Most of our clients have heard at least one doctor tell them that diabetes in a chronic, degenerative condition that gets worse over time, not better. The longer you have diabetes, the more problems you get expect and it’s not a matter of “if” you’ll develop complication, it’s a matter of “when”.
Why would your doctor tell you that? Because it’s true. If you follow the standard recommendations prescribed by the ADA and most well-intentioned but mis-informed doctors, that is exactly what will happen. If you ignore the true cause of diabetes, and only treat the symptoms with medication, without making the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle, your condition will get worse over time, not better. But, that’s not your only choice.
You can make the decision to do something different. You can attack your condition and get control of it, rather than letting your diabetes control and ruin your life. You can find and address the root cause of your condition and actually get better over time instead of getting worse. In all likelihood, you can avoid the complications of diabetes.
Last year, a landmark new study was published in the well-respected medical journal Diabetologia, which showed that type 2 diabetes, in fact could be reversed. They put a group of patients on a special diet for eight weeks and watched as these patients actually got better. Their blood sugars came down, they lost weight, and their HgA1c scores improved dramatically. Many of them were able to eliminate medication. The researchers discussed how the pancreatic, insulin-producing beta cells in some of these patients actually regenerated and began working better.
Why don’t doctors know about this? They do. At least some of them do. Amber Taylor, MD, an endocrinologist who cares for diabetic patients said, “it’s possible for those in the early stages of type 2 diabetes to reverse the disease”. She continued, “We have pretty good evidence, that lifestyle change is really the key. Lifestyle change is better than any drug we have on the market for reversing and preventing diabetes.”
In a CNN report, Michelle Magee, MD, director of the Medstar Diabetes Institute in Washington said, “We have seen numerous people reverse their condition, but it takes a real dedication for the rest of their lives.”
Even the conservative “Diabetes Self-Management” magazine published an article in June of 2012 describing how type 2 diabetes may be reversible. They described five different approaches to reverse diabetes and shared patient stories to illustrate each method. What did all of these methods have in common? Intensive diet and lifestyle changes.
Unfortunately, in practice however, it seems to be a different story. Instead of doctors taking the time to sit down with their patients and encourage them to make real dietary and lifestyle changes, patients are typically hurried in and out of the office. In today’s corporate, insurance-driven medical system, patient volume often takes priority over quality of care and spending time to educate and empower patients.
The traditional primary care or endocrinology practice is ill-equipped to spend the hours, weeks, and months coaching, educating, monitoring, and motivating their patients to make the lifestyle changes necessary to reverse diabetes. When confronted, many doctors feel that even if they had the time, patients wouldn’t follow through anyway.
At SweetLife™ Diabetes Health Centers, we do things differently. We take the time to understand our clients unique condition. Our medical team will do a thorough, specialized exam (DPLEX™) and order comprehensive lab tests that go way beyond what most tradition practices can do. We customize a program that fits each client and we help them implement and follow the plan week in and week out to ensure success. We provide a community of like-minded, supportive doctors, nurses, and educators as well as advanced peer-support to motivate and encourage you forward.
Metabolic Syndrome and type 2 diabetes can be reversed, but you can’t do it alone. You need the support of a community. That’s what SweetLife™ is all about. Come to one of our open community workshops or schedule a time to sit down with a care coordinator. We’ll explain how the program works and help you figure out the best way to get started on this new journey.