The Effects And Symptoms Of Eating Too Much Sugar

The Effects And Symptoms Of Eating Too Much Sugar

At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center we know and understand that in the short-term eating too much sugar may contribute to weight gain and fatigue. In the long-term too much sugar can increase the risk of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

No matter if you are struggling with a one-time glucose binge or are repeatedly consuming too much glucose, the impact of glucose overload can leave you feeling more sour than sweet.

To be distinct, there’s nothing wrong with sugar, actually, the human body utilizes glucose, a simple type of glucose, as part of its most important sources of fuel.

But when glucose is consumed in excess, it can sometimes have negative effects on the body.

The Effects And Symptoms Of Eating Too Much Sugar

Addiction to Sugar

Sugar addiction is quite easy to identify. It is characterized by excessive consumption of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages. The person may eat to avoid boredom, and become hyper and crash as a result of high glucose energy in the body.

Additional research on brain activity has bolstered the theory that overeating affects our brain’s reward system, which in turn drives overeating. A similar process is also thought to be responsible for addiction’s tolerance.

As time passes, more and more of the drug is needed to get the same high. In studies, it’s been shown that eating too much leads to a decreased reward response and an increasing dependence on high-calorie, low-nutrient foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat.

Symptoms of eating too much sugar

Some people experience the following symptoms after eating sugar:

  • Low energy levels: A study found that 1 hour after sugar consumption, participants felt tired and less alert.
  • Low mood
  • Trusted Source: found that higher sugar intake increased rates of depression and mood disorder in males.
  • Bloating: certain types of sugar may cause bloating and gas in people who have digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
  • Headaches
  • Irritability 
  • Fatigue and difficulty concentrating 
  • Feeling jittery or anxious
  • Feeling shaky or dizzy
  • Hunger 
  • Bloating

Long term effects of eating too much sugar 

The occasional sugar overload is one thing, but eating too much sugar on a regular basis can create long term effects and increase the likelihood that you will have certain conditions. 

Where can sugar be found in your everyday foods?

Don’t feel guilty for eating too much sugar every once in a while, or if you regularly eat too much sugar.

We are here to provide you with the tools you need to avoid the consumption of too much sugar, if that is your goal. The best way to do that is to cut down on added sugars, and the best way to do that is to familiarize yourself with the many types of sugar and common foods that are high in added sugar. 

Common types of sugars

  • Sucrose 
  • High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) 
  • Agave nectar
  • Cane sugar
  • Caramel 
  • Honey 
  • Invert sugar 
  • Maple syrup
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Maltose 
  • Molasses 
  • Dextrose
  • Lactose
  • Glucose 
  • Fructose
  • Brown sugar

Keep in mind that these are just some of the most common names. But there are over 50 types of sugar.  

Common foods high in added sugars

  • Sodas/soft drinks 
  • Fruit juice  
  • Chocolate milk 
  • Ketchup
  • Pre-made sauces
  • Sports drinks
  • Granola and cereal
  • Canned fruit 
  • Canned soups 
  • Energy drinks
  • Desserts 
  • Candy 

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Note that many of these foods are not actually foods, but drinks. In fact, one of the best things you can do to reduce your intake of added sugars is to drink water in place of other types of popular drinks. 

Risks of eating too much sugar 

Consuming too much sugar can also contribute to long-term health problems.

When to see a doctor

People should see their doctor if they experience the symptoms of high blood sugar. Symptoms include:

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Increased hunger
  • Fatigue
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Sores that do not heal

These symptoms may indicate a person has diabetes. One of our specialists at Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center can test for diabetes by taking a urine sample.

Benefits To Alternative And Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is Sweeping Hospitals Across the US, Have You Heard of It?

At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center, we treat our patients – not their symptoms. Our focus on integrative medicine means that we treat the whole person. Integrative medicine is holistic and preventative – focusing on complete health. So, how is integrative medicine different from other medicinal practices? 

The National Institutes of Health has many definitions of “integrative” medicine online. They all share one similarity though, in bringing conventional and alternative approaches together. Traditional Medicine, also known as western or standard medicine, is too often reactive. 

Overuse of antibiotics has led to antibiotic-resistant bugs. Medical costs are out of control. Still, there are many important reasons to use conventional medical treatments. For this reason, integrative medicine is gaining recognition across the United States.

