Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines | Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU

Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines | Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU


Translator: Anders Björk
Reviewer: Ivan Stamenković I have the best job in the world. I’m a doctor. No! Believe me that’s not why. I’m an obesity doctor. I have the honor of working
with the group of people subject to the last widely
accepted prejudice: being fat. These people have suffered a lot
by the time they see me: shame, guilt, blame
and outright discrimination. The attitude that many take,
including those in healthcare, is that these people
are to blame for their situation. If they could just control themselves,
they wouldn’t be overweight, and they are not motivated to change. Please let me tell you
this is not the case. The blame, if we’ve got
to extend some here, has been with our advice. And it’s time we change that. Obesity is a disease, it’s not something
created by lack of character. It’s a hormonal disease,
and there are many hormones involved. And one of the main ones
is a hormone called insulin. Most obese individuals
are resistant to this hormone, insulin. So, what does that mean exactly,
to be resistant to insulin? Well, insulin resistance is essentially
a state of pre-pre-type 2 diabetes. Insulin’s job is to drive glucose,
or blood sugar, into the cells where it can be used. In a nutshell, when someone
is insulin resistant, they are having trouble
getting blood sugar where it needs to go, into those cells. And it just can’t hang out
in the blood after we eat or we would all have a diabetic crisis
after every meal! So, when someone is resistant to insulin, the body’s response to this
is to just make more of it. And insulin levels will rise and rise, and for a while, years even,
this is going to keep up, and blood sugar levels can remain normal. However, usually it can’t keep up forever, and even those elevated levels of insulin are not enough to keep blood sugar
in the normal range. So it starts to rise. That’s diabetes. It probably won’t surprise you to hear that most of my patients
have insulin resistance or diabetes. And if you are sitting there thinking,
“Phew, that’s not me,” you actually might want to think again, because almost 50% of adult Americans
now have diabetes or prediabetes. That is almost 120 million of us. But that’s hardly everyone
who has issues with insulin. Because as I was saying, people have elevated insulin levels
due to insulin resistance for years, even decades, before the diagnosis
of even prediabetes is made. Plus it’s been shown that 16-25%
of normal-weight adults are also insulin resistant. So, in case you’re keeping track,
this is a heck of a lot of us. So, the trouble
with insulin resistance is: If it goes up, we are at great risk
for developing type 2 diabetes. But also, insulin makes us hungry, and the food we eat
much more likely to be stored as fat. Insulin is our fat storage hormone. So we can start to see
how it’s going to be a problem for diseases like obesity
and metabolic issues like diabetes. But what if we traced this problem
back to the beginning, and we just didn’t have
so much glucose around that insulin needed to deal with? Let’s take a look at how that could be. Everything you eat is either a carbohydrate,
a protein or a fat, and they all have very different effect
on glucose and therefore insulin levels, as you can see on the graph. So when we eat carbohydrates, our insulin and glucose
are going to spike up fast. And with proteins it looks a lot better. But take a look at what happens
when we eat fat. Essentially nothing, a flat line. And, this is going to wind up
being very important. So, now I want to translate
that graph for you into a real-world situation. I want you to go back and think about the last time you ate
an American version of Chinese food. We all know there’s rules
associated with this, right? And the first rule is:
You’re going to overeat. Because the stop signal doesn’t get sent until you are literally
busting at the seams. Rule number two is:
In an hour you’re starving. Why? Well, because the rice in that meal
caused glucose and insulin to skyrocket, which triggered hunger,
fat storage and cravings. So, if you are insulin
resistant to begin with, and your insulin levels
are already higher, you really are hungrier all the time. And we have this setup: Eat carbs, your glucose goes up,
your insulin goes up, and you have hunger and fat storage. So, how do we recommend
to these people to eat, because it seems like that would be
really important, and it is. Let’s focus just on type 2 diabetes, because the general recommendations
are to tell patients with type 2 diabetes to consume 40 to 65 grams
of carbohydrates per meal, plus more at snacks. Trust me on this, that’s a lot of carbs. And remember what’s going to happen
to glucose and insulin, blood sugar and insulin, when we eat them? Yes, we are essentially recommending that they eat exactly
what’s causing their problem. Sound crazy? It really, really is. Because, at its root, diabetes
is a state of carbohydrate toxicity. We can’t get the blood sugar
into the cells, and that causes a problem
