How to Help Your Body Reverse Diabetes

Help the body reverse diabetes naturally

Diabetes rates are rising, in fact it is now considered an “epidemic” in the medical community. The American Diabetes Association reports that:

  • 23.6 million Americans have diabetes
  • 57 million Americans are pre-diabetic
  • 1.6 new cases of diabetes are reported each year
  • For those over age 60, almost 1 in 4 have diabetes
  • Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death
  • Diabetes increases heart attack risk and 68% of diabetes related death certificates report heart related problems
  • 75% of adults with diabetes will develop high blood pressure
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and nervous system disorders
  • Diabetes costs $174 billion annually

Diabetes is a well-established problem and a multi-billion dollar industry. It is medically characterized by Fasting Blood Glucose higher than 126 mg/dL , which ranges between 100-125 mg/dL are considered pre-diabetic and ranges below 99 mg/dL are considered normal. Studies are finding that a fasting blood glucose below 83 mg/dL is actually a better benchmark, as risk of heart disease begins to increase at anything above that.

IMPORTANT: There is a difference between Type 1 diabetes (an autoimmune condition) and Type 2 diabetes (lifestyle related). This article refers specifically to Type 2 diabetes.

Some medical professionals use an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) to test for diabetes. If you’ve ever been pregnant and had to drink the sickeningly sweet sugar cocktail and then have blood drawn, you are familiar with this one. Basically, a patient is given 50-75 grams of glucose in concentrated solution and his blood sugar response is measured. I’m not a fan of this test because no one should be ingesting that much concentrated glucose, and the test is not a completely accurate measure. (Just a side note: if you are a drinker of the “Big Gulp” drinks or large amounts of soda, you are putting your body through a similar test each day! Eventually, your body will respond, probably with something like “Fine, you want diabetes, I’ll show you diabetes!)

A OGTT glucose of less than 140 ml/dl is considered normal, with 141-199 being pre-diabetic and levels above 200 mg/dL considered full-blown diabetes. From my research, I believe that  OGTT blood sugar levels above 140 mg/dL , especially regularly, can increase risk of vision problems, cancer, stroke and cardiovascular disease, even without an official diabetes diagnosis.

It’s obvious that diabetes is a big problem, but what causes it? Some would have you believe it is genetics, other claim a lifestyle or dietary cause…what is it really? Let’s go back to the biology…

Biology 101: Sugar, Carbohydrates, Insulin and Fat

Any food that you ingest is processed and metabolized by the body. Food is broken down into the various building blocks the body needs, and what cannot be metabolized or used is processed and removed by the liver. Protein and fats are used for muscle and tissue regeneration and other processes in the body. Carbohydrates are typically a fast fuel for the body, but when more are eaten that the body immediately needs, they must be stored. A simple explanation from a previous post:

Any form of carbohydrate is eventually broken down by the body into glucose, a simple form of sugar. While the body can use glucose for fuel, levels that exceed what  is needed are toxic to the body. In the long run, that whole wheat muffin, cup of millet, or bowl of oatmeal turns into the exact same thing as a cup of soda, a donut or a handful of candy.

The problem is, glucose is actually toxic if it is just floating around in your bloodstream, so that body has a defense mechanism. Any glucose that is not immediately used is stored as glycogen in the liver and the muscles. This would be all well and good except that your body has a limited number of glycogen receptors. When these are full, as they almost always are in inactive people, the body only has one option left: to store all the excess glucose as saturated fat within the body.

To make matters worse for the inactive, carb addict, when the body senses glucose in the bloodstream, the pancreas releases a hormone called insulin (perhaps you’ve heard of it?) to signal the body to store the glucose as glycogen. If the glycogen receptors are full and it can’t do this, the body thinks that the cells didn’t get the message and releases even more insulin.

When this happens for a period of time, the cells start to become resistant to the presence of insulin, causing a vicious cycle. The body then releases even more insulin, trying desperately to get the cells to uptake the toxic glucose. The presence of excess insulin in the bloodstream is also toxic and further damages the receptors on these cells. Eventually, the insulin allows the glucose access to your fat cells to get it out of the bloodstream. In other words- Fat isn’t stored as fat in the body- Sugar (from carbohydrates) is stored as fat!

So, there you have it: excess sugars and carbohydrates increase insulin levels, and when this happens over a period of time, weight gain and insulin resistance occur. Seems pretty simple, right? If only it were… there are other confounding factors involved.

Grains, Sugars and Omega-6 Oils

These three are the axis of evil in the nutrition world. They are all new introductions to the human diet, especially in the forms they are most eaten in (processed flour, table sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup and vegetable oils).As we already know, grains (especially in a highly processed form) not only raise insulin levels but can damage the lining of the gut, even in those with no official celiac disease. Grains also cause inflammation in the body and can initiate an immune response.

Sugars raise insulin levels, and over extended periods of time, damage the pancreas and cause insulin resistance, a precursor for diabetes. Fructose is the top offender in the sugar world, as it is recognized as a toxin the body and has no proven benefit to the body. Fructose is immediately taken to the liver, where it must be processed, and some doctors now suggest that this may be a large factor in development of fatty liver disease. Excess sugar in the bloodstream also increases the release of cortisol and adrenaline (more on those in a minute), slows the immune response, decreases necessary Leptin levels and promotes fat storage. There are various types of sugar and sweeteners, and while all should be limited, some are worse than others:

  • Glucose-Found in almost all carbohydrates and a precursor to glycogen, which the body needs for energy. It should be limited, but is ok in moderation, especially for healthy individuals
  • Fructose– A toxic substance that the body does not need in any amount. If consumed, it should be from fruit and not sources like High Fructose Corn Syrup, which greatly increases risk of the above problems from sugar.
  • Sucrose– What we know as table sugar. It has a 1:1 ratio of glucose to fructose and creates an insulin response in the body. Should be limited or avoided.
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup- Highly concentrated fructose that is dangerous to the body. Should be avoided
  • Honey, Maple Syrup, Agave, Molasses, etc– Natural sweeteners that still contain high levels of fructose. Should be consumed only in moderation by healthy individuals with good insulin sensitivity.
  • Sugars in fruit- Fruit contains a lot of natural sugar, and while most are ok in moderation, their juices should be avoided as they are concentrated sources of sugar and raise blood glucose and insulin. Best fruit sources are those high in antioxidants and comparatively low in sugars, such as berries.

