Of all the topics I return to the most, it’s safe to say that diabetes takes top billing. In fact, you might wonder why I feel the need to keep coming back to it…
After all, I’ve made my point about the lethal dangers of sugar and obesity, haven’t I?
Well…no, actually. It seems that I really haven’t. Because one look at the latest numbers shows that, unfortunately, my messages about this modern crisis are needed now more than ever.
According to recent research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, only one in three American seniors with diabetes actually has their disease in check.
Today, I want you to find out if you’re one of them—and help you figure out what to do if you are.
But first, let’s talk a little bit more about this alarming new study.
Two out of three diabetics need better advice—period
This study featured more than 1,600 diabetics in four states, and focused on three key diabetes control factors: blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar.1
Of course, these researchers also relied on guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA)—the same group that wants all diabetics on statin drugs.
So I’d advise against taking all of their findings at face value.
For example, among the diabetics in this study, 72 percent met the recommended HbA1c level (a measure of long-term blood sugar control) of 7. As for LDL cholesterol, 63 percent met the recommendation to stay below 100. Meanwhile, 73 percent met the recommendation to keep blood pressure below 140/90.
But when it came to meeting all three targets, the number plummeted to a mere 35 percent.
Of course, the targets I aim for in my own practice don’t quite line up with these guidelines. We’re on the same page with respect to hbA1c—a threshold of 7 is a fair number to stick with. But LDL levels below 100 are wholly unnecessary (not to mention, hardly an accurate marker of heart health). And as far as I’m concerned, blood pressure levels as high as 140/90 are, in many cases, perfectly fine—especially for older patients.
But just because the ADA’s guidelines aren’t the same as mine doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem. In fact, more new research shows that type-2 diabetes isn’t just one problem…it’s THREE DIFFERENT sets of problems. Each of them equally deadly.
The type-2 profile that raises your risk of death 14-fold
According to recent research, patients with type-2 diabetes fall into distinct subtypes, each with their own unique threats.
Data analysts identified these patterns by sifting through more than 10,000 medical records. And when all was said and done, results showed three different categories of type-2 diabetics.2
The first group is younger and obese—and they are most likely to face issues like blindness and kidney disease. A second group was at higher risk of lethal conditions like heart disease and cancer. And a third group struggled with a wider range of risks—from cardiovascular problems, to allergies, to mental illness.
The good news is that this new information may lead to more tailored protocols for managing diabetes. (Doctors could monitor certain patients more closely for cancer or kidney disease, for example.)
But the bad news is that no one with type-2 diabetes is spared the ultimate risk…a higher mortality rate.
Having type-2 diabetes puts you at a 15 percent higher risk of premature death. Granted, that’s a lot lower than it was just 15 years ago. But hardly what I’d call encouraging news. Especially when you consider the fact that people who don’t have their condition under control (i.e. 2/3 of all diabetics, according to the new Johns Hopkins study) are at even higher risk.
In fact, a recent study of nearly half a million type-2 diabetics in Sweden showed that poor blood sugar control quadruples risk of early death in younger diabetics. (Even in patients over 75, risk jumps 55 percent higher.)
And if you’re a young diabetic who suffers kidney disease to boot? Well, then you face 14 times the risk of death.3
Clearly, higher rates of diagnosis aren’t enough. We need to be doing more as a nation to get the message out about how to effectively manage the disease. Emphasis on the phrase “effectively”—because it’s obvious that the ADA’s misguided advice isn’t helping one bit.
The only way to conquer high blood sugar once and for all
Luckily, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. And that’s how simple it is to reverse this lethal condition.
Obesity isn’t the only cause of type-2 diabetes. But in most cases, especially among those high-risk younger diabetics, it’s the very first domino to fall. Of course the bright spot here is that simply losing weight can go a long way toward undoing the worst damage.
Scientists think they now know exactly why. And as it turns out, the answer lies in your pancreas.
Remember, your pancreas is responsible for releasing insulin, which allows your body to turn blood sugar into energy. Unlike type-1 diabetes—in which insulin-producing cells are wiped out—type-2 diabetes sets in when your body just becomes “resistant” to insulin’s messages. Until eventually, your pancreas gives up and stops releasing it altogether.
But get this: Simply losing one gram of fat from your pancreas may be enough to bring this organ back to life.
The fats that collect in your pancreas are triglycerides—the same villains behind fatty liver. And in a recent study of patients who had received weight loss surgery, diabetic subjects saw their pancreatic triglyceride levels drop right alongside their weight…taking their insulin responses right back to normal in the process.4
And once again…that’s why I will never stop talking about the importance of weight management. Diabetes and obesity—diabesity, if you will—are twin crises. Always have been, always will be. And eating right and shedding those excess pounds really is the single most effective change you can make to protect yourself.
Do that, and the rest of those “targets” the ADA loves to fixate on will fall right into place. And believe me, no statin drugs or deprivation diets are necessary to get there.
What is necessary is a strong working knowledge of the proper way to repair the metabolic damage that sets your body on course for disaster. Like a fat-rich, low-carb, low-sugar Mediterranean-style diet, packed with fresh produce and high-quality protein. And targeted nutritional supplementation to help you along the way.
I’ve laid out all of the details in my simple, step-by-step Metabolic Repair Protocol. This complete protocol includes all of the advice I give my patients…without requiring you to make an appointment—or a trip—to my office here in Manhattan. You can follow my Metabolic Repair Protocol from the comfort of your own home.
I encourage you to check it out and get started as soon as possible. There is NO reason anyone with diabetes shouldn’t have their condition under control. In fact, the steps I’ve included in my Metabolic Repair Protocol can help you reverse diabetes—and all of its potentially deadly consequences.
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- Parrinello CM, et al. Diabetes Care. 2015 Jul;38(7):1290-8.
- Li L, et al. Sci Transl Med. 2015 Oct 28;7(311):311ra174.
- Tancredi M, et al. N Engl J Med. 2015 Oct 29;373(18):1720-32.
- Steven S, et al. Diabetes Care. 2016 Jan;39(1):158-65.