Diabetes occurs when insulin is not being effectively produced or distributed to your cells. After you eat a meal, your pancreas secretes insulin in order to move the glucose or sugar from your food into your cells. This in turn helps produce energy and growth. Diabetes is the result of this system not working properly because the body doesn’t produce insulin or enough insulin; or it has become resistant to insulin.

Type 1 diabetes is actually an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body’s own immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Type 1 diabetes typically shows up in younger people, and around 5-10% of the millions who suffer from diabetes have this type. Because of the lack of insulin produced,  type 1 diabetes has to be controlled with insulin injections for the rest of the patient’s life.

Type 2 diabetes is much more prevalent than type 1, as around 90% of the patients who suffer from diabetes have this type. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not make enough insulin or the body cannot use the insulin well enough, otherwise known as insulin resistance. It is largely caused by diet and lifestyle.

The problem with diabetes is that patients may not have any symptoms, or symptoms are often mistaken for other health issues. It is estimated that 7 million patients who suffer from diabetes don’t even know that they have it.  However, some indicators of diabetes to look out for are: excessive thirst or appetite, increased urination, unusual weight gain or loss, fatigue, blurred vision and slow healing cuts or sores. It’s very important to effectively manage or control your diabetes because of the serious complications that can arise from it.

Traditional medicine typically prescribes medication for diabetes as well as recommending that you lose weight, eat better, and exercise. However, many patients will do this and yet they still don’t feel better. In fact, often time’s medication leaves them feeling worse than their diabetes does. If your doctor is only giving you insulin or medications, then your doctor is probably not fully aware of all of your options.

It’s important to understand that there are other options available to you. The first step is finding the right practitioner to work with. Functional neurologists have extensive training in how the body operates as a whole and they are well-versed in helping patients manage and often overcome chronic health disorders like diabetes. They begin by determining exactly what’s causing your diabetes through comprehensive testing that is designed to check all of your body systems, because believe it or not, root causes of diabetes are different for every patient.

Functional neurologists may be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired! Don’t give up – there are solutions available for you, and you owe it to yourself to seek them out.