Hi everyone, my name is Gabby!
So for the past two years, I have struggled with insulin resistance. All of my grandparents, aunts, and uncles have diabetes, so I always knew that if I did not treat my body right, I would eventually get diabetes. Insulin resistance is the precursor to diabetes, and can cause a lot of problems.
Growing up, I was super active, playing soccer and volleyball basically every day. In high school, I broke my ankle in soccer in a very competitive game against our team’s rival. When I broke it, the adrenaline in my body made me think I just twisted it, so I kept playing, but it was very broken! Breaking it ruined some of my tendons and ligaments in my leg, making it practically impossible to walk for a while, then even harder to exercise. After a lot of physical therapy, I can do much more stuff on it. However, while struggling with not being as active, I have gained some weight, which triggered insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is “a state or condition in which a person’s body tissues have a lowered level of response to insulin, a hormone secreted by the pancreas that helps to regulate the level of glucose (sugar) in the body” (The Free Medical Dictionary). At first, I took the biomedical approach and took a lot of medications, did weird diets, and saw about 5 different doctors. I had a doctor for basically everything: allergist, endocrinologist, dermatologist, primary care doctor, etc.
After a few years of struggling and not really going anywhere, I was fed up. All of my work to do better for my body and spending a ton of money had given me anxiety, depression, and unhealthy eating habits. While I was grateful for all the work my doctors put in with me, I was sick and tired of trying so much medication and paying so much money for zero results. So, this year I decided to switch over to an alternative medicine doctor. With my new doctor, I look at a much more holistic approach to my body, and I am much better equipped to handle my problems. I am off all medications, I feel much better overall, I’m less stressed, and I have even found better ways to exercise that don’t put as much emphasis on my leg.
Overall, my doctor and I have handled my insulin resistance much better so that now I know what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat, and how my body processes what I eat. I know alternative medicine sounds like a bunch of nonsense to those who whole-heartedly believe in biomedicine, but it really worked for me! If you have a chronic health problem and you feel like your doctor(s) are not really helping, I highly recommend looking into finding an alternative medicine doctor. While biomedicine is primarily what I study at MSU, alternative medicine works better for me as a patient and a person because I am getting care from all fronts, not just diagnosing what looks like it could be wrong. I am not saying I don’t believe in biomedical practices, but I’m saying you have to find what is right for your medical care!