowledge and tools so that you can properly manage your condition for a lifetime.
A Comprehensive Approach
In order to recommend the appropriate therapies and lifestyle changes that will most benefit your specific condition, your provider needs the complete picture of your health. Understanding the right tests to run and how to properly analyze them is the first step to determining the root cause of your diabetes, and this is why the doctors spend so much time gathering information about your health history. Your testing may include a complete blood chemistry panel as well as saliva, urine and stool samples. The doctors will be checking for things like liver function, GI issues and food sensitivities, adrenal function, and thyroid disorders.
Dr. Scharf says, “In our practice we understand why diabetics became diabetics in the first place. This is done through extensive testing to determine the underlying dysfunctions in an individuals body. Then we establish a bio-individualized program that treats the underlying cause of dysfunction, not simply covering up symptoms with medication.
In our practice diabetics experience more energy, reduction and elimination of their medications, less aches and pains, and an overall renewed sense of health.”
A Proven Track Record For Solutions
The doctors often see patients at the clinic who have been told that there is no alternative for them other than medication or insulin for their diabetes. Many of these patients are suffering from the side effects of that medication and insulin. It is because of the thorough and customized approach that the doctors take in helping their patients with diabetes and unresolved blood sugar issues that they are often able to achieve results for patients when other doctors could not.
Dr. Scharf and her team specialize in helping patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes, so they have knowledge and understanding about the mechanics of diabetes and how it affects the body systems that other practitioners may not have.