Researchers are exploring the use of integrative medicine in a variety of settings. With gaining popularity and increased use in hospitals, research has continued to grow. 

Conventional medicine treats the symptoms or disease that the patient is experiencing. Most doctors don’t see their patients enough for preventative medicine. Is integrative medicine so much different?

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Here Are Some Reasons You Should Try Integrative Medicine:

  1. There must be an ongoing relationship between the doctor and the patient. This relationship is at the core of integrative medicine. By focusing on your health while you are healthy, you can prevent disease and illness. Integrative medicine combines this holistic and proactive thinking with conventional and alternative medicines. Why wouldn’t you want the best of all worlds?
  2. Your treatment is unique to your needs with all options considered. Your treatment can include pharmaceutical and OTC medications, Vitamins, Supplements, Injections, and Surgeries. A sophisticated combination of conventional and alternative medicine based on your unique needs. By consulting one doctor who works with both, you will avoid any harmful interactions. Don’t let any treatment options go unexplored – try integrative medicine to get the full story.
  3. We treat you as a whole person – not your symptoms. This means that your “treatment” begins when you’re healthy and focuses on keeping you that way. When you are not feeling well – we try to fix it early. It also means that we look at every part of you – your mind, body, and soul. We absolutely can make ourselves physically ill by being mentally down. By treating the full person, we can stop some illnesses before it even starts.
  • All-Natural:

Have you ever tried reading the ingredients on your medicine bottle? Most of the time, it’s impossible to even pronounce half of one of the words on the list of chemicals and additives, let alone know what they do to your body or where they come from. Many prescription and over-the-counter medicines use harmful chemicals that, while possibly addressing and helping with certain problems, can actually cause more harm to your body than it does good. We’ve all heard the drug commercials that fire off the long list of possible side effects near the end of each advertisement, all of which sound worse than the symptoms the drug is supposed to treat.

With holistic medicine from the doctors at Comprehensive Health, you’ll get all-natural treatment and therapies that don’t use harmful chemicals, dyes, or additives. The medicines we use here are made from all-natural means, and our therapies won’t leave you hurting even worse than you were before you stopped in. With natural medication and therapy from a trusted doctor, you’ll get back to feeling like yourself in no time at all.

  • Non-Invasive:

One of the reasons traditional therapies can be so harmful to your health is because many traditional surgeries use invasive techniques. This means a surgeon will have to cut you open and fix a problem on the inside of your body. If you’ve ever experienced a cut of any kind, you already know that they can be extremely painful. Well that pain doesn’t go away just because someone with 16 years or more of college is cutting you open. Sometimes, invasive surgeries can cause even more harm than they do good, as the problem can be deep inside a patient or in a highly sensitive area. These surgeries can leave patients with months or possibly even years of healing, rehabilitation, and physical therapy just to get back to the point they were at before the surgery.

At Comprehensive Health, we use non-invasive assessments and therapies in order to help you heal in an all-natural, healthy way. With our integrative therapies, you’ll need little to no recovery time at all, helping you feel better while getting you back to your preferred lifestyle quicker than traditional means. Our alternative medicine doctors will also go over every aspect of your therapy before you decide to go through with it, so you’ll know what to expect and feel comfortable in your decision.

  • Heals You:

As we said before, traditional medicine uses chemicals that can cause different reactions and symptoms in your body than just healing. Medicines that don’t cause other symptoms oftentimes do little to nothing to actually heal your body. Traditional medicines have a tendency to usually just mask the problems or symptoms, causing you to come back to your medication time and time again in order to function normally. All the while, your medication could be hurting you even more with side effects and harmful symptoms rather than actually helping you heal or getting rid of the symptoms you originally took the medication for.

Alternative medicine is a term that describes medical treatments that are used instead of traditional (mainstream) therapies. 

Some people also refer to it as “integrative,” or “complementary” medicine.

More than half of adults in the United States say they use some form of alternative medicine. But exactly what types of therapies are considered alternatives?

Holistic Medicine

At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center, holistic medicine goes beyond simply getting rid of the symptoms but considering the whole person and the situation. Our holistic practitioners view symptoms as signals that something is out of normal. They view each patient as a whole instead of an ache or a pain. They view a patient’s physical, mental, environmental, and spiritual aspects that all need to be addressed and kept in balance before any attempt at a cure can really work.

