Is it possible to dump your diabetes diagnosis?
The statistics on type 2 diabetes are staggering and unfortunately, getting worse instead of better. From 1980 to 2012, diabetes has quadrupled. According to the CDC’s Diabetes Report Card, “If this trend continues, as many as one out of every three adults in the United States could have diabetes by 20501.”
This is no small matter because according to the 2012 data on diabetes.org, the medical cost of diabetes is $245 billion. This isn’t the whole story––there is danger lurking in the shadows. It is approximated that one out of three people have pre-diabetes and ninety percent of them don’t even know it.
Even our children are at tremendous risk. Type 2 diabetes used to be called “adult onset diabetes” but that is no longer the case. In fact, “There has been a more than 1,000 percent increase in type 2 diabetes in children over the last two decades. Fifteen years ago, three percent of new cases of diabetes in children were type 2 diabetes. Now it’s fifty percent. Forty percent of children are now overweight and 2 million are morbidly obese, exceeding the 99th percentile for weight.” 2
All of this is nothing short of alarming and should elicit a massive effort to get to the bottom of the crisis. Conventional approaches look at type 2 diabetes as a disease that is progressive and lifelong. Alternatively, Maximized Living Doctors look at type 2 diabetes as an injury that can be rehabilitated and healed. There is a drastic difference in these two outlooks. The evidence is clear that lifestyle choices can prevent diabetes and most of those in the medical field will tell you that. Once someone is diagnosed, however, they are funneled into the medical treatment model and they are now labeled a diabetic for life.
The so-called “treatment” of diabetes is merely management, or in other words, keeping someone diabetic. There is no goal of coming off of medications and no goal of reversing diabetes. If you look at the most popular and trusted organizations for diabetes, you will see things like: “Eat balanced meals,” “Eat moderate amounts of carbohydrates,” “Limit fats,” “Exercise more.” None of these repeated mantras have made a difference. In fact, the statistics say that we are worse off then ever before. The idea of merely “managing” is an extremely limiting type of mindset.
Most diabetes patients are surprised to learn that there is hope not only to improve the condition, but to obliterate it altogether. Many patients come to our office devoid of hope for their future. This is one of the biggest things we have to help people overcome. People need to reprogram the software they are running on. They are not broken and hopeless but quite the contrary. The human body (yes, yours too) was designed with an amazing capacity to heal! The body desires to be in a state of wholeness, health and vitality. This is an amazing power. Once someone starts eliminating the things that interfere with the body’s ability to heal and start adding things that support the body’s healing process amazing transformations begin.
Diabetes.org recommends eating “breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks”. The problem with this is several-fold. Most Americans eat way more food than they need. Overeating leads to increased blood glucose levels, storage of fat, and hormone dysregulation (especially insulin and leptin). When it comes to diabetes, less is more. Diabetics with the best results, including complete reversal, don’t snack, eat much smaller portions, eliminate grains and sugars,
Kimberly Roberto manages one of America’s leading wellness centers with her husband, Dr. Fred Roberto. Kimberly conducts popular cooking classes and exercise programs in person and online. She has led thousands of families to better health through personal nutrition coaching. Kimberly and her husband reside outside of Atlanta, GA.