in the short term. But the long-term consequences
are even greater. And insulin resistance is essentially
a state of carbohydrate intolerance. So why, oh why, do we want to continue
to recommend to people to eat them? The American Diabetes
Association guidelines specifically state that there is
inconclusive evidence to recommend
a specific carbohydrate limit. But those guidelines go right on
to say what we all know: Our carbohydrate intake is the single,
biggest factor in blood sugar levels, and therefore need for medication. These guidelines then go on to say: Hey look, if you are taking
certain diabetic medications, you actually have to eat carbs,
otherwise your blood sugar can go too low. Okay, so let’s take a look at the vicious cycle
that that advice just set up. So it’s: Eat carbs so you have
to take medicine, then you have to eat more carbs so you avoid the side-effect
of those medications, and around and around we go. Even worse is that nowhere
in the ADA guidelines is the goal of reversing type 2 diabetes. This needs to be changed, because type 2 diabetes can be reversed,
in many, if not most, situations, especially if we start early. Not only do we need
to let people know this, but we have to start giving them
the practical advice so they can do this. Consider carbs. First, here’s a shocker for you:
We don’t need them. Seriously! Our minimum daily requirement
for carbohydrates is zero. We have essential amino acids,
those are proteins, essential fatty acids, but, nope, no essential carb. A nutrient is essential if we have to have it to function,
and we can’t make it from something else. We make glucose,
plenty of it, all the time, it’s called gluconeogenesis. So, we don’t need them, the overconsumption of them
is making us very sick, yet we are continuing
to recommend to patients to consume close to, if not more than, half of their total energy intake
every day from them. It doesn’t make sense. Let’s talk about what does. Cutting carbs, a lot. Yes, in my clinic we teach patients to eat with carbs
as the minority of their intake, not the majority. So, how does that work? Well, when our patients
decrease their carbs their glucose goes down,
and they don’t need as much insulin. So those insulin levels drop, and fast. And this is very important, because a study looking at our National Health
and Nutrition Examination Survey data, better known as NHANES, showed that the single,
biggest risk factor for coronary artery disease is insulin resistance. It is responsible
for a whopping 42% of heart attacks. Low-carb intervention works so fast that we can literally pull people off
of hundreds of units of insulin in days to weeks. One of my favorite stories
is a very recent one. A young gal, but who had an almost
20-year history of type 2 diabetes, came in when a physician from another
clinic told her she was just sick, and she’d probably get used to it. Her diabetes was way out of control. This despite the fact that she
was on multiple medications, including almost 300 units of insulin, that was being injected into her
continuously every day via a pump. All of this, remember,
blood sugar still out of control. So we put her on a low-carb diet,
and now let’s fast-forward four months. She lost weight, yes,
but, better than that, sick no more. Her blood sugar levels
were now normal all of the time. This on, get this, no diabetes medication. Gone was the 300 units of insulin, no more insulin pump, no more pricking her finger
multiple times each day, gone, all of it, no more diabetes. One of the greatest joys of my job
is to be able to tell a patient like this that they no longer have diabetes, and we ceremoniously take it off
their problem list together. So, are they cured, is this a miracle? We’ll leave that grandstanding
to Doctor Oz. Cured would imply that it can’t come back. And if they start eating
excessive carbs again, it will. So no not cured, but they don’t have
diabetes any longer. It’s resolved, and it can stay that way
as long as we keep away the cause. So, what does this look like then?
How does somebody eat this way? Well, first, let me tell you
what it’s not. Low-carb is not zero carb,
and it is not high protein. These are common criticism
that are so frustrating because they are not true. Next, if we take the carbs out,
what are we going to put in? Because, remember,
there’s only three macronutrients: if one goes down, one has to go up. My patients eat fat, and a lot of it. “What!?” you say. What’s going
to happen when you eat fat? Well, let me tell you, you’re
going to be happy, because fat tastes great,
and it is incredibly satisfying. (Applause) (Laughter) But, remember, fat
is the only macronutrient that’s going to keep our glucose –
blood sugar – and insulin levels low, and that is so important. So, I want you to now hear
my simple rules for eating. These rules, you have to remember,
are even going to be more important if you are one of the tens
of millions of Americans who have trouble with insulin levels. Rule number one: If it says light, low fat
or fat-free, stays in grocery store. because they took the fat out,
they put carbs and chemicals in. Rule number two: Eat food. The most important rule
