Type 2 Diabetes and "Pre-Diabetes"
Type 2 Diabetes is a huge problem And the healthcare system is NOT making it better.
According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014, 29.1 million Americans are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes an 86 million adult Americans are pre-diabetic. Children are earning this diagnosis more frequently than ever.
Throughout my career, I have seen the typical progression of a person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in the healthcare system.
At first, they are usually encouraged to “control their sugars” with a “heart-healthy” diet. They are told they need to eat less and exercise more (hint: this doesn’t work). When this fails, they are inevitably put on oral medications to normalize their blood sugars. The patient feels defeated because (often) they really WERE trying to be better. They take the medications because their doctor tells them that it is necessary to “get their blood sugar under control.”
They take the medications as directed, but they often don’t understand what the medications are for or how they are affecting their bodies. They still try to follow a "heart-healthy", low-fat diet with little results. They exercise because “they’re supposed to” even though those hours on the treadmill don’t seem to lead to fat loss. Inevitably, they need more medications to control their blood sugars, cholesterol, and blood pressure because these all begin to worsen over time as the disease progresses.
They take the pills and continue to “try to be healthier” by eating better and exercising. They buy low fat everything. Cut out red meat. Switch everything to whole grain. They only have dessert once in a while now, and only have a “small” serving of brown rice with dinner.
Even so, many progress to needing insulin injections once their pancreas stops working.
These patients are told to count their carbs and inject the appropriate amount of insulin to control their blood sugar. These interventions lower their sugar, and prevent immediate complications, but the patients never feel better, and their disease progresses.
I want you to know that this approach is flawed.
This approach to treating type 2 diabetes only addresses the symptoms of the illness but does nothing to restore metabolic health. In fact, it allows the disease to progress.
I also want you to know that the “heart-healthy” low-fat, high carbohydrate diet that your doctor and health authorities promote does not work.
Not only does it not correct the underlying metabolic disorder, it actually worsens the metabolic damage that is present in type 2 diabetic patients.
Type 2 diabetes is completely manageable through dietary changes alone.
This is true especially in the early stages. Medications can help in conjunction with lifestyle interventions, but progression to more medication and eventually insulin injections is NOT inevitable. I have helped many people completely get off of all medications by changing their diet. This is not my opinion or belief. This is based on basic science and biochemistry along with years of extensive research.