On today’s program, you’ll discover that diabetes may be reversible by means of nutritional interventions. My guest is Dr. Sarah Hallberg, a strong proponent of a very low-carbohydrate approach, not just for diabetes, but for weight loss and even for the improvement of cardiometabolic risk markers. With her organization, Virta Health, she just released a landmark study on this very subject.
Dr. Hallberg once gave a terrific TEDx talk that’s worth watching after our interview. She’s the medical director and founder of the Indiana University-Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program and will discuss her ongoing research on today’s episode of the Empowering Neurologist.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a quarter billion courses of antibiotics are dispensed to outpatients in America each year. That means that five out of every six people, on average, are getting a prescription for an antibiotic. The CDC tells us:
At least 30% of antibiotics prescribed in the outpatient setting are unnecessary, meaning that no antibiotic was needed at all.
There are many reasons for concern as it relates to the overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics. Creating antibiotic-resistant organisms is a major global issue. In addition, new research indicates that antibiotic exposure may significantly increase the risk for obesity, as well as type II diabetes. Continue reading
Diet books, as a category, are among the most popular titles sold in bookstores, and with good reason. With soaring rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic conditions, and an overall lack of any meaningful “medical” fixes for these issues, consumers are desperately seeking out other venues that may provide answers and actionable information to combat these common maladies.
But whether a nutritionally-themed book is focused on blood type, targeting gene expression, lengthening telomeres, or even going gluten-free, one central theme that has emerged with widespread commonality is the importance of reducing sugar.
Over a period of twenty years, and seventeen doctors, I sought in vain to find help for chronic diarrhea and severe joint pain. Along the way I could only find partial relief through medications that caused numerous side effects. No MD ever tested me for allergies. Then my feet went completely numb. When I asked the neurologist why (since I did not have diabetes), he told me at least 40% of people never discovered why they have peripheral neuropathy.
Then came the MIRACLE of Grain Brain and Wheat Belly. After only two weeks of being grain-free, I had feeling back in my feet, no more joint pain, and my diarrhea was much improved. Invigorated, I searched until I found a marvelous integrative medical doctor who used the Cyrex Lab tests, for food allergies, that Dr. Perlmutter had written about. Testing proved that I am severely allergic to all dairy and grapes! Now, at the age of 83, with no joint pain or diarrhea, and feet that want to dance, I have been reborn!
There’s so much in the news these days calling attention to the fact that diabetes is associated with a profoundly increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, just watch my recent interview with Dr. Melissa Schilling on the subject.
But there’s an important point that is absolutely critical to understand. While it seems like a good idea for diabetic patients to take medication to control blood sugar, the research seems to indicate that diabetics taking these drugs do not improve their situation, in terms of lowering their risk for Alzheimer’s.
To be clear, I am not saying that diabetics shouldn’t take their blood sugar medications. But I am saying that this looks like this one very important issue, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, is not improved by medications designed to help normalize blood sugar. Continue reading
The most amazing thing about Ken’s story is that he managed this without any expensive pills or medication. It was all diet and lifestyle changes! – Dr. Perlmutter
At age 62, I was diagnosed with severe type 2 diabetes. I was told I would always be a diabetic and would need to be on medication for the rest of my life. At the time, my fasting blood glucose was 220 and I weighed 185 lbs. (I am 5’11”).
After researching lifestyle options, I embarked on a high healthy fat/low-carb diet with supplementation of Vitamins D and K2, and gut improvements with probiotics and homemade fermented vegetables. Today, at 64, my fasting blood sugar is 72 and I weigh 159 lbs. That’s nearly 30 lbs. lost! I am probably in the best shape I’ve managed in the past 30 years. This was achieved with absolutely no medication whatsoever, and I couldn’t be happier.
Dear Reader’s Digest:
I recently reviewed some content on your website that identified The Best and Worst Drinks for Diabetics, and your recommendations were such that I feel compelled to author this response.
In this discussion, which is actually supportive of artificially sweetened beverages your page indicates:
… the American Diabetes Association still suggests that diet soda is a better alternative to a sugar-packed version for people watching their blood sugar. How much: If you already have a soda habit, it’s probably OK to sip one a day instead of a sugary version.
This unfortunate recommendation will likely endanger many diabetics and countless non-diabetics. Continue reading