Omega 6 oils are also a relatively new addition to the diet, making their appearance in the early 1900s. Oils in this category include vegetable, canola, cottonseed, soybean, corn, safflower, sunflower, etc. Consumption of these oils increased in the 1950s when they were promoted as a “healthy” alternative to saturated fats (they weren’t). Research is now showing that consumption of these oils increases risk for obesity and can damage thyroid function. They contribute to insulin resistance and inflammation, further aggravating the poor pancreas.

Omega-6 fats should be consumed in ideally, a 1:1 ratio with Omega-3 fats. Most Americans consumer a ratio closer to 20 or 25:1, greatly increasing risk of diabetes and obesity.

Stress, Toxins and the Adrenals

Since the body functions as a whole, it is logical that when one hormone or part of the endocrine system is suffering, the other would be affected as well. This is the reason behind the recent research linking high stress levels to diabetes and other health problems. Most people think of stress only in the mental context (as in, “I’ve got a million things to do, I’m running late and I don’t have time to get anything done… I’m so stressed”) but stress can be physical, psychological, emotional, or mental and can be triggered by many factors including:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet
  • exposure to toxins
  • infection
  • disease
  • overexercising
  • outside stress

When stress occurs, whatever the source, the hypothalamus signals the adrenals to release cortisol (and adrenaline). These hormones are life-saving in true “fight or flight” situations like running away from a charging animal or hoisting a car off a small child, but they cause big problems when they are regularly produced in excess. Excess cortisol can contribute to hormone imbalance in the body since the body uses hormones like progesterone to manufacture cortisol. Excess cortisol absent of a charging animal can also interfere with the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, reduce fat burning ability, raise insulin, suppress thyroid function and cause gain in belly fat.

Even stress from lack of quality sleep for just a few nights can elevate cortisol, decrease insulin sensitivity and elevate blood sugar. Most moms have probably felt the hangover-like effects of this during the first weeks of caring for a newborn.

Genetic Factors

Genetic factors do play a role in any disease, but I put this factor last for a reason. Genetic predisposition to a given disease will increase the chances of getting the disease, but not in a vacuum. People with a strong predisposition to liver disease manage to avoid it, and some with a family history of heart disease remain heart-attack free. Even studies among identical twins show that in most cases, twins will get the same diseases, even in different environments, but sometimes they don’t. This means there are other factors involved (see above).

It was once assumed that environmental factors took generations to affect a gene change, but research is now finding that a bad enough toxin or environmental stress can alter genes in a single generation. While genes can pre-dispose us to disease, the disease will only present itself in the presence of factors like toxins, poor diet or stress. A predisposition to diabetes, for instance, might be activated from toxins in foods, pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, or from a poor diet, especially when any of the above factors are also present.

In other words: genetic predisposition can increase your odds of a disease, but genetics alone won’t necessarily give you the disease without other factors. If you know you have genetic predisposition to a given disease, you should certainly be more careful about taking steps to maintain health and prevent it.

Genetic predisposition to liver problems or certain autoimmune diseases often correlate to higher rates of diabetes. This is likely because proper insulin response is handled by the pancreas and liver, so problems here could affect the body’s normal response. Studies have linked certain autoimmune disease and leaky gut syndrome with higher instances of diabetes also, so this correlation is logical as well.

How Do We Fix It?

All of the above contributing factors don’t usually happen by themselves. Since the body functions as a whole, a problem in one area will usually correlate to problems in others. A combination of the factors above can be the catalyst for a full blown case of diabetes (or a lot of other diseases). While researchers often look at a single variable when trying to discover a cure for a disease, often the best approach is one that addresses the body as a whole. As with all diseases, the best cure is good prevention, but certain measures can help reverse disease once it has occurred.

Unfortunately, most people are not given the benefit of this approach. When diagnosed with diabetes, most people are told to avoid sugar (good step, not the solution). If the problem is bad enough, they are told to take medication to give the body insulin. The problem is, as we saw above, diabetes is a problem with the body’s regulation of insulin, caused by a resistance to insulin and an overproduction to remove toxic amounts of glucose in the bloodstream. Insulin is also dangerous if it is left circulating the the blood. Somehow, treating too much circulating glucose and insulin with more insulin doesn’t seem like the right approach…

It isn’t just keeping blood sugar levels down through insulin control that helps diabetes, but fixing the actual problem causing the diabetes. Addressing just one aspect of the problem (blood sugar or insulin) ignores all the other factors like poor diet, toxins, stress, gut problems, immune issues etc. Instead, this single focuses approach can contribute to the problem, making insulin resistance worse and eventually leading to insulin dependent diabetes when the pancreas shuts down completely. Many doctors and nutrition experts recommend the typical 6-11 servings of complex carbs from whole grain sources daily, suggesting that the fiber helps mitigate insulin response. As I have shown before, 6-11 servings of carbohydrates a day is bad for anyone, but is gasoline on a fire to anyone with an impaired insulin response.

Seven Steps to Help Your Body Recover from Diabetes

The good news (about time!) is that most individuals with Type II diabetes are able to reverse or dramatically mitigate their disease with the proper steps. If you’ve been around my blog much, you might be able to guess what I’m going to suggest:

