Successfully managing a chronic health condition such as diabetes requires an integrated approach. You may work with a local endocrinologist, family physician, kinesiologist, diabetes nurse, personal trainer and cardiologist. People with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may decide to work with a local naturopathic doctor. Local naturopathic doctors try to treat the root cause of a health condition rather than just treating the symptoms. They may use a variety of natural treatments such as nutritional medicine, acupuncture, nutrigenomics and homeopathy to help patients manage chronic health conditions including diabetes. When you first see a local naturopathic doctor, they will take your medical history, perform a physical exam and recommend testing or treatment. A local naturopathic doctor can help patients with diabetes maintain healthy blood glucose levels, manage medication including insulin, make lifestyle changes such as eliminating or reducing sugar or salt from the diet and recommend natural treatments for better physical and mental health (including supplements such as probiotics for digestive health). These natural treatments may also help prevent diabetes-related complications such as diabetic retinopathy, diabetic neuropathy, kidney disease and macular degeneration. If you want to learn more about how local naturopathic doctors can help patients with diabetes, talk to your local family physician, endocrinologist or other medical provider.