What if the practices to reverse diabetes we’ve been told about aren’t our best options? Diabetic or not, you might want to take a look at this new reverse diabetes diet plan.
In this article:
- Can You Reverse Diabetes by Using Food as Medicine?
- Diabetes: A Breakdown of the Condition
- So, How Do High-Fat Foods Reverse Diabetes?
- You Don’t Really Need Carbohydrates
- 5 Ways to Reverse Diabetes
- Eating to Reverse Diabetes
The Reverse Diabetes Diet
Can You Reverse Diabetes by Using Food as Medicine?
Here’s some interesting information from a doctor who believes those with type 2 diabetes should ignore American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) dietary advice and opt for a healthy, low-carb, high-fat diet.
Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s advice comes from a study her clinic performed, where 50 people with type 2 diabetes were treated with her recommended low-carb high-fat diet. She treated another group of 50 patients with ADA guidelines.
After six months, the study concluded that the patients treated with Hallberg’s recommended diet were able to decrease their insulin by nearly 500 units a day, on average. Those in the ADA group, however, had to boost their insulin by an average of 350 units a day.
Diabetes: A Breakdown of the Condition
Diabetes is a hormone disease. It begins with insulin resistance which is essentially pre-pre-type 2 diabetes, as per Dr. Hallberg.
Insulin is the hormone which drives dietary glucose or sugar into the cells for energy use. Being resistant to it means not getting enough glucose in the cells and having too much in the blood.
The body will try to compensate by producing more insulin. One problem here is that insulin triggers hunger, thus, hunger is felt most of the time.
And, this compensatory mechanism will not last long. Eventually, high levels of insulin in the blood stream will not be able to reverse the high levels of sugar, and then diabetes develops.
So, How Do High-Fat Foods Reverse Diabetes?
You might think removing sugary or high-carbohydrate foods from your reverse diabetes meal plan is enough. However, one still has to eat to survive and function.
And, what is the best source of energy for the body? The answer is fat―essential fatty acids, dietary fat― as stated in Dr. Hallberg’s TEDx talk, because it doesn’t trigger insulin response, unlike carbohydrates.
You Don’t Really Need Carbohydrates
To quote Dr. Hallberg, “We have essential amino acids [or proteins] and essential fatty acids, but… no essential carb.”
A nutrient is only considered essential if the body can’t produce it and if it is needed by the body to function. Our bodies can produce sugar or glucose through a process called gluconeogenesis.
Plus, overconsumption of sugar can cause carbohydrate toxicity, i.e. diabetes. It makes us sick and our bodily functions sluggish.
Scientific evidence proves so. Survey data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) showed insulin resistance (which results from overeating carbohydrates) is a significant risk factor for cardiovascular diseases like coronary heart disease; it’s responsible for 42% of myocardial infarctions!
What about the advice from the ADA to take carbohydrates together with certain diabetes medications so you won’t experience the side effects? Seriously, though—take the solution, then take more of the problem so the solution works without causing more problems?
But, what about if you take away the cause of the problem: carbohydrates? Then, you won’t have to get stuck in the vicious carb-meds cycle, right?
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5 Ways to Reverse Diabetes
Dr. Hallberg outlined these five rules for a reverse diabetes diet plan in addition to cutting down on carbohydrates and opting for healthier fats:
- Don’t buy any product labeled “low fat”, “light”, or “fat-free”. Products without or with low fat are high in sugar and chemicals.
- Eat real food and not the ones that come in boxes or fancy packaging.
- Don’t eat what you don’t like.
- Eat only when you’re hungry. Don’t when you’re not, no matter what the clock says.
- Don’t eat grains, potatoes, or sugar, aka GPS. These are all carbohydrates, even whole grains, because most of those are processed or refined.
Eating to Reverse Diabetes
The rules of the reverse diabetes diet are not limited to those resistant to insulin. Even those sensitive to the hormone can follow the reverse diabetes diet.
Research proves a low-carbohydrate diet aids in the weight management of both diabetic and non-diabetic patients.
A low-carbohydrate, non-restricted calorie diet also proved to be an effective alternative to a low-fat diet for obese male subjects aged 52 in a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
Such new approach is actually a reverse diabetes solution kit. It not only positively affects the body but your money as well.
The retrospective research pilot conducted at Dr. Hallberg’s clinic showed annual savings of up to $2,000 among diabetic patients who switched to the low-carb, high-fat-based diet program. And that amount came from not having to take so many diabetes medications.
In the course of 6 months, their daily insulin requirements decreased by 493 units. This is significantly better compared to the 349 units increase in the group that followed the American Diabetes Association treatment guidelines.
Watch Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s talk about reversing type 2 diabetes in this video from TEDx Talks:
As Dr. Hallberg mentioned in her talk, diabetes is a condition which has been plaguing the United States for years. Status quo and conflicts of interest in pharmaceutical panels have played a major role in keeping it around.
But, the decision to change and opt to reverse diabetes naturally, rather than take expensive medication, is in your hands. Developing research and clinical trials, including the ones in Dr. Hallberg’s clinic, are strong enough evidence to prove a point.
Would you give the low-carb, high fat diet a try? Leave a note in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 8, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.