There’s a good video out there that’s been around for a little while now by Dr. Sarah Hallberg that came up in a discussion the other day, and when I first saw it I didn’t have this site up, but now that I do, I want to share this with you.
The video is called “Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Starts With Ignoring the Guidelines.” So just seeing that title got me interested already, as that’s exactly the way I feel about things as well, although I’d add that it both needs to start and end by ignoring the guidelines, and I’m also prepared to ignore a lot more things than she is, but that’s a good start for sure.
The topic of whether or not diabetes can be reversed came up again in this discussion, and I’ve remarked on this before on here but the big problem is that some people are talking about reversing diabetes as reversing hyperglycemia, and others are talking about reversing glucose tolerance, and they are separate conditions actually.
So you can reverse hyperglycemia, high blood sugar, without reversing glucose tolerance, in other words being able to eat whatever you want and not have high blood sugar. That’s not reversal though, its cure, and people who speak of reversing high blood sugar are not generally talking about us being cured, unless it’s a scam of course.
Dr. Halberg is a DO who specializes in treating obesity, DO’s do tend to be more open minded toward things even though their medical degree isn’t a whole lot different than MDs, at least DOs in the United States.
She starts out by rightly pointing out that people are quick to blame diabetics for their condition but more of the blame should go toward all of the bad advice that we give these people. To be fair though, overeating isn’t really promoted by medical authorities, but they don’t address the physiological issues behind this such as leptin resistance and high insulin levels, which actually require a strong dietary component to successful treatment and one they are not in favor of, which is the low carb high diet that Dr. Halberg is promoting.
It is certainly refreshing to see a conventional medical doctor promoting such a diet, and she has used it in her practice successfully to treat both obesity and diabetes.
I was particularly impressed to see Dr. Hallberg mention high insulin and insulin resistance as playing a primary role in obesity and diabetes, this is something few medical doctors get nor are they even prepared to open their minds to the possibility. When they do, as Dr. Hallberg has, then the truth does become fairly obvious.
So it all starts with insulin resistance, pre pre diabetes as she puts it, and over time this requires higher and higher insulin levels, and over time even high amounts don’t do the job anymore, and you get higher and higher blood sugar until you finally get diabetes, which in itself gets worse and worse, so the pathology of this, the sickness, continues on.
She points out that high levels of insulin precede diabetes by many years, and even decades. We may give lip service to preventing diabetes but we really generally don’t care about high insulin levels before or even after a diagnosis of diabetes, in spite of the clear role that high insulin has in causing and progressing the diabetic state.
It’s been shown that the majority of people are insulin resistant these days and therefore have too high insulin levels. Insulin is the fat storage hormone, and nowadays most people are also overweight, and it’s no coincidence.
What we eat influences this a lot, and that’s well known as well, and a high carb diet causes us to secrete a lot of insulin to deal with the glucose load. Eating a diet like this over time certainly influences our risk for diabetes and makes our diabetes a lot worse if we already have it.
Carbohydrates end up causing the highest amount of insulin secretion, protein causes a moderate increase, and fat causes almost no increase. So when it comes down to deciding what to eat if we are concerned about high insulin levels, restricting carbs and increasing fat makes perfect sense.
Higher levels of insulin causes people to get hungrier sooner and eat more, especially in people who aren’t diabetic, so if you’re eating more and more carbs in particular, and your insulin levels are too high, this is the perfect prescription to get fat.
As you do pack on the fat, you also develop leptin resistance, which affects appetite even more than insulin does, and now you’re eating more and more because your body doesn’t get the satiety signals that leptin is supposed to provide, and you get even fatter, and the whole thing ends up being a cascade of fat storage.
So people are encouraged to eat about half of their calories per day generally, but when we get diabetes, you would think that we’d be putting the breaks on, and we do a little, but nowhere near enough. People are told to eat 3 meals of 45-60 grams of carbs a day, plus snacks, and this cashes out to quite a high carb load for a diabetic to be sure, and it doesn’t matter if this makes us worse, we’re told to do it anyway.
Carb intake is the single biggest factor in high blood sugar, and this only makes sense, as if we ingest too much glucose, what do you think will happen to our blood glucose if we can’t process it properly? Still though, this simple fact is very shamefully ignored by diabetes authorities and the medical profession.
So they tell you to eat a lot more carbs than you can handle, and now you need medication to control your high blood sugar, the high blood sugar that was caused by this bad advice, but now they are telling you to make sure you eat enough carbs, and even eat extra carbs, to make sure that you don’t go too low from the medications. These additional carbs make you even more reliant on the meds though. What a racket that is.
I’ll pick this up in Part 2 of this article.