Reversing Diabetes 101 with Dr. Sarah Hallberg: The Truth About Carbs, Blood Sugar and Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Blog - Oct. 12 -2018

Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett, a program she created.

Her program has consistently exceeded national benchmarks for weight loss, and has been highly successful in reversing diabetes and other metabolic diseases.

In this video series, we’ll explore the causes of type 2 diabetes and how to reverse it. Please copy and paste this link into your address bar.

The series:

  1. How food affects blood sugar
  2. Carbohydrate intolerance and insulin resistance
  3. How type 2 diabetes became an epidemic
  4. Treating type 2 diabetes—and why ‘eat less, exercise more’ doesn’t work
  5. The history and safety of Ketogenic diets
  6. Research on Ketogenic interventions for type 2 diabetes
  7. Ketogenic meals and food options

1: How food affects blood sugar

Fat does not impact blood insulin levels. Carbs have a high impact on blood sugar, protein impacts them moderately, but fat? No impact!

2: Carbohydrate intolerance and insulin resistance

When someone with type 2 diabetes eats carbohydrates, it causes their blood sugar to rise above what is healthy.

In a person with carbohydrate intolerance, type 2 diabetes or prediabetes, the body loses its insulin sensitivity and more and more insulin is required to remove the excess blood sugar. As a result, blood sugar levels remain high and insulin levels are high as well, and these high insulin levels can make your body even less sensitive to insulin.

3: How type 2 diabetes became an epidemic

Soon after the U.S. government recommended new dietary guidelines with a low-fat, high-carb diet were recommended in 1977, type 2 diabetes prevalence increased dramatically. Fifty-two percent of adults in the United States had type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes as of the end of 2017.

4: Treating type 2 diabetes—and why ‘eat less, exercise more’ doesn’t work

There has been an explosion of drugs have been brought to market, and there are hundreds of lifestyle interventions to choose from.

The medication approach focuses on management of diabetes, not reversal. Taking medications for type 2 diabetes combats the end result, which is rising blood sugar, but does not address the root causes—insulin resistance and carbohydrate intolerance.

Most lifestyle interventions focus on eating less and exercising more. The problem with these programs is that they tend to be high in carbs, even if they are cutting back on calories. When you eat a high-carb diet, the resulting increase in your blood sugar triggers an insulin response in your body, and insulin blocks your body’s ability to burn fat. Insulin actively blocks the breakdown of stored body fat, meaning that as long as insulin is high, it will be very difficult to lose weight—even if you are eating very little.

The solution?Switch to a low-carb, high fat diet that won’t cause blood sugar spikes. By keeping your blood sugar down, you’ll keep your insulin levels down, and unlock your body’s natural ability to burn its stored fat. One type of low-carb, high-fat diet is called a Ketogenic diet.

*I (Dr. Hallberg) do not recommend making significant dietary changes without physician supervision, especially if you are on any medications.

5: The history and safety of Ketogenic diets

There are cultures who have thrived for centuries on high-fat, low-carb diets, such as the Masai warriors and Inuits. In the past 20 years, elite athletes, especially endurance athletes looking for an edge, have started adopting low carb and Ketogenic diets for improved performance.

6: Research on Ketogenic interventions for type 2 diabetes

Clinical trials have proven a low-carb, high fat diet to be significantly more effective than programs that encourage you to eat less and exercise.

In our clinical trial, Virta patients lost almost 12% of their starting body weight in 6 months—that’s nearly 3x the weight loss of commercially available weight loss programs.

And contrary to what you might have been told, low-carb, high fat lifestyles have not demonstrated an increased risk in cardiovascular disease. In fact, patients in our clinical trial also had a significant reduction (22%) in triglycerides, which are associated with risk for cardiovascular disease, in just 10 weeks.

56% of patients were able to lower their HbA1c to below the diagnostic threshold for type 2 diabetes, and 47.7% were able to reverse their diabetes—lower their HbA1c while eliminating their medications (excluding Metformin).

7: Ketogenic meals and food options

Breakfast samples: Scrambled eggs with cheese and sausage, bacon and fried eggs cooked in butter, cream cheese pancakes, full-fat yogurt with raspberries and almonds.

Lunch samples: Salads loaded up with meat or cheese, avocado, veggies and olive oil. Or a lettuce-wrapped burger or bread-less sandwich from any fast food outlet.

Snacks samples: Salted nuts and olives, salami and cheese, celery and almond butter or full-fat yogurt.

Dinner samples:  Prefer to dine out? Try a lettuce wrapped burger from a fast food restaurant, a salad from Chipotle or surf and turf with broccoli from Applebee’s.

BONUS: Dr. Hallberg presented Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines to the medical community. It gives you more information on how to reverse diabetes 2.

Dr. Sarah Hallberg provides compelling evidence that diabetes 2 can be “cured”, and the solution is simpler than you might think.

Here is the link

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Yours truly,

Lydia Polstra

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My goal in life is to experience the exuberance of true good health by returning my body to the healthy state it was meant to have.

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