Treatment of Diabetes

Treatment of diabetes depends upon what type of diabetes you have.

There are two types of Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.  

These are two completely different diseases. Therefore, their treatment is also very different. 

Unfortunately, many patients don't understand this basic difference. They think that diabetes treatment automatically means insulin shots. Nothing could be further from the truth!  


Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes:  

Over 95% of diabetics have Type 2 diabetes. These patients suffer from insulin resistance. A majority of them produce insulin (often in large quantities, especially in the early stages of the disease) but their body is resistant to the action of insulin. Therefore, the logical approach in treating Type 2 diabetes should focus on treating insulin resistance.  

Unfortunately most physicians don't focus on treating insulin resistance. They simply try to control blood glucose by any means. "This approach obviously is not physiological", said Dr. Sarfraz Zaidi, in a recent interview at the Jamila Diabetes & Endocrine Medical Center. 

Dr. Zaidi, a respected endocrinologist has developed a new revolutionary approach to treat Type 2 diabetes. This new approach aims at treating insulin resistance, the root cause of Type 2 diabetes. 

Insulin resistance develops due to five factors:  

1. Genetics  

2. Aging  

3. Abdominal obesity 

4. Sedentary life-style 

5. Stress.  


Dr. Zaidi's new strategy to treat Type 2 diabetes consists of five components: 

1. Diet 

2. Exercise  

3. Stress management

4. Vitamins/herbs 

5. Anti-diabetic Drugs  

With Dr. Zaidi's new treatment strategy, most of his Type 2 diabetic patients bring their diabetes under excellent control. They don't need to go on insulin shots. Those who are already on insulin eventually come off these shots.  

Not only do they achieve excellent control of their blood glucose, but they also prevent most of the complications of diabetes.  

Dr. Zaidi explains this new treatment strategy in his popular book, "Take Charge of your Diabetes."   


Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes:  

Only about 5% of diabetics have Type 1 diabetes. These individuals lack insulin and therefore, they need to be on insulin for the rest of their life.  

Over the last 10 years, there have been tremendous improvements in the delivery devices of insulin such as insulin pens and insulin pumps. In addition, newer types of insulin are now available which are less problematic than the older forms of insulin.  

Dr. Zaidi explains these new developments in the treatment of Type 1 diabetes in his book, "Take Charge of Your Diabetes." 


This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, photoEndocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr. Zaidi is a former assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California. 

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