Diabetes and Functional Medicine

St. Petersburg, FL Diabetes Care

Almost one-third of the population is said to have some type of diabetes, with a new diagnosis being made every 19 seconds, equating to almost 5,000 new diagnoses a day.

While some people believe that the only way to deal effectively with this disease involves taking insulin shots or using pumps, the reality is that a lot of people with diabetes can enhance their body's ability to use glucose simply by making some lifestyle changes. This is where Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell, your St. Petersburg, FL functional medicine doctor can help.

Because Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell deals with the cause of your health problem versus just the symptoms, the body is better able to naturally stabilize its blood sugar on its own without the need for medication (or by requiring lower dosages of medications). For example, Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell might have you increase physical exercise as this helps your body with proper glucose control. Research has also found that it can help prevent diabetes as well--by as much as 58 percent!

Another alternative is to make sure you get enough sleep as 7-8 hour per night has been found to lower your risk of diabetes the best. Change your lifestyle and you can possibly also change your diabetes risk or diagnosis.

There are natural approaches to diabetes, and Dr. Kristin Eloshway-Kidgell is here in St. Petersburg, FL to help you improve your health. Give us a call today at (727) 637-2957 to make an appointment or to learn more.


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