“The cause of chronic diseases can be found and treated”

Explaining that chronic diseases are increasing in the world and in Turkey, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases Specialist Assoc. Dr. Gülsüm Gönülalan, one of the reasons for the recent increase in chronic diseases; He stated that there is an increase in life expectancy, industrialization, increase in exposure to environmental toxins, change in dietary habits, pesticide use, sedentary life and increased stress. Assoc. argues that chronic diseases have a negative impact on the economic situation of both individuals and countries. Dr. Gülsüm Gönülalan noted that the cause of diseases can be found and treated and said: “Chronic diseases are those of a long and slow course, which adversely affect the quality of life of the individual, require expert control and are costly to treat. check and treat.

Many diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer, autoimmune diseases, rheumatic diseases belong to the group of chronic diseases. Unfortunately, modern lifestyles have left us alone with chronic diseases that are becoming more common. Although the individual pathophysiology and symptoms of each patient are different, it is not possible to solve and cure chronic diseases without finding the common underlying causes. When evaluating chronic diseases, it is necessary to create a treatment plan by examining many underlying causes such as the patient’s diet with a holistic approach, sleep patterns, stress management, toxin exposure, gut health, endocrine system health , detoxification system.

“Treatment should be planned by investigating individual and underlying causes”

Gülsüm Gönülalan stated that the reason for the obesity, which has increased recently, will not only be the incompatibility of the patient’s diet, saying: “The patient’s intestinal health, exposure to toxins and liver detoxification problems may be one of the reasons to the inability to lose weight. It is very important to evaluate the gut health of patients with autoimmune and allergic diseases, the frequency of which is increasing nowadays. Intestinal permeability is one of the main causes of many autoimmune diseases. In autoimmune diseases, many of our patients’ complaints persist without improving gut health Today, treatment, especially in chronic diseases, must be planned by taking into account the person’s metabolic and genetic characteristics and by investigating the underlying causes.

“The most important thing in functional medicine is the whole person”

associate Dr. Gönülalan stated that functional medicine determines how and why diseases arise, and provides health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual and improving the whole. It requires a detailed understanding of each person’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors.

Personalized treatments are planned. It’s not a new drug. It is not alternative medicine. It’s a different interpretation of medical information from a broader, more holistic perspective. Let’s look at a tree; Let its branches and leaves be our complaints or our diseases. Let the roots of this tree be the systems that provide balance in our body. If the soil on which our roots feed is not fertile or if there is a defect in our roots, our tree cannot be healthy. It is precisely here that Functional Medicine aims to restore health by not only detecting and treating complaints or diseases, but also the root causes that can cause these complaints and diseases. It approaches the person from a holistic perspective. The most important thing in functional medicine is the whole person, and the doctor evaluates how genetic, environmental, lifestyle factors, mental and physical health can cause complex-chronic diseases for that person with the detailed information he/she collects. At the end of this analysis, a plan is made, a lifestyle program that can protect the person’s health in the long term.

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