Diabetes and obesity are the leading secondary causes of death and disease in the West and growing in prevalence around the world. Over 9.3% of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, but over 27.8% of Americans most likely have diabetes but have not been diagnosed While they do not kill acutely or by themselves, diabetes and obesity compromise the health of every other body system including the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, the eyes, and the immune and the nervous systems. Untreated diabetes and obesity increases your chances of heart disease, retinopathy, neuropathy, kidney disease, stroke, amputation, and just about every other disease you can think of.
A sedentary lifestyle combined with a diet that is rich in sugar and processed carbohydrates are the contributing factors to this epidemic. Fortunately, this is an epidemic that can be reversed with some simple diet and lifestyle changes. Even the Western medicine doctors are realizing the importance of diet/lifestyle choices over drugs. At Chattanooga Holistic Medicine we have the knowledge and experience to help you with your diabetes and/or weight management goals. Patient education is paramount to our approach, and together with acupuncture and herbal remedies we can attain the best results.