Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90-95% of all diabetes cases. There are dozens of very expensive medications and insulins to bring down sugar levels.
There are dozens more of diabetes testing machines and the latest craze are very expensive testing machines that do not require any needles to prick fingers and remove a drop of blood.
All diabetes medications can have serious side effects and not one of them cures diabetes.
We have known as far back as the 1940s with published research studies that diabetes could be controlled or reversed with significant lifestyle changes. More researchers in each of the past 6 decades have been able to show that type 2 diabetes is reversible when people are on an optimal lifestyle medicine plan, including a predominately whole foods, plant based diet and daily exercise for 30 to 45 minutes.
Decades of research shows that the vast majority of patients who have type 2 diabetes can usually stop their medications AND have normal blood sugars within 1 to 4 weeks of a whole foods plant based diet along with daily exercise for 30 minutes.
People with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes suffer from a wide range of very serious but largely preventable conditions: retinopathy and eye blindness, kidney disease and dialysis, poor circulation and amputations of toes, feet and legs, nerve damage through neuropathy, infections, heart attacks and strokes.
Uncontrolled diabetes keeps many specialist busy: ophthalmologists, nephrologist, endocrinologists, vascular surgeons, and emergency room and hospital doctors.
None of this needs to happen when lifestyle medicine is used properly.
Even the bariatric surgeons have proven that diabetes is easily reversible. For patients with type 2 diabetes undergoing bariatric weight loss surgery, we have to stop their insulin one week BEFORE they have surgery. These patients are forced onto a low calorie liquid diet for 2 weeks prior to the surgery and often within that time. Their sugar levels drop so quickly that the insulin must be stopped or else they will have severe hypoglycemia.
The simple explanation for why 60 years of research has not lead to cures of diabetes, heart disease and cancers is that the treatments are not focused on the cause of the disease.
With diabetes, the cause is insulin resistance, which means that our body’s ability to process carbohydrates is compromised.
The insulin that our body makes is ‘’clogged up’’ from the daily lifetime drum beat of fatty foods: oils, cheeses, butters, fried foods, dairy and many meats.
The cells themselves are infiltrated with fat which leads to the reduction of the insulin signaling pathways. Our insulin then becomes less effective and the glucose levels become too high.
None of diabetes medications aims to ‘’un clog’’ our cells from excess fat. The medications aim to reduce our glucose levels without resolving the insulin resistance, the clogged up cells’’ or just adding more insulin to our bodies.
Remove the fatty foods (meats, dairy, oils) and junk food (crackers, cookies, candy, fast food, white bread, pastries, and refined flours) from out diet and the cause of diabetes disappears. It can be that simple.
To summarize, doctors have no formal education in lifestyle medicine. They are constantly rushed with their regular work due to insurance company requirements and lack of reimbursement.
Plus, they have limited time to explain and train patients with the nuances of lifestyle medicine even if they have the training. For most people, lifestyle changes takes a lot of time, effort and continual support over many weeks to months.
Finally, and perhaps equally important, is the commercial nature of medicine: Sick people generate a lot of wealth for a lot of people. There is not much incentive for the status quo to change.
However, it’s exciting that we have the cure and better yet, that it’s simple! Eat more plants.