Integrative Diabetes Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I already have a diabetes doctor – why do I need this program?

Despite years of research and treatment of diabetes with conventional care, many diabetics still struggle to manage their blood sugar levels. Many live with blood sugar level and hemoglobin A1c levels outside of a healthy range (see chart below for conversion of blood sugar readings to projected A1C scores).
This can have a huge impact on their quality of life, and the threat of complications can cause a great deal of stress.
Our program uses an intelligent balance of conventional medications and natural forms of treatment. Along with medications, the program adds:
  • Clear dietary guidance (and recipes to facilitate easy use)
  • Individualized and group telephone expert integrative health coaching to support your personalized program
  • A powerful stress reduction program where we teach you the tools to reduce the stress in your life
Most importantly, you will get leading expert education and information you need to get your diabetes under control.

What are the goals of the program?

Managing blood glucose through diet, stress reduction, use of nutritional supplements (where appropriate), gentle activity and other lifestyle components is the goal of our program. Through understanding the process of diabetes and its progression if not managed well, you can improve the quality of your life and health.
Clinically, we will strive to:
  1. Lower your A1c level (which is a marker that gives a 3 month average of your blood sugar levels) to a level where you will no longer be worried about complications of diabetes.
  2. Help you lose weight, if that is needed to attain optimal long term health!
  3. Assist you in optimizing other factors which will influence your overall health, such as
    1. Stress reduction
    2. Delicious healthy eating
    3. Dealing with food addictions
    4. And many more!

My doctor says I am managing my diabetes. Why add this program?

There is a difference between “managing” and really “controlling” your diabetes. Our program is designed to help you control it, so that your blood sugar levels stay more stable throughout the day instead of spiking and dipping. Controlling and stabilizing blood glucose has the added benefit of preventing and reversing complications that can arise from diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to kidney failure, dialysis, blindness, neuropathy (numbness and tingling), and amputation – complications that can become irreversible, highly impacting your quality of life.

Will this program work with my current “team” of health practitioners who are working with me to manage my diabetes?

ABSOLUTELY! We will collaborate as much as possible with your current Western medicine team via our HIPAA secure web based software platform.

How does the program work?

Once you sign up, you will receive a packet of information including a health history form, a food diary, and a lab requisition form for a series of blood panels to assess your current status. Once the forms and blood work are completed, you will be scheduled for a comprehensive visit  with your integrative health coach who will work with you throughout the program.
After getting a clear picture of where YOU are, you will receive individualized dietary recommendations, recipes, and a clear analysis of what your goals are for the first phase of the program. You will have frequent follow up phone check-ins with your coach after your initial visit, as well as follow-up blood panels to monitor your progress and success!
You will also have an stress reduction program and integrative medicine health coaching via telephone to support your individualized plan. All coaches are medical professionals (i.e. RN, NP, etc.) who will be well-versed in your individual needs so they can support you and your program.

What are the markers for success?

The hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that measures your average blood glucose over a 2-3 month period. Stabilizing your blood sugar  and lowering your A1c level is the goal of our program. Statistics based on conventional diabetes treatment show that most diabetics do not get their A1c below safe levels. Many patients don’t regularly check their blood sugar levels, don’t know their A1c score and have little or no nutritional education. A goal of the Integrative Medicine Diabetes Program is to educate our patients and help them learn to control their diabetes.

Will I stop taking my medications?

Any medication adjustments will be done by your physician that prescribed the medication. However, with the addition of improved diet, supplements, and lifestyle and stress reduction programs, your blood sugar will become more stable, potentially reducing your need for medications.  Some patients have even reduced their need to the point that they no longer need the medications because their blood sugar levels are stable without them!

Are these supplements safe?

Absolutely. The main formula is comprised of a combination of supplements and herbs that directly affect blood sugar metabolism and are medically designed to treat diabetes. Supplements to reduce inflammation are also added. Combined, these supplements are designed to create a state of balance and homeostasis in the body.

Who can participate in this program?

If you (or your dependents) are participating in your employee health benefits program, you are eligible to participate in this program. In addition, you need to have a diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes in order to participate.

Why is stress reduction important?

Stress has been proven to increase both a person’s susceptibility to blood sugar spikes and the severity of complications from the disease. For years, stress reduction programs have been used clinically for reducing the burden of chronic disease and increasing your resiliency.  A more resilient body and mind make for optimal health!

I have more questions before I register, how can I speak to someone about this program?

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