Type 2 Diabetes is Reversible
During my undergraduate days, I was taught that type 2 diabetes was a chronic progressive disease that can only be managed hence, once you are diabetic you have no other option than to stay on medication for the rest of your life.
However, if a person was prediabetic, you advise the person to adopt lifestyle modifications. These lifestyle medications were only generalized. There was no in-depth study as to what lifestyle modifications entail.
Most times, these prediabetics become diabetic, and the protocol advises that they are placed on medications. And if a particular drug doesn’t work or give good sugar control, you increase the dose and or add a second drug.
On and on you go until you finally end up with insulin.
This was what I preached until diabetes came knocking on my door.
My mum was diagnosed diabetic and I could not imagine her taking pills for the rest of her life. Pills that will only prepare her for the day when she will start taking insulin injections not considering the side effects or financial implications.
So, I started studying the subject of diabetes and asking questions and here is what I found out:
- Type 2 diabetes is not a chronic progressive disease. It can be reversed and people have successfully reversed it.
This should not be difficult to accept. People who were diabetic and severely obese and had to undergo bariatric surgery got their diabetes reversed.
People who practice a low-carb ketogenic diet have lost weight especially stomach fat, got their waist circumference in check and reversed their diabetes.
- Having low blood sugar levels per time from swallowing pills and taking injections does not mean that your diabetes is getting better.
What the pills do is move the sugar from the blood to other parts of the body. This is why over time, the number of drugs that you will need to get that same results will increase.
Imagine you have malaria and usually, malaria comes with fever. Taking paracetamol for the fever only takes care of the fever for a short while, and it comes back. Why? It is simply because the paracetamol does not take care of the parasite causing the fever.
Once you take an antimalarial, the parasites are killed, and you get better with the fever resolving.
Is it bad to take paracetamol when you have a fever due to malaria? No.
Should you be taking only paracetamol for the fever due to malaria without taking an antimalarial?
Of course not.
Do you need to take an antimalarial ir paracetamol after you have eradicated the parasites causing the malarial?
The answer is no.
In essence, you don’t focus on the symptom while neglecting the disease!
- I started asking what causes insulin resistance and I found out that aside from genetic disposition, excess insulin and carbs were the major causes of insulin resistance. If this is true, then why give insulin to manage insulin resistance that further leads to an increase in weight gain? As Dr Jason Fung will say, it’s like giving alcohol to an alcoholic in the name of managing alcoholism. It does not make sense.
- I started studying lifestyle changes and found out that food was a major determinant in ensuring overall health.
Winning the war against type 2 diabetes lies in adopting an intentional Low Carb Dietary Regime and practising Intermittent Fasting (a period where you stay without food) and not forgetting exercise.
The essence of this post is to get you to think.
Lifestyle changes should come first before drugs.
Let’s say you are allergic to milk. Do you go ahead taking milk at will simply because you have access to epinephrine injection? Does it make sense?
Wonah Margaret (B. Pharm)
Founder: The Diabetes Care Network.