  1. Get Insulin Problems Under Control– Diabetes is triggered by insulin resistance and regaining proper insulin sensitivity can help reverse the process. Limit consumption of sugars, grains and processed carbohydrates and focus on healthy proteins, fats and green veggies.
  2. Get Your Fats in Good Balance– Overabundance of Omega-6 fats in the diet is a contributing factor in diabetes. Pay attention to your intake of  Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats and try to get them closer to a 1:1 ratio. For many people, supplementing with a good quality Omega-3 oil can help while dietary adjustments are being made. Avoid Omega-6 seed oils and their sources (these are used at almost every restaurant). Eat fatty fish like salmon and sardines for the Omega-3s.
  3. Fix your Gut– Not the beer gut, your intestines. Grains and toxins cause damage to the intestinal lining and facilitate leaky gut syndrome. Depleted beneficial bacteria in the gut caused by poor diet, antibiotic use or being bottle fed as a baby can make the problem worse. Remove the grains, avoid toxins whenever possible and take a high quality probiotic to help the intestines heal. As a note: some people will have continued damage to the gut with exposure to grains, especially gluten, as little as only every 10 days or even every 6 months.
  4. Exercise– Even the mainstream medical community recognizes the advantage of exercise, as it increases the muscles ability to use insulin and over time can help fix insulin resistance. All exercise isn’t created equal though and fortunately, smaller amounts of high intensity exercise have been shown to have a better effect on insulin levels (and weight loss) than an hour of daily moderate cardio. According to the Healthy Skeptic: “A pair of studies done at McMaster University found that “6-minutes of pure, hard exercise once a week could be just as effective as an hour of daily moderate activity“, according to the June 6, 2005 CNN article reporting on the study.” I recommend high intensity exercise anyway for its various health advantages, and it is great for diabetes control. too.
  5. Lose Excess Weight– Obesity and Diabetes often go hand in hand, and while the debate still rages on if one causes the other, studies show that losing weight can help mitigate diabetes, and also lowers your risk of getting it to begin with. Certain dietary and lifestyle improvements can help you lose weight and are beneficial for diabetes reversal as well.
  6. Reduce Stress–  Stress raises cortisol and can lead to hormone imbalance, insulin issues and increases risk for certain types of disease. Work to reduce your sources of stress from lack of sleep, exposure to toxins, mental and emotional sources and poor diet. Getting quality sleep every night can help reduce stress hormone levels and is great for blood sugar.
  7. Supplement– Supplements can help your body heal from diabetes, especially while your body works to gain proper insulin reactions again. Supplements often associated with helping diabetes symptoms and improving the disease are cinnamon, omega-3 fatty acids, alpha lipoic acid, chromium, coenzyme Q10, garlic, and magnesium

Monitoring the Problem As It Improves

Anyone with diagnosed Diabetes should consult a physician before making any changes to a diabetes regimen, and especially before changing medication dosages. That being said, improving your diet and eating the foods to help your body heal is your prerogative and your right. For the 65% of America that is overweight, including the 37% that are clinically obese, there is a good chance that many are operating in a pre-diabetic state, or may even have undiagnosed diabetes. Even those without any signs of disease can figure out their insulin levels by at home glucose testing.

I’ve done this for years and I do it each time I’m pregnant in place of the glucose test. It is a cheap and easy way to keep insulin levels in check and see how your body responds to certain foods. While I can offer general advice on the amount of carbohydrates that should be consumed, at home glucose monitoring allows you to know exactly what your body will and won’t handle.

What You Need

  • A glucometer – One of those little finger prick machines that diabetics use to test blood sugar. The machine and the strips can be found at most large stores and drugstores.
  • Test strips-Get the strips to go with the machine you buy. Be sure to look at the price of the machine and the strips. It is pretty easy to find an inexpensive machine, but the strips can get pricey.
  • Small notebook to keep track of readings and food intake.

What to Do

Once you have the necessary supplies, take readings of your blood sugar, according to the instructions on your meter, at the following times each day for a week:

  • First thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything
  • Before your normal lunch
  • One hour after lunch
  • Two hours after lunch
  • Three hours after lunch

NOTE: Do not eat or drink anything else during the three hours of testing. You may be able to get an accurate baseline of your insulin response after only a few days, but a week provides more data. If you are already diabetic, you probably have close ideas on these numbers, but take readings at the suggested times anyway to figure out your baseline.

Other Important Steps

  1. Food Log- Keep an accurate food log of everything you eat and drink and the times during your week of testing your blood sugar. This will help you determine your reaction to specific foods. Don’t make any special effort to diet or eat healthy foods during this time as you want an indication of your normal reactions.
  2. Carbohydrate Spike Test-On one day of your blood sugar readings (after at least 2-3 days of testing) eat a food high in simple carbs at your test meal (a potato, rice, etc) along with any vegetables, but in the absence of any fats or proteins. This will test your basic glucose reaction to high levels of glucose not mitigated by fat. Record these numbers as usual. Important note: if you usually eat a low-carbohydrate diet, this number might seem higher than it should be. This is because of decreased tolerance to carbohydrates and is not a cause for concern.
  3. Determine Results-Based on your food log and blood glucose readings, note any specific foods that caused higher readings. I suggest imputing your food log into a website like to give accurate analysis of your total carbohydrate, protein, and fat consumption and see which days were the best and worst for your blood glucose.

What Should Your Numbers Look Like?

Ideally, you want your numbers to be as follows:

  • Fasting blood glucose below 83 mg/dL
  • Pre-meal reading-below 90 mg/dL, or at fasting level
  • 1 hour reading- under 140 mg/dL
  • 2 hour reading-under 120 mg/dL (preferably under 100)
  • 3-hour reading-back to pre-meal level
  • No readings above 140 mg/dL

If you have readings higher than this, your body is not processing glucose optimally and you likely have some level of insulin resistance. Reduce the amount of carbs in your diet and remove processed foods entirely. Make sure you are getting good fats and proteins as well. Implement the “Seven Steps” above.

If you have readings on the high end of the pre-diabetic range or in the diabetic range (over 175-180 mg/dL at anytime) consider consulting with a specialist in addition to implementing the “Seven Steps” above.

Even if you don’t have any underlying glucose issues, testing your blood sugar occasionally will help you pin point which carbohydrates you tolerate well and which you don’t. It can help you have a better understanding of your body’s reaction to foods and take control of your health. It is also an accurate alternative to the pregnancy test for gestational diabetes, so talk to your doctor if you’d prefer to test yourself, though you may have to explain your reasons!

Research is constantly giving us more information on diabetes and the various factors that contribute to its steady rise in society over the last few decades. Since most theories on diabetes are just that- theories, research for yourself and figure out your best way or preventing or reversing diabetes. I’ve compiled the best of my own research above, but do your own, too! At the least, please consider making some positive changes to help keep yourself disease free (or become disease free).

Note: I am not a doctor and cannot take the place of your doctor. Before making any changes, especially to medication, consult your doctor or health care professional.

