Hypertension, diabetes or pre-diabetes and high lipids are the trifecta of cardiovascular disease. These place a person at risk for a stroke, heart attack or other health complications. There are many natural treatments for all three of these conditions and Dr. Marianne Marchese is here to help.
High Blood Pressure
Whether this is genetic or lifestyle induced there are treatments available to get at the root cause. Dr. Marchese begins with nutrient testing to see if blood levels of calcium, potassium and magnesium are in balance. Deficiencies can lead to higher blood pressure levels. Blood lead and mercury should also be checked as elevated levels of these metals can cause hypertension. Stress is also a factor in high blood pressure and often stress management techniques are key in getting levels under control. Stress hormones in the blood such as cortisol and DHEA should be checked and then brought into balance. Obesity, smoking, and alcohol are all risk factors for high blood pressure. Excess sodium in the diet is the number dietary factor. Insomnia and poor sleep cycles also contribute to hypertension. There are numerous herbal medicines, nutrients and amino acids that naturally lower blood pressure and can be incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan.
High blood sugar/diabetes/pre-diabetes
It is possible to get blood sugar under control and even reverse type 2 diabetes. This takes time and commitment on the part of patients to evaluate their diet for all sources of sugars and be willing to make a change. Sometimes people need assistance with sugar cravings through the use of amino acid therapy and by balancing neurotransmitters and hormones which play a role in sugar cravings. Some patients have good blood sugar regulation and eat well but have developed insulin resistance. Insulin resistance make it more challenging to get sugars under control but there are natural treatment for both elevated blood sugar and insulin resistance. Treatments include botanical/herbal medicines, nutrients and amino acids.
When a patient has a lipid panel run it is important the numbers are interpreted in the context of disease risk, family history and proper references ranges. There are various types of lipids or what is called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol. I typically don’t focus on the total cholesterol because it may be elevated, but it most of that comes from HDL, called the good cholesterol, then we don’t worry. Elevated cholesterol isn’t always based on body size. Thin people can hive high cholesterol based on family history, thyroid disorder, or elevated DHEA and testosterone. Hormones play a key role in balancing lipids and should always be tested. There are numerous herbal medicine ad nutrients to help lower cholesterol, balance hormones and decrease disease risk. Dr. Marianne Marchese is skilled at creating a comprehensive treatment approach and addressing the root cause.