Diabetes Specialist

Mary Luther, DC -  - Weight Loss Provider

Metabolic Weight Loss Centers

Mary Luther, DC

Weight Loss Provider located in Lombard, IL

Diabetes is a serious health matter, both at the personal and public health level. At Metabolic Weight Loss Centers, serving Wheaton and Lombard, Illinois, Mary Luther, DC, offers solutions that help prevent and treat diabetes. If you’re ready to try a path that’s backed by science and delivers demonstrable results, schedule your one-on-one consultation today. Booking takes just a few moments using the online scheduling page, or you can always call the office to check availability.

Diabetes Q & A

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects an estimated 30 million Americans. More than 7 million of those men, women, and children are unaware they have diabetes. 

There are two types of diabetes. People with type 1 diabetes have an autoimmune issue that destroys the cells in their pancreas that produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose within your blood to enter your cells, where it’s converted into energy. Without treatment, type 1 diabetes is fatal. 

Type 2 diabetes is linked to being overweight or obese. People with type 2 diabetes either don’t make enough insulin or can’t properly use the insulin they do create. 

When glucose can’t enter your cells, it begins to build up in your bloodstream. That causes widespread damage that affects virtually every organ and system in your body. 

What can be done to treat diabetes?

Many treatment plans focus on medications to alter the way your body produces or uses insulin. While drug therapy is the best course of action in certain cases, these medications can take a toll on your body, and finding the right dosage isn’t always a simple matter.

Supplemental insulin is also a common treatment option. This approach is necessary for those with type 1 diabetes. Those with type 2 diabetes can often avoid or reduce their reliance on supplemental insulin by getting their weight under control. 

How does weight loss improve diabetes?

If you are prediabetic, losing just 5%-10% of your body weight can dramatically lower your risk of developing diabetes. If you’re already diabetic, losing weight can help get your blood sugar under control and reduce your risk of serious health problems linked to diabetes. 

Some men and women with type 2 diabetes can lose weight, bring their blood sugar back down to normal levels, and maintain those results long term. That can effectively reverse your diabetes. Men and women who make those changes in the earliest stages of the disease have higher success rates, but there are cases where weight loss resolves type 2 diabetes after decades of living with the disease. 

To explore the science-based benefits of the weight-loss program available at Metabolic Weight Loss Centers in more detail, and get your diabetes under control, schedule an appointment today by phone or through the online booking tool.