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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-176

56-year-old female with type 2 diabetes mellitus

1 Department of Integrative and Functional Medicine, Newtown, CT 06482, USA
2 The Ultra Wellness Center/Institute for Functional Medicine, Lenox, MA, 01240, USA
3 The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA 01262, USA

Correspondence Address:
Kara N Fitzgerald
27 Glen Road, 4th Floor, Newtown, CT 06482
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9906.162352

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A 56-year-old female presented with type 2 diabetes (DMII), obesity, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and sleep apnea. She was taking atorvastatin (Lipitor ® ), glyburide (Micronase ® ), metformin (Glucophage ® ), metoprolol, amlodipine, benazepril (Lotrel ® ), aspirin, and one-a-day multivitamin, and mineral supplement. Lab tests to identify underlying imbalances and to direct treatment were ordered. Treatment included dietary, nutritional, and mind-body support. After nine months of therapy, laboratory data continued to reflect improvement, including a 30-pound weight loss, improvement in blood pressure and fasting blood sugar. A1C normalized as well as liver enzymes, lipids, Vitamins D and B, and mitochondrial markers. The patient's sleep apnea resolved, and she was able to reduce her metformin and eliminate the glyburide and metoprolol. She also began regular exercises. The mentioned comprehensive lifestyle management offered with detailed knowledge and professional skills attenuated DMII mellitus and its co-morbid conditions in this patient. The case report aptly illustrates and emphasis that today's medical fraternity often unduly depends on pharmacological therapy neglecting the nonpharmacological intervention for noncommunicable diseases.

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