When it comes to Diabetes, people generally take an “either/or” approach. Type 1 or Type 2. Insulin-dependent or not. Child onset or adult development. But, what if it isn’t that clear cut? What happens when the line gets a little fuzzy, and a patient doesn’t fit perfectly into one bucket or the other? They just might be MODY.
Turns out, there’s a third, far lesser known bracket of diabetic. Standing for ‘Mature Onset Diabetes of the Youth,” MODY patients are a rare breed of insulin resistors, and their bodies act quite differently than their traditional Type 2 counterparts. They are typically diagnosed in their 20’s. Whereas Type 2 generally overproduces insulin, and Type 1’s do not produce any, a MODY falls into the ‘underproduction’ range. There is, more often than not, a genetic factor at play here, stemming from a mutation of a single gene. If even one parent is considered a carrier, their child automatically has a 50% chance of inheriting it. And should it end up in their DNA, by the time they are 25, they will most likely have developed this atypical diagnosis, regardless of weight and lifestyle. Which might explain why they often fall into the non-overweight category.
This classification only affects a small number of diabetics, estimated around 1-2%. This could explain why many doctors are unaware of it, and therefore how to properly treat it. Within this third type, however, there are several subsets, the most common being:
Although they make up a small portion of those diagnosed, it is important for them to get a proper diagnosis, to identify the best treatment plan. For example, the most common form of MODY (HNF1-alpha) works by lowering the amount of insulin produced by the pancreas. However, instead of forcing additional insulin into their system, the most effective form of treatment seems to be a low-dose sulfonylurea, to increase the body’s natural production.
Further, with it being highly genetic, it’s important to understand the risks associated with passing it on to future children of the diabetic, and perhaps include testing early on to create better preparedness.
Identifying this is easy enough, if you work with a suitable practitioner who understands this third group, and will have the proper blood panels drawn, and sent in for further review.
Contact Classic Functional Health for more information or to see if you’re a candidate for testing.
Anyone who has dealt with a Type II Diabetes diagnosisis probably intimately familiar with Metformin. Dubbed the "safest" treatment option, it is often prescribed as a first-line medication for people first diagnosed. And as symptoms persist or worsen, it then gets paired with a second, stronger line of defense. However, just because it is so common popped, doesn't mean this pill is without it's downfalls.
Sure, you don't get a prescription filled without a clear warning of the havoc it wreaks on your gastrointestinal tract. While it's become somewhat of an awkward joke among users, it can be downright debilitating to many. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. It's also affecting you in ways that you don't necessarily see or feel.
In fact, it is interesting to note that until 2009 science really didn't know how Metformin worked (Yes, I know that sounds silly, but it's true). The way that scientists and doctors previously believed it to work was actually wrong. In between meals and during the night (fasting), when blood glucose begins to drop, a "SIGNAL" triggers the liver to begin producing glucose in order to maintain normal levels of cell energy. A meal (increase in blood glucose) will signal the body to produce insulin. This moves glucose out of the blood and into the cells where it is used for energy. Increased insulin normally "SIGNALS" the liver to stop producing glucose since there is plenty around due to the meal. In a type II diabetic this "SIGNAL" is ignored and the liver keeps producing glucose.
Doctors and scientists used to believe that Metformin helped the liver to recognize the "SIGNAL" to stop producing glucose better, similar to an interpreter helping two businessmen of different languages communicate. Now, we know that the Metformin actually REPLACES the "SIGNAL" forcing the liver to stop production of glucose. Imagine the interpreter deciding that he can REPLACE one side of the conversation because he, "has a pretty good idea of what one of the businessmen has to say". This conversation would present several problems, and there are several problems with just REPLACING the delicate chemistry of the body. They include:
The term “Cholesterol” is somewhat of a loaded word. It’s one that most everyone has heard of, but few really understand. And if it’s not you, it’s likely that someone you know has been on the panic-inducing end of a phone call from the doctor’s office, saying their bloodwork came back, and their numbers are too high. It makes sense, when you consider high cholesterol is a primary associate of heart disease and stroke, among other things. Once the news is broken, many immediately start taking a statin and are told to modify their diet in an effort to get their numbers to plummet.
However, knowledge is power, and once you understand what you’re dealing with, you’ll see that this word has gotten a bad rap for no good reason. What you should understand is that this substance is actually a helpful and vital component to your health. Its function is present in every cell of your body and helps you digest fat and produce cell membranes, vitamin D, and hormones.
Therefore, when your cholesterol spikes, it does so in response to issues in your body. They increase in an effort to repair damaged cells and create healthier ones to replace them. So, your numbers are a direct reflection of the amount of damage that has been done, and your cholesterol is trying desperately to protect, not harm, you. Unfortunately, lowering those numbers artificially through drugs still doesn’t address the root cause of the damage, and puts you at risk of dropping too low.
Yes, contrary to popular belief, there IS such a thing as going too low. And the associated risks are alarming. In fact, your total number should never fall below 150, because if it does, you exponentially multiply your odds of:
By staying away from the ends of the spectrum, and keeping your numbers nestled somewhere in the middle, you increase not only your odds of survival, but in living a vibrant, complication-free life, at least where it concerns your friend, cholesterol. Follow us at Classic Functional Health to learn more about how to keep your numbers in check.
The United States makes up only 5% of the worlds population, yet consumes more than 75% of the worlds pharmaceuticals. So, the question becomes of the chicken and the egg. Are we getting more medicine because we’re getting sicker? Or are we getting sicker as a result of consuming more medicine?
In recent years, Functional Health care has surged with people seeking out a more natural alternative. And these practitioners are bucking against the system that has fought long and hard to the tune of billions, in order to keep the industry one that continues to pay them back in dividends. As it turns out, at the pills we’ve been popping may not be everything they were cracked up to be. In fact, you may be paying an unhealthy price for what amounts to a very profitable science experiment conducted by Big Pharma and your insurance provider. Here are four reasons to consider what’s really underneath the label of that little orange bottle.
Let’s face it. Pharmaceuticals are a multi-billion-dollar industry. And, in order to keep their bottom line growing, it’s imperative they keep you somewhere on the spectrum between healthy and dead. This ensures you keep coming back for more, and business keeps booming for them. Now, more than ever, in the face of a flawed system, it’s critical to take your health into your hands, instead of blinding swallowing any pill you’re prescribed. Your body, after all, is the only house you really have to live in.
Perhaps that’s one of the fundamental reasons that Functional Healthcare has started sweeping the nation. Although there are many misconceptions as to what it is, and how it works, there are three things you should understand when it comes to how they are changing the healthcare game for the good.
Dr. David Sanders is a Functional Health Practitioner, and owner of Classic Functional Health. He derived a passion for the industry after some devastating family diagnosis left him searching for answers that he just wasn’t getting the traditional way. An avid student of Endocrinology, he stays on the cutting edge of any new developments and how he can apply this knowledge to his patients. His primary focus is in treating Type II Diabetics, and showing them not only how to manage their diagnosis, but reverse it completely. For more information, you can reach him at email@example.com or check out his website at ClassicFunctionalHealth.com.
Dr. David Sanders
Known as the "Dr. House" of Diabetes, he's devoted his career to helping Type II Diabetes reverse their diagnosis and live their healthiest life. Holistically. He's committed to getting to the root cause of disease and s an avid learner in all things Endocrinology.