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  1. A few years ago I was on the brink of diabetes. Even though at 6’0 and 185 lbs, I didn’t consider myself overweight, but secretly I knew better. After a couple of years following the ADA dietary disaster and realizing it doesn’t work, I ditched grains and vegitable oils and began eating just Real Food. No processed foods at all and lots of fat from butter, raw goat milk, grass fed beef, ghee, coconut oil and even learned how to render my own tallow. I practice intermittant fasting as well. After 4 months, my OGTT dropped from 198 to 100. My fastings went from 128-132 down to 70’s-90’s. It hardly ever goes over 110 post meals. I also lost 30 lbs and have my high school body back, except even better.
    So it can be done. I even went on the ADA discussion board to tell people what they could do for themselves. For my trouble I was told I was a “dangerous extremest” endangering peoples health!

    • Congrats Dave! Such an inspiring story. I’m impressed you can render your own tallow. That is on my list to learn, but haven’t gotten brave enough yet! It is so frustrating that doctors put people on low-fat whole grain diets and consider that safe, but when we eat real foods,we are extremists. Thanks so much for sharing!

      • the wet method in the crock pot is far easier than the dry method. I need to render some more: I’m down to only butter (out of ghee) and coconut oil for cooking fats

        • I read recently that coconut oil is not very good for cooking with, because it’s fatty or something else.

      • You realise diebetes has been clinically reversed using the low fat/high carb plant based diet in multiple scenarios without calorie restriction by many different doctors… Getting most completely off insulin. Eating a whole foods plant based diet reverses many other diseases as well.. Just eat whole foods and stay off the meat dairy and eggs and your statistical chance of developing or reversing other common food born diseases goes higher than any other diet on the planet… Just take a look at Dr Micheal greggor, Dr Neal Bernard, Dr John McDougal, plus many other you can find doing a bit of research.

        • I’m still eating eggs (free range) and I have totally reversed my pre-diabetes diagnosis.
          I have cut out all cheese except once a week

    • Methinks a”dangerous extremest” endangering peoples income! As Dr Richard Bernstein “Diabetic Doctor’s Diabetes Solution” shows so well, diabetes I and II can be controlled without drugs, with green veg, good protein, good saturated fat. I guess you have to find out yourself how to eat and control your own weight and blood sugar — orthodox medicine is not interested in helping you. Obviously you have the results to prove your health — why would everyone not be interested??

      • Type 1 needs insulin regardless. Good eating habits and exercise encourage good glucose levels, but insulin is still required for Type 1. Please don’t give people false hope. I am Type 1 myself, and have been since I was a baby. The only thing I disliked about this post was it should have specified that you were discussing Type 2 Diabetes. Shockingly a lot of people still don’t know the difference.

        • Re-read the beginning of Wellness-Mama’s post, She states it is for Type 2….Quite clearly,,,,Why so hateful? I really dislike reading posts such as this. Please pay attention to what you are reading. In-spite of this being an older post.

          • I’ve read through the post and It’s not clear AT ALL that she is discussing t2 and not t1 diabetes. The people that pointed this out were not being hateful. As a mother of a t1 child who has just received a link to this article from someone who was unaware of the difference between t1 and t2 diabetes, I think it is very important to distinguish between the two when offering hope of cure.

          • There was nothing hateful about Emily’s post. In fast, she stated there was only one thing she disliked about the post. Guess she missed the statement that this was for Type II, or was unclear on what type this was for.

        • Emily and the rest who cannot or do not want to take the time to read. Here is the statement at the top of the post

          “IMPORTANT: There is a difference between Type 1 diabetes (an autoimmune condition) and Type 2 diabetes (lifestyle related). This article refers specifically to Type 2 diabetes”

          If that is not clear enough for you then you need to learn to read again. Please read before you comment. Any adult or child above the age of 10 could easily decipher this post was about type II diabetics and not Type 1. An apology is in order i believe 🙂

        • appears that Emily was replying about Larry’s post 1.2 (which he lumps 1and 2 together) as this sight boxes reply’s together with posts .

    • You’re only dangerous because you’re a threat to Big Pharma’s profits. The more people are healthy, the less for their bottom line. Congratulations! Great! Bravo! I am working toward that goal. Changed my diet tremendously and losing weight, a little at a time. Trying to be consistent with the exercise/walking thing. Thanks for sharing, all the best to you….

    • Hi Dave,
      I am struggling with pre-diabetes and had a few instances where I had high glucose reading. Appreciate much if you can give a 3 day meal plan of the diet you followed.


    • Dave, do you eat meat still? Go check out filled with science based facts showing saturated fat is what causes insulin resistance. Good for you eating whole foods. If you havent yet, eat a vegan Diet. Were you prediabetic?

      • Saturated fats do not cause insulin resistance its polyunsaturated fats that do so. Dig a bit deeper there are many cultures for example the Masai who consume nothing but saturated fats and have no diabetes or any other modern disease. You need to see who is funding the study.

        • Hi, the Maasai also take a lot of natural fibre, greens and herbal concotions, and have a very active lifestyle, so even if they are taking something unhealthy, there’s a lot of healthy stuff to fight it off…comparing their lives to someone who sits in the office all day and not eating as healthy, it might be very bad advise…

  2. I’m finding all this information very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Thank you for this post.  I have been attempting to make the changes to a real foods diet, but — wow — the opposition I am experiencing (especially from medically trained professionals in my family who learned textbook medicine).  I have several health issues: IBS, mental health, prediabetic — have gained 80 pounds in 2 short years!  I think will be following Dave and other “extremists” in searching for my health solution.  I haven’t given up on allopathic medicine but I am seeing it’s limitations — and the consequences on my body.  Thank you for the at-home diabetic testing method.  I often test “normal” but have obvious symptoms of insulin resistance.

  4. First of all I would like to say your blog is fantastic! But, as a parent of a Type 1 Diabetic, I would encourage you to distinguish between the two diseases.  It is extremely hard to explain to my 8 year old daughter (who has had type 1 since she was 2) that diabetes cannot be cured (type 1 that is) or that she cannot reverse her chronic disease. 
    Thank you for all the information that you give each day on health.  It truly makes it easy for me as a parent to find healthy choices for all of my kids. 

    • As a type 1 for 30 years,it is discouraging to know that there is no cure for me. However, I have decided to try to live best I can, to reduce the results of my disease. Unfortunately, doctors just tell me to use the ADA’s diet, excercise and stay on insulin. THERE IS MORE you can do to help yourself….this website is a great place to start.

