Diabetes is a difficult illness to manage. At its worst, it dramatically interferes with life and can have serious long-term health consequences. But the good news is that with diabetes support, you can get control of your health and take back your quality of life. Support for diabetes includes information: about your disease, about you, and about how to manage. At Knox Wellness Experience in Knoxville, TN, we know that people armed with information are more powerful, and we want to help you regain power over your life.
Now Is the Time
Having any chronic illness is stressful, and diabetes can be more stressful than most. Whether you’ve just been given a diabetes diagnosis or you’ve been struggling with it for a while, the time to get the support you need to take charge of your life is now. Allowing your disease to progress without the help you need can cause:
Anyone who develops any disease tends to experience confusion, sadness, and anger at times. These are understandable feelings, and for some people, they slowly pass on their own. But for others, these feelings linger and create such emotional distress that it actually becomes harder to manage the condition.
The right support can take away some of what makes these feelings so difficult by giving you the information, direction, and motivation you need to push back against this chronic disease. The sooner you take charge, the easier it will be for your emotional wellbeing.
A Lack of Thriving
You can manage your diabetes with medication, but if you don’t truly learn what you’re up against and how you can battle it, you won’t be able to thrive. Just living isn’t enough: don’t be content unless you’re truly thriving.
When you get better information about your disease and learn how diet, exercise, supplements, and medications help and what they do exactly, you are more motivated to keep to the plan. Instead of doing things only because someone told you to, you can start doing them because you’ve made an informed decision about what is best for you.
Long-Term Health Consequences
You can control your diabetes rather than allowing it to control you. But when diabetes isn’t managed well, serious complications can result. A few of these include:
Nerve damage can result when diabetes isn’t kept under control. This can cause a burning sensation, numbness, and poor circulation that makes it hard to ward off infection if you get a cut or an ulcer.
One of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease is unmanaged diabetes. The better you manage your diabetes, the lower your risk of developing heart disease.
Because diabetes can harm your circulation, simply having the disease increases your risk of a stroke. Again, managing your diabetes protects your circulation and minimizes this risk.
Hearing and Vision Loss
Hearing can suffer when high blood sugar damages the blood vessels of the inner ear, and something similar happens to the blood vessels of the eye when blood sugar is always elevated. By keeping your blood sugar under control and your diabetes managed, you can protect both hearing and vision.
Get the Diabetes Support You Need
At Knox Wellness Experience, our team knows how to find natural ways to help you manage your blood sugar and become the healthiest you possible. We work individually with each patient who comes through our doors to find a health management strategy that works. Here’s just some of what you can expect from your diabetes support:
It can be hard to stay motivated to exercise, especially when your disease makes you feel tired and the rest of life constantly demands your strength and attention. That’s why it’s so important to have help. With advice and direction from your provider, you’ll first get a better understanding of what exercise is doing for you, from strengthening your heart to relieving stress to improving circulation, so you can work from a position of knowledge.
You’ll also get help in choosing an exercise regime that works for you and that you can stick to. Your provider will be there to keep you motivated and encouraged along the way. With the right exercise, you’ll be better able to manage your blood sugar and insulin production and get a handle on your diabetes.
Food has perhaps the most significant role in controlling your disease and contributing to your overall health. With the right diet, you can keep your blood sugar lower; but that’s not all. Diet is also the key contributor to weight, and shedding weight will improve your general health as well as your diabetes. Diet also has a lot to do with inflammation, and with lower inflammation comes better circulation and less strain on the cardiac vessels. A healthy diet also gets you the nutrition you need to support your immune system and fight illnesses and infections.
At Knox Wellness Experience, we can help you understand the role your diet plays, learn more about the best things to eat, plan for success with your diet, and even learn how to enjoy the healthy foods you’ve been missing out on!
Your blood sugar medications are crucial to keeping your blood sugar under control, but you can support those medications and do even more to control your diabetes with the right natural herbs. These offer a safe, natural way to support your body as you fight back against diabetes. We work with you to understand your specific needs and then administer herbs based on your unique situation.
