There’s no problem—big or small—that the U.S. Congress isn’t willing to get involved in. (That is, if they didn’t create the problem in the first place.)
They recently asked the National Clinical Care Commission (NCCC) to draft a report on ways to combat the spiraling Type II diabetes epidemic in the United States.
But the “solutions” presented in the report focus on ALL THE WRONG THINGS…like adding a federal tax onto soft drink sales.
So, to start, let’s talk about why their recommendations won’t help control the diabetes epidemic.
Then, I’ll tell you about the ONLY sensible solutions to help head off the crisis, once and for all.
Reaching a grim milestone
More Americans than ever are developing—and DYING—from Type II diabetes.
In fact, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths relating to this major metabolic disease exceeded 100,000 for the first time in 2020…and again in 2021.
Moreover, one in every three Americans will develop it during their lifetime if the current trend continues—putting even MORE lives at risk.
So, Congress recently asked the NCCC—one of its many expert health panels—to draft a report and make suggestions on ways the federal government can help stem the tide.
In the final report presented to Congress, the NCCC suggested we:
- Put a federal tax on sugary soft drinks.
- Cap insulin prices.
- Mandate changes to insurance coverage.
- Ensure paid maternal leave from the workplace
- Waive the cost of drug treatments, glucose monitors, and other basic supplies.
- Focus on the social and environmental conditions associated with diabetes.
They’re suggesting more federal taxes…parental medical leave…and better housing? Does that really sound like an effective strategy for combatting a MAJOR metabolic disease?
It’s certainly round-about way of dealing with a disease that stems from too much processed sugar and carbs in the diet!
In my view, the ONLY way we’ll ever get this epidemic under control is by making three fundamental changes…
My three sensible solutions
1. Focus on lifestyle and dietary changes. Type II diabetes is a complex metabolic disease. It occurs when your body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin. As a result, sugar (glucose) doesn’t make it into your tissue cells. Instead, it remains in the blood, causing “high blood sugar.”
To prevent this harmful chain of events, people need to learn how to follow a healthier diet and lifestyle, period. And that all starts with:
- Eating a balanced, healthy Mediterranean-type diet. (More on that in a moment.)
- Cutting intake of ultra-processed foods with added sugars and carbs.
- Avoiding cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, which raise your risk of developing Type II diabetes within just six weeks.
- Getting 140 to 150 minutes of light-to-moderate exercise every week. (And remember, yardwork and housework count toward your weekly total.)
People should also ask their doctor for two tests during routine check-ups to spot trends before they become a problem:
- Blood glucose—measures current glucose levels in your blood.
- Hemoglobin A1c—a long-term measure of your blood sugar.
2. Stop the overtreatment of Type II diabetes. Overtreatment occurs when doctors prescribe a Type II diabetes drug at dosages that are too high. It can also happen when they fail to adjust a dosage once the patient improves or gets older.
(Remember, some research suggests older adults appear to benefit from moderately higher levels of blood sugar to deliver energy to the brain, heart, and other tissues.)
Plus, when the drug dose is too high, it pushes the patient’s blood sugar too low—causing cognitive impairments, cardiovascular events, falls, fainting, fractures, reduced quality of life, and higher mortality risk. (The same kind of problem occurs when older patients take drugs for high blood pressure, as I explained in the October 2019 issue of my Insiders’ Cures newsletter.)
To make matters worse, some newer Type II diabetes drugs (often added on top of old standbys) have been linked to all sorts of dangerous side effects, including deadly gangrene.
3. Fix the misguided dietary advice. For decades, government health experts discouraged people from eating wholesome, unprocessed foods with healthy fats—such as meats, seafood, eggs, and full-fat dairy. So, people started filling their plates with ultra-processed, low-fat products made with added carbs and sugars.
But following this ill-advised, low-fat diet SABOTAGED the health of millions of Americans.
So, let me be clear: Following a Mediterranean-type diet is the ONLY real answer here, as it can help people avoid (or even reverse) Type II diabetes.
This healthy, balanced diet includes plenty of:
- Full-fat, whole-milk dairy, including butter, eggs, cheeses, and plain yogurt. (Remember, in the Mediterranean, they typically eat cheese as the after-meal “treat,” and desserts are small and rare.)
- Wild-caught fish and seafood.
- Grass-fed and -finished, free-range, organic beef, chicken, and especially lamb.
- Nuts and seeds.
- Five servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
- Alcohol, in moderation.
There’s even one naturally “sweet” food you can—and SHOULD—enjoy each day when you have Type II diabetes. Check out the April 2022 issue of Insiders’ Cures (“Sugar and carbs PROTECT AGAINST diabetes and disease?!”) If you’re not yet a subscriber, now is the perfect time to become one.
In the end, a federal tax, paid maternity leave, and better housing aren’t going to solve the problem of Type II diabetes. The real solutions are in YOUR hands. And it would certainly help if the government would stand behind these sensible and effective recommendations.
So, start making good dietary and lifestyle choices at home, day after day, year after year. And—advocate for your health. If you ever think a drug dosage is too high—or a prescription unnecessary—speak up!
For more uncommonly effective, commonsense strategies to prevent—and even reverse—Type II diabetes, check out my online learning protocol, the Integrative Protocol for Defeating Diabetes. To learn more about this special online learning tool, or to enroll today, simply click here.