The Integrative Approach to Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
Cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes are both largely the result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, drinking and stress, – all factors within our control.
We can treat these conditions, but we would much rather help you take control of your risk factors to prevent disease occurrence in the first place.
We begin with medical tests to measure your blood sugar levels, blood flow and functional organ health to identify your unique risk factors for both cardiovascular diseases and type II diabetes. Then we can build you a custom health program using a variety of therapies including:
Diet and weight management
For Cardiovascular Disease
Obesity, high cholesterol and a diet high in saturated fats are among the leading causes of cardiovascular disease. With our weight management program, we can build you a nutrition plan that you will enjoy and that will help you lose weight and decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease. You’ll look better, feel better and live longer.
For Type II Diabetes
The Standard American Diet (SAD) focuses on simple carbohydrates that break down into an excess of glucose that our bodies can’t use. This excess glucose damages our organs and is stored as fat around our bellies and hips. These extra fat cells produce a hormone cascade that increases our insulin resistance and damages our ability to process sugar.
We can work with you to eliminate simple carbohydrates from your diet to reverse this fat storage process. By building a healthy and comfortable meal plan, we can help you reduce your weight and normalize your blood sugar, thus targeting your type II diabetes and overall health.
Exercise increases your metabolic burn rate, optimizes your blood sugars and uses up your extra fat stores. It is a vital part of improving your cardiovascular health and blood sugar management.
We can set you up with an Integrative-approved personal trainer that will customize a program appropriate for your level of fitness and help you set achievable goals.
The Integrative Naturopathic Physicians have extensive training in pharmacology and can build a treatment plan in collaboration with your MD that manages drug side effects and drug-supplement interactions.
To treat your condition, your Naturopathic Physician will recommend herbs, nutrients and remedies all of which are available from our physician-grade natural dispensary.
Chelation is an IV therapy that slowly infuses a solution of disodium EDTA into your blood system to support your cardiovascular health by:
Removing toxic free radicals
Dissolving built up plaque
Strengthening cell membranes and arterial wall function
Every aspect of our life has an affect on our wellbeing and health. For example, chronic stress and fatigue can be a significant factor in your diabetes and cardiovascular disease and can impair your ability to manage it.
Our Naturopathic Physicians can draw upon a wide variety of health practices that address these and other aspects affecting your health.
Further Reading: Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease – any disease of the heart and blood vessels – is one of the leading causes of death in most developed countries.
But it doesn’t have to be.
The majority of cardiovascular diseases are directly related to factors that are under your control. At Integrative, we can work with you to eliminate these factors from your life, to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.
The most common cause of cardiovascular disease is atherosclerosis – the development of plaque within your arteries. As this plaque develops, it becomes harder and harder for your heart to pump blood throughout your body, which can lead to:
- High blood pressure
- Reduced blood flow
- Blood clots
- Coronary artery disease
- Arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm)
- Valve disorders
- Heart attack or failure
- Ischemia and angina – where not enough blood and oxygen is delivered to the body tissues
Yes, age and heredity play their part in cardiovascular disease, but the majority of cases are directly related to risk factors under your control, including:
- Lack of exercise
- Being overweight
- Unhealthy diet
- High alcohol intake
- High cholesterol
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Inability to cope with stress
Further Reading: Diabetes Type II
Type II Diabetes is the fastest spreading disease of our modern era. Incidence rates have doubled in the last 20 years and the World Health Organization has declared it a global pandemic.
In Canada alone, an estimated 9 million people suffer from type II diabetes. Are you one of them?
What is Type II Diabetes?
Ninety percent of people with diabetes have type II diabetes, which occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin in the setting of insulin resistance. Insulin resistance means that the body does not effectively respond to and use the insulin that’s produced. This dysfunction means that excess sugar ends up circulating through the body and can lead to:
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease and failure
- Eye disease and blindness
- Loss of libido and erectile difficulties
- Nerve damage
- Risk Factors
Your risk of type II diabetes increases after age 40, after which you should begin to be screened for it annually. Your risk increases if you:
- Are a member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, or African descent)
- Carry excess weight, particularly around your abdomen and middle
- Have a first-degree relative who is diabetic
- Have a prior diagnosis of gestational diabetes
- Suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, increased levels of other blood fats or impaired glucose tolerance
- Have been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, acanthosis nigricans or schizophrenia
Signs and Symptoms
- Unusual thirst
- Frequent urination
- Dramatic weight gain or loss
- Extreme fatigue
- Blurred vision
- Frequent or recurring infections
- Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
- Erectile difficulties
That being said, many people with Type II Diabetes display no symptoms but carry all the risks.