in low-carb nutrition: Real food does not come in a box, and no-one should have to tell you
real food is natural. You should know that when you look at it. Don’t eat anything you don’t like. And eat when you’re hungry;
don’t eat when you’re not, no matter what the clock says. And number five is a simple way
to remember what we want to avoid. No GPS: no grains,
no potatoes and no sugar. That last one is a biggie,
right, no grains? Na, no grains. But we have to have them. Nope, they’re a carb. But whole grains are so good for us. Well, first of all, there are actually
very few foods out there that are truly whole grain
even when they say they are. Most foods that purport themselves
to be wholegrain are highly processed
and the fiber benefit ruined. Or they’re coming
with highly refined flour, usually both of these things. So if you are one of the truly
insulin-sensitive people, you can eat real, whole grain. But if you’re in the enormous slice
of our population with insulin issues, it’s making things worse. So what if you are one
of the real insulin-sensitive people? Can you still eat this way? Yes! I am a great example. Over a year ago I decided
I would cut my carbs as low as I recommend
to my diabetic patients. Now, it’s not mandatory for my health
like it is for theirs; I’m not insulin resistant,
so would this be a problem? No! That’s just the thing. Unless you have
an exceedingly rare syndrome, then cutting carbs
is going to be good for you, even if it’s not necessary. I want to show you a couple of pictures
of my radical food. So, this is a common breakfast
in my house. So does it look like
I just broke my own rule? I didn’t because this muffin
is made with coconut flour. I bake all the time still. I just use non-grain-based flours:
coconut, almond, hazelnut, flax. They make delicious things. And this is a typical dinner in my house
with a typical starch. That would be the sautéed mushrooms. No, my patients and I eat delightful food
all of the time and enjoy it. But what about the research on this? I mean is this just anecdotal
evidence now from my clinic? No! There are dozens of
randomized controlled trials looking at low-carb intervention for things like diabetes,
cardiovascular risk factors, obesity. They’re consistent. It works! There are even a large number
of studies showing that low-carb nutrition
decreases inflammatory markers, which is making it really exciting
for diseases like cancer. We just finished a study in our clinic. And what we did is, we took 50 type 2 diabetic patients that were treated with
our low-carb-high-fat-based program, and we compared them to 50 patients who were treated with the ADA guidelines. And after six months, not only did we find
a significant metabolic advantage for the low-carb group, but, and let’s face it, this is important,
a huge cost savings. Our analysis showed that our patients
could save over $2,000 a year just on the diabetes meds
they were no longer taking. Just think how fast that adds up. We are in a diabetes epidemic now that we are spending
$250 billion a year on in this country. So, I want to show you a slide now that demonstrates where
those savings are coming from. So this is looking
just at the insulin difference in the two groups after six months. And what we can see is that the low-carb group
was able to decrease their insulin by almost 500 units a day. Whereas in the ADA treated group, they had to increase their insulin
by almost 350 units a day. Two important things. Number one: Insulin is expensive. And number two: Not all the people
in this study were even on insulin, which makes these results
even more impressive. But what I would say is
that this graph really represents two different approaches
to treating this disease. The first, our group,
with the goal of reversing disease, meaning they need less medicine. And the second group, which very clearly
aligns with the ADA guidelines, which state that diabetes
is a progressive disease, requiring more medicine over time. Progressive unless we take away the cause. So, what’s the problem then? Why is this not everywhere?
Why isn’t low carb the norm? There’s two big reasons. Number one: status quo.
It is hard to break. There are many agendas involved. We got this notion that low fat
was the way to go decades ago. But a recent study just came out showing that there was
zero randomized control evidence to recommend to Americans
to remove the fat from our diet. And that’s how the carbs got added in. It was essentially a huge experiment
on millions of people, and it failed miserably. The second reason we don’t
see it everywhere is money. Don’t be fooled, there’s a lot of money
to be made from keeping you sick. And what we see is,
with these specialty guideline panels, they are stacked
with conflict of interest. So, the solution to the diabetes epidemic
in my clinic is exceedingly clear: Stop using medicine to treat food. And for a disease
whose root cause is carbohydrates, take away the carbohydrates,
or at least cut them, so we can remember
what we used to know. We knew it a long time ago, this was said thousands of years ago, and we need, in this day and age,
to get back to that notion. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines | Sarah Hallberg | TEDxPurdueU

