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Today we are going to look at the question, "Can diabetes be reversed?" You might be surprised by the answer...
In this article, I will cover:
- The basics of diabetes.
- How conventional advice doesn't offer much hope.
- The possibility of remission with the keto diet.
- More info on the link between keto and diabetes.
- More tips to help you see relief.
First, let's learn a little bit about how you end up with type 2 diabetes in the first place.
The basics of diabetes
In order to discuss diabetes and the possibility of remission, we need to understand the basics.
Our body likes to keep everything constant. This includes things like blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels.
The job of keeping our blood sugar levels within a normal range belongs to the pancreas. The pancreas is a small organ under our left rib cage. It produces a hormone called insulin.
Insulin is released after we eat when the sugars in our blood go up. It helps to get rid of excess glucose so that things can come back to normal.
That is how things work when everything is normal and healthy.
However, when we feed our bodies too much sugar for too long, things get messy and out of balance. Here's what happens:
- We eat a lot of sugary foods and high-carb foods. As a result, our blood sugar levels are constantly elevated.
- In the presence of too much glucose all of the time, the cells start to reject sugar. And they start to resist insulin. This is what is called insulin resistance.
- The pancreas tries to increase insulin levels, in the hopes of fixing things.
- Eventually, insulin stops working the way it should. And even though you have a lot of it, it can't do its job properly.
- You end up with high blood glucose, with insulin being unable to control glucose spikes.
- This results in hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes.
It all starts with dietary problems (too much sugar and carbs). You'll first get pre-diabetes and insulin resistance, and eventually, you will develop type 2 diabetes. You can learn all about diabetes, insulin resistance, and blood sugars in this webinar.
So once your blood sugars are out of control and you have type 2 diabetes, is there any hope of going back? Can you fix the problem and get rid of your diabetes?
Let's start by looking at what the American Diabetes Association has to say on the matter.
Conventional advice doesn't offer much hope
When you go to the American Diabetes Association website, they paint a pretty grim picture of the possibility of remission.
They say things along the lines of:
- There have been cases of type 2 diabetes remission, but most of the time it happens with surgery.
- It has been reported that people with type 2 diabetes have had success with lifestyle changes only, but it is very rare.
- Studies have shown that overall, only 1.6% of the group experiences some sort of remission.
- Type 2 diabetes remission can occur in people without surgery, but it is very, very rare.
A possibility of remission just under 2%? That just isn't very reassuring. And suggesting that remission is really only realistic with surgery – and next to impossible with lifestyle changes only? Again, not very hopeful.
But here is the thing. This "data" leaves a lot to be questioned. I want to know, what kind of foods were the people being fed in these studies? What types of diets did they follow? How can we know the chance of remission if we don't really know what kinds of lifestyle changes these people are making?
Fortunately, the statements above are not the whole story.
When you do some research and actually look at the data out there, you will find that remission actually is possible. In fact, it can even be likely. And it is possible without surgery.
Lifestyle and dietary changes hold a lot of promise. They can be very powerful when it comes to helping improve diabetes.
In fact, certain lifestyle changes such as the ketogenic diet have had really positive results.
Remission is possible – with the ketogenic diet
Let's take a look at the data on the keto diet and diabetes.
One treatment plan that uses the ketogenic diet – called the Virta Treatment – has found really hopeful results. In one study, they found a 60% reversal of type 2 diabetes after only one year. Now that is much more hopeful and much better than only 1.6% success.
Additionally, 94% of people on insulin were able to reduce or eliminate their usage after just one year. You can find more about this study, and many others finding similar success with keto and diabetes remission, in the references below.
The diabetics in these studies see improvements in blood sugars, lowered fasting insulin, reduction in the need for medication, weight loss, and so much more.
And I have seen these results firsthand.
On a daily basis, I am seeing diabetic people go on the keto diet and have massive changes in their blood sugars. I am seeing them come off of their medications. I am seeing them become diabetes free.
That is what I am observing: really positive benefits and outcomes for people with diabetes who try out keto. So if you want to improve your chances of diabetes reversal, consider the keto diet.
In the next section, I will share more about the link between diabetes and keto and why this diet can be so helpful.
The link between diabetes and keto
In order to fix type 2 diabetes and get healthy, you've got to fix the root of the issue. Which is insulin resistance. You have to heal insulin, so that you can bring your blood sugars back down.
One great way to get insulin healthy again is to follow the keto diet. That is why it is so good for diabetes.
The keto diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. This means that you eat plenty of healthy fats, and almost no carbs. Carbs are the kind of food that spikes blood sugar and insulin levels the most. When you don't eat carbs, your insulin levels go way down. This allows your body to heal.
And when you eat fat? You don't raise insulin levels. This makes this high-fat, low-carb diet perfectly suited for diabetes.
When you do keto, you lower the levels of insulin in your body. And you bring your blood sugars down along with it.
Keto is also great for weight loss, and weight loss is great for diabetes. There are so many ways in which keto can help improve your condition and help you correct the problem.
More tips to help you see relief
Here are some links to other videos that you might want to check out if you have this condition. They'll give you some more tips for improving your blood sugar levels and getting healthy.
- Apple cider vinegar and diabetes.
- The best test for insulin resistance.
- Fat is NOT the cause of insulin resistance.
- Increasing weight loss on keto.
- Two minerals for diabetes.
- 13 things that spike insulin levels.
If you are wondering if diabetes can be reversed, then check out the data below. Diabetes remission IS possible.
I've seen it. I've observed it happen. And scientific research studies have seen it too.
And it can be done without surgery, with lifestyle changes alone. The keto diet in particular can show really positive results when it comes to reversing diabetes.
Many, many people who have diabetes and who try keto have great results. They can reduce or even come off of their diabetes medication, they experience weight loss, and their blood sugar levels improve significantly.
So what would I eat if I had type 2 diabetes or even type 1? I would eat keto.
If you have diabetes, then consider keto. Give it a try, and then come back and leave me a comment letting me know how you do. You'd be surprised how many people have tried this approach and have found it helped their condition.