DIABETES TYPE 2 AND GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE

 

It is estimated that 366 million of the world population had Diabetes Mellitus in 2011; by 2030 this would have risen to 439 million. 

Glucose intolerance is a life-long (chronic) disease in which there is a high level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas by special cells, called beta cells. Insulin is needed to move blood sugar (glucose) into cells. Inside the cells, glucose is stored and later used for energy.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES AND GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE

  • Polyuria (increased thirst) and Nocturia (waking up at night due to urination) - due to hyperglycemia.

  • Fatigue – due to the inability to use glucose as an energy source.

  • Rapid, unhealthy weight loss due to the breakdown of protein and fat as an alternative energy source.

  • Blurred vision caused by a change in lens refraction.

  • Infections like Candida and urinary tract infections – because raised serum glucose impairs phagocyte function and provides a growth medium in which microorganisms can flourish.

  • Cuts and wounds that heal slowly.

  • Itching around the penis and vagina.

How can Nutritionists help you reduce Diabetes 

Our approach for diabetes and glucose intolerance is to control body weight, blood sugar level, reduce insulin resistance and control hyperglycaemia.

We target multiple mechanisms including enhancement of insulin sensitivity, stimulation of insulin secretion, and reduction of carbohydrate absorption.

Five major areas that we look closely at are: 

  • Healthy Eating – We guide you in making the correct food choices.

  • Weight Loss – We help you to get to your ideal weight.

  • Regular exercise – We encourage different types of exercises.  

  • Stress Reduction – As stress plays a major contributing factor in increasing blood sugar level due to increase in stress hormone. Anxiety worry and grief also influence metabolism and may cause sugar to appear in the urine.

  • Sleep - is linked to the development of insulin resistance. Therefore, ensuring that you have a good sleep is very important to us.

 

TESTING FOR DIABETES AND GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE

Diabetes and glucose intolerance, insulin resistance and blood glucose issues can be related to numerous other issues including:

  • Nutrient inefficiencies

  • Gut bacteria

  • Digestive imbalances

As well as using blood testing to determine diabetes risk or stage, we can also use other tests to try and address underlying contributors to the development and progression of Type 2 Diabetes.

We’re also be pleased to review your blood test results from your GP at no extra cost on top of our consultation services.

 

NUTRITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS 

 

DIET

Increase your consumption of high-fibre foods, such as wholegrain bread and cereals, beans and lentils, and fruit and vegetables.

  • Eat fish and lean meat rather than fatty or processed meat.

  • Eat fruit, unsalted nuts, and low-fat yoghurts as snacks.

  • Beneficial fruits:

Bitter gourd – Among the several home remedies that beneficial in controlling diabetes perhaps the most important is the use of bitter gourd. It has been found that bitter gourd contains hypoglycemia or an insulin-like substance called plant insulin which helps in lowering the blood and urine sugar levels.  

 

Indian Gooseberry - due to its high vitamin C content. Indian Gooseberry is considered valuable in diabetes reduction. The juice taken daily can stimulate the Isle of Langerhans that secretes the hormone insulin in the pancreas. It can also contribute to the blood sugar levels reduction.   

Jambul Fruit - The fruit, seeds and fruit juice are all useful in controlling blood sugar in the blood.

  

Grapefruit - Grapefruit can help blood sugar level reduction. If you have high sugar levels or and have a tendency towards that. You could try to prevent it then use grapefruit three times a day. However, Grapefruit interacts with the liver function so make sure to contact a nutritionist before using too much of it.

Fenugreek - Fenugreek seeds in a dosage of 25 grams to 100g daily, can reduce hypoglycemia in diabetic patients. It has shown to be helpful in reducing serum cholesterol and triglycerides.

Black gram and Bengal gram - They have shown considerable lowering in fasting blood sugar level, glucose tolerance, urinary excretion of sugar and general condition. It's best to soak them overnight and germinate them before eating.  