Some of the herbs that prove most helpful in naturally regulating blood sugar are berberine, cinnamon, ALA, and chromium. We’ll work with you to find the right combination and dosage of each for the best possible support.
You’ve probably seen or heard admonitions for us all to eat plenty of antioxidants, and that’s especially crucial when you have diabetes. People with diabetes often have more oxidative stress than others, and this can drive down levels of your body’s own, naturally occurring and powerful antioxidant: glutathione.
Glutathione plays a key role in keeping you in overall good health and giving your body the strength to resist disease. Through our glutathione infusion, you’ll improve your overall health and help your body fight infections with a boosted immune system. Glutathione also reduces inflammation and fights free radicals. As an added bonus, a glutathione infusion also makes your skin look healthier and younger!
What to Expect From Us
Your first step is to schedule a visit with us. In fact, we recommend you start out by scheduling three visits so you can plan for success.
The Initial Visit
At your first visit, you’ll talk with a dedicated diabetes support professional who will take the time to truly get to know you. We’ll discuss your current management process, your health and medical history, and what medications you’re taking. At your initial visit, we will suggest tests that will give you, and us, a better understanding of your health.
Your Second Visit
By your second visit, all tests will be in and we can help you choose the treatments that will provide you with the best possible benefits. We’ll develop a personalized plan that works for you and get you started!
Your Third Visit
Your third visit is an important one. At this point, we can work together to assess how you’re doing and whether the plan is working. If not, it’s easy to make changes and tweaks that can get you a better result.
Why Knox Wellness Experience?
You have a doctor and your diabetes medications, so why seek diabetes support? Integrative, functional medical practices like Knox Wellness Experience are on the rise all over the country, and that’s because of the amazing benefits of this type of supportive healthcare.
Integrative and functional medicine views drugs and procedures as a last resort, not a first choice. Instead of treating each individual symptom separately, we work to understand the whole person and improve overall health. With this kind of support, those who suffer from chronic diseases improve symptoms, spend significantly less money on medications and treatments, and vastly improve their health and long-term health outlook.
Dealing With Your Diabetes
There’s a lot going on when you get a diabetes diagnosis, and it can be hard to make decisions because everything seems so overwhelming. Stress triggers the production of cortisol, which makes it even harder to control your blood sugar, trapping you in a cycle where stress makes it harder to get your disease under control, which causes yet more stress.
It’s important to tend to your emotional well-being, and this will have a profound effect on your physical well-being at the same time. Here’s what you can do to break this cycle:
When you understand your condition and how your choices can make things better, you’re empowered to make the best decisions. Take charge of your condition by learning all you can about it. We can help you with this at Knox Wellness Experience, and the digital age also makes it possible to access research and information that wasn’t available to people with diabetes even a few decades ago.
You’ll find it’s a lot easier to stick to your goals when you carefully plan for them. This includes planning things like meals and exercise, but it also means planning a place for diabetes support and even planning ways to take it easy and lower your stress.
Don’t hide your feelings inside. Whether you choose to talk to a therapist or reach out to your friends and family, let people know how you’re feeling and get the emotional support you need. This will keep you from feeling alone, which can further motivate you to stick to your plan.
All kinds of things can be an emotional trigger, and these triggers can make it much harder to deal with your feelings and even lead you to abandon healthy choices. One way to deal with these triggers is to keep a journal. As you organize your thoughts and feelings, you will begin to see patterns that can help you avoid or deal with these triggers more effectively.
At Knox Wellness Experience, we’re here to answer your questions and get you the support you need to manage your diabetes. Diabetes is a serious disease, but together we can take a stand against chronic health issues. There’s a better way to live, and we want to help you get there.
Set Up a Consultation Today
Don’t wait any longer to get the support you need to achieve true functional wellness. Visit Knox Wellness Experience in Knoxville, TN today and let us partner with you on your health and wellness journey.