Holistic, often use practices referred to as alternative medicine. These can include herbal solutions, nutritional solutions, ayurvedic applications, exercise, yoga, meditation and traditional Chinese medicine applications. They do not discount modern medicine or its treatments, but rather utilize these more traditional therapies in conjunction with holistic approaches.

Holistic practitioners encourage patients to participate with an active role to facilitate their own healing. They encourage patients to be committed to making the changes necessary to improve their health.

Antioxidant Therapy in Diabetic Complications

Antioxidant Therapy in Diabetic Complications

In diabetes oxidative stress plays a key role in the pathogenesis of vascular complications, and an early step of such damage is considered the development of an endothelial dysfunction. Hyperglycemia directly promotes an endothelial dysfunction inducing process of overproduction of superoxide and consequently peroxynitrite that damages DNA and activates the nuclear enzyme (ADP-ribose) polymerase. 

This process, depleting NAD+, slowing glycolysis, ATP formation and electron transport, results in acute endothelial dysfunction in diabetic blood vessels and contributes to the development of diabetic complications. Classic antioxidants, like vitamin E, failed to show beneficial effects on diabetic complications probably due to their only “symptomatic” action. It is now evident that statins, ACE inhibitors, AT-1 blockers, calcium channel blockers and thiazolidinediones have a strong intracellular antioxidant activity, and it has been suggested that many of their beneficial ancillary effects are due to this property. 

Statins increase NO bioavailability and decrease superoxide production, probably interfering with NAD(P)H activity and modulating eNOS expression. ACE inhibitors and AT-1 blockers prevent hyperglycemia-derived oxidative stress modulating angiotensin action and production. This effect is of particular interest because hyperglycemia is able to directly modulate cellular angiotensin generation. Calcium channel blockers inhibit the peroxidation of cell membrane lipids and their subsequent intracellular translocation. Thiazolinediones bind and activate the nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma, a nuclear receptor of ligand-dependent transcription factors. The inhibition of these receptors lead to inhibition of the inducible nitric oxide synthase and consequently reduction of peroxynitrite generation. This preventive activity against oxidative stress generation can justify a large utilization and association of this compound for preventing complications in diabetic patients, where antioxidant defenses have been shown to be defective.

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What is oxidative stress?

Oxidative stress is defined in general as excess formation and/or insufficient removal of highly reactive molecules such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) ROS include free radicals such as superoxide (•O2-), hydroxyl (•OH), peroxyl (•RO2), hydroperoxyl (•HRO2-) as well as nonradical species such as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and hydrochloric acid (HOCl) . RNS include free radicals like nitric oxide (•NO) and nitrogen dioxide (•NO2-), as well as nonradicals such as peroxynitrite (ONOO-), nitrous oxide (HNO2) and alkyl peroxy nitrates (RONOO) . Of these reactive molecules, •O2-, •NO and ONOO- are the most widely studied species and play important roles in the diabetic cardiovascular complications. Thus, these species will be discussed in more detail.

  • NO is normally produced from L-arginine by endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) in the vasculature. •NO mediates endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation by its action on guanylate cyclase in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), initiating a cascade that leads to vasorelaxation. •NO also displays antiproliferative properties and inhibits platelet and leukocyte adhesion to vascular endothelium. Therefore, •NO is considered a vasculoprotective molecule. However, •NO easily reacts with superoxide, generating the highly reactive molecule ONOO-, and triggering a cascade of harmful events as discussed below. Therefore its chemical environment, i.e. presence of •O2-, determines whether •NO exerts protective or harmful effects.

Hyperglycemia, Oxidative Stress, And Endothelial Dysfunction

At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center we know that vascular function in diabetes has been studied extensively in both animal models and humans. Impaired endothelium-dependent vasodilation has been a consistent finding in animal models of diabetes induced by alloxan or streptozotocin. Similarly, studies in humans with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have found endothelial dysfunction when compared with vascular function in nondiabetic subjects.

In vitro, the direct role of hyperglycemia has been suggested by evidence that arteries isolated from normal animals, which are subsequently exposed to exogenous hyperglycemia, also exhibit attenuated endothelium-dependent relaxation. Consistently, in vivo studies have also demonstrated that hyperglycemia directly induces, both in diabetic and normal subjects, an endothelial dysfunction.

