The traditional thinking of type 2 diabetes is as follows. Once you have it, you have it. You cannot cure it. You cannot reverse it. You can only manage it. Patients are often told that, you will have Type 2 Diabetes for life. It will get worse and then you’ll go blind or leg amputated. You will soon be on insulin, get used to it! The best you can hope for is to slow its progression through your diet, exercise, and oral medicine or insulin.
If you have to get worse, if you can’t avoid complications and premature death, then why struggle with your diet and managing your diabetes?
Actually, it is simply a BIG lie. Contrary to popular belief, the pancreas is not burnt out beyond repair. Instead, the pancreas is simply clogged with fat. Once you unclog the fat, the pancreas starts to work again and insulin is secreted normally. Type 2 diabetes is both preventable and reversible, not chronic and progressive. It is not a life sentence. However, taking medications will not cure the disease. Rather than addressing the root cause, management guidelines for type 2 diabetes focus on reducing blood sugar levels through drug treatments. Diet and lifestyle are touched upon, but diabetes remission by cutting calories is rarely discussed.
In June 2019 DiRECT study data announced at the 79th annual Scientific Sessions of the ADA shows restoration of beta cell function is possible. The study proves that type 2 diabetes is a reversible disease and patients who once suffered may be able to regain their previous quality of life. But in Jan 2021 the DiRECT study in the UK has demonstrated total remission of type 2 diabetes, including the withdrawal of glucose lowering medications, for periods of up to 3 years. The intervention involved an initial period of marked weight loss (typically around 15kg) induced by using very low-calorie formula diets.
Importantly, the primary care-based Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) showed that 46% of people with type 2 diabetes could achieve remission at 12 months, and 36% at 24 months, mediated by weight loss. This major change in our understanding of the underlying mechanisms of disease permits a reassessment of advice for people with type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes reversal, not just treatment, should be a goal in the management of type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, most of the actors in the health care system do not have financial incentives to get you healthy and keep you healthy. Profits are made through visits, prescriptions, and tests.
At least five approaches have claimed to reverse Type 2 diabetes in many people.
Bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass and gastric banding frequently puts Type 2 diabetes into remission. This means that the signs of diabetes disappear – often within days, before any significant weight is lost. Actually, this fact had been known since 1982. The 10 year follow up of a group of surgical patients had shown that many patients maintained normal blood sugars even off medications.
Type 2 diabetes is a curable disease
Researchers from King’s College London say metabolic surgery can essentially “cure” patients with severe cases of type 2 diabetes. They found that 37.5 percent of patients having gastric bypass or biliopancreatic diversion surgery remained diabetes-free throughout a 10-year follow-up period. In 2009, the American Diabetes Association defined a “cure” as any treatment which causes diabetes remission for over five years. The findings from this study provide the most robust scientific evidence yet that full-blown type 2 diabetes is a curable disease, not inevitably progressive and irreversible
Extreme caloric restriction
A new study from Newcastle and Glasgow Universities shows that low-calorie diet caused remission in 90% of trial patients who lost 15kg or more, even those who had been diabetic for six years.
Low Carb High Fat diet
The new study conducted by Virta Health shows dramatic improvements in type 2 diabetes with a model which relies on extremely low-carb diet – less than 30 grams of carbs per day – paired with a diet high in fat and moderate in protein. Many patients were even able to completely quit diabetes medications, suggesting that type 2 diabetes is highly reversible. Virta Health’s Treatment for Sustained Type 2 Diabetes Reversal Provides New Hope for Chronic Disease Patients. San Francisco-based Virta Health, the first company with a clinically proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes (T2D) and other chronic metabolic diseases without the use of medications or surgery, has raised a $45 million series B funding round, bringing the total equity funding to $75 million to date.
One Duke University study followed 82 obese people with Type 2 diabetes who were assigned to either a very-low-carb or a low-calorie diet. After six months, the low-carb group had a lower average HbA1c level and had lost more weight than the low-calorie group, and 95% were able to reduce or totally eliminate their diabetes medicines.
Whole food plant-based diet
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine [PCRM], has long contended a whole food plant-based diet can prevent, manage – and even reverse – type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has maintained that a plant-based eating pattern is an effective option for type 2 diabetes management in its 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.
Raw Food Diet
A really interesting watch is the Raw for 30 documentary in which 6 people with a combination of type 1 and type 2 diabetes each joined a program to go raw for 30 days. Some members of the group were able to completely come off all diabetic medications and were effectively reversed diabetes.
Too good to be true?
The idea of reversing Type 2 diabetes is still considered somewhat extreme. Opposing voices raise several objections, such as there aren’t any large, well-controlled for an extended period studies on dietary approaches like those that exist for drugs. Type 2 diabetes it is not a death sentence. It starts with changing your belief about what’s possible. Whether you are on medication or insulin or just ignoring it hoping it will go away, you can make changes to improve your health.
Zen Healthcare is just one example of a health care provider that believes type 2 diabetes is reversible and has data to back that up. It was born out of the passionate desire and commitment to make Nepal a Diabetes Free Zone.
Zen Healthcare has a bolder mission than most health-care companies. Rather than encouraging customers to follow their drug regimen, it aims to reverse chronic disease through lifestyle change — and ultimately to wean its users off their medications entirely.
Our holistic approach actually reverses Type 2 Diabetes rather than delaying complications from ongoing management. This is much better because it eliminates suffering and saves far more money than traditional approaches. We can reverse and then sustain Type 2 diabetes while substantially improving obesity, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease risk and inflammation.
We have a unique opportunity to define the standard of care for chronic disease treatment and go from ‘care’ to ‘cure.
Would you like to be a part of our Diabetes Free Nepal campaign and contribute to make Nepal a proud nation?
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