  5. I have type 2 diabetes. I am sure it was caused by stress : lost my business,house ,income. I am not overweight,my cholesterol and blood pressure are in check. How can I reverse this desease?

    • I would be interested in the same question. Diagnosed at age 50 with type 2. I weighed 165 lbs and am 6’2″. I’m now down to 140 lbs, don’t eat the processed food anymore and have tried various foods to try and reverse mine. Nothing works. I don’t smoke, blood pressure perfect, no problems whatsoever with cholesterol and yet diabetes stays. In fact, now I’m finding it hard to keep weight on. I was convinced that stress was what brought this on in my life as well. I hear these stories about how people have reversed it through diet and that is great. Just can’t figure out why after cutting out pretty much all simple carbs, all sugar and eating right has had no affect on me.

      • get blood works done and check your LDL. do you exercise sir? what is your blood type? high level of cortisol (aka stress induced) will do it. been diagnosed since march and have reduced it a lot. exercise and diet is key. and reduce your stress level.

      • I’ve read that lifting weights is good for high blood sugar. There are also supplements designed for diabetics, natural herbal type, they work for me. Don’t worry too much about this, that will increase your stress, and thus, your blood sugar.

      • I have the same problem. 49, no family history, never been overweight. (five foot 2 125 pounds) For the past four years, I go to my doctor for blood test and they tell me I have pre diabetes. I haven’t had any sweets in four years, or juice either. I limit carbohydrate to maybe one-two piece of wheat bread a day. My number continue to go up. My fasting blood sugar is always around 98-104 and my a1c went up from 5.4 to 5.7

        My 88 year old mom has perfect blood sugar. My father, died at 86, and his last fasting blood sugar was 84. My 95 year old uncle still has perfect blood sugars.

        • WHat oils you you use? Are you avoiding vegetable oils? Switching completely to coconut oil and butter may help.

        • In 1990 the ADA suddenly and mysteriously changed the normal range of sugar readings from 120-100 to below 100. There is no such thing as pre diabetic. In fact in many countries I have visited, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand, the term prediabetic is not used that often and a reading of up to 120 should not worry you.

          Just make sure you are not consuming PUFA’s (polyunsaturated fats). Google the case studies that indicate that these fats are toxic for health. This means cut out all seeds oils and all processed foods, consume lots of butter, coconut oil, do high intensity exercise), cut down on starches and you should be fine.

          In ukraine i ran into two people who had fasting sugar readings of 130-140 for over 15 years and they were in perfect health. Blood work was excellent except for the slightly elevated sugar , no energy problems, looked much younger than their age.

          • My Ac1 test is at 5.8 and my fastin blood sugar goes from 96 to 103, pls wat can I do to control this situation caused by insulin reresistance

        • Lucy, perhaps you need to change doctor?

      • Try 15 minutes of sunlight everyday and report back results.

  6. I really appreciate how thorough you are, and how much thought is obviously put in your posts.

  7. Sorry to tell you this, blood testing causes stress, I have personal experience, our doctors don’t give out blood testing equipment these days here in Britain, at least mine doesn’t .

    • I ordered mine online… I agree though, it will cause stress, but not nearly as much as untreated diabetes!

  8. When you go behind politics we see that type 2 diabetes has already been reversed. Dr Liu in Denmark revealed how to reverse diabetes without any medications.

    No one needs a drug to reverse type 2 diabetes. All of this information was taken from the Spirit Happy Diet people in Denmark.

    Diabetes has been reversed in over 10,000 people by using a specialized diabetes diet. The diet also reversed body fat in people trying to lose weight. Scientists showed food chemicals is the cause of almost all diabetes. They also showed how to reverse your own diabetes without medications. The diabetes drug caused cancer and makes 5 Billion a year in profit

    Reverse your own diabetes!

    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

  9. I know this is a fairly old post, but it speaks to my search for target blood sugar readings, and I hope someone will answer my query. The post says that a fasting reading should be below 83. When I first wake up my number is in the 90’s, but by the time I sit down to breakfast it has fallen considerably. For example, on 12/30 it was 98 when I first woke up, but an hour and a half later, right before I ate breakfast, It had fallen to 84. Of course both numbers were fasting levels. Is this normal/acceptable, or should I try to find a way to lower my early morning number? (By the way, the next morning right before I breakfasted on oatmeal, it was 81, but 2 hours after breakfast it was 140. So it’s back to bacon and eggs for me!)

    • That is normal, especially if you eat somewhat paleo/low-carb or have been stressed lately. Taking a tablespoon of gelatin powder in some hot tea before bed might help get fasting levels a little lower, but yours dont seem that high…

      • Thank you for your reply. I suppose I tend to be a bit paranoid about my symptoms, but I do have a horror about the dreaded complications. The truth is that although I was diagnosed with prediabetes two years ago, I didn’t start monitoring my blood glucose until very recently, mainly because my doctor didn’t put any emphasis on it. Fortunately I found this forum and other informative web sites, and am taking my condition very seriously now.


  11. You say to use the suppolements like alph lipoic acid but you do not give reccommended amounts. That would be great.

  12. My spelling better would be great as well lol

  13. What I am about to say is in regards to Type 1 Diabetes. All of the information can be found in the most comprehensive study on nutrition ever conducted called The China Study by T. Colin Campbell PHD.

    Did you know that when an infant is fed formula too soon or throughout pregnancy can cause Type 1 Diabetes.

    The cows milk from the formula reaches the small intestine and it is broken down into its amino acid parts. Some infants cannot digest it all so some amino acid chains or original protein fragments hangout in the intestines.It

  14. Thank you for writing this. It is the most detailed valuable piece I have read on the web. Thank you!!!

  15. hello, I am the opposite I suffer with hypoglacemia, Im fine in the morning before I eat after food at times my glucose drops to 40 sometimes even 30. I’ve never had high levels only my fasting insulin is around 30 which I believe im producing too much insulin. I eat healthy sometimes if I do no carbs it drops… sometimes if I do just a half a cup of hot oatmeal it drops mostly when im real hungry but only after I eat… I cant figure this out Im a health coach myself so this is frustrating. I am menopausal and do have hasimtos thyroditis. any suggestions?

