A diagnosis of diabetes can be confusing and overwhelming at first because of all the health complications that are associated with it. You’ve been told to monitor your diet and exercise, but how? Did you know that certain types of exercise can actually reduce inflammation? Do you know which foods you might be sensitive to that might actually make you feel worse?

There’s a lot of misinformation when it comes to diabetes. Patients are often told that medication or insulin are the only options for treating diabetes, but what if your medication makes you feel worse? Did you know that insulin can cause inflammation, which can also make you feel worse? With all of these factors to consider, it’s no wonder that patients are confused and overwhelmed.

The good news is that there are answers out there for you. In order to effectively control your diabetes, you have to find the right practitioner to work with. However, did you know that with the proper care it is actually possible to control and sometimes even reverse your diabetes? This means that you may be able to eliminate medication with the right lifestyle changes and therapies.

A practitioner with training in functional wellness may be able to provide the care that you are looking for. These providers are trained to examine the body as a whole operating system and they have specialized training in helping patients with diabetes effectively manage their condition. They will start by determining the underlying cause of your diabetes, and this is actually different for everyone.

They begin with comprehensive testing that will include a complete blood chemistry panel as well as other tests that will be checking all of your body systems. This is how they determine where the imbalances are and how to correct them, and it’s typically more thorough than the standard blood work that you receive with your primary care physician.

Once they have the complete picture of your health, they will customize a care plan designed to meet your specific needs, based on your test results. Because every patient is different, customized care is crucial to a successful recovery. For example, you may have a food sensitivity that triggers a response that makes you feel worse. However, that food may be fine for the next patient. This is why a “one size fits all” diabetes diet is not effective for most patients.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about your diabetes care, understand that there are practitioners out there who are willing to partner with you, educate you about your condition, and coach you through the recovery process. There is hope! You owe it to yourself to find the best practitioner who will offer you safe, natural and effective care.