If I had a penny for every time I was asked this question, I would be balming on a beach in Barbados. So am going to nail my colours to the mast here….the answer is no, you cannot reverse diabetes.
Right now there is probably various practitioners, therapists and professionals peppering, getting hot and agitated under the collar and I don’t really care. Why? Because I think to tell a person that you can help them to reverse their diabetes is incredibly damaging. In fact its unethical. I know, I see on a weekly basis the damaging effects these wildcat statements have.
People can blitz me with the science of how its done, it won’t make a blind bit of difference, but I applaud their passion and enthusiasm. After spending the last 3 years of my life dedicated to an MSc Diabetes, the only thing that would convince me is a randomized controlled trial that is over a 5-10 year period [pull_quote align=”left”]’Reversing’ diabetes is a multi-million dollar industry[/pull_quote]and then you have my interest. Reversing diabetes is a multi-million dollar industry and I would be lying if I said I haven’t been tempted to use my expertise and knowledge to go down that road and claim that I can practically ‘cure’ diabetes. But I can’t and the reason why? I wouldn’t sleep at night, because I know I would be selling something that is not yet categorically proven. If it was I wouldn’t be here, there would be no need for me.
I want to make this absolutely clear, I am talking about Type 2 diabetes only, not Type 1 diabetes. You cannot under any circumstances ‘reverse’ Type 1 diabetes and for those who say they can or have, I would question whether the person involved had Type 1 diabetes in the first place.
But what I do know for a fact…..is that you can put Type 2 diabetes into a state of ‘remission’ and make it look clinically on paper like it doesn’t exist. But it takes incredibly hard work, dedication and perseverance, which you have to ask yourself, can this be maintained for the rest of your life? Even if you manage[pull_quote align=”left”]Is it ethically and morally correct to tell someone that you can ‘reverse’ their diabetes?[/pull_quote] to ‘reverse’ Type 2 diabetes, the potential is always there for it to come back. So that is why it is much more ethically and morally correct to tell someone that Type 2 diabetes or Pre-Diabetes can be put into a state of remission. But that all depends on how long someone has diabetes, whether they had symptoms on diagnosis or not, how much reserves of insulin do they actually have left in their pancreas?
Language is incredibly powerful and how people interpret words and phrases needs to be explored. ‘Reversing’ diabetes suggests that it is a permanent solution which it is not, and this is where the damaging effects begin. I get people arriving to my practice completely traumatized because they thought their diabetes had gone away and they did not have to worry anymore. So it went down their list of priorities and disappeared as normal living resumed, only to resurface some years later, bigger, bolder and more problematic.
Because this whole concept of ‘reversing’ diabetes has only emerged in recent times with the obesity epidemic, we do not yet have enough information to genuinely say to someone it is possible and we can give you a permanent solution. For those who chase the whole concept of ‘reversing’ diabetes, I would question whether they are still in denial about their diagnosis, and that is what we, as expert professionals in our field, should be helping them to come to terms with. Providing a genuine, honest, supportive environment that helps people to understand their diagnosis, come to terms with it and putting in place a plan to deal with what lies ahead is what is needed, not selling a pup.
I have an average drop of 1% in HbA1c levels across the board in all clients who attend my practice. I also have an average weight loss of 1 stone across all my clients, as well as bringing cholesterol and blood pressure levels back to normal levels. This is not rocket science, this is not claiming to ‘reverse’ [pull_quote align=”left”]What I do is not as sexy or sell able as ‘reversing’ diabetes[/pull_quote]anyone’s diabetes and I have no massive PR campaign with my face splashed across the side of a bus to prove it. But that’s not as sexy or sell able as claiming to ‘reverse’ someones diabetes now is it?
What I do, and I do very well, is explain the nuts and bolts of diabetes and what to do about it. I put everything in simple layman’s terms, providing solutions that are achievable, manageable and easy to maintain, while providing that ongoing supportive environment that I mentioned before. Diabetes education and health education is a specialty all of its own and the sooner people start to recognize this the better. I regard it more of an art than a science, something that takes years of knowledge, skill and expertise to develop. It may not have the attractiveness of a sexy, quick fix solution like ‘reversing’ diabetes, but what I practice is an ongoing process for life, health and diabetes…………and that is something I can sleep well at night with.
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