At the Intensive Dietary Management Clinic we treat many people with type 2 diabetes. Patients often come to our clinic with two ‘facts’ established in their minds. The first is that type 2 diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease. They are often told that they will have the disease for the rest of their lives and they should get used to it. Actually, it is not true at all. Type 2 diabetes is an entirely curable disease. However, taking medications will not cure the disease. Only dietary management has a hope of reversing diabetes.
The other big lie in the treatment of type 2 diabetes is that ‘it is all about controlling blood sugar’. Actually, it makes virtually no difference at all. The disease of type 2 diabetes is excessive insulin resistance. It is this insulin resistance that leads to high blood sugars. In order to treat/ cure diabetes, you must reverse the insulin resistance. The high blood sugar is only the symptom, not the disease. Therefore, treating the symptom alone is useless.
Imagine that you have a life threatening infection. The infection causes a high fever. But instead of treating the infection with antibiotics, you treat the symptom of fever with Tylenol. It is not useful. You must treat the disease and not the symptom. The same is true in type 2 diabetes. This is a disease of too much insulin resistance resistance. Yet we treat the symptom of high blood sugars. Medications don’t even attempt to reverse the underlying insulin resistance.