Hang on! Hey hey!
What is this Doctor saying? I am diabetic, and I have been told many things since I was diagnosed with it in 2004. Some of the things I was told are;
“Diabetes is a chronic progressive disease!”
“I will have diabetes for the rest of my life!”
“I need to get used to it!”
I am at awe listening to the words coming from Dr. Jason Fung. He is a Nephrologist (diagnosis and management of kidney disease) based in Toronto. In this clip he is telling me that diabetes is reversible and should not be viewed as progressive.
He seems to say most doctors and especially the ones who’ve been treating me (I have a lot of respect for them), have been looking at diabetes in a certain way hence missing the truth.
Jayson used John F Kennedy’s quote “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie… but the myth…Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
By understanding the pathophysiology of diabetes, could there be a rational way of thinking about diabetes differently? As a diabetes sufferer and conqueror, I am a very important participant in this long and arduous search for the truth.
So let’s look at the facts we are learning;
Insulin’s job is to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood.
There can be a down regulation of insulin receptors due to high persistent levels of insulin.
Very high insulin resistance will cause high blood sugar.
High blood sugar is a symptom and not the disease.
The disease is too much insulin.
So the treatment should be targeting the insulin resistance.
The advice I am getting here is to know that Diabetes is a dietary disease. It is a disease of too much sugar. We therefore should get to a regiment of reducing the sugar using the dietary ways. That will mean, cutting down the sugars and refined carbohydrates from our diet.
Reduced sugars or caloric restriction has been known to have a positive effect but not to the extent that fasting brings. Caloric restriction does not bring the insulin levels right down.
Fasting is an extreme approach but the results are phenomenal. Due to the fact that during fasting no sugars are entering the body, the body will have to start burning the sugar which is a good situation. After the body is done with burning sugar, then it’ll embark on burning fat which will mean the subject will lose weight which is the ultimately accomplishment.
- the insulin levels go down,
- the sugar levels normalise and
- weight is lost. On top of these three benefits;
- Growth Hormone goes up. Growth Hormone is beneficial in many ways one of which is to preserve the muscle.
- Adrenaline hormone goes up as well to give you more energy which is the ideal situation.