The role of free radicals generation in producing the hyperglycemia-dependent endothelial dysfunction is suggested by studies showing that both in vitro and in vivo, the acute effects of hyperglycemia is counterbalanced by antioxidants.

Increased superoxide production in endothelial cells during hyperglycemia: the unifying hypothesis for the development of diabetic complications

Brownlee recently pointed out the key role of superoxide production in endothelial cells at the mitochondrial level during hyperglycemia in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications. This new insight is consistent with the four pathways suggested to be involved in the development of diabetic complications (increased polyol pathway flux, increased advanced glycosylation end product formation, activation of protein kinase C, and increased hexosamine pathway flux) and with a unifying hypothesis regarding the effects of hyperglycemia on cellular dysfunction. The authors used endothelial cells subjected to physiologically relevant glucose concentrations as a model system for analyzing the vascular response to hyperglycemia because the non-insulin-dependent glucose transporter GLUT1 facilitated diffusion of high levels of glucose into the endothelium. In the presence of increased glucose, endothelial generation of reactive oxygen species, particularly superoxide anion, was shown to be enhanced. Several pathways can be considered as likely candidates for oxygen free radical formation in cells. These include NAD(P)H oxidase, the mitochondrial respiratory chain, xanthine oxidase, the arachidonic cascade (lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase), and microsomal enzymes. Brownlee et al. have determined that the source of free radicals in endothelial cells incubated in high glucose is the transport of glycolysis-derived pyruvate in mitochondria at the level of complex II (succinate:ubiquinone oxidoreductase), one of the four inner membrane–associated complexes central to oxidative phosphorylation. The data in the papers  indicate that, at least in the cell culture, endothelium in an environment mimicking physiological hyperglycemia cannot control its appetite for glucose. Accelerated flux of glucose through glycolysis and feeding of pyruvate (thus formed) to the tricarboxylic acid cycle overloads mitochondria, causing excessive generation of free radicals. Although oxygen free radicals have been shown to have a physiological role in signal transduction, their sustained generation at the levels shown in endothelial cells exposed to high glucose can be expected to have substantial effects on cellular properties. Each of the pathways implicated in secondary complications of diabetes has been shown to arise by a single unifying mechanism. A central contribution of the works of Brownlee et al.  is to demonstrate that suppression of intracellular free radicals, using low molecular inhibitors or by expression of the antioxidant enzyme manganese-superoxide dismutase, prevents each of these events (i.e., glucose-induced formation of oxidants is a proximal step in cell perturbation).

Tips For Healthy Eating With Diabetes

Tips For Healthy Eating With Diabetes

If you, or someone in your family, has type 1, type 2 or another type of diabetes, you’ll know it can sometimes be difficult to know what to eat.

There are different types of diabetes, and no two people with diabetes are the same. So there isn’t a one-size-fits-all ‘diabetes diet’ for everyone with diabetes. But we’ve come up with tips you can use to help you make healthier food choices. 

These healthy eating tips are general and can help you manage your blood glucose (sugar), blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They can also help you manage your weight and reduce the risk of diabetes complications, such as heart problems and strokes, and other health conditions including certain types of cancers.

At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center our tips are based on research involving people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. If you have a different type of diabetes, like gestational, cystic fibrosis-related diabetes or MODY, some of these tips are relevant to you. It’s important, whatever kind of diabetes you have, to see your dietitian for specific advice.

 

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OUR TIPS

1. Choose healthier carbohydrates

All carbs affect blood glucose levels so it’s important to know which foods contain carbohydrates. Choose the healthier foods that contain carbs and be aware of your portion sizes.

Here are some healthy sources of carbohydrate:

  • Whole grains like brown rice, buckwheat and whole oats
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Pulses such as chickpeas, beans and lentils
  • Dairy like unsweetened yogurt and milk.

At the same time, it’s also important to cut down on foods low in fiber such as white bread, white rice and highly-processed cereals. You can check food labels when you’re looking for foods high in fiber if you’re not sure.

2. Eat less salt

Eating lots of salt can increase your risk of high blood pressure, which in turn increases risk of heart diseases and stroke. And when you have diabetes, you’re  more at risk of all of these conditions.

Try to limit yourself to a maximum of 6g (one teaspoonful) of salt a day. Lots of pre-packaged foods already contain salt so remember to check food labels and choose those with less salt. Cooking from scratch will help you keep an eye on how much salt you’re eating. You can also get creative and swap out salt for different types of herbs and spices to add extra flavor.

