Diabetes Mellitus: a metabolic disorder represented by a high blood glucose and Insulin resistance.
Insulin: the hormone that escorts glucose (sugar) into the body cells; converts sugar to energy
Pancreas: the organ of the body which lies in a retroperitoneal space behind the stomach and manufactures the hormone Insulin
Type 1 DM (previously Insulin Dependent Diabetes): occurs due to an autoimmune attack by the body rendering the cells in the pancreas incapable of making Insulin. There may also be genetic and environmental factors
Type 2 DM (formerly referred to as adult onset or non Insulin Dependent Diabetes): In this type of DM the body can still produce Insulin, but inadequate to meet the needs of the body. The body's cells, specifically fat, muscle and liver cells become insensitive to insulin and therefore can not effectively use the glucose for energy. The glucose builds up in the bloodstream and begins to negatively impact other tissue organs. With this increase of glucose comes an increase in Insulin. Type 2 is not generally diagnosed without a fasting blood glucose, unless the client is familiar with the signs of diabetes.
- Thirst (often first symptom)
- Dry mouth
- Increased appetite
- Increased urination, maybe every hour with increasing blood sugar levels:
one may notice infections, slow to heal wounds, headaches, fatigue, and blurred vision.
Statistics: for the first time in the history of humans, type 2 DM is more common than type 1 in childhood. This is due to childhood obesity, poor diet and nutrition, and youngsters becoming more sedentary.
Cumulative exposures of high levels of sugar (glucose) in the blood may cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves.
Our Goals for You:
- Reduce your risk for developing "pre-diabetes"
- Possibly reverse diabetes
- Improve the sensitivity of your cells to insulin
- Weight loss
- Reduction of the complications of diabetes
- Improve the actions and reduce the side effects of hypoglycemic agents and insulin
A Personalized Exercise Plans:
Diet and Nutrition counseling
Motivation and emotional support for necessary lifestyle changes