Looks like I started a revolution!
The medical mainstream has discovered a plan to reverse and even CURE diabetes after years of claiming that it can't be done.
Experts are already saying this will "revolutionize" how the disease is treated.
But guess what? This is EXACTLY how I've been treating diabetes all along!
Looks like mainstream docs are finally catching on, and it's only taken them about 20 years.
Hey, that's pretty fast... for them.
The "plan" that has everyone in the industry agog involves NO drugs at all.
The real key? It's what I work on so closely with my patients here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine: weight loss.
You can't just drop a few pounds and consider the job done. You have to do a little more work than that.
But the new study finds that a low-calorie diet that cuts weight by about 33 pounds over the course of three to five months can turn the disease around within a year, reversing it in nearly 9 out of 10 patients who lose the weight and keep it off.
Even better -- nearly half of all patients can QUIT taking their diabetes meds!
I'm glad they're coming around, but I honestly don't get all the surprise over this.
When you're obese, your vital organs get overloaded with fat, especially the liver and pancreas.
As you lose weight, the fat melts off those organs and they can get back to work, especially the pancreas, which can start producing insulin again.
Now, everything has a catch... and this one is no exception.
The reason more people aren't in remission is that it's tough to lose all that weight on your own. Even in the study, the patients who dropped those pounds and went into remission all worked closely with doctors.
Of course they did.
They had to follow a highly restrictive diet for up to FIVE MONTHS.
I've found there's a much simpler way to get the same results even faster. In fact, my patients often see results in as little as five days of very-low-calorie dieting.
This shorter (but more intensive) period of dieting jumpstarts weight loss and "resets" your body so it's easier to continue losing weight even as you add more food back to your diet.
But here's a case of "don't try this at home," because anyone on an ultra-low-calorie diet needs to be monitored by a physician. My approach also involves supplements to ensure proper nutrition and injections of human chorionic gonadotropin.
Want to learn more or get started yourself? Make an appointment to see me here at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.
If you're not here in the San Diego area, I'm also available for advice by phone. Call 855-DOC-MARK to schedule a consultation.
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