3. Eat less red and processed meat

If you’re cutting down on carbs, you might start to have bigger portions of meat to fill you up. But it’s not a good idea to do this with red and processed meat, like ham, bacon, sausages, beef and lamb. These all have links with heart problems and cancers.

Try swapping red and processed meat for these:

  • Pulses such as beans and lentils
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Poultry like chicken and turkey
  • Unsalted nuts

Beans, peas and lentils are also very high in fiber and don’t affect your blood glucose levels too much – making them a great swap for processed and red meat and keeping you feeling full. Most of us know fish is good for us, but oily fish like salmon and mackerel are even better. These are rich in something called omega-3 oil, which helps protect your heart. Try and aim to eat two portions of oily fish a week.

4. Eat more fruit and vegetables

We know eating fruit and vegetables is good for you. It’s always a good thing to eat more at meal times and have them as snacks if you’re hungry. This can help you get the vitamins, minerals and fiber your body needs every day to help keep you healthy.

You might be wondering about fruit and if you should avoid it because it’s sugary? The answer is no. Whole fruit is good for everyone and if you have diabetes, it’s no different. Fruits do contain sugar, but it’s natural sugar. This is different to the added sugar (also known as free sugars) that are in things like chocolate, biscuits and cakes.

Products like fruit juices also count as added sugar, so go for whole fruit instead. This can be fresh, frozen, dried or tinned (in juice, not in syrup). And it’s best to eat it throughout the day instead of one bigger portion in one go.

An important part of managing your condition is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. There’s no such thing as a ‘diabetic’ diet or ‘diabetic’ recipes.

What Pregnant Women Should Know About Gestational Diabetes

What Pregnant Women Should Know About Gestational Diabetes

 

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can develop during pregnancy. Some women are able to manage it by eating a healthy, balanced diet, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. Others may need to take medication.

Most people know that diabetes is a chronic condition that messes with your blood sugar, but it may surprise you to learn that pregnant women are susceptible to a temporary, but serious, form of the disease called gestational diabetes.

At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center our team of board-certified physicians understands the potential complications of gestational diabetes and has vast experience helping mothers to control their symptoms and deliver healthy babies. 

If you’re expecting, it’s important to be fully informed about all of the potential problems that can arise during pregnancy so you can spot the symptoms and seek help immediately. Here, we take a closer look at gestational diabetes to give you a better overall understanding of this serious condition.

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What causes gestational diabetes?

Lots of changes happen to your body during pregnancy.

Along with the physical signs, the hormones you produce can make it hard for your body to use insulin properly. This puts you at an increased risk of insulin resistance, and some women can’t produce enough insulin to overcome it.

This makes it difficult to use glucose (sugar) properly for energy, so it stays in your blood and the sugar levels rise. This then leads to gestational diabetes.

Who’s at risk of gestational diabetes?

At your first antenatal appointment – also known as your booking appointment – a healthcare professional should check if you’re at risk of gestational diabetes. 

They should offer you a test for gestational diabetes if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Overweight or obese
  • Have had it before
  • Have had a very large baby in a previous pregnancy – 4.5kg/10lb or more
  • Have a family history of diabetes – parent or sibling
  • Have a South Asian, Black or African Caribbean or Middle Eastern background.

Can you prevent gestational diabetes? 

Gestational diabetes is common. It affects at least 4–5 in 100 women during pregnancy. Some women have a higher risk of developing it. 

You can’t prevent it but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk. This includes managing your weight, eating healthily and keeping active before pregnancy. 

Gestational diabetes symptoms

Signs and symptoms associated with gestational diabetes include:

  • Going to the toilet a lot, especially at night.
  • Being really thirsty.
  • Feeling more tired than usual.
  • Losing weight without trying to.
  • Genital itching or thrush.
  • Blurred eyesight.

You may have been shocked to find out that you have gestational diabetes – many women have no noticeable symptoms.  

As some gestational diabetes symptoms are like symptoms experienced in pregnancy anyway – like feeling more tired or going to the toilet more – most cases are diagnosed during screening for gestational diabetes. This is called an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, also known as an OGTT.

