Diabetes is on the rise in America today. Some may say that the number of people with this disease is increasing by epidemic proportions, and when you look at the numbers, 29 million people in 2012 as compared to 1.5 million in 1958, you may agree that this is true. What used to be considered an adult onset disease, type 2 diabetes is even becoming more prevalent in our children.

Diabetes should not be taken lightly due to the other more serious health concerns that it’s associated with. Diabetes can cause gum problems, vision problems, high blood pressure and foot problems. What’s even more frightening is that it can even become as serious as heart disease, kidney failure, stroke and amputation.

The standard model for diabetes care found in traditional medicine is to watch your diet, lose weight, exercise and take medication to regulate your blood sugar. There are a couple problems with this model for care. 1) There is no guidance for patients as to which foods and what types of exercise is right for them. If a patient feels overwhelmed about their treatment, they may choose to do nothing. 2) Medication is only designed to lower blood sugar and not determine or alleviate the root cause of the diabetes. This is the reason that many patients on medication actually feel worse. If you don’t alleviate the underlying causes of your diabetes, you will not be able to effectively control your condition.

There is however, another option available for patients who are willing to make changes to their lifestyle, and this is through functional medicine. These practitioners are trained to evaluate the body as an entire operating system rather than just a set of isolated symptoms. By finding the root cause of your diabetes they can recommend lifestyle changes and therapies that will help you control, and in some cases reverse your diabetes.

Functional neurologists focus on offering care that is customized to each patient’s specific needs and personal lab test results. They do this because they understand that each patient is unique and should be treated as such. The therapies offered are all safe, natural and effective. Because of the comprehensive and customized care, many patients are achieving success in reversing their type 2 diabetes. Functional wellness providers are often able to achieve results where other doctors could not.