  16. I am 24 weeks pregnant and started testing my own sugar levels today. My fasting level was 75 upon waking. At 8:52am I proceeded to eat some boiled white potatoes, which I never ever eat. My 1 hour level was 159 @ 9:52am. You mentioned that if you primarily eat a low carb diet (I eat Paleo/Traditional foods) then it will be higher. My 2 hour level was back down to 71 @ 10:52am. Considering my normal diet, and the fact that I ate something very high in carbs as my testing meal when I never eat carbs, do you think I am okay? I plan on testing again after I eat my (normal) lunch and then testing once every 3 hours like you recommend.

    • Sounds like normal levels to me…. check out the article I linked to above though for more specifics on the numbers…

      • Thank you! Will do.

        I proceeded to test my levels after eating a normal paleo meal and they were all well below 100, except for 117 when I had a snack with some dried mango. So I guess all is well! Thank you for the quick response! I was testing my own levels so I would feel more confident turning down the 1 hours glucose test at my next prenatal visit.

  17. I have been pre-diabetic since the age of 32 i am now 48. Until now i
    have managed my weight and diet well enough to keep my blood sugar
    levels below 126mg. This year I slipped into depression, it snuck up on
    me and i didn’t even realize it was happening to me. I run a business
    and I was over-worked and stressed. I ignored my health and the signs of
    my body(headaches, diarhea, nausea, bloating cramps, emotional upset).
    This all happened in the last 3 -4 months. My weight ballooned up to 200
    pounds. I usually am around 180-185 at 5′ 4″. I work hard physically on
    my horse ranch and I ride alot which is the only healthy thing I have
    done right. But i noticed even that is becoming increasingly difficult. I
    suffer from joint and muscle pain as well as nerve pain in my neck
    arms, hips and legs. My ankles are swollen at night when i got to bed.
    So I started checking my blood sugar levels this week. I am terrified to
    report that every single time i check my levels they have been above
    126mg! I had one that was 121. This scares me. i have been able to stave
    off going on medication for over 16 years. I know that i have let my
    life style choices and stress take over and lead me to this scary place I
    am now. My question is, can I get back on track? Can I go back to my
    healthy habits and reverse the problem or stop it in its tracks? My
    sugar has been testing 121-160 before meals with my morning one being

    • You are the most important member of your health care team.
      You are the one who manages your diabetes day by day. Talk to your doctor about how you can best care for your diabetes to stay healthy.

  18. I understand eating protein, veggies and fats but somedays after eating high carb I wake up extremely dizzy and trembling, I feel like my sugar dropped, instead of sugar and grains how would I make it better?

  19. Thank you for all your research. Someone I love will benefit from this. You can’t imagine how much I appreciate this.

  20. 10 years ago, I was having extreme trouble sleeping, falling asleep at work every afternoon, and generally feeling awful. I talked to my doctor, who had me do fasting labs, and he said I was diabetic based on the then-new revised standards. We discussed alternatives to medicine, and I resolved to beat diabetes rather than fall prey to it.

    I’m 5’11” and at the time weighed 283 lbs. That’s not as alarming as it sounds, I have a very stocky build and was a weightlifter as a young man, in peak condition I have 29″ diameter thighs; I weighed 205 lean lbs when I started college at 18. Still, I was at least 70 pounds overweight, and could not comfortably walk more than 100 yards without sending my back into spasm.

    At the time, I lived in apartment that had a pool. I dug out my bicycle, pumped up the tires and lubed the chain, and started riding. Initially it was a struggle to ride around my (large, 1-mile) block, but I kept it up. I alternated bicycling and swimming 6 days a week. Initially I wasn’t getting very far on either one, but over the course of the first 8 weeks, I got strong and more capable. Then a small miracle occurred.

    I rode around the block without stopping, and I didn’t have to push my bicycle up the final hill. I swam 20 laps in the pool (a small one) without stopping. I added ‘water walking’ to my regimen; jump in the pool just deep enough you don’t float off the bottom and walk as fast as you can against the resistance of the water. It’s fabulous exercise, low impact and your muscles shed heat into the water, it is a really good way to burn a lot of calories very quickly, and a good cool-down from a fast-paced bicycle ride.

    I started trail riding with friends, and grew quickly in endurance and skills. I also learned how to fall off a bike pretty well, which can be dangerous at 43.

    In 11 months, I was down to 213 lbs, and could ride 22 miles on dirt trails in the mountains and survive the trip. Not only was I not falling asleep at work, I felt invigorated after a lunch-time ride, had much more energy at work and after, I completely changed my life.

    Life has had its ups and downs, and for various reasons I wasn’t able to maintain my fitness levels, and am now struggling again. Your recommendations here are spot on, with the exception of recommending a small number of short, intense workouts. Your life will be far better if you find some way to exercise every day, preferably at least twice a day. If you can work a few intense aerobic workouts into that, you will find yourself even healthier, but find a way to work a couple of ‘non-smoke’ breaks into your day and go walk around the block, or your building or a parking lot. Pump that blood up out of your legs, get your heart beating just a little faster, and move the air in your lungs.

  21. Thank you so much for this post. You saved my day today…an hour ago I was crying after reading that my symptoms that I’m currently experiencing are pointing towards diabetes and now I am hopeful and ready to make some very necessary changes to my lifestyle and eating habits.


  22. Thank you for your post and all the comments.
    I had GD during my pregnancy which was controlled with diet and exercise( walk). However, I did not manage my diet after my delivery. At 2 months postpartum, I had the 2 hour Glucose tolerance test done and it showed one abnormal reading and my doctor advised me to be maintain my diet and exercise. I had not really done my part and after 4 months, I checked my Blood sugar levels and found abnormal reading and got scared and since then I maintained diet and am doing exercise. However, my fasting blood sugar levels are always high ( always around 6.5 mmol/L) though my BSL reading after dinner ( 1 hr ) is always below( 7.8 mmol/L). I also started taking a protein shake ( 1/2 cup Astro Greek yogurt but plain and not non-fat) . I prefer the plain one over non-fat one as it is very yummy.
    So even if I take this protein shake before going bed, it is not helping me at all except for overcoming those hunger pangs.
    I should also admit that apart my diet, I drink 1 cup of french vanilla( little diluted) from Tim Hortons 3 times a weeks. Although, my reading comes back to normal at 2 hr check.
    I read in the above comment from wellness Mama, on “Taking a tablespoon of gelatin powder in some hot tea before bed” and found out that it is an animal by product ( made out of pig, chicken and fish) Is there any other way to reduce my fasting blood sugar levels?
    Please help and is it something I can control just with diet? please help.