The OGTT is done when you’re between 24-28 weeks pregnant. If you’ve had gestational diabetes before, you’ll be offered the OGTT or self monitoring of your blood sugar levels at home early in your pregnancy. You’ll be shown how to do this and given a blood monitoring kit. 

Uncontrolled gestational diabetes is dangerous for you and your baby

With regular monitoring and a healthy diet and exercise routine, most women can keep their gestational diabetes under control. However, if you ignore this condition, you put yourself at risk of:

  • Preeclampsia, which is high blood pressure during pregnancy
  • Needing to deliver your baby via C-section
  • Developing Type 2 diabetes later in life

In fact, about 50% of women who get gestational diabetes end up dealing with Type 2 diabetes down the road. 

Your baby also faces potential complications if you have gestational diabetes, including:

  • Premature birth
  • High birth weight
  • Low blood sugar
  • Breathing problems
  • Higher chances of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life

In severe cases, gestational diabetes can lead to a stillbirth.

Gestational diabetes is manageable

You can do your best to prevent gestational diabetes by staying active during your pregnancy, eating a nutritious diet, and maintaining a healthy weight. However, you can still develop gestational diabetes despite these efforts. If you do, we may prescribe insulin therapy. 

The good news is that gestational diabetes typically disappears after you deliver your baby, but we still need to test you for a while afterward to make sure. Plus, you’ll need to pay close attention to your diet and weight in the years following your pregnancy to avoid developing Type 2 diabetes. 

To find out more about gestational diabetes, or to get tested, call us or book online at your convenience. Our team can help you and your unborn baby thrive despite gestational diabetes.

Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Patient Care

 

Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Patient Care

Holistic medicine is changing the way that doctors interact with patients for the better. 

So, what is holistic medicine, and why is it important?

The word “holistic” means “dealing with the whole of something”. So, to take a holistic approach to medicine means to treat the whole person not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. 

Let’s say, a patient comes in with a stomach ache, a holistic treatment plan would not only include relief from the pain, but also seek to address any underlying causes. What’s the patient’s diet like? Could stress be a factor? In this way, holistic medicine is focused on both treatment and prevention.

Benefits of a Holistic Approach to Patient Care

 

What is a holistic medicine doctor? 

A Holistic Medicine Doctor is a physician who considers a patient’s mind, body, and spirit to improve their health and wellness. They are focused on prevention first, and then on treatment. 

Any doctor with a medical degree can practice holistic medicine, but not everyone who practices holistic medicine is a board-certified physician. Some holistic practitioners may call themselves “Doctor” but they are not actually licensed to practice traditional medicine.

At Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center our doctors are also holistic practitioners. By integrating conventional medical training with holistic treatments, they are able to provide care that is truly comprehensive for their patients.

 

The Mind-Body Connection: Treating the Whole You

At the heart of holistic medicine is the idea of the mind-body connection. Essentially, it means that thoughts and feelings can positively or negatively affect our physical health. 

Most of the medical advice we receive is focused on the body—eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. But even if you do all of these things right, stress, anxiety, and depression can still have negative effects on your health. It also works the other way around—a poor physical state can have negative effects on your mental health, too. 

A holistic doctor takes this complex relationship between mind and body into account to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for their patients. 

 

Benefits of a Holistic Approach 

When physicians apply a holistic approach to their daily practice, there are a number of benefits for both patients and doctors alike. 

Holistic medicine considers all the elements of a patient’s health, not just their physical symptoms. This helps our doctors at Atlantic Endocrinology & Diabetes Center to make more personalized recommendations.

Our holistic doctors take an empathetic approach to care and treat patients as individuals, not just a list of symptoms on a clipboard. This philosophy helps to create a patient-doctor relationship based on trust.

Patient Empowerment. The holistic approach to care empowers patients to take control of their own health and wellness. Everyone knows they should eat healthier and exercise more, but actually committing to a wellness plan is difficult. Holistic doctors understand this. Instead of listing recommendations, they include the patient in the conversation to find out what lifestyle changes work best for them.

  BEST CANDIDATES FOR ALTERNATIVE AND HOLISTIC MEDICINE?

Many people are good candidates for holistic medicine. In our office in NYC, we conduct a thorough consultation and initial examination for each person who visits. It is our intent to ensure that the diagnostic and treatment modalities we offer meet the needs of each individual seeking to improve their health and quality of life. 

If you’re curious about holistic medicine, contact our office to discuss your needs and goals.