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#115 Nowhere in the ADA guidelines is the goal of reversing type 2 diabetes.
QUOTE Even worse is that nowhere in the ADA guidelines is the goal of reversing type 2 diabetes. This needs to be changed, because type 2 diabetes can be reversed, in many, if not most, situations, especially if we start early. Not only do we need to let people know this, but we have to start giving them the practical advice so they can do this.
Consider carbs. First, here’s a shocker for you: We don’t need them. Seriously! Our minimum daily requirement for carbohydrates is zero. We have essential amino acids, those are proteins, essential fatty acids, but, nope, no essential carb. A nutrient is essential if we have to have it to function, and we can’t make it from something else. We make glucose, plenty of it, all the time, it’s called gluconeogenesis. So, we don’t need them, the overconsumption of them is making us very sick, yet we are continuing to recommend to patients to consume close to, if not more than, half of their total energy intake every day from them. It doesn’t make sense.
Let’s talk about what does. Cutting carbs, a lot. Yes, in my clinic we teach patients to eat with carbs as the minority of their intake, not the majority. So, how does that work? Well, when our patients decrease their carbs their glucose goes down, and they don’t need as much insulin. So those insulin levels drop, and fast.
And this is very important, because a study looking at our National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, better known as NHANES, showed that the single, biggest risk factor for coronary artery disease is insulin resistance. It is responsible for a whopping 42% of heart attacks. Low-carb intervention works so fast that we can literally pull people off of hundreds of units of insulin in days to weeks. 
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 from the transcript of Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines, presentation by Dr Sarah Hallberg at TEDxPurdueU, (2,919,883 views) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da1vvigy5tQ. (Access the transcript by clicking on “…” to the right of the title.) Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created. She is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and has a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. Her program has consistently exceeded national benchmarks for weight loss, and has been highly successful in reversing diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Dr. Hallberg has a B.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1994, M.S., Kinesiology & Exercise Science, Illinois State University, 1996 and M.D., Des Moines University, 2002. She is also the medical director of Virta Health, founded in 2014 with the goal of reversing diabetes in 100 million people by 2025 (https://www.virtahealth.com/about).
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