  23. As a medical professional l appreciate the article but at least we now have a healthy and scientifically proven weight loss method helping build confidence.

  24. I have been on organic unrefined coconut oil for a month and a half. My glucose readings have been normal. I take two teaspoons four times a day. After a month and a half my numbers are getting higher. I am not sure what to do. [I haven’t done anything different.] I would appreciate your input.

  25. Hi I’m 25 and I’ve had type 1 diabetics since I was 16. I was wondering if the reversing diabetics naturally could work for type 1’s as well? Thank you!

  26. What a great Article! I have successfully Revered Diabetes 3 years ago and I am living a needle free life. It can be done if you desire!

  27. Hi Wellness Mama,

    I really appreciate this post and your extensive research behind it. There’s just one thing that bothers me… you recommend chromium as a potentially helpful supplement to take to help prevent/reverse diabetes. I have found, through research, the advice of my endocrinologist, and my own (nursing) experience, that chromium supplementation can be very dangerous for those who have blood sugar issues (like diabetes, PCOS, hypoglycemia, CF, etc).

    Unlike cinnamon (and exercise), which increases the cells’ sensitivity to insulin (and therefore decreases the body’s requirement of insulin, and therefore prolongs the life of the beta cells in the pancreas which produce insulin), chromium stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin, having a kind of ‘insulin dumping’ effect on the bloodstream. While this might seem like a good thing (after all, don’t diabetics need more insulin to compensate for their higher levels of blood glucose?), it’s actually pretty bad for several reasons.

    First, the high quantity of insulin that chromium stimulates the pancreas to release causes the blood glucose to rush into the cells at such a rapid rate that very low blood sugar usually results. Chromium supplementation ultimately contributes to blood sugar spikes (a pattern of high highs and low lows in rapid succession), which is a very unstable situation for a diabetic. This further contributes to carbohydrate cravings (at best) and dangerously low blood sugar (at worst). Second, chromium supplementation taxes the beta cells in the pancreas to over-produce insulin, and these are the same beta cells which are already overtaxed due to the higher demand for insulin which the body already has due to higher circulating levels of blood glucose. Once the beta cells in the pancreas fatigue and die, they die for good (a situation which results in insulin dependence for the Type II diabetic). So chromium ultimately shortens the lifespan of the beta cells, therefore decreasing the body’s capacity to produce insulin on the long-term.

    Now, I agree that high levels of blood glucose are no good either, especially for those cells which do not require insulin in order to absorb and use glucose (such as the brain, eyes, and kidneys… which is why a lifetime of high blood glucose can result in diabetic kidney failure, blindness/retinopathy, and Alzheimer’s). However, chromium supplementation is not an adequate solution to high circulating blood glucose, and may put some folks with poorly-controlled blood sugar at great risk for very low blood sugar. The better choice is to supplement with something like (ceylon) cinnamon, or to increase muscle mass through weight training (muscle cells are way more sensitive to insulin than fat cells, and we would probably guess), which increases the cells’ sensitivity to insulin but does not cause the pancreas to produce MORE insulin. Unfortunately, many cinnamon supplements (though usually not the higher quality ceylon cinnamon supplements, but the cassia cinnamon supplements) have added chromium (!?!), probably because someone noticed that chromium can reduce blood sugar and did not consider how or at what cost. So a little detective work may be needed on the part of the supplement-taker in order to avoid chromium.

    Thanks so much for reading my comment and I hope that, at the very least, you become interested to do a little more research about chromium, and also keep posting your very helpful and insightful thoughts about wholeness and health (I’ve certainly benefitted from them!!). 🙂

  28. Aloha from Brazil!
    I was diagnosed pre-diabetes ( 160 fasting blood sugar level.)
    I like to have Low fat yogurt, with oatmeal and fresh fruits in the morning.
    Now I heard that oatmeal has a medium-high Glicemic Index.
    Would that breakfast contribute or help to avoid my pre diabetes turn into diabetes?
    On time: I don’t use sugar or weetner, but only about 20 grams of chocolate covered almonds per day.
    Thanks in advance for your comments…

  29. This is for type 2 please specific this at the start as there is a huge difference bewteen the types
    type 1 is an auto-immune condition which has no cure because the body is uanble to prouce any insulin.

  30. I am a type 1 diabetic. I adopted the Paleo diet 7 months ago after being gluten-free for several years. While I still take insulin, I’m taking much less now than I was before.

  31. Thanks for this extremely well-written and comprehensive article. I had to take the 3 hour glucose test from Hell with my last two pregnancies. I was borderline. Never again. I know my body doesn’t tolerate sugar/ excess carbs well. Even though I am thin and lean and always have been. Eating a bowl of cereal for breakfast would do me in for the entire day. I think most people eating the standard diet are slowly developing insulin resistance. Just a matter of time before it turns into full-blown diabetes. I lift weights, eat healthy oils, and eat lots of protein to keep my levels (and mood!) steady. It makes such a huge difference.

  32. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in Dec 2014 with 261 fasting blood sugar. After 3 weeks was able to bring to 130 on the average during the day.

    I’m heading back to normalcy. I suggest that monitoring your fasting blood sugar and eating the healthy food is the key.

    Very thankful that there are hopes for a cure of diabetes, I thought I’m on a life long journey on this disease. It will never be.

  33. Hello Wellness Mama! I love your site and reference it often- thank you for the time and consideration you put into all your posts! I will say this post is the first one that I felt the need to comment on with (minor) dissatisfaction. I am the parent of a 5 year old Type 1 (who has been since age 3). We follow a strict grain and gluten free diet with minimal dairy and no refined sugars, and are managing (though praying for a cure). I am writing to ask that you please reframe this article to the population it is targeted to: Type 2 Diabetics. Unfortunately the similarity in names causes considerable confusion in the general population…and ultimately this impacts Type 1’s deleteriously, as the general public fails to understand the differences in these diseases- one being lifestyle induced and the other an auto-immune disease. (This misunderstanding can be dangerous- imagine my child gets lost at a store or amusement park, most people would not understand the severity of her condition, because they think it’s the same as their overweight grandparents)! Please, for the sake of kids like mine who deal with a public unaware of their huge struggle compared to Type 2’s, make it clearer who this article is intended for. Thanks again for all the important information you share!!

