If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes it can often feel frightening and overwhelming, especially because there are so many other serious health concerns associated with diabetes. Your traditional practitioner has probably instructed you or your loved one to lose weight, eat healthy, exercise, and take medication. But what if you’re doing all these things and you aren’t seeing results? What if your medication leaves you feeling worse than your diabetes does?

It can often feel frustrating when you’re not seeing results, and in some cases feeling worse. There are a lot of questions surrounding this disease. There is good news however, for folks with type 2 diabetes. Did you know that with the right care and guidance you can learn to control your diabetes? Even those with type 1 diabetes can experience an improved quality of life with the proper care.

It begins with finding the underlying cause of your diabetes, and believe it or not this is different for every patient. Did you know that it’s not only your pancreas that plays a role in regulating your blood sugar? Your liver function, GI system, and adrenal function also contribute to regulating your blood sugar; so if one of these systems is imbalanced, you will not be able to effectively control your diabetes. Unfortunately a glucose test alone is not enough to give your provider the full picture of all of your body systems. You need to have comprehensive testing done.

Functional neurologists begin all care with thorough testing that can include but is not limited to a complete blood chemistry panel, as well as saliva, stool and urine samples. They also give you a complete physical evaluation which involves discussing not only your current condition, but also your past health history and family health history. They gather and analyze all of this information so that they have the complete picture of your health and this allows them to pinpoint exactly where imbalances are occurring.

Patients are often surprised to find that not only has their diabetes improved when they work with a functional neurologist, but so has their over health and well-being. This is because this type of practitioner educates them about their diabetes so that patients understand their triggers and they are empowered to take charge of their own condition and successfully manage it for the rest of their lives. This is much different from the “one size fits all” approach that patients tend to find with traditional medicine, and it produces long-term results.