Yes, type 2 diabetes can be reversed.
By Dr. Candice Hall, DC
I admit, this is a topic that fascinates me. At the head of the integrative / functional health practice founded in Irvine, Calif., I have worked with hundreds of people suffering from diabetes, thyroid, immune disorders and a myriad of chronic and degenerative diseases disease. It is surprising to see so many patients in our practice reduce the symptoms of, or even reverse their condition.
I am particularly pleased to see how many patients have found it possible to reduce, or even eliminate, the need for prescription drugs. How is this possible?
Much it has to do with the point of “upstream” from “downstream” approaches to disease and health of sight.
When a blood test shows you have diabetes, what happens? In an approach of “downstream” of the disease and treatment, the symptom that causes diagnostics – high blood sugar – is treated with drugs. For example, insulin brings the blood sugar measurements in the normal range, and you are the diabetes “manage”. Except you’re not.
In contrast, a view “upstream” of health is to determine the “whys” of the patient’s condition. For example, many diabetics are confused and frustrated by the fact that they eat better than many people who know, however, in their struggle with weight and diabetes, while others eat whatever they want and not have to worry about their levels of sugar. In a “bottom-up” approach, the real question is – why? Why are my sugar levels in the blood or volatile? Why I was given drugs to “manage” my condition, instead of solutions to address the underlying cause of the problem?
The course of action that each individual takes is very personal, of course. And in some cases, medication is not only required, but is life saving. In many cases, however, patients suffering from degenerative disorders may be over-medicated or medicated erroneously.
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this is why integrative / functional medicine is so vital to the welfare approach, and is becoming a force in the training of each of us to return to optimal health. This is personal for me because I was suffering from a total of three autoimmune disorders by the time he had reached 28.
Alternatives are enormous. Beyond an epidemic, diabetes is approaching pandemic proportions. In 1985, the prevalence of diabetes worldwide was 30 million people. In 2000, it was 150 million. By 2030, it could be 250 million. It is my personal mission to do everything in my power to rotate around this equation.
So what can you do?
1. Do not accept degenerative conditions as “normal”. They are not a normal part of life or aging and certainly should not become the status quo. It is not likely that the amount you can do before or beyond prescription medicine.
2. Seriously consider comprehensive and functional medicine. It’s a different approach where professionals can often track the underlying causes of the disease from its source. specialized diagnostic tools can help effectively reduce the cause, while traditional diagnoses also can be used to confirm the findings. The integration of diagnostic and functional and traditional treatments may allow patients to use established therapies where warranted, while also helping to tackle fundamental to slow or even reverse the progression of the disease rather than simply mask causes the symptoms or managing a condition with medication.
3. Take charge of your own life and health. Make difficult and probing questions. Fully investigate alternatives. Do (or at least try) changes in lifestyle that are suitable for your health problem.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by being as fully informed and be proactive about their health and wellness.
Dr. Candice Hall, DC, is an author, speaker and authority of comprehensive and functional health, especially as an approach to diabetes and other degenerative diseases. Hall was awarded the “Physician of the Year” in 2005 for a role that develops on health reform by the National Republican Congressional Committee. She has a degree in Human Biology, Doctor of Chiropractic and has 14 years of postgraduate training in functional health care. Hall is chief of staff and a driving force behind Next Advanced Medicine in Irvine California. The mission of his life is to help eradicate Type 2 diabetes.