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How Do You Cure Diabetes Naturally Without Medication?

Yes, Type 2 Diabetes Can Be Reversed. By Dr. Candice Hall, D.C. I admit, this is a topic about which I am passionate. At the helm of the integrative/functional health practice I founded in Irvine, Calif., I’ve worked with hundreds of people suffering from diabetes, thyroid disease, immune disorders and a myriad of chronic and degenerative conditions. It is amazing to see so many patients in our practice reduce the symptoms of, or even reverse, their condition. I am particularly gratified when considering how many patients have found it possible to reduce, or even eliminate, their need for prescription drugs. How is this possible? Much has to do with the vantage point of “upstream” versus “downstream” approaches to illness and health. When a blood test indicates that you have diabetes, what happens? In a “downstream” approach to illness and treatment, the symptom that produced the diagnoses — high blood sugar — is treated with drugs. For example, insulin brings the blood sugar measurements into a normal range, and you’re “managing” diabetes. Except that you’re not. In contrast, an “upstream” view of health looks to determine the “whys” of a patient Continue reading >>

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  1. mokutou

    So, /r/diabetes, it's been a sucky year so far in regards to health. In March, a routine biometric panel for work turned up a wonky thyroid, which I'm in the beginning process of treating with generic levothyroxine. When my doctor went back over my other (clinically normal) results to see if anything stuck out in context of autoimmune thyroiditis. Alongside a slightly low serum magnesium (1.6 mg/dL) he discovered my A1C (which I had elected for long with my thyroid, go me!) was 5.8. He left me a voicemail that I listened to while drinking from a bottle of Coca Cola. Oops.
    A little background. I'm a 29 year old Caucasian female, clocking in at 112lbs at 5'4". I'm moderately active. I walk on average six miles a day on the days that I work at my job as a nursing assistant in a hospital. I do weight lifting at the gym about twice a week, which I can do better at. I gravitate towards healthy eating naturally, preferring chicken and fish over red meat. I dislike fried foods. I do enjoy the periodic Coca Cola and lightly sweetened tea. But it appears, regardless, that I could improve.
    So what now? My GP is not the most useful physician I've ever met, and I'm looking around for a new one that my rather picky insurance accepts. I considered going to an endocrinologist before the A1C issue popped up, but had put it off since the only one said picky insurance fully accepts is over an hour away, and he specialized more in diabetes than thyroid issues. I might just suck it up and go to him now that I am flirting with blood sugar issues.
    What about diet? Should I just clean it up completely and get my A1C retested in three months? I know I need to stay away from refined carbs, but how many carbs should I shoot for a meal? Do any carbs (like dark leafy greens, veggies) "not count"?
    Should I buy a meter? Would it just be useful to know or would it actually be a must?
    Any other tips for someone who sincerely did not see this coming?
    EDIT: Added my age.

  2. derphamster

    Autoimmune thyroiditis + young age + normal weight + healthy diet + physically active + elevated hba1c = get tested for type 1 antibodies and c-peptide. You would definitely benefit from seeing an endocrinologist if one of those comes back out of normal range.
    Your hba1c is not very far off normal (and you'll probably have people telling you that 5.8 is amazing for a diabetic), but it is slightly elevated. It could be that your hba1c is just elevated due to the other stresses and medical issues you have been having, but it could be an indication of something more serious. If you get a hold of a blood glucose meter and test yourself on waking up, before eating and 1h after eating for a week, you should have a good indication of whether there is a problem.
    Was your doctor basing the diagnosis off this test alone or did he do random glucose or oral glucose tolerance test too? Prediabetes is either a short term anomaly due to situation (eg. if you've been taking steroid based medication) or basically the early stages of full diabetes. Many doctors are slack at taking action at this stage so it's good that your doctor has identified a problem. For early type 2s, it's possible to regain control through diet and exercise modifications but if you have type 1 or 1.5, this is an early warning which will allow you to get a head start on avoiding getting into dangerous blood sugar levels.
    From what you've said it's unlikely that you have type 2 (although it is not impossible), and it sounds like you're already living a healthy lifestyle which is the main treatment for T2. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition and autoimmune conditions often cluster together, though nobody knows why. The fact you have one means you're at higher risk of developing another.
    You might want to look up LADA or t1.5. It's a slow onset form of type 1 (autoimmune diabetes) that presents most frequently around age 30+. Basically pancreas function is slowly destroyed; a t1.5 can still have OK function for a long time aside from after meals when a big insulin boost is needed, but eventually will end up like a full t1. Because it's a form of type 1, the treatment is insulin but most t1.5 don't need insulin for a while after diagnosis (months or years). Many including myself opt to take additional insulin in order to help the pancreas out and not have it stressed to the max. Limiting carbs to what the pancreas can still cover will work for a while though (discovered using a glucose meter).
    Diet modifications you can make are to limit carbs (not just refined carbs, but all carbs excluding fibre). Most veggies are fairly low carb but beans, peas and root vegetables like carrots are fairly high carb. Potatoes are obviously pretty much made of carbs, as are fruits. You don't have to cut these things out of your diet, just know how many grams of carbs they contain and how much is in the portion you're eating. Aim for 45g carbs max per meal and 100-150g max per day. Switch to Coke zero - it's almost the same taste but won't mess with blood sugar. You can eat as much fat as you like within your daily calorie limits. Avoid reduced fat foods because they are usually filled back up with carb-rich fillers or sugar.
    If you get a meter and see normal numbers within these limits, use it to find out whether you have problems if you eat more carbs (good test foods are rice, bread, cake and pizza, though for pizza you want to test after 2-3 hours), or do a home oral glucose tolerance test by dissolving 75g of glucose tabs in a glass of water, chugging that then testing yourself 1 and 2h later.
    Sorry this got long, hopefully you made it through!

  3. mokutou

    I did make it! Your reply is incredibly comprehensive and I very much appreciate it! Frankly you've given me more information than several days of incessant googling has done. I will talk to my doctor and see if I can convince him to give me the antibody test for T1. Thank you!!

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