Can You Cure Type 2 Diabetes by Losing Weight?
The majority of people with type 2 diabetes are told to lose weight by their doctor. They believe that if they just lose some inches that they will solve their blood sugar issues. Is type 2 diabetes really that simple? Can we solve this epidemic by telling people to exercise and lose some weight? What about the people that are not overweight?
We know today that type 2 diabetes is a syndrome involving multiple organ systems. Blood sugar is regulated by the pancreas, the adrenal glands, the liver, the thyroid, and the digestive system. In general, people with type 2 diabetes have dysfunction in one or more of these areas which causes abnormal blood sugar levels.
If you look at diabetes from a logical standpoint, it would seem unlikely that just losing weight would be enough to correct problems with all of the above organs. It seems unlikely, because it is unlikely. Losing weight and improving your diet is a very important part of turning this disease around, but there’s more that needs to be done to achieve long term success.
A great example would be a person with type 2 diabetes that does not have any extra body fat. They obviously can’t lose weight or exercise more to improve their condition, so what’s wrong with them. Well, it’s possible that their adrenal glands are overworked or that their digestive system is malfunctioning. It’s also possible that their liver is congested or that their thyroid is under producing.
With all the possible combinations that a person with type 2 diabetes could have, how do you know what to start with? Well, the first thing that we need to start doing for all people with this disease is that we need to be doing enough testing to evaluate the organs in question. The current standard of care for diabetes involves the use of minimal testing. This testing is not enough to know what’s going on with the body systems that are involved with blood sugar regulation. Actually, most of the organs are not tested at all.
The majority of people with type 2 diabetes are facing their disease without really knowing what the cause of their problem is. They are taking medications to help lower their blood sugar levels, but nothing is being done to work on organs such as the adrenal glands, the liver, and the thyroid. It’s not surprising to see that few diabetics improve over time when the cause of their disease is being overlooked.
It’s also not possible to fully correct the problems that occur with diabetes by losing weight. Losing weight is not enough to rehab an exhausted adrenal gland or a dysfunctional digestive system. Losing weight can be very helpful, but it’s not enough. We need to start treating people with type 2 diabetes as individuals. The one size fits all approach that is currently in place is not good enough.
It’s time to start using the knowledge available to us today. We can change the poor outcomes that most people experience with this disease. The answers are out there to reverse type 2 diabetes, you just have to start looking for a professional that is interested in finding the cause of the problem.