#118 But what about the research on this?

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#118 But what about the research on this?
QUOTE But what about the research on this? I mean is this just anecdotal evidence now from my clinic? No! There are dozens of randomized controlled trials looking at low-carb intervention for things like diabetes, cardiovascular risk factors, obesity. They’re consistent. It works! There are even a large number of studies showing that low-carb nutrition decreases inflammatory markers, which is making it really exciting for diseases like cancer.
We just finished a study in our clinic. And what we did is, we took 50 type 2 diabetic patients that were treated with our low-carb-high-fat-based program, and we compared them to 50 patients who were treated with the ADA guidelines. And after six months, not only did we find a significant metabolic advantage for the low-carb group, but, and let’s face it, this is important, a huge cost savings. Our analysis showed that our patients could save over $2,000 a year just on the diabetes meds they were no longer taking. Just think how fast that adds up. We are in a diabetes epidemic now that we are spending $250 billion a year on in this country.
So, I want to show you a slide now that demonstrates where those savings are coming from. So this is looking just at the insulin difference in the two groups after six months. And what we can see is that the low-carb group was able to decrease their insulin by almost 500 units a day. Whereas in the ADA treated group, they had to increase their insulin by almost 350 units a day. Two important things. Number one: Insulin is expensive. And number two: Not all the people in this study were even on insulin, which makes these results even more impressive. But what I would say is that this graph really represents two different approaches to treating this disease. The first, our group, with the goal of reversing disease, meaning they need less medicine. And the second group, which very clearly aligns with the ADA guidelines, which state that diabetes is a progressive disease, requiring more medicine over time. Progressive unless we take away the cause. [1]
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[1] 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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