Type 2 diabetes can be challenging to diagnose because often there are little to no symptoms. A few things to look for are:
- Excessive thirst.
- Excessive hunger – even though you are eating.
- Extreme fatigue.
- Blurry vision.
- Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal.
- Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands/feet
Many of these symptoms are easily attributed to other health concerns, and this is why it’s estimated that of the 29 million Americans who have diabetes, around 8 million aren’t even aware that they have the disease. However, it’s very important to be aware of the signs and symptoms because of the other more severe health issues that diabetes is associated with such as heart disease, kidney failure, high blood pressure, and even amputation.
The number one contributing factor to type 2 diabetes is excessive weight. Because type 2 diabetes is largely caused by our diet and lifestyle, the good news is that with the right care and guidance patients are able to learn how to effectively control their diabetes and sometimes even reverse it. However, it’s important to know that reversing type 2 diabetes does not mean that you are able to return to your pre-diabetic lifestyle. It simply means that you no longer rely on medication to control your diabetes. You will have to maintain the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to effectively control of your diabetes.
The first step is finding the right practitioner to work with. Functional neurologists have specialized training in helping patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions. They begin all care with comprehensive testing that is designed to determine the root causes of their patient’s condition. They will then create customized care plans based on each patient’s specific needs. Their goal for you is to become empowered to manage your own health and this is why they take the time to educate you about your condition so that you understand how to effectively control your diabetes for a lifetime.
If you’re achieving little to no results effectively managing your type 2 diabetes, then it may be time for you to consider another option for your care. Patients who work with functional neurologists receive personal attention and support throughout their recovery process that is vital to their success. The care goes even beyond the recovery process, preparing the patient to successfully manage their diabetes for a lifetime.