The American Diabetes Association in it’s Living With Diabetes page indicates: “There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed) will help you control your weight and can keep your blood glucose in the healthy range.”
But, is this still true today?
Type 2 Diabetes Medical Condition
Type 2 diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose levels that are not managed by normal insulin production, storage and secretion by beta cells in your pancreases. Eventually the beta cells fail to function and injections of insulin must be taken. Other cells in your body also become insulin resistant and do not easily allow glucose to enter when normal amounts on insulin are present.
Beta cell function declines over time and after about 10 years, more than half the people affected require insulin injection.
This medical condition is diagnosed by several tests. Glucose levels are measured by testing blood A1C levels (for long term blood glucose levels), fasting blood glucose level, and an oral glucose tolerance test (a 2 hour test to see how your body responds to oral glucose).
If your body is unable to properly regulate glucose levels you have diabetes. You will often need to monitor your glucose levels by doing random glucose tests during the day to check for your need for medication or injected insulin.
This medical condition can lead to further undesirable consequences. Primarily, blood vessels become damaged in the eyes, kidneys, heart, brain and legs. This doubles the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can require amputation of feet and legs. Cuts and blisters do not heal properly.
Type 2 Diabetes Cure: Ending Your Medical Condition
A cure is a substance or procedure that ends a medical condition.
So, are there ways to restore the function of your pancreatic beta cells and eliminate insulin resistance so your pancreatic insulin correctly manages blood glucose levels?
The answer is clearly: YES!
Bariatric surgeryy normalizes A1C levels in more than 80% of patients, and many patients can stop taking diabetes medication, including insulin injections. Bariatric surgery effectively reduces the amount of food you can eat and drastically cuts calorie absorption. For many people, the return to normal blood glucose levels is sudden, within days or weeks–long before any significant weight loss.
An article in Diabetologia, Reversal of type 2 diabetes: normalisation of beta cell function in association with decreased pancreas and liver triacylglycerol, clearly shows that both beta cell function and insulin resistance can be reversed with a low calorie diet.
The study tested whether the rapid bariatric effect could be due to the sudden decrease in calories. The researchers used 11 people with type 2 diabetes who had an average BMI of 33.6.
They were put on a 600 calorie per day diet. The diet was mainly a liquid diet consisting of Optifast and Nestle Nutrition along with three servings of non-starchy vegetables. This amounted to around 600 calories per day.
After the first week fasting blood glucose levels became normal, glucose levels in the liver improved, and insulin response improved to near normal levels.
After 8 weeks insulin response became better than “normal.”
In other words, the participants in this research study no longer had the medical condition known as type 2 diabetes.
The researchers concluded: “This study demonstrates that the twin defects of beta cell failure and insulin resistance that underlie type 2 diabetes can be reversed by acute negative energy balance alone.”
Dr. Sarah Hallberg provides compelling evidence that type 2 diabetes can be reversed, and the solution is simpler than you might think.
Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created. She is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. She has recently created what is only the second non-surgical weight loss rotation in the country for medical students. Her program has consistently exceeded national benchmarks for weight loss, and has been highly successful in reversing diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Dr. Hallberg is also the co-author of www.fitteru.us, a blog about health and wellness.
B.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1994
M.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1996
M.D., Des Moines University, 2002
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Type 2 Diabetes Cured But Not Forever
Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition brought on by a diet rich in refined carbohydrates and a low fiber diet. This means, for example, beet sugar without the fiber of the beet, cane sugar without the fiber of the cane, and corn sweeteners without the fiber in the corn.
Refined sugars quickly enter your blood stream and cause insulin levels to rise rapidly. This stresses your entire body. And such a diet will inevitably lead to the medical conditions identified as type 2 diabetes.
Even though you can restore proper function to your body, the stress of too much refined sugar can bring back your diabetes.
To remain cured of type 2 diabetes you must adopt a healthy lifestyle that consists of consuming real foods with little or no processing and getting healthy exercise.
Yes, type 2 diabetes can be cured. But, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep it from returning.