While over 30 million people in the US are currently diagnosed with diabetes, another staggering 84 million are estimated to be living a pre-diabetic life without knowing!

Diabetes is less of an imbalance of blood sugar than it is a complex, cellular issue. The cells in question become unable to receive and absorb the glucose (sugar) that is delivered by the bloodstream, eventually causing a buildup of unwanted glucose. This buildup causes blood vessel and nerve damage, which over time can lead to serious complications.  Blood vessels that are damaged by circulating glucose will rob the organs of essential oxygen and nutrients they need to function.  Eventually, this process will lead to other complications – kidney disease, liver damage, brain degeneration, neuropathy, and cardiovascular disease to name a few.

So how do we get the cells to properly receive and absorb the glucose so it’s not building up in the bloodstream, raising blood sugar, and causing damage to organs?

Western medicine practitioners may have you believe that the key to preventing this glucose buildup is injecting or ingesting the hormone insulin. Simply put, this approach makes the problem worse.  Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance; insulin resistance is what prevents the glucose from entering the cell as it should.  Thus, the more insulin a person injects or secretes, the more insulin resistant and diabetic they become.  In addition, using insulin to “manage” diabetes will take a significant toll on the organs and overall health.  According to the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (2013), insulin more than doubles the risk of death, neuropathy, and myocardial and more than triples the risk of stroke, cancer, renal complications, and Diabetes Type III (AKA Alzheimer’s Disease).

Traditional western medicine approaches to diabetes focus on prescription medication, exercise, and a “healthy” diet.  Diabetics can lose a lot of hope trying different diets, different medications, different doctors, different workout programs, without getting different results.  Certainly, if there were a particular diet or pill that was working to heal diabetes, then all diabetics would be on it and getting great results. The current research shows that while diet plays a role in the disease, it’s not all about sugar and carbohydrates.   Most people know someone who weighs 300-400 pounds and is not a diabetic. 

We must look deeper at each individual to see what factors led to their disease.  For example, we now know that certain foods you eat may cause an immune reaction which results in increased blood sugar.  We know the air pollution and toxicity from the environment and our food can increase blood sugar. We know genetics and reduced ability to detoxify the body efficiently plays a role in developing diabetes.  Subclinical infections and inflammation can be at the root of diabetes. These problems can all be found through proper testing and addressed in an individualized treatment plan. In Functional Medicine, the key to healing diabetes is to test an individual to find out why the dysfunction is occurring and to develop an individualized treatment plan that addresses root causes and lifestyle factors.  At Next Advanced Medicine, a functional medicine practice in Orange County, CA, we test each patient extensively to see which foods are causing problems with their blood sugar, thus we never see two patients on the same diet.  Using a truly individualized approach, Next Advanced Medicine has healed diabetes in hundreds of patients, who have walked away from this disease and their medications.

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Mainstream medicine will give you a generic treatment plan – the same treatment plan that is given to every other diabetic: a regimen of pills and injections that never truly solve the problem and never address the root cause(s), which might include a complex interaction of genetics, toxin exposure, nutrition, and lifestyle. Prescription medication including insulin only masks the symptoms of your disease, covering up the unseen damage.

Some prescription drugs and insulin can actually worsen your condition and cause irreversible damage to your body – all the while, never addressing the causative factors that initially led to the development of your type 2 diabetes.

In fact, acceptance is growing among the mainstream medical community that type 2 diabetes is HEALABLE. Dr. Mehmet Oz is among the many physicians who now say diabetes is completely treatable, and healable, by making better lifestyle choices. As reported on Oprah.com, Dr. Oz stated: “Most diabetes is preventable,” he says. “It is treatable, even healable … Ninety percent of type 2 diabetics can actually heal their problem.” Yet, type 2 diabetes is often labeled a “silent killer” because it can take years before you notice any serious symptoms.

By that time it may be too late, and the damage done may lead to heart attack, kidney disease or amputations. So if you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, don’t wait to get help. The sooner you act the more damage you will prevent, and the better your chances of a full recovery will become.

Next Advanced Medicine customizes diagnostic testing for each individual patient to ensure we can design the most effective, customizable treatment plan possible. Diagnostic tests we use include:

  • Saliva testing for the endocrine (hormonal) system
  • Antibody testing to determine cause of inflammation/autoimmunity
  • Food sensitivity testing
  • DNA stool testing
  • Genetic testing
  • Extensive blood testing
  • Nutrient deficiency testing
  • Toxin exposure testing
  • Heavy metal testing
  • Customized diet and nutrition plan based on results

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As diabetes is without a doubt becoming more and more of an issue in today’s society, scientists and medical professionals alike have attributed the upsurge in diagnoses to the unfortunate prevalence of poor lifestyle choices – things such diet, physical activity, and environmental factors. Many American’s eat foods that are riddled with pesticides, GMO’s, sugar, and other additives that are leading to a proliferation of lifestyle diseases, including type 2 diabetes. 

This is where functional medicine comes in. Functional healthcare focuses on the individual as a whole and takes into account elements of their lifestyle that may contribute to their health issues. This means not just aiming to heal the physical manifestations, but also getting to the source of the problem.

As every person’s experience with this illness will have contrasting underlying causes, it makes no sense to treat every patient with the same solution, often being mass-produced prescription drugs.

This is why we are so motivated to help our community understand and identify their health issues. We are aware that there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment when it comes to diabetes management, prevention, or healing.

Functional, holistic healthcare experts agree on is that NUTRITION is a cornerstone of diabetes management and prevention. Therefore, implementing testing based, individualized dietary changes is a fundamental practice in the fight against diabetes.

Try this delicious, diabetes-friendly recipe.  As always, make sure this recipe complies with your individual needs, check with your doctor or nutritionist if you are uncertain.

Squash and Kale with Coconut Curry 


1 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut
1 onion, chopped fine
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup of Thai red curry paste
2 teaspoons of grated fresh ginger minced
1/4 cup of coconut oil
2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut
2 lbs. of kale stemmed and cut into strips
2 cups of unsweetened coconut
2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and cut into pieces
2 tablespoons of arrowroot flour
2 teaspoons of lime juice plus extra for seasoning
2 scallions, sliced thin


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat in a large pan, add the squash and stir cook stirring occasionally until lightly browned 5 – 7 minutes set aside in a bowl.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil back to your large pan, medium heat add onions and 2 teaspoons of salt and cook until softened for about 5 minutes. Stir in curry paste, garlic, and ginger and cook about 30 seconds. Stir in the water and coconut and bring to a simmer, cook until the coconut is softened about 5 minutes.
  3. Using a blender process the coconut mixture until it’s finely ground up for about 2 minutes you might have to do this a couple of times. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth squeezing as much as the liquid you can, discard the pulp. Take out 1/2 cup and set aside.
  4. Bring the remaining coconut broth to a simmer over medium heat stirring in the kale a handful at a time, cook until it’s just beginning to wilt about 5 minutes. Stir in squash and juices that were set aside, cover, reduce heat to the medium-low stirring occasionally, until the kale is wilted for about 15 minutes
  5. Stirring in the bell pepper cover and cook till done about 10 minutes.
  6. With the reserved coconut broth and arrowroot flour stir in vegetables and cook until the sauce thickens slightly for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lime juice and scallions and season with salt and pepper. If you want to use extra lime to juice to taste.


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