  • Much to my doctors amazement I cured myself of type 2. How? Simple.
    I ate zero processed food except pasta and bread (yep, both I consider processed) which were unavoidable. The key thing though was to eat 2 times a day only. Eat only AFTER you have been hungry and the stomach has stopped growling (shrunk) but eat as much as you like.

  • REALLY …??? WOW. Our bodies are made up of two things, one of them we all know very well …WATER and …MINERALS. Basic biology/genetics. This woman is NOT sharing everything. Chromium and Vanadium are the two minerals that open up your cells to allow nutrients in. (See Dr. Jason Fung here on YouTube) If you don't get water, what happens? Same thing if you don't get minerals, you starve and eventually die. Food is minerals, NOT fruits, veggies and proteins. An apple, bread, hamburger are delivery mechanisms to carry minerals to your body, and everything we put in our mouths are mineral deficient since soils are not replenished with minerals. Do the research.

  • Why do Asian people eat rice in every meal and yet are fairly thin? I believe her but that confuses me.

  • I became diabetic from it. Was in the hospital for malnutrition & lacking iron. Plus I have IBS making it harder.

  • Hey, people of the comment section who shared their experience; i want to say thank you, thanks for keep motivating me and other people to stay on this lifestyle :")

  • The last widely excepted prejudice ie the only group you can make fun of with no reprocutions? White southern Christian males?

  • A joke I once heard…
    "Yes a cure would be the best thing since sliced bread…..but the treatment is our bread and butter."

  • Anecdotal: In my own case, I endured several hours of really uncomfortable cold daily for four weeks, and coincidentally that was the same few weeks when my insulin resistance went away. And stayed away for three years. I suspected maybe it hadn't been coincidental so the minute my doctor mentioned insulin resistance again I tried it again – this time voluntarily – and it went away again. Maybe it only works for me, or maybe it was only coincidence and won't happen next time. But that's turning into a heck of a coincidence.

  • But… I love cake, chocolate, ice cream, candy, soda, baked potatoes, frozen pizza, pasta, bread and all of that stuff… I have to quit all that? 🤔 😭😢

  • I tried the John McDougall programme and it was excellent. Hi starches. My health, body and mind felt fantastic. I slept well, had more energy etc

  • this person has a Ph.D?? Not in English or grammar apparently ..she said eating until you're literally busting at the seams??
    Literally?? What seams is she talking about??
    Regardless I believe everything else shes saying…. it's just hard to choose the right Foods

  • Dr Atkins espoused similar ideas years ago and ALL Doctors laughed at him and tried to destroy him. Today, Doctors are redressing his ideas, calling it their own and labeling it amazing discoveries.