SUPPLEMENTS

  • GLA (gamma-lipoic acid) – Naturally occurring antioxidant present in evening primrose oil, borage oil, and blackcurrant seed oil. GLA may improve the function of nerves damaged by diabetic neuropathy. 

  • Biotin – Has an impact on glucose levels for both type1 and type 2 Diabetes.

  • Carnitine (L-Carnitine, Acetyl L-Carnitine) - prevents diabetic ketoacidosis.

  • Chromium - By using either brewer’s yeast stocked with chromium, or chromium chloride, diabetic patients may be able to improve glucose tolerance, lower their fasting glucose levels, decrease insulin levels and cut cholesterol and triglyceride levels, whilst increasing HDL-cholesterol levels.

  • Coenzyme Q10 - lowers blood sugar level.

  • Inositol - helps reducing neuropathy (nervous damage) caused by diabetes.

  • Vitamin E - improve glucose tolerance.

 

HOW WE CAN HELP YOU TO REDUCE OR PREVENT YOUR DIABETES OR GLUCOSE INTOLERANCE

If you live far off and don't want to travel, we also provide consultation on Skype and Zoom.

Session 1: 1hour Initial Consultation
Session 2: 30 min Face to Face or Telephone follow up/ check in session within 2 weeks
Session 3: 30 min Face to face or telephone follow up within 2 weeks
Session 4: 30 min Telephone follow up / check in within 3 weeks
Session 5: 30 min Face to face or telephone follow up within 3 weeks
Session 6: Review consultation 1hour within 2 weeks

 

HOW DOES THE PROGRAMME WORK?

After booking yourself into the programme, you will be sent a questionnaire and a food diary to fill in and return to us by email for analysis before the initial consultation. This will help us to identify possible lifestyle and dietary factors contributing to the condition. Any medications or supplements taking for the condition also must be disclosed during the initial consultation.

No medication should be stopped without doctors’ consent.

 

INITIAL CONSULTATION

The initial consultation lasts one hour. During the consultation we take your case history, family history. We also discuss the current diet and lifestyle and your likes and dislikes about foods.

We then agree together on your health goals, and we send you a personalised programme for you to follow.

What to expect after Initial consultation:

  • Nutritional plan - in-depth plan on what to include and to remove from your diet. We also suggest healthy alternatives to certain foods that might be detrimental to your wellbeing and recovery.

  • Supplements – If vitamin and mineral deficiencies are identified, supplemental recommendations are made to expedite your recovery.

  • Lifestyle changes suggestions - A plan to include in your lifestyle - on meditation, exercise, aromatherapy, hobbies, relaxation, Bach flowers, Ayurveda.

  • Recipes - Delicious, approved recipes of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacks tailored according to your symptoms for your 12-week programme.

  • Shopping guide - Each week you’re provided with a shopping guide to help you organise your meals and stay on track with the programme.

  • Access to our downloadable Resource Section such as:

•Shopping guide

•Meal Planner

•Food Journal

  • 10% Discount on Nutritional Supplements

  • Access to Functional laboratory testing (when required) will be discussed and recommended.

30 MINUTES FOLLOW UP CONSULTATIONS

Follow up consultations work with the same principle as the initial consultation but they last 30 minutes. During the follow-ups, we review the programme and see which of the suggestions worked well and which you are struggling with. 

What to expect after the follow-up consultations -

  • A full review of the programme.

  • Address any new symptoms or changes experienced after the initial consultation

  • Making any changes in the programme in view of any difficulties encountered in following a plan.

  • Full review of any test results.

  • Adapting a plan according to your new timeline set.

  • An in-depth nutritional plan that includes diet, lifestyle, and supplements tailored for you.

If you have any questions or would like to enquire about how we can help, contact us on: 

info@perfectnutrition360.com

©2019 by Perfect Nutrition 360.

Any suggestion and recommendation is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. As with any health-related program or service, your results may vary, and will be based on many variables, including but not limited to, your individual capacity, life experience, unique health and genetic profile, starting point, expertise, and level of commitment.