Update 8/14/20. I sometimes take heat from people when I say diabetes can be reversed and cured. For example, someone once left a comment on my post “Is There a Nature Cure for Diabetes.” He brought up a good point about the genetics of type II diabetes. He is right. There is a genetic link. So if your parents had type II diabetes, you have an increased risk of getting it also. But that doesn't mean you will get it. I wanted to take this opportunity to expand on why I often say type II diabetes can be cured because this seems to get the most attention about that particular post. I want to speak directly to those with type II who are reading this.
Other Diabetes Reviews
Also, see these reviews too:
- Is There a Natural Cure for Type II Diabetes?
- How Yolanda Bowels Reversed Her Type II Diabetes
- Football Players and Diabetes
- Continuous Glucose Monitors (podcast)
Can Type II Diabetes Be Cured?
Genetics aside, it's also true that there is an environmental cause to type II diabetes. This is who I was primarily writing to in my post “Is there a natural cure for diabetes? They represent most cases. Fact: Most people get type II diabetes because they eat too many calories and don't do enough physical activity.
I believe when it comes to type II, most people don't know with proper exercise and weight loss, diabetes often goes into remission. In my book, I call that a “cure” but I am willing to concede diabetes will return if people go back to their old ways.
I believe most type II diabetics don't take their diabetes seriously. I'm not kidding. I've seen it first hand. I think this is because people keep getting answers to their problems.
Here's why I say this…
What Happens When You Get Type II Diabetes
This is the usual scenario of what happens when you start to show symptoms of type II or metabolic syndrome:
1. First, you are given a pill (metformin) because your blood sugar is getting high. Then, when that stops working, you are told to take 2 pills. Then 3 pills. Eventually, the pills are not enough…
2. As your diabetes gets worse, you are then told to take a shot of insulin. Then it becomes 2 shots. Then it becomes 3 shots.
3. Then, as you gain weight and it hurts to walk, there is a motorized chair to you them get around – and many people get that for free! Insurance may even pay for it! Can't walk up your stairs anymore? No problem. There is a stairlift to help you.
It's this gradual and almost painless progression and desensitization of symptoms of the disease that dulls you into thinking “diabetes isn't so bad.” You keep getting solutions to your problems.
Because of insurance and medicare, you can get a lot of diabetes supplies for free too. The TV commercials for this are all over daytime TV -and the channels MeTV and Antenna TV (they know their audience!). Getting diabetes supplies for free you in the “diabetes loop.” For more about this, read how it pays to be a diabetic.
By the time diabetes really starts getting bad, it's often too late (in some cases). If left unchecked, type II diabetes can lead to disastrous and terrifying outcomes including but not limited to:
- Heart disease – the #1 killer of Americans
- Cancer – the # 2 killer of Americans
- Stroke – The number 4 killer of Americans
- Kidney failure (diabetes is the #1 cause of kidney disease)
- Alzheimer's disease (some now call this “type III diabetes“)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low testosterone levels (normal T levels range 300-1000 ng/dl)
- Reduced muscle mass
- Liver failure
- Accelerated aging
Often the side effects of type II diabetes take decades before they manifest themselves. Often you dont feel any immediate changes of how your disease is getting worse. The progression is so slow, it's almost painless!
Type I vs. Type II
What about Type I diabetes? Unlike type II, those with Type I are immediately told how serious their condition is. They have to inject themselves every day with insulin. People take injections much more seriously than simply taking a diabetes pill. Those with type I also know immediately what happens if they miss an insulin injection.
I think this immediate shock to the body (and immediately seeing what happens if they don't take insulin) is the reason type I diabetics tend to be very smart. They are often as OCD as a bodybuilder, knowing about exercise, carbs, calories, etc. Those with type II often don't know anything about nutrition. They often eat what they want thinking “I'll just take my pill and it will be ok.”
The Sad Truth Is…
With most of the type II diabetics I see, nobody ever told them their condition can be kept in check, slowed down – and even cured (go into remission) if they took better care of themselves. To see proof, read this interview I did with a woman who cured her type II diabetes. Read what her doctor said to her when she said she wanted to quit taking insulin.
I've been very critical of the Biggest Loser TV show in the past, but one thing no one can deny is by the end of the Biggest Loser, the contestants are usually off all their medications – including diabetes medications!
How? Exercise makes the body's insulin receptors work better. Exercise also helps lower blood sugar because it activates other pathways to reduce blood sugar that has nothing to do with insulin.
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The War On Diabetes…?
I'm sure most of us have seen TV commercials for medications and diabetes supplies – blood sugar testers, syringes, needles, and things like that. Why haven't any of us EVER seen a TV commercial or a public service announcement about how exercise and losing weight can help – and yes CURE – type II diabetes?
- Where are the billboards?
- Where are the radio commercials?
- Where are the TV commercials?
Why doesn't the American Diabetes Association do any of this stuff? I don't even think the word cure or reverse appears on their website!
FACT. More people die EACH YEAR from the complications of type II diabetes than died on 9/11 and in the in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Where is the war on type II diabetes? Where is the front of that war occurring?
Diabetes Industrial Complex
Nobody wants to talk about this. Why? Could it be the Diabetes Industrial Complex, that system of companies and bureaucracies that make money on the medication supplies they sell?
The closest I've ever seen on this issue was a commercial for heart disease during an episode of the TV show Monk.
That commercial only aired once.
Hollywood And Diabetes
Why doesn't Hollywood take a stand on diabetes? Why aren't ANY actors doing public service announcements about exercise and diabetes? Actors with type II include:
- Tom Hanks
- Hallie Berry
- Paul Sorvino
- Drew Carry
- Jerry Mathers
I've NEVER seen any famous people do a public service announcement to help educate people on this disorder. It's just sad.
And if you laughed when I mentioned there was a diabetes industrial complex, consider the cause of Paula Dean, infamous TV chef. When Paula Dean was diagnosed with type II diabetes in 2012, she kept her mouth shut about it – until she could team up with diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk. She used her diabetes to make money.
The only ray of light in this conspiracy of ignorance has been former first lady Michelle Obama who made it her mission to address the hallmarks of diabetes – poor eating and lack of physical activity.
How To Cure Type II Diabetes
I make the bold statement that type II diabetes can be CURED because I care and I desperately want you to know the facts few appear to have ever been told.
I want you to know:
1. Type II diabetes will go away -and stay away – in most people who take care of their health.
2. Most people don't have to get type II diabetes. Most cases are environmental -eating too much and exercising too little.
3. Losing a little weight and getting some exercise every day – even 20 minutes a day – can make profound changes not only in type II diabetes but how long you live.
I have personally witnessed diabetes be cured. In fact, one of the people who cured himself is a quadriplegic. He reversed his diabetes from his wheelchair! How did it do it? He changed his eating, lost 50 pounds, and exercised. No more metformin!
Why Don't Diabetics Know These Facts?
If you are a type II diabetic, talk to our doctor. Most would love to speak to you about this. Ask your doctor if losing weight would help reverse your diabetes and if the answer is yes, engage your doctor in a dialog to create a weight loss program that's right for you to help you achieve a real and lasting change that goes beyond just taking a pill.
Food for thought: If you ignore your health, it will go away…