Since 1996, the number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK has risen from 1.4 million to 3.5 million. The figure is predicted to rise to 5 million by 2025.(1) Its prevalence will potentially have an impact on disease rates in other areas as well. Diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and many other diseases and chronic illnesses.(2)
Diabetes can impact on mental as well as physical health
It can have a significant impact on brain health as well impacting on anything from anxiety to depression.
“We know that elevation of blood sugar is related to a reduction in size of the brain’s memory center, the hippocampus. As it turns out, this reduction is correlated with both a decline in cognitive function as well as mood disorders”. Dr David Perlmutter, Diabetes and Brain Deterioration
Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and changing diet and lifestyle and dietary change can be the key to alleviating its effects. However it is easy for patients to become trapped in a cycle where their anxiety and depression can make it hard to implement the lifestyle changes that would help. It can be vital to focus first on helping the patient manage anxiety, for example using adaptogens and mineral supplements like magnesium, to support them in being able to make wider lifestyle and dietary interventions.
Testing for key insulin and adrenal stress
For functional medicine practitioners supporting patients with diabetes or other blood sugar issues it can be vital to understand the behaviour of key indicators associated with metabolic insulin resistance and cortisol production
The CardioMetabolic Profile allows early detection of major indicators associated with metabolic/insulin resistance syndrome. Used as a screening profile this can help clinicians make the most appropriate treatment recommendations to reduce the overall risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Regular testing can also be used for risk assessment and monitoring patients with DM2.
Cortisol is a steroid hormone that increases blood sugar and is released in response to stress. Understanding cortisol and DHEA levels response using an Adrenal Stress test can help quantify adrenal function and detect general stress levels.