Bastyr’s Diabetes and Cardiovascular Wellness Clinic:
Strategies for Success
According to the World Health Organization, the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has doubled over the past few decades. The future outlook is similar; a report recently released by the University of Chicago projects that the number of diabetes diagnoses will double by 2034 and the treatment costs will triple.
A different way to treat diabetes
and heart disease
Bastyr Center for Natural Health has offered effective, lifestyle-oriented treatment strategies for diabetes through its Diabetes and Cardiovascular Wellness Clinic since 2005. The clinic places an emphasis on patient empowerment and education. These specialty services - for those with diabetes, prediabetes or cardiovascular problems - are a crucial ally in the effort to prevent and treat diabetes and reverse these disheartening trends.
Led by experienced physicians and researchers with special expertise in these conditions, the clinic employs a variety of integrative strategies. Treatments are based on published research findings and in-depth knowledge of both conventional and natural therapeutic options.
Trending toward success
The clinic’s formula works well for most people. "We almost always see blood sugar improvements, and many of our patients are able to avoid or reduce medications," says Ryan Bradley, ND, MPH, a core clinical faculty member who established this clinic. "Patients who adopt our recommendations get better and substantially reduce their risk factors. Some patients have even been able to stop using all medications and control their blood sugar simply through lifestyle changes and supplements."
This unique approach to care incorporates the following aspects:
A preventive focus. Studies show that health-promotion and lifestyle changes prevent chronic diseases, including diabetes. Bastyr’s services are based on that philosophy, focusing on dietary, fitness, stress management and psychosocial factors – areas where people can make proactive changes.
Integrative care. Clinicians collaborate with patients’ medical doctors (MDs) and other providers (sometimes making new referrals) to create a comprehensive treatment plan.
Thoughtful use of medications. Clinicians prescribe conventional drugs strategically with a long-term, holistic focus. They aim for the lowest dose possible and continually reassess the appropriateness of each drug.
Individualized care. The clinic’s patient-centered care is tailored to patients’ unique circumstances, including their preferences, goals, motivations and lifestyle.
Nutrition-oriented. Naturopathic doctors receive intensive nutrition training and can knowledgeably prescribe whole-food, anti-inflammatory, low-glycemic and modified-Mediterranean diets – all of which have proven successful for diabetes.
To make an appointment in the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Wellness Clinic at Bastyr Center, call 206.834.4100.