  • The Veteran's Administration needs to heed what this brave doctor is saying, before their so called MOVE program (replete with the usual 45-60 grams of carbs per meal disinformation) kills any more veterans.

    As of this year, ADA finally endorses low-carb and further admitted in the same report that we get all of our glucose requirements from metabolic processes.

    In other words, they finally admitted what Dr. Hallberg states, that there is no dietary requirement for carbohydrates.

    I'll bet this video with millions of views goes a long way towards shattering the dangerous propaganda of the status quo.

  • I thought she would recommend eating eggs, high-quality animal fats, grass-fed beef, liver, butter etc. Instead, the recommended coconut, almond, hazelnut flower, mushrooms. Wtf?

  • BIG PHARMA does not want ANYONE cured of ANYTHING….that is the first thing you must realize.
    The second thing you must realize is the FDA, AMA, EPA and the most media is controlled by BIG PHARMA…. they give Billions to these organizations to keep people sick. Up to 70% of TV news income is from BIG PHARMA…. ALL they want is money…. they do not want to cure anyone.

  • I got rid of my diabetes from cutting carbs and gardening. Unfortunately as soon as i was back healthy i had a stroke. Now I’m disabled AND have diabetes again lol

  • This study came out after the video. But not grains are whole as she states. "the findings of a 2016 meta-analysis of 45 studies published in the British Medical Journal that reported that whole grain intake was associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and death from all causes."

  • A diabetic is like an annuity for the doc and big pharma,,,treatments are such that the patient doesn't die right away, and requires meds and care for life…An annuity!!

  • The food industry knows amd controls the Masses of walking chemistry labs doing what they Wilt. Every food in existence that is process has these plus tons of other ingredients such as thiamine mononitrate, ribo flavin, floric acid, sodium nitrate (used in gunpowder), carrageenan (carcinogen).
    It's called population control. Capiche?

  • I am not diabetic but I do believe that I am insulin resistant. I have lost almost 40 pounds by eating LCHF, and I was able to drop one of my blood pressure medications. Never going back.

  • It's not a dieses of the body, it's a disease of the system of industry backed my money, at the cost of our planet, put them on McDougall doet. And shift your fight to the instructors killing your country.

  • Currently studying nursing, finding this is the main point along with good levels of exercise before turning to a more pharmaceutical route. We have been exposed to both methods, suppose it depends on the practitioner.

  • Type 2 diabetes reversed with a Whole Food Plant based diet. Nearly every other disease as well. Lymph vs mucus. Acidic vs Alkaline. Simple. Eat more plants.

  • How do you explain older Asians who ate a diet of 90% white rice and yet
    had virtually no diabetes or heart disease and much lower levels of
    cancer?

  • If what she says made any sense then populations like the Italian population (with pasta and bread at every meal) would be at greater risk then anyone else. The reported number of diabetic cases in Italy in percentage was 2.9% in the 1980's, slightly more now due to fad diets, american diets and so on, invading people's life and minds, unfortunately.

  • unfortunately our modern medical establishment is more concerned with treatment that cures. they make money on treatment. cures only eliminate potential patients.

  • Reduce eating food that raises glucose to reduce hyperglycemia. Doctors give antidiabetic medication because patients won't change their lifestyle and diet, but those who did improve their condition. I got an uncle whose doctor won't prescibe him higher doses of metformin but only advice to change lifestyle even though his normal blood sugar levels are high, because he fears the patient will carelessly eat, being dependent on the meds.

  • The reason the grains are so bad for us now us because every crop of wheat is sprayed with Round Up to dessicate it so it can be harvested while standing. 99% of all wheat is sprayed 4 days before it is harvested. It has most likely changed the gluten in the seed. That is why grains are killing us?

  • Both myself and hubby shed diabetes type 2, without any help. Neither obese.
    Negating processed sugars. Whole foods inc grass fed dairy and meat.

