• Jasmine Blake, MS, HHP

Can we use other Labs when Screening for Diabetes?



Most overweight and obese people who suffer from diabetes and have no idea its there to begin with. The overweight category is in class 1. Obesity is divided between two types class 2 and class 3. This condition can range from any age and most that find out they have it, have tried some diet regime. Several diets that are used to treat weight gain, and diabetes are:

  1. South Beach diet, which is high in protein

  2. The Ketogenic diet, which is high in fat

  3. Plant-Based diets, which are high in Carbohydrates; and

  4. Weight Watchers, which limits the food


The DASH Diet


Usually, when engaging with clients with no success or at least one family having a similar condition, its suggested that the DASH diet be followed. [3]. The DASH diet is suggested because it is opportunistic for someone with weight gain or a diagnosis of diabetes. [4]. Both the National Kidney Foundation and Consumer Reports recommend this diet for middle-aged men and women with health conditions as well. [4]. Also, the DASH diet can be Mediterranean style, which is excellent for people who are a risk for cardiovascular disease in addition to diabetes. [2].


With the DASH diet, men and women can begin to lower the risk of disease, begin to see weight changes, and finally see results on their labs. [3]. This diet is low in fat and focuses on whole organic foods. [2]. It includes tons of fruits and fresh vegetables. [2]. Although dairy and grains are involved, they are limited. [2]. Therefore, people with food limitations don't have to worry when trying this diet.


Clients can find all of the foods they like using this diet approach. Also, they shop at various health food stores to find exactly what they need. A recommended book for people to read that can help them understand the DASH diet is to read the DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution by Marla Heller, RD. Her work is fantastic, and people see the results.[2].


Which Labs are Good Labs?


In discussing lab work surrounding the subject of obesity and the DASH Diet Approach, it is good to note that pre-diabetes affects 86 million people. [3]. It is also essential to understand that everyone should be getting screened for irregularities more often than never. Pre-diabetes involves impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). [3].  Although groups of ethnicities and age range is a significant factor in the prevalence of pre-diabetes, we must take into account every person has their biochemical-individual fingerprint. Unfortunately, all groups and populations are at risk if strategies to change their lifestyles are not taken into account.  [3].


As a person who has watched someone very close to me suffer from diabetes, I think that all testing is imperative for screening. [1]. It is also crucial in preventive maintenance and disease management.  There are boo koo labs that show vitamins and minerals that could be affected if a person were to be at risk for diabetes. [1]. Labs are essential to be utilized when using diet methods concerning certain diseases. [1]. Also, this is how the DASH diet works for these individuals by giving them back the nutrients they need. [2].


Most physicians screen for specific labs, and sometimes, a person doesn't know they have diabetes until it is too late. Therefore, clients and consumers should know what to look for when getting screened. In regards to prevention strategies for diabetes, these labs are a great starting point to be discussed with our practitioners when testing:

References:

  1. Blood Chemistry & CBC Analysis [PDF].  (2010). Functional Medicine University's Functional Diagnostic  Training Program. Functional Medicine University.

  2. Heller, M. (2018) The dash diet: Mediterranean solution. New York, NY: Grand Central Life and Style. Retrieved from https://dashdiet.org/dash-diet-mediterranean-solution.html (Links to an external site.)

  3. Mahan, L. K., & Raymond, J. L. (2017). Krause’s food and the nutrition care process (14th Ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Inc.

  4. The DASH Diet. (2017).National Kidney Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/Dash_Diet (Links to an external site.)

  5. Warren, R. M. (2018). Smart diet plans for men: What to eat at every age. Consumer Reports. Retrieved from https://www.consumerreports.org/nutrition-healthy-eating/smart-diet-plans-for-men/Since

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