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Diabetes & the Holidays - Acupuncture Health Minute

I'm not going to sugarcoat it - the holidays can be a difficult time for people with Diabetes Mellitus (DM). You're trying to balance so many traditions and obligations, and you have to do it all while managing your blood glucose levels. It's overwhelming! But I've put together some ideas so you can survive this holiday season without letting diabetes get in the way of what matters most: family, friends, food!

One out of every 11 Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes in their lifetime. This number has been steadily climbing over recent years, as 1 million new cases are reported each year! Making it highly likely that someone you know and possibly even one of your loved ones will be struggling with Diabetes this Christmas Holiday. While there's no "official" cure for the disease yet – there are natural ways to maintain healthy blood sugar levels with Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The Christmas season is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for and looking forward to in the year ahead. Imagine if you could start your new healthy lifestyle right now? What would it be like not only having an extra helping hand when trying something complicated but also getting results in balancing a problematic health condition? During your first visit to AcuMed Wellness & Acupuncture, I can help you develop that game plan. Then you can take a stroll around St Armands Circle down to Lido Beach to get your circulation moving.

TCM is a whole-body approach, meaning taking care both inside AND out. Each patient is different, and the treatments are designed to the individual's needs, not one size fits all approach. Utilizing local support groups, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Nutrition Therapy, it is possible to reach new levels of wellness that were all but out of reach before.

It's a good thing that there are so many different Acupuncture techniques for treating DM. Some of them include electroacupuncture (Estim), acupressure, and auricular acupuncture. Acupuncture has be shown to impact metabolic and endocrine diseases such as DM. The use of Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy with nutraceuticals and homeopathic medicines can give you the boost you need to stabilize your blood sugar. This is a chronic condition and will require a series of visits. Did you know that there are a few acupuncture points that specifically treat DM? I can discuss these with you during a 15 minute free consultation at my office on St Armands Circle in Beautiful Sarasota, FL.

TCM has used Herbal Medicine to treat "Xiao Ke" or Wasting and Thirsting disease for over two millennia. That is the diagnosis in TCM for DM. Did you know that the first choice of prescription medicine to control blood sugar, Metformin, was derived from the European herb, Galega officinalis, or French Lilacs. It is very common that pharmaceutical companies synthesize the individual components of natural herbs to create patentable drugs. Herbs cannot be patented because nature created them. There are several formulas that can help you to control your blood sugar. Stop by, and ask me about it. I am located on the second floor, above Vernona Gourmet Restaurant.

Christmas feasts, holiday parties, and baking of holiday treats can feel like facing Dante's Inferno when trying to maintain healthy blood glucose levels. The key to success is planning. You know that you cannot resist pumpkin pie at the family dinner. Fight back and bring your own DM friendly pumpkin pie. There are recipes available online, cookbooks for DM, and bakeries that specialize in substitutes for sweet treats.

It is hard to hear patients complain about all of the things they can't have or sacrifices they have to make and still do not get results. Just like the Christmas Spirit, Diabetic Health takes dedication, and self-love, and gratitude to have a positive outcome. Be thankful for the health you have. Love and take care of yourself as you want others to love you. Dedicate yourself to your health. When making decisions about what to eat at the Christmas Dinner becomes a bit easier. It is not about the taste on the tongue; it is about Joy, Health, and Happiness.

Come see me, and let me know how you did.

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