  • It's not even really intentional or masterminded when companies are creating an unethical situation like that; There's alot of companies doing things differently and some are better suited to financial success and the others die off. If there are 15 different allergy medications and 1 of them causes withdrawal symptoms identical to allergy symptoms, then people are going to keep taking that one longer and it will sell more and it'll be the only one that can afford a huge ad campaign, and pretty soon the non-ideal allergy medication will be the only one that people want to buy. Nobody at the company has to know about the system that's developed, it just works by natural selection

  • I don't quite agree with "cut the carbs and reverse diabetes". It simply doesn't work like that. Many doctors focus on treating the symptom, which is high blood sugar. They don't focus on the root of the problem, which is insulin resistance. The best way to increase insulin receptivity is to cut out all animal fats and processed vegetable oils and also maintaining a diet with low glycemic index.

  • I've always told my patients that their weight is a function of what they eat and how much they eat. This talk centered on what they eat – great. She didn't go much into how portion control plays a significant roll too. If you are old enough to remember the 1960's – the burgers were smaller, the drink cups were not big gulps and people controlled their own portions sizes because they ate at home. Now restaurants control portion size – they want to make you think they are giving you value for your dollars so they give you more. A higher carb diet is not a big issue if you don't eat too many calories overall either. Obesity was notmas much of an issue in past generations. It is all about what you eat and how much.

  • By simply choosing “Vαnοjο Fivu” (Google it), you will recover from diabetic issues and set you to a more favourable life style. My has been following this plan religiously for over 45 days. He has been reliant to insulin for several years in his six year long struggle against type 2 diabetes. His dietary habits have favorably altered since he has been an avid reader and follower of this program..

  • I figured out “Vαnοjο Fivu” (Google it) from my friend and read it to shed weight and heal my diabetes. This informative guide has shared me the optimal fitness as well as diet regime to follow. Right after 1 day on the diet plan my own blood glucose levels was down about 35 points, and by day Four it was decrease about 60 points. That worked very well, on the other hand, and that I felt great. I am happy that my blood glucose is much better now…

  • scuse me.. whether its cos… im half greek (and have millenia of farming in me (God help me)) … pr what..but I crash somewhat even after years of cutting much carbs and having hi protein factors ..please can someone eduicate me properly? Gd bless

  • Thanks to Keto I have reversed by type 2 diabetes! I was diabetic for 4 years and was getting sicker and heavier. I was 270 lbs, my knee was swollen and painful from bloating and inflammation, my periods were very irregular, I had heart palpitations, high blood pressure, and I am only 35. I went low carb this year and within weeks the knee swelling disappeared within months my blood glucose average was 100 and my A1C was non diabetic! I am off my diabetes medicine. My periods have been normal for 6 month, my blood pressure pill cut in half, and I have lost 63 lbs and counting!!!! Going low carb has been totally worth it. I helped a family member move from her 2 story townhouse that was on the 2nd floor so I literally ran up and down 3 flights of stairs for a couple hours and wasn't even winded. It was amazing. I kept asking myself how am I doing this? The answer keto and weight loss. There is no way before I would have been able to do it!!!

  • This is truly one of the greatest presentations I've heard in a long time.
    I was diagnosed with T2 four months ago and decided to make a lifestyle change: no sugar and minimal carbs, 20 or less net a day. Lost 25 pounds and still going. No meds, and blood pressure normal. My mind is clearer than ever.
    Thanks for posting this video. I 🙏🏼 that anyone who is insulin resistant sees it and there life is changed for the best.

  • How a doctor can recommend or even urges the people to use medication to make money that will harm and give permanent damage, I can not comprehend. If we can not trust the doctors then whom we will trust?

  • When she says "no grain" does that include oats which I was told – and I've read umpteen times – is really good for you: contains certain types of fibre and helps lower cholesterol?

