Diabetes is a modern epidemic affecting around 25% of the population over 25.
1.5 million people have diabetes
A further 2-3 million people have pre-diabetes
280 people are diagnosed with diabetes every day
The annual health cost of diabetes is $14 billion
1 in 4 hospitals are occupied with someone with diabetes
Diabetes Comes with Serious Health Problems
If not halted or reversed, diabetes can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, kidney disease, eye disease, neuropathy, foot damage, skin conditions and Alzheimer’s.
We Are Losing the Battle
Diabetes rates are increasing. In 1995 56.3% of Australians over 25 years of age were overweight or obese. In 2015 the figure was 63.4%. 25% of children aged 5-17 are overweight.
The number of diabetics in Australia are forecast to increase from 1.5M in 2015 to 3M in 2025.
Countries that never had a significant diabetes problem are now battling with the disease – even China now has over 100 million diabetics. Modern diets, lifestyle and medications are simply not dealing with the issue.
How We Currently Manage Diabetes
Almost all treatments focus on ‘managing’ the disease. Medications such as Metformin and Insulin injections are routinely used by diabetics to slow the progress of the disease. Diabetes is a progressive disease – that is it will progressively get worse even though we might be able to slow it down a bit.
Diabetes is excessive glucose in the blood.
This occurs because of either no insulin production (type 1 diabetes) or having developed insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes – the most common form of diabetes).
Insulin resistance means that your body must make more and more insulin to try to deal with the excess glucose in your blood. And by doing this your body becomes more and more resistant to the insulin so you need more and more insulin to do the job. And eventually the beta cells that produce insulin in the pancreas are destroyed or become less effective.
Initial oral medications change the way your body deals with glucose, but as the disease progresses you need higher and higher doses of the mediation.
Eventually you may need to inject insulin into your bloodstream every day. Again, starting at lower doses and then progressing to higher and higher doses as your body become more and more resistant to insulin.
50% of people with diabetes will progress from tablets to insulin injections. Around 1 million Australians take insulin.
The drugs used come with many side effects and they do not halt or cure the disease. They just slow it down.
Another form of treatment is bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, gastric banding, etc…). Complications include bowel obstruction, hernias, repeat operation, vomiting, hypoglycaemia and difficulty swallowing a range of common foods.
Most Diabetic Diets Also Fail to Address the Progression of The Disease
The current dietary recommendations have not address the progression of the disease. If it did then pre-diabetics would not become diabetics and the disease would not progress at the rate it does.
There is clearly something wrong with how we are managing the disease.
What is the Answer?
If the problem is insulin resistance (caused by too much insulin), then the logical answer is to reduce insulin levels (not increase them) and reduce glucose levels in the bloodstream.
Diabetes Prevention Program
Our Diabetes Prevention Program utilises acupuncture, Chinese herbs and aims to help:
reduce blood glucose levels;
reduce insulin levels;
improve the function of the gastrointestinal tract;
with the overall aim of reducing your natural blood glucose levels and reducing or eliminating the need for diabetes medication.
What to Expect
As treatment progresses we aim to help you to:
Reduce the amount of insulin in your blood stream
Lower your blood pressure
Lower your cholesterol
Increase your energy
We also aim to help you reduce (and in some cases) stop taking your diabetes and blood pressure medications (working in conjunction with your GP).
…all by using acupuncture and Chinese herbs to improve your digestion and by teaching you how to eat correctly to reduce and stabilise your blood glucose and insulin levels.
Note: benefits vary person to person.
Benefits of the Diabetes Prevention Program
If you are pre-diabetic your body is already developing insulin resistance and you are well on your way to developing diabetes. Specific treatment can help you to reduce insulin resistance.
If you are already a diabetic (type 2) and are tired of taking ever-increasing dosages of medications, being overweight and worrying about your health, specific treatment can help you lose weight and reduce insulin resistance with the aim of reducing diabetes medications.
About the Diabetes Prevention Program
The Diabetes Prevention Program is usually in 6 week blocks.
You will see us once a week.
We will monitor your pulse, weight, measurements, glucose levels and blood pressure.
When you get good results from the 6 weeks of treatment, keep going until you reach your goal blood glucose levels and weight.
Diabetes: the silent pandemic and its impact on Australia. Baker IDI Diabetes Institute. 2012
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