This is Grant – factory worker with Type II Diabetes
Grant loves his food and drink. He works in a factory and is on his feet all day. Grant walks his dog twice a day but other than that isn’t very active. Grant has recently been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. He’s gotten less active since his diagnosis. Grant tried to quit smoking three times but keeps going back to it.
With Grant’s diagnoses of Type II Diabetes, his lessened activity level could be a sign Grant is depressed, suffering anxiety or having other emotional issues. Learning you have Type II Diabetes isn’t easy for most people.
Grant would definitely benefit from an integrated health program from Our Clinic. We work with the whole person – mental, emotional and physical. Grant could learn techniques to manage his diabetes and perhaps even reverse it.
For Grant, Our Clinic would develop a customized program for his diabetes management and include therapies for his depression and his desire to quit smoking. He’d benefit from an Exersmart program designed to increase his activity level based on his age and capabilities. Not all activities are exercise howver Grant may be surprised at the things which would contribute to increasing his activity level.
Seeing a nutrition counsellor would be a great step. Abuse of high glycemic carbohydrates contributes to Type II Diabetes as foods with a high Glycemic Index (GI), such as white bread, potatoes and white rice, create a quick spike of the body’s glucose level. This forces your pancreas to release insulin. As the body is in a constant state of needing insulin, it begins to resist it. That’s known as Type II Diabetes. Different from Juvenile or Type I Diabetes which is incurable and an actual dysfunction of the pancreas with no insulin being produced, Type II Diabetes is a resistance to insulin and can be reversed with lifestyle changes.
Programs exist at Our Clinic for smoking cessation, diabetes support and depression care. Grant would be able to get all this under one roof, supported by the Treatment Navigator. With the coaching and care from Our Clinic, Grant would be able to still enjoy eating and drinking with the knowledge to make better choices.