Fat and sugar metabolism
Overweight, obesity, fatty liver: Sugar is the most important energy source for our cells. Sugar metabolism disorders therefore have a direct effect on our well-being and physical performance. The more insulin the body needs to transfer sugar into the cells, the slower metabolic function is (known as insulin resistance, see www.stoffwechselforschung.eu). Insulin acts as the storage hormone for the metabolism and promotes the conversion of sugar into fat.
Fatty liver is one of the first manifestations of this metabolic disorder and can be easily diagnosed via ultrasound. Fatty liver is also one of the first signs of other metabolic and vascular regulation dysfunctions (atherosclerosis). We search for the causes with the aim of tailoring and implementing a long-term personalised course of treatment for the patient.
Diabetes mellitus 1, diabetes mellitus 2, gestational diabetes
The focus of the activities at Stoffwechselzentrum Rhein-Main is the prevention, early detection, and treatment of sugar and fat metabolism disorders and diabetes-related complications (neuropathy: damage to the nerves in the legs and heart, kidney damage).
The aims of diabetes treatment:
- Normal as possible blood sugar levels without treatment-related weight gain
- Vascular protection: It is not the sugar per se that causes problems for diabetics, but rather vascular changes caused by the sugar
- Regression: It is often possible to return more advanced cases of the disease to a milder form (e.g., switching from insulin therapy to tablet-based treatment)
- Improved quality of life
In one-on-one training, we teach you about the therapeutic options available for insulin-dependent diabetes. Alongside medical expertise, a diabetes advisor is also available.
Gestational diabetes (GDM)
The increased flow of sugar being transported from mother to child via the umbilical cord can cause a major growth spurt in the child. In many cases, the increased growth rate and related problems can be avoided by the early diagnosis of gestational diabetes coupled with intensive monitoring and treatment. Pregnant women with gestational diabetes are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and require a caesarean section than healthy pregnant women. Treatment reduces these elevated risks.