Risk Factors for Diabetes and How Functional and Oriental Medicine Can Help

This blog is a summary of a chapter written by Dagmar Ehling (Licensed acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine) on the risk factors for diabetes and integrative approaches to prevent or manage it. This was published in 2017 in her book Anticipation and Medicine which makes the case for transition from episodic care and reliance on reactive treatment to anticipation-informed healthcare.This fascinating chapter had a wealth of detail on the risks leading to diabetes and also on the pillars of Oriental Medicine that define treatment. If you’re interested in reading the chapter in its entirety, check it out here.Obesity is defined by the National Institutes of Health as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, which is equivalent to being overweight by 30 pounds. Diabetes is defined as having fasting blood glucose of higher than 126 mg/dL or a Hemoglobin A1c of 6.5% or higher.Complications and risk factors for diabetesDiabetic retinopathy leading to blindness, neuropathy, stro...

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