How’s this for a headline: “Can Diet Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?”
The simple answer to that question: YES. And how do I know? Because I’ve been helping my patients reverse diabetes through low-carb and Mediterranean-style dieting for decades.
But since no one in mainstream medicine wants to listen, here we are yet again, with another high-dollar study telling us something we already know…
The problem with “usual care”
I’m excited that conventional docs may finally be coming around to the idea of controlling disease (and disease risk) through diet. But I’m not a fan of this trial’s details. And it won’t take you long to see why.
For starters, the first thing the authors mention is that bariatric surgery can send type 2 diabetes into remission. Well, sure it can! But who wants to undergo a risky, expensive surgery when there’s a plethora of safer, less invasive options?
Plus, the risks associated with bariatric surgery are enormous (no pun intended). And at the end of the day, lifestyle changes are just as effective.
Case in point: In this study, half of the patients followed current treatment guidelines. The other half followed a liquid diet restricted to 850 or fewer calories daily for three to five months. They gradually reintroduced solid food over the weeks that followed, and received continued weight loss support.
After a year, nearly a quarter of the dieters lost more than 30 pounds. And nearly half experienced full diabetes remission. Meanwhile, none of the control subjects lost weight, and only four percent managed to reverse their diabetes.
Now, you probably know what I’m going to say. Anybody can drop pounds by starving themselves on a liquid diet for months on end. But I think it’s fair to say that this isn’t the most sustainable approach for long-term weight maintenance — and it’s not even the most effective, either.
Which brings me to a separate analysis, showing that you can achieve similar results with a low-carb diet.
This study featured just over 250 patients. And it showed that well over half of the participants following a low-carb lifestyle were able to restore healthy blood sugar levels without diabetes medication.
All while shedding 12 percent of their weight and 24 percent of their triglycerides. Not to mention slashing levels of inflammatory C-reactive protein by nearly 40 percent — and boosting “good” HDL cholesterol by 18 percent.
After a whole year, on the other hand, the “usual care” group saw no significant changes. Zip. Zero. Nada.
Now, doesn’t that tell you something? Namely, that the typical diabetes treatment strategies that the powers-that-be recommend are just plain WRONG?!
I know what I’d tell them to do with their “usual” care. But as always, you can expect conventional docs to keep their heads stuck in the sand — choosing to ignore the science so they can keep on using their prescription pads to dole out more drugs.
Good nutrition is the cure
These two studies underscore facts that we’ve known for nearly half a century now. Weight loss slams the brakes on diabetes — preventing it, improving it, and in many cases completely reversing it.
Of course, the naysayers will take issue with the term “reversal,” pointing out that we don’t know for certain that the actual pathology changed. But guess what, Mr. Scientist?
When the pancreas can’t generate enough insulin to keep up with sugar intake, and the body loses its ability to use the insulin that it has, you end up with diabetes. So the underlying pathophysiology behind abnormal glucose metabolism is eating too many carbs and too much sugar.
Overeating causes diabetes — period. Take away your “trigger foods”, and lo and behold, the disease does, in fact, go away, as long as you stay the course.
These researchers insist that “reversing” disease would mean resuming a “normal” lifestyle and diet, and still maintaining “normal” glucose levels. But can someone please define “normal” here?
Because let me tell you, truly “normal” eating habits don’t lead to diabetes. But if you return to the over-processed Standard American Diet that made you sick in the first place, then, of course, the disease will come back.
The bottom line is this: Good nutrition is the cure for diabetes… It’s just common sense.
Mainstream docs need to stop overthinking this and robbing the 400 million people with type 2 diabetes of the life they deserve.
If I sound angry, that’s because I am. Conventional doctors know how to help people, but choose to ignore facts in favor of worthless dogma.
Patients need to be told to “diet” as though their life depended on it. Because it really, truly does.
Fortunately, you can take the right steps to do this today. I detail exactly what you should be eating, supplementing with, and other important lifestyle interventions in my online Metabolic Repair Protocol. To learn more about this one-of-a-kind tool, or to enroll today, simply click here.
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