Until very recently, mainstream medicine didn’t consider Type II diabetes to be a reversible disease. Once you developed it, it was a “life sentence” and you could only hope to “manage” it with drugs.
But recent research shows that remission—and even reversal—are not only possible…but highly likely. Even without taking drugs!
I’ll tell you more about that research in a moment. But first, let’s go over why the research actually presents quite a predicament to mainstream doctors…
No playbook to follow for people who actually improve!
Believe it or not, even in 2020, there’s no standard protocol physicians can follow when patients’ conditions have improved.
(Don’t tell me you’re surprised to learn that the whole industry is built around putting patients on drug regimens…and increasing their dosages…but not getting them “off” the drugs once they improve!)
It’s sad, but true.
And without an accepted, standard “de-prescribing” protocol to follow, doctors really struggle to help their patients get off these drugs.
First, they must “unlearn” so much about the modern, biomedical paradigm—which the crony, corporatist, academic-industrial-government medical complex still clings to—before they can fully embrace the simple, natural solutions to Type II diabetes that have been hiding in plain sight all along.
Second, everyone in mainstream medicine seems to have a different opinion about what constitutes the ideal diet—especially for people with diabetes. So, doctors are often just as confused as their patients about which foods to cut and which foods to keep. (Remember, doctors only get 10 to 24 hours of training on diet and nutrition in all five to six years of medical school and initial hospital training.)
Third, the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and even the American Diabetes Association (ADA) continue to dole out dietary nonsense, confusing doctors—and inevitably their patients—even further.
U.K. company set to cash in
Now, it appears a private company in the U.K. is set to cash in on the problem. They’ve put together their own “protocol” to help clinicians wean patients off of diabetes drugs. And in a recent interview with Medscape, an online journal for physicians, Dr. Farhan Rabbani, the company’s medical director, called the approach “innovative.”
But come on! Cutting out processed carbs and sugars is hardly innovative…it’s just commonsense. And I’ve been writing about it for decades.
Plus, when I dug a little deeper into the U.K. company’s so-called “protocol” for physicians, I found out they’re really just trying to promote a monthly subscription to their mobile app. And when I asked for an overview of their services? They explained to me that people with Type II diabetes will receive “ongoing support” from clinicians by subscribing to this app.
Now, I’m not saying you can’t go this route. But just be wary of their overall mission. Especially when you consider the following…
In one clinical trial, they went cold turkey
In a recent clinical trial called the Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DIRECT), participants actually went “cold turkey” off their diabetes meds. In fact, on day one, they adopted a low-calorie diet and completely stopped taking diabetes drugs.
That’s right—on the first day! Meaning there was no de-prescribing protocol or process to follow.
Not to mention, we often hear of patients who, once they get their diet under control by eliminating carbs and sugars, also experience dramatic improvements in blood sugar, blood pressure, arthritis pain, sleep quality, and so much more.
However, the U.K. company suggests stopping the drugs over time, one-by-one, in reverse order to how dosing was originally increased. (And that approach will certainly keep the party going for a while longer.)
Of course, some doctors have expressed concern that by adopting either de-prescribing approach, they risk losing patients in the long-run. And—indeed—that is a strong possibility. (Isn’t it great?!)
So what should you do?
As I’ve said many times before, Type II diabetes is just too serious of a condition for you to “go it alone.” You should always work with a trusted, qualified physician. (Start by asking whether they have ever helped “de-prescribe” patients from drugs before.)
That being said, two-thirds of people diagnosed with pre-diabetes never go on to develop the full-blown disease. Even without taking drugs (as I recently reported).
So, at the end of the day, your basic, first step remains the same…
Cut out the ultra-processed carbs and sugars (the real culprits of Type II diabetes). Aim to follow a Mediterranean-type diet, which includes plenty of:
- Full-fat dairy (including full-fat, organic milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter)
- Nuts and Seeds
- Organic, free-range meats
- Wild-caught seafood
- Alcohol (in moderation)
And watch your health soar!
“Progress on T2D ‘Creates Need for De-prescribing Protocols.’” Medscape, 11/4/2019. (medscape.com/viewarticle/920698)