The Ultimate Guide To Reversing Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most common threats to having good health. There are various forms of diabetes but the most common one that we deal with in our clinic is Type 2 Diabetes which is also referred to as adult-onset diabetes because it usually develops later in life. Any condition that develops later in life is usually occurring as a result of persistent stress on the body. In the case of diabetes, it is usually secondary to lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.
I know this can be confronting. You might read that as it being your fault. But it’s not your fault.
The good news is that diabetes is reversible. The strategy is to take the pressure off key organs to allow them to repair and return to their normal function.
Let’s go step by step through the steps to manage and reverse diabetes.
Understanding the Science & Physiology
The first step is to understand what is happening on the inside of the body to cause diabetes. We believe that’s the best way to truly comprehend the next steps to interrupting the process.
Let’s have a quick physiology lesson…bear with me.
KEY DIABETES CONCEPTS
1. Sugar– Is a common molecule derived from carbohydrates that’s prominent in plants and animals.
2. Blood Sugar – All carbohydrates consumed are eventually broken down and released into the blood as blood glucose. Blood sugar refers to the concentration of sugar in the blood.
3. Insulin – Insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas. Insulin serves to regulate blood sugar by letting the body know there’s sugar in the blood available for use.
4. Insulin Resistance – If your body has elevated blood sugar for a long period of time and insulin is continually released, the body becomes less sensitive (responsive) to insulin.
5. Diabetes – Eventually, diabetes will occur when the pancreas’ production of insulin becomes impaired making it more difficult for your body to regulate blood sugar.
You might be feeling overwhelmed at all that information. Please don’t be. It’s really not that bad.
The good news is that you have the power to control what you eat and how you use your body. Through some simple strategies you can find a way to take the pressure off your pancreas and insulin production and improve your overall health.
We’ve developed a proven strategy for reversing diabetes altogether. We’re supremely confident that we can do the same for you and help you live longer, healthier and eventually be without medication or diabetes related complications.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know if I'm diabetic?
In most cases, diagnosis is through a blood test. There are different ways that diabetes can be diagnosed but the most common methods are:
Glucose Tolerance Test – The test measures your blood sugar at fasting, followed by ingestion of a sugary drink which spikes your blood sugar and then tracks how efficiently your muscles take the sugar out of the blood over a 2 hour period.
HbA1c – which is a measure of what percentage of red blood cells have carried sugar over the previous 3 months. It’s the gold standard for identifying those with or at risk of diabetes. The higher the number the worse the condition is and normal HbA1c is <6% and diabetes is diagnosed if the HbA1c is greater than 6.5%. Prediabetes accounts for HbA1c between 6% and 6.5%.
Fasting Glucose – Simply, a measure of the concentration of the sugar within the blood while fasted. This can be less reliable of a measure as the result can be affected by the previous day’s meals and activity level.
Do I need to make a big change?
As diabetes is a condition that’s related to lifestyle, you’ll usually be required to make some changes to your normal routine.
It doesn’t need to be a big change however, we can help guide you through the most important adjustments that you can make that will provide the biggest impact for least effort.
What if I don't make any changes?
We don’t like to spend too much energy convincing you to make a change. Our best results come from people who are already self-motivated. We do have a role to play in motivating you but at the end of the day, being a diabetic or at risk of diabetes should be enough motivation.
Diabetes related complications include:
- Heart disease & heart attack
- Peripheral Neuropathy (loss of feeling and function of your hands and feet.
- Weight & fat gain
- Insulin dependence (having to calculate and inject insulin before every meal)
- Loss of vision & impaired vision
- Frequent Cramping (especially in the legs)
- Frequent Urination
- Constantly feeling thirsty
- Chronic inflammation & joint pain
What if I'm already taking diabetes medication?
Medication and drugs can be effective in treating diabetes but they come with a multitude of side effects. Medications like Diabex & Metformin manually lower blood sugar by slowing the rate of digestion of sugar, decreasing the liver’s ability to release stored sugar and by forcing muscles to respond to insulin. The side effects of Metformin & Diabex include nausea, diarrhoea and a metallic taste in the mouth.
We prefer to use natural remedies to reverse diabetes. Although medications can be effective at lowering the blood sugar and improving the numbers on your blood test, doses will continue to increase over time and complications can still occur.
My dad is a diabetic and also a pharmacist. I watched him spend his life relying on medication and making minimal attempt at changing his lifestyle behaviours such as diet and exercise. His diabetes is poorly controlled with medication alone and he has experienced many serious complications that has severely affected his quality of life – hence my passion for this subject. Read his story here.
You don’t need to stop your medications while you are exploring natural remedies, but I expect that you can expect that your doctor will lower your dosage the longer you’re able to persist. Ideally our aim is to have your blood results so good that your doctor takes you off your diabetes medication completely.