    "No potatoes" – does that include sweet potatoes and yams – I thought these and potatoes in their skins was good for you (?)

  • The doctor who found Helico bater for ulcer cause was ignored and threatened by those big pharmacy cooperates long time. The truth will never lose.

    I hope this treatment will really work.
    I'm gonna try this for 2 weeks.

  • Could someone send this to Trump; who is obese anyway, but still loves to insult and blame "400lbs guys sitting on the couch".

  • ..Doctors reverse type 2 diabetes in three weeks "No more drugs pills or insulin injections To know more click on Link…..=> Diabetescure3weeks. com

  • Does anyone have a link to the study which she mention shows the link between insulin resistance and coronary heart disease?

  • I was identified as having diabetic issues several months ago. I`m presently Sixty-four years old. I can`t imagine that I have diabetes and it worries me that I will also experience the same struggles like my dad did. Uncovered this amazing information “Vαnοjο Fivu” (Google it). The main test outcomes show that my glucose was at 183 and my A1C was 7.3. After a week of reading the program, I have managed to decrease my A1C to 5.9..

  • I do low Carb and Intermittent fasting. I also try to workout fasted most days and that really does lower blood sugar.

    After 12 years im off the Diabetic meds and my blood sugar is close to normal. Almost reversed it..

  • I have been doing Keto since Jan and have reduced my daily units of insulin from 58 to 46. I will continue with this for the rest of my life.

  • There are some animals that have a gene that enable them to make their own vitamin C from glucose. Humans have this gene but it does not work (it apparently stopped working in humans 35 million years ago). If there was a gene therapy that would give people a working version of that gene, some of that excess glucose could be converted to Vitamin C which the body needs. There is a gene therapy similar to this that is being developed for Hunter's syndrome. In Hunter's syndrome, there is a defective gene that does not produce the enzymes to break down a complex sugar that causes it to accumulate and cause damage to the body, not unlike type 2 diabetes. The gene therapy that is being developed inserts a working copy of that defective gene. I think that getting a working copy of the gene that produces vitamin C from glucose would help people live with type 2 diabetes without having to take as much insulin.

    I think that pharmaceutical companies should do is develop a drug that would do the work of that gene by supplying the necessary enzymes to convert excess glucose to Vitamin C in the liver. Forcing the body to take increasing ineffective doses of insulin is not a smart way to go about it.

  • Prednisone was utilized to treat my pneumonia, nevertheless, the medication also stimulated the increase of my blood glucose levels that led to diabetes. My A1C soared to 10.1 during that time. Luckily, I have learn about this easy guideline “Vαnοjο Fivu” (Google it). I have undergone a retesting 2 months later and also the end result signifies that (my A1C had decreased to 6.8 just .3 above normal)..

  • Dr. Sarah Hallberg such a caring and sweet person. I will have to say I am very excited about starting the treatment plan from Virta. With such intelligent Physicians like her I want to follow this plan and see the results of better health.

  • Not sure about eating more fats but one thing I am sure of is that eating a plant based diet (lifestyle) can reverse type 2 diabetes.

  • Sigh. "Carbs" aren't the problem. HIGH GLYCEMIC INDEX carbs are the problem. Low GI carbs (most fruits, most vegetables) won't spike blood sugar, and will go a long way towards keeping bowels regular.

  • Potatoes are a prominent source of potassium for a lot of Americans. Potassium is a particularly important electrolyte. If low/no carb diet is used, where do we get our potassium?

  • I went through a similar transformation as many people in the comments. Down 70 pounds, no medication now, and a1c from 11 to 5.5. The one tool that really helped me was a continuous glucose monitor like freestyle libra. It requires a prescription and insurance will most likely not covered for type two; however it was worth it for me. It gave me the ability to understand exactly how the foods I was eating changed my glucose levels. Seems simple but was very powerful.

  • How can you say there is no need for carbs. As a physicians you must certainly know that carbs included vegetables and fruit. It sounds very misleading.

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