We Need To Talk More About Reversal Of Type 2 Diabetes

We need to talk more about reversal of type 2 diabetes

We need to talk more about reversal of type 2 diabetes

In 2011, a landmark study demonstrated that it is possible for people to reverse type 2 diabetes by lifestyle change. Six years later, many people have reversed their diabetes, yet many health professionals and diabetes organisations maintain the line that it is a progressive permanent condition. Meanwhile, the huge global growth in type 2 diabetes continues unabated.
A transformational change in our understanding
For many years, I worked as a Consultant Diabetologist, responsible for delivering diabetes care for the area around Bournemouth, on the South Coast of the UK. Type 2 diabetes was considered to be an inexorably progressive disease, fraught with risk of complications and ill health and requiring ever more intensive treatment. And this is what people were told when they attended the education programme set up for those newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. While many people responded to the lifestyle advice provided, the overall message was often perceived as negative, devoid of hope for the future, and demotivating, especially to those that found lifestyle change difficult.
Type 2 diabetes is not inevitably progressive. It is a condition that can be reversed by lifestyle change and weight loss.
In 2011, the Counterpoint study was published. This established that type 2 diabetes is not inevitably progressive. It is a condition that can be reversed by lifestyle change and weight loss. To me this transformational research revolutionised our understanding of type 2 diabetes. I felt that everyone with the condition, and especially everyone at diagnosis, should know that Continue reading

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Diabetes Empowerment Summit 2017

Diabetes Empowerment Summit 2017

WRITTEN BY: Daniele Hargenrader
What is the Diabetes Empowerment Summit?
Last year, we hosted our inaugural, free to attend, 100% online event, and the positive feedback we received from our three thousand + attendees from all over the world about how the presentations changed their lives for the better was mind-blowing.
Starting on November 1, this online summit is like getting to attend a big diabetes conference that has some of the most high caliber speakers out there, without having to pay for conference fees and travel costs, or needing to take time off work.
How will The Diabetes Empowerment Summit benefit you?
All the presenters share their best tools, systems, frameworks, lessons and more on HOW they put living in an empowered mindset with diabetes into practice, HOW they cultivate confidence in their day to day choices living with diabetes, and also what they teach their patients, clients, readers and followers in that same regard!
Some of the awesome presenters you will see on the summit, who you may have seen right here on Beyond Type 1, include Sierra Sandison, Chris Ruden, Rodney Miller, Rachel Zinman and so many more!
Starting on November 1 and continuing for five days, you can pick and choose the sessions that are meaningful to you and enjoy them from the comfort of your home computer, laptop, or tablet or from any location with your mobile device.
Why am I (and all the presenters) so passionate about creating this resource?
The reality of traditional healthcare when it comes to living with diabetes (all types) is that the mental and emotional sides of life w Continue reading

Spanning research and the clinic: top diabetes awards for Garvan leaders

Spanning research and the clinic: top diabetes awards for Garvan leaders

Three leading diabetes researchers from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have been announced as the winners of prestigious annual awards bestowed by the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS). The awards will be presented to Professors Mark Febbraio, Jerry Greenfield and Don Chisholm AO at the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the ADS and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) in Perth in August this year.
Professor Mark Febbraio - 2017 ADS Kellion Award
Professor Febbraio will receive the ADS Kellion Award, which is awarded annually by the Kellion Foundation and the ADS, to an Australian who has made an outstanding contribution to diabetes research. Prof Febbraio, who is Head of Garvan’s Diabetes and Metabolism Division, is being recognised for significant advances he has made in deciphering the molecular mechanisms that underlie the protective effects of physical activity, and how they can be used to treat metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Of particular importance is his pivotal discovery, nearly 15 years ago, that skeletal muscle is an endocrine organ capable of secreting proteins termed ‘myokines’. Prof Febbraio’s ongoing research efforts include pre-clinical and clinical investigations of many identified myokines as personalised treatments for complex metabolic diseases.
As recipient of the award, Prof Febbraio will deliver the ADS Kellion Plenary Lecture at the ADS/ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting.
2017 marks the fourth year that a Garvan researcher has been honoured with this prestigious award; previous recipients include Professor Do Continue reading

Treating Diabetes: Practical Advice for Combatting a Modern Epidemic

Treating Diabetes: Practical Advice for Combatting a Modern Epidemic

> Treating Diabetes: Practical Advice for Combatting a Modern Epidemic
Treating Diabetes: Practical Advice for Combatting a Modern Epidemic
Adapted from The Fourfold Path to Healing by Tom Cowan, MD, with Sally Fallon and Jaimen McMillan, to be published Spring 2004, NewTrends Publishing.
Diabetes is so common in America and other western countries that its presence in any human group has become a marker for civilization. Ironically, in no other field of western medicine has the promise of scientific breakthrough failed so poignantly as in the treatment of diabetes.
Diabetes is characterized by abnormally high levels of sugar or glucose in the blood, which spills into the urine, causing it to be sweet. The disease was first described by the Greeks who called it diabetes mellitus or honey passing through. Today there are at least 20 million diabetics in America, six million of whom must take shots of insulin daily. Scientists hailed the discovery of insulin in the 1920s as one of medicines greatest achievementsas, in fact, it was. Insulin is a pancreatic hormone needed for the transfer of glucose from the blood to the cells. When this system failswhen the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the insulin cannot get the glucose into the cellsthen the sugar level in the blood remains abnormally high. This is the disease we call diabetes.
Originally, doctors thought that diabetes was simply a disease of insulin deficiency, a disease in which the pancreas was unable to produce enough insulin to meet the bodys demands, and that it could be successfully managed once t Continue reading

The Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting

The Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting

Weight cycling means losing weight, then regaining it, then repeating the cycle. When this weight loss is the result of dieting, the process is often called yo-yo dieting. New studies show that weight cycling contributes to heart disease and earlier death.
The doctors who preach lose weight to people with diabetes need to learn the dangers of weight cycling. Their prescriptions for weight loss may be doing more harm than good.
A new study in The New England Journal of Medicine found that, in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD), weight cycling was strongly associated with heart attacks, strokes, and death. Lead author Dr. Sripal Bangalore of New York University reported that the more weight subjects had lost and regained, the greater the risk.
The study reviewed records of roughly 9,500 people with heart disease. The data collection started in 2005. After a year of the study, participants continued to report their weight, among other factors, every six months.
Those whose weight had swung by an average of 8.5 pounds had a 124% increased risk of death, 117% increased risk of heart attack, and 136% increased risk of stroke compared to people whose weight had changed by 2 pounds or less. People with the greatest swings in weight also had a 78% increased risk of diabetes, even after correcting for all traditional risk factors.
The risk of weight cycling has been found before. In the Framingham Heart Study, which has been going on nearly 70 years, people whose weight swung up and down over the years were more likely to die of heart disease and strokes than people wi Continue reading

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