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Local Resources for Diabetes Support


Sleep Apnea’s Effect on Glucose Intolerance

There is a lesser known fact brought to light by rapidly accumulating data from studies that document the co-occurrence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Intermittent hypoxia and reduced sleep duration due to sleep fragmentation, which occur in OSA, have a noted adverse effect on glucose metabolism. As a result, it is important for a diabetic patient’s doctor or dentist to monitor their risk of OSA and conversely, to evaluate the presence of type 2 diabetes in their apneic patients. Dr. Claire Stagg offers holistic dental care, as well as, snoring and sleep apnea options for her patients.

Health Connections Dentistry, Indian Harbour Beach,, 321-777-2797.


Personalized Nutrition Program

Type 2 diabetes is a condition resulting from diet, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Processed foods high in carbohydrates or trans fats, low protein intake, and a sedentary lifestyle all contribute to declining health. However, diabetes can be prevented – and even reversed – by correcting the things that caused it in the first place. Physicians at CARE Chiropractic & Wellness Center use Nutrition Response Testing℠ to identify factors such as food sensitivities, environmental toxins, immune weakness and metabolic imbalances that also lead to diabetes. They then design a personalized nutrition program tailored to the individual’s needs.

CARE Chiropractic & Wellness Center, West Melbourne,, 321-728-1387.


Herbal Approach

The Herb Corner offers a natural approach to your health. Stop in and enjoy a cup of tea and sit with Cecelia Avitabile a Master Herbalist and Certified Nutritional Consultant. She will educate you on individualized natural approaches to your health by creating balance through the use of diet, herbs and easy lifestyle modifications addressing the underlying/root cause of your specific needs. The Herb Corner provides a large selection of the highest quality affordable organic bulk herbs, teas, tinctures, salves and individualized blends, essential oils, and more. Classes include Reclaiming our Roots, a 7-month in-depth learning journey studying the healing properties of herbs.

The Herb Corner, Melbourne,, 321-757-7522.



Support from Diabetes Educator

Kas Ghayal, a Registered Pharmacist, Certifi ed Diabetes Educator, Insulin Pump Trainer, Diplomate in Homeopathy, and a student of Functional Medicine can help you manage your diabetes naturally. Schedule your appointment to see how incorporating Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, Herbs, Nutrition, Supplements or Sauna Therapy can help you improve your health.

Health For Life, Melbourne, 321-259-0555.


Lowering Blood Sugar with Neem

The Neem leaf is a traditional herb that has been scientifically shown to be effective in treating and preventing diabetes. Neem leaf was compared to other plants historically used medicinally for lowering blood sugar and proved to have the most potent activity. Capsules containing neem and a number of other herbs are currently available in many countries for the treatment of diabetes. In tests to verify the effectiveness of the medication, it was found blood sugar was lowered by over 50 percent in 20 weeks and maintained thereafter. Pamela Stanford, The Neem Queen, includes a free copy of Neem: A Hands on Guide to One of the World’s Most Versatile Herbs, in all orders over $50. Note: Taking neem along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. It might be necessary to change the dose of your diabetes medication

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The Sleep Connection

Most of us know that a poor night’s sleep can make us feel tired and generally miserable. But many of us aren’t aware that sleep loss is being shown to directly affect glucose metabolism and metabolic changes that increase the risk of diabetes in many medical studies. Six hours truly is the bare minimum but, eight or nine is optimal. Sleeping on a comfortable, supportive mattress, keeping your room comfortably cool, eliminating late-night caffeine, exercising, and meditation are all ways we can help ourselves obtain a fuller, healthier sleep cycle. Find support for a good night’s sleep at Organic Mattress Haven, Vero Beach,, 772-226-5019.


Oral Health Link

A proper oral exam enables a dentist to identify those at risk for diabetes. The mouth is the gateway to the body and a dentist can tell a lot about the health of the mouth through a proper oral exam. Most people with diabetes do not experience pain or discomfort with periodontal disease. A few common symptoms found in the mouth of patients with diabetes include: dry mouth, which can cause dental decay, gum disease – red, swollen or bleeding gums, gums pulling away from teeth, abscesses in the gums, loose teeth or change in bite position and persistent bad breath. Innovative and comprehensive dental care is provided by Smile Design Center, Viera,, 321-751-7775 


Qi-gong for Reducing Glucose

Diet alone will not work. You need exercise also and not all exercises are created equal. In study after study, incorporating Qigong exercises has shown significant reductions in fasting glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes and demonstrated trends toward improvement in insulin resistance and A1C. Nine simple exercises done as a sequence will have powerful aftereffects. Many classes are available at The Cloudwalker Place, Vero Beach,, 772-318-7660. 


Serious Side Effects

Nervous system damage affects 60-70 percent of people with diabetes resulting in slow digestion, carpal tunnel syndrome, sexual dysfunction and much more. Loss of sensation in the hands and feet frequently leads to amputations. Diabetes can cause depression and mood swings, especially in women, and is also the leading cause of high blood pressure in our society. Dr. Steve Alukonis, D.C., DABCO, strives to fi nd underlying root causes for metabolic imbalances of patients that visit Space Coast Advanced Health. With their Functional Medicine approach, they thoroughly evaluate each condition and develop individualized plans to move the patient toward optimal health and energy.

Space Coast Advanced Health, Cocoa Beach,, 321-783-1960