Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose). Type 2 diabetes develops when the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin. Genetics and environmental factors, such as excess weight and inactivity all seem to be contributing factors. Many children these days are also being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Even if you have diabetes in your family, diet and exercise can help you prevent and even reverse this disease. If you start eating healthier, get more exercise, and lose weight, you can reduce your symptoms. Research shows that these lifestyle changes, especially physical activity, can halt and reverse the course of the condition.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition where the body actually attacks the pancreas. It is similar to type 2 in which the body does not produce enough insulin and is genetic but is different in many ways. Type 1 typically rears its head after the gene is triggered by an illness or virus. There is no cure, no hope for reversal and the individual who suffers with this chronic condition cannot live without insulin injections. Contrary to popular belief, type 1 diabetes is not a childhood disease. It occurs at every age, in people of every race, and of every shape and size. In fact, there are more adults who have type 1 diabetes than children, although it was previously known as juvenile diabetes.
My son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in October of 2017 and I was diabetic myself. I understand firsthand how difficult it can be to manage this condition. As a nutritionist, my goal with clients that have type 1 is to help lower the amount of daily insulin needed and support the body with the supplements and nutrition that anyone suffering from an autoimmune condition would need. It is also helpful to find healthier substitutions that are not full of toxic artificial sweeteners.
Over the years, I have helped hundreds of clients with Type 2 diabetes lose weight, lower overall A1C and even reverse the diagnosis of diabetes. In some rare cases lifestyle changes are not enough and the body needs help in other areas. That's where I can help!