Prolotherapy and diabetes – Hemoglobin A1c and Your Diet
Prolotherapy and Diabetes: Hemoglobin A1c and Diet
“I eat healthy, I exercise, and I’m not overweight like others, so I am sure that my diet is exactly as it should be.”
That’s what Mary thought, and she’s not alone!
Many people who come to Caring Medical for Prolotherapy for their painful conditions or sports injuries also receive Hauser Diet Typing in order to optimize their health and healing. When tested, we often find terribly abnormal numbers and Mary was no exception. At Caring Medical we test glucose, insulin, pH, and Hemoglobin A1c levels as part of the Hauser Diet program. Many patients are surprised to find their test results are out of the normal range.
Risks for Diabetes
Commonly patients with elevated HbA1c levels are in a pre-diabetic condition, and will need to drastically change what they perceive as “healthy” eating habits. They are often following one of two types of diets. (1) The “SAD” diet or the standard American diet which is high in carbs, fat, and processed food, low in vegetables, protein, and good fats OR (2) the so-called “healthy” American diet that consists of a low-fat, low-sodium, high carb diet. Both of these diets are not the right Diet Type for a person with high HbA1c levels.
What causes elevated HbA1c levels?
The culprit of elevated HbA1c levels is a typically high intake of carbohydrates in various forms such as those mentioned above, as well as high fruit and/or fruit juice consumption. Interestingly enough, many of these individuals would rate their diets as healthy AND high in protein prior to their lab testing. However, things are not always as they seem. We recommend that our patients write down what they eat in a food diary. It is amazing what is revealed through these if the patients are completely honest! People also have misconceptions about what constitutes protein, fat, and carbohydrates as well. So we find that our book (The Hauser Diet: A Fresh Look At Healthy Living!) and diet materials help clarify this for many people and give them a whole new outlook on food!
How does testing HbA1c levels affect your health?
Testing the HbA1c or glycosylated hemoglobin levels has been a very helpful tool for us in getting patients back on a healing path. Along with our Hauser Diet Typing results, we are able more fully assess our patients’ average glucose levels over time, thus we know if their bodies are able to adequately process glucose (or sugar/carbs). In other words, this form of hemoglobin is measured to identify the average plasma glucose concentration over a prolonged period of time. Normal levels of glucose produce a certain amount of glycosylated hemoglobin, and as the glucose levels in the blood rise, so does the glycosylated hemoglobin. It provides us an idea of the average glucose levels from the previous months. When we change a person’s higher carbohydrate diet like that of Mary’s, to a higher protein and fat diet (such as the Hauser Lion and Otter Diets), the previously elevated HbA1c will decline.
To put it into food choices:
Before testing Mary was eating these foods: Fruit, juice, bagels, rice, potatoes, a few veggies, a small amount of chicken, pizza, sandwiches, snack foods, low-fat yogurt, low-fat ice cream, low-sodium canned soups, and the like.
After testing Mary was eating these foods: Beef, chicken, pork, eggs, salmon, avocado, salads, vegetables, quinoa, nuts, olive oil, and only 1 piece of fruit every other day.
What are the health risks of elevated HbA1c levels? Poor blood glucose control and an elevated HbA1c increase the risk for poor healing, as well as development of adult onset diabetes and its associated health risks, which can lead to heart disease. Every day we treat patients with joint pain, arthritis, and sports injuries whose goal is to heal and return to their normal lives. High glucose levels compromise that goal and put them at risk for further diseases in the future.
The combination of Prolotherapy, or regenerative injection therapy, using dextrose, PRP, or stem cells, for the joint pain along with a proper diet has consistently proven to be a successful means for patients to meet their goals of pain-free living with optimal health and well-being. Never underestimate the power of food!
At Caring Medical we have treated people with brittle diabetes, those on pumps, as well as many other diabetics (on oral pills and just one insulin/day). Likewise, we have treated people who are a little overweight to those who were very overweight.
Can Prolotherapy help overweight patients?
So what happens when an overweight person gets Prolotherapy? Usually, their pain goes away. Obesity, diabetes, and other medical conditions can slow the effects of Prolotherapy. If this occurs, instead of the person needing three to six visits of Prolotherapy they may need six to ten visits. If they heal normally, in the patients we treated, they have a great chance to be relieved of pain.
Can Prolotherapy help patients with diabetes?
Over the course of the last two decades doing thousands of Prolotherapy sessions on diabetics we have found it very well tolerated. Most of the diabetics tell us that it raises their blood sugar only a mild amount (like 10-30 points). This is also for a short time (perhaps a few hours).
Caring Medical can guide you for overall health improvement
In regard to those who are very overweight, they do not need to lose weight for the Prolotherapy to help them. I would encourage them to lose weight because it would mean less stress on their joints. When there is less stress on the joints, they need less Prolotherapy. So if they want to need less Prolotherapy, then lose some weight. For the person with the complicated medical condition, all I can say is that it would be best to get a comprehensive natural medicine evaluation and treatment. The healthier you are, the better you will heal from the Prolotherapy. You can still get Prolotherapy alone, but your healing may be slower.
If you have joint pain and are having difficulty healing, we would love to help you find a solution.
Please give us a call! 708-848-7789. Or email Info@CaringMedical.com.