Type 2 Diabetes: Is It For Life?

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We hear a lot about diabetes; there are two main types and you don’t want to confuse them. One can be reversed in just six weeks; the other is for life. The good news is that one the that accounts for 80% of cases and is on the rise, is the one we can reverse.

Main Points

  • Type 1 Diabetes is incurable, for life and treated with insulin injections;
  • Type 2 is curable and reversible by diet in just six weeks;
  • Type 2 Diabetics are being recommended diets that don’t work and make it worse;
  • Untreated Type 2 diabetes is serious; it can lead to blindness & limb amputations.

(We have an eBook in preparation called Type 2 Diabetes: Reverse It For Life, summarising the work of over 350 researchers into conversational, easy-to-read English. In the meantime, you can check out the MMM! Anti-diet which is based on reversing chronic illnesses like diabetes – and losing weight.)

So, Is It For Life?

To be clear, we’re talking about Type 2 Diabetes, which is preventable and curable. Type 2 is distinct from Type 1, the latter is caused by a defective pancreas, is treated by daily insulin injections and is not curable. That is, as far as we know right now, Type 1 is definitely for life.

‘While there is currently no cure for Type 2 Diabetes,’ Diabetes Australia tells us, ‘the condition can be managed through lifestyle modifications and medication.’

James Muecke, Australian eye surgeon

This shows how long it can take some experts to catch up with the latest research.

For the last decade, doctors like Mike Mosley and Andrea Eenfeldt have developed programs that can reverse Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) in a most cases, and in just 6 weeks. That said, it’s a lot easier to prevent diabetes in the first place.

In a speech to the National Press club in 2020, eye surgeon James Muecke deplored the fact that few people knew that diabetes could be prevented and even reversed. ‘Isn’t it your right to know type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a progressive life sentence?’ he asked.

He said we were being let down by obsolete national dietary guidelines and a lack of understanding from experts that T2D did not have to be a lifelong condition. He added that doctors were not talking to their patients about ways to prevent or reverse their condition.

‘Isn’t it your right to know type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be a progressive life sentence?’

Dr James Muecke, Eye Surgeon, 2020 Australian of the Year

 Tip of the Iceberg

Type 2 diabetes is an iceberg that most of us just see the tip of, because T2D is the end result of a process that unfolds under the radar for many years. By the time your doctor diagnoses diabetes, your body has suffered serious organ damage.

You will most likely be prescribed drugs that will ease your symptoms, but they don’t stop T2D’s progress. Drugs do nothing to stop damage to your organs, since they don’t remove the toxic sugar load from our body. Eventually you end up taking insulin. This  forces blood glucose levels down, and makes things look better on the instrument panel at least.

Since diabetics are already insulin-resistant, taking more insulin means more organ damage. Nephrologist Dr Jason Fung likens this to giving an alcoholic more alcohol. It may make things a little more bearable for a time, but at a terrible cost. More insulin also pushes more glucose into your cells in the form of glycogen, causing weight gain. This is not a road trip we boomers want to take.

‘Type 2 diabetes is almost always reversible and this is almost ridiculously easy to prove. This is great news for the more than 50% of American adults who are diagnosed pre-diabetes or diabetes.’

Dr Jason Fung, Physician, Nephrologist, Expert in Treating Type 2 Diabetes.

Life and Limb

This is what gangrene looks like

About 4,400 diabetes-related amputations are carried out at Australia every year, the second highest rate in developed countries. How shocking is that in a first-world country?

Excess glucose in the bloodstream (hyperglycaemia) along with high insulin levels (hyperinsulinemia) damage blood vessels. The result is restricted blood flow to the feet causing foot ulcers and gangrene. Damage to the nerves numbs the pain, causing diabetics to wait too long before seeking treatment.

The Epidemic No One Talks About

Type 2 Diabetes is the fastest-growing health crisis in the western world. T2D is a degenerative condition that causes heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, fatty liver, cancer, nerve damage, blindness & dementia. The lifespan of diabetics is 7-10 years shorter than that for healthy people. The majority of deaths from heart disease occur in diabetics or people with Metabolic Syndrome, a pre-diabetic stage.

30% of diabetics will also develop Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), which kills more Australians every year than breast cancer or prostate cancer. Yes, 16,500 of us each and every year. And a dialysis machine is a device we boomers don’t want to get to know better.

Diabetes has gone up by 600% in the last 3 decades, and affects almost 2 million Australians. Another 2 million are estimated to have metabolic syndrome. The cost of a diabetes-related limb amputation is around $25,000, and over $6,000 every year afterwards.

‘If you’re taking more and more medications to keep your blood sugars at the same level, your diabetes is getting worse.’

Tim Noakes, Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town

Our eBook: ‘T2 Diabetes: Reverse It For Life’ is coming out soon. Watch this space.

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‘Type 2 diabetes ravages the entire body’, James Muecke, Australia Day SA
The Blood Sugar Diet, Michael Mosley
How to reverse your type 2 diabetes, Diet Doctor Andrea Eenfeldt
Make the Link: Kidneys, Diabetes and Heart ; Kidney Health Australia Evidence Report 2021
Australian of the Year says dietary guidelines letting down millions with diabetes; Sydney Morning Herald
Blinded by Sugar; James Muecke, lowcarbdownunder
That Sugar Film: Documentary by Damon Gameau.


Kim Brebach

Kim Brebach

Hi, I’m Kim Brebach, boomer, information researcher, technical writer and Joiner of Dots at M&M. In my spare time, I review wines and love to cook.

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