The Diabetes Code: Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally (2018) by kidney specialist Dr. Jason Fung offers a natural strategy that combines nutrition and intermittent fasting to reverse Type 2 diabetes. For decades, the main treatment of Type 2 diabetes has been insulin injections, which only make conditions worse for many patients. Fung outlines the history of the disease and its treatment and offers a clear path forward for patients ready to live healthy lives.
More than 90 percent of all diabetes cases worldwide are Type 2, which is characterized by insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. Insulin resistance occurs when glucose levels are too high for insulin to move glucose from the blood into cells for energy, even as more insulin is released.
Patients with Type 1 diabetes, in contrast with Type 2, often have too little insulin in their bodies. For Type 1 patients, insulin injections can help manage their condition. However, for years, doctors have been treating Type 2 diabetes the same way—with insulin injections—even though the problem is inherently different. At the same time, rates of Type 2 diabetes have skyrocketed. Currently, more than half the US population is either diabetic or prediabetic. In previous years, children who had diabetes predominantly had Type 1, which has a component of genetic predisposition. Over the last few decades, though, children have increasingly been developing Type 2 diabetes, which is a reflection of a substandard diet.
Starting in the 1980s, standard dietary guidelines called for eating low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets that have only made the general populace sicker. For years, doctors have pushed this diet without fully considering the consequences on patients. The nutrition and medical establishments have done a great disservice to the population, as healthy fats have since been proven to promote health. In addition, carbohydrates convert to sugar, which can lead to high blood sugar levels and insulin resistance. Subpar medical treatments and poor nutritional advice have thus misled individuals seeking to prevent or reverse Type 2 diabetes.
When left unchecked, diabetes can wreak havoc on every single bodily system, paving the way for stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and more. Fortunately, there is an easy and natural solution. A dietary disease requires a dietary cure. Accordingly, cutting out refined sugar and limiting carbs can help to immediately lower insulin levels and alleviate insulin resistance. In addition, regular intermittent fasting helps the body burn off glucose. When people are able to combine these two strategies, they lose weight, have more energy, and make an undeniable impact on their health. Contrary to what doctors have told the public for years, Type 2 diabetes is a reversible disease.