Every day I hear something on the radio that makes me flinch. (Actually, a LOT of it makes me flinch!)
A couple of days ago I heard an interview on NPR (National Public Radio – Alaska Public Media) by Dr. Thad Woodard, with Line One: Your Health Connection. He was talking with Dr. Steven Edelman about an upcoming conference in Anchorage called “Taking Control of Your Diabetes.”
First I listened with great interest — and then pain. Why? Because I also help people with diabetes — not to manage their diabetes, but to prevent or reverse it!
Dr. Edelman is obviously very committed to helping reduce the suffering of people with diabetes. He has diabetes, himself. But his focus was on using the latest drugs and technology (such as monitoring devices and insulin pumps) to help people “take control of their diabetes.”
While I admire his passion and intentions, the part that makes me flinch is that he is apparently unaware that people can actually reverse the process of insulin resistance, which is what causes the elevated blood sugar levels that we call Type 2 diabetes.
Why "control" or "manage" a disease
if you can prevent or reverse it?!
Our diet and lifestyle are creating a pandemic of Type 2 diabetes. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, half of American adults now have either diabetes or prediabetes. This is horrifying! And it is horrifying that we just accept this! Why aren’t we as concerned about the huge and growing pandemic of diabetes as we are the Zika virus? If 1 out of 2 people had the Zika virus, you’d better believe we’d be looking at how to stop this from spreading!
Very reputable research has proven that Type 2 diabetes (which accounts for at least 90% of all diabetes) is preventable and reversible. Dr. Neal Barnard did a study, funded by the NIH (National Institutes of Health), where he put half the people on a plant-based diet and the other half on a typical diabetes diet. At the end of the study, it was clear that those on the plant-based diet did much better! Some were able to get off their medications altogether, and others were able to reduce their medications. They were reversing their insulin resistance.
Here is the short explanation of insulin resistance. Insulin, produced by the pancreas, is supposed to help the glucose in our blood enter our muscle cells where it provides energy to our muscles. Insulin resistance happens when small amounts of fat inside the muscle cells prevent the insulin from being able to “open the lock” to let the glucose into the muscle cells. This keeps the level of glucose in the blood too high, and robs the muscles of the energy they need. So in order to reverse this problem, we need to reduce the fat in the muscle cells so the insulin can do it’s job. And this is where a plant-based diet excels.
Three excellent books can tell you much more about this:
Standard treatments try to just reduce the amount of sugar circulating in the blood, rather than correcting the problem of insulin resistance. In other words, they treat the symptom, not the cause. But eating a plant-based diet works by treating the cause.
And not only does a plant-based diet help prevent and reverse diabetes; it also helps prevent and reverse heart disease, cancer, digestive problems, arthritis, and obesity.
One of my students, Anna Luby, shares how changing her diet quickly helped her lose weight and reverse her diabetes.
Anna Luby's inspiring story of how she reversed her diabetes.
I know from personal experience that poor health affects every part of our lives. And when we’re sick, it also affects our families and friends. So I’m committed to not only taking the best care of my own health, but helping others do the same. It brings me tremendous joy to see people like Anna get a whole new lease on life!
If you’d like to learn how to prevent or reverse the most common diseases that are killing us and destroying our quality of life, I’d love to have you join us in class.
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Delisa is a plant-based nutrition and cooking instructor in Alaska. She believes that we are designed to be slim and healthy.