    • Great point Allison. I take for granted that this should be common knowledge. I will edit. My heart goes out to you… that is so tough!

  34. Hi Katie,
    Another great post with a ton of information.
    I was wondering what your take is on glucose in pregnancy. How do you feel about those nasty drinks that they make you do? Do you do that test? Why or why not.
    Just curious about your take on the subject.

    • I do not drink it. I self-test blood sugar 4x a day for two weeks instead.

  35. I am going to post this here, because it seems that the confusion between Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes still exists. I believe it is incredibly important for individuals to understand the fundamental difference between these conditions in order to have a better idea of how to help treat and manage. Knowledge is key to treating any condition, educating yourself is the greatest start, in conjunction with seeing your endocrinologist and Diabetic support team.

    Since Wellness Mama has done a fabulous job at informing us about Type 2 Diabetes, I will go on, and for the purpose of clarification, will be referring only to Type 1 Diabetes for the remainder of this post.

    Type 1 Diabetes is an Autoimmune Disease that often effects children and young adolescents, but can however be diagnosed in adults.

    In Type 1 Diabetes, the body begins to produce defective antibodies/white blood cells (the cells your body uses to fight infections) and those cells see Islet Cells (the insulin producing cells which are located in your pancreas) as foreign objects, not unlike the way they would see bacteria or a virus as a foreign object in the body. The antibodies then begin to attack the Islet cells, killing them off, this process can take a few years to several, during which the body is producing some insulin, called the Honeymoon Phase.

    Now lets talk about the importance of Islet cells; Islet cells produce insulin, which is a hormone in the body that is used to process sugar. In saying that, you have to understand that everything you eat, literally everything with the exception of fats, the moment you put it in your mouth, your body is absorbing and metabolizing it, and in order to use that food, whether it is a fruit, vegetable, grain or dairy product, the body breaks it down and turns it into a sugar; this is your body’s primary source of energy. It uses that energy for normal body functions, your brain uses glucose (sugar) to function, your muscles and organs need it to run properly, and your body stores it as fat to be used later as energy as well.

    Let me draw a picture for you to visualize some things, it helps.

    Imagine a hallway, this hallway represents your bloodstream; all of the arteries and veins in your body. Now imagine that hallway is full of doors, and behind these doors are the rooms your body uses all the sugar that your body has broken down from all the foods you have eaten that day; all the vegetables, fruits, grains and dairies. All these rooms are locked though, they cannot be opened without a key. Now I want you to imagine insulin as the key to opening these doors. With out insulin, those doors will never open, and the hallway will continue to fill up with sugar (If you are type 2, it’s like some of the keys are broken, some of them will work, but others do not, o you don’t have enough keys)

    When sugar floats around in your bloodstream, your body has no way of using it an energy, which is our primary source. We use fats to a small extent, but we are not designed to run on fats as a source of energy alone. So instead, our body begins to use our fat stores as energy to run our brains and muscles and organs. This can only last so long however, and once our fat stores are depleted, your body starts to use your organs as its source of energy, which eventually leads to death. The excess sugar in your bloodstream causes high glucose levels, or high blood sugar. This will make you tired and lethargic, or sleepy. It can cause nerve pain and headaches and general feeling of being unwell. It will lead to weight loss and extreme thirst.Your body wants to flush the sugar out so it tries to get you to drink more to help it do that. Eventually, long term high blood sugars lead to diabetic complications, like neuropathies and retinopathy, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke and other complications.

    Without sugar, your brain cannot function properly, your brain runs on glucose, it actually sits in a clear fluid, and when that glucose drops, you will become disoriented, your muscles can feel funny, you can become moody, your speech can become impaired, and eventually you with lose consciousness and go into a Hypoglycemic coma if your body is without enough sugar for too long. That’s because the brains synapses (the electrical impulses the brain uses to tell your body what to do and how to function) cannot fire properly, they don’t reach their destinations. So the body can’t run without sugar, but too much sugar is dangerous as well.

    So with Type 1 Diabetes, you have to inject synthetic insulin in order to try and balance your blood sugar levels. This is not easy, as food, exercise, stress, sickness, menstruation, environmental changes, and sleeping patterns affect your blood sugar levels. It’s trying to manage a hormone in the body very tightly, and this is no easy feat.

    Anyone, like me, who has Type 1 Diabetes cannot cure themselves or take themselves off insulin. When you understand how your body breaks down food and uses it, you realize that insulin is key to your bodies ability to function, but your ability to literally live. You can decrease the amount of insulin you need to use by exercising and changing your diet, but you cannot come off insulin as a Type 1 Diabetic. After your body kills your insulin producing Islet cells, you need synthetic insulin as a Life Sustaining Therapy.

    The cause of Type 1 Diabetes is not known, there are genetic and hereditary factors, but there is still a lot that is still being researched. Until there is a cure, reach out to your Endocrinologist, Diabetic support team and Diabetic Personal support groups near your area. Reaching out to other Diabetic can help.

    I hope this biology lesson has cleared up any questions or confusion 🙂

    I hope this Helps

    Alicia G
    Type 1 Diabetic and Support Leader in NB, Canada!


    • Thank you Alicia! I am downloading your explanation to share it. It definitely communicates the difficult to otherwise comprehend behaviour of Diabetes I.

      I would also like to direct readers to an excellent article by the Smithsonian Magazine on Diabetes I, (April 2013) called ‘The Secret of Dirt’. The article follows a team of researchers who were puzzled by the epidemic of Diabetes I in the healthy/wealthy nation of Finland, whereas right across the water in Russia, there was virtually no incidence of the disease. What they discovered is that the typical childhood, playing in the dirt, having dogs lick faces, getting sick and getting over it, are all critical parts of developing a healthy immune system, which the more affluent societies, with their sterile playgrounds and homes, abundance of medical interventions and drugs, and preference for vaccines in lieu of naturally occurring childhood sicknesses and recoveries.. lead to immune systems that just don’t know how to function – and as a result, attack the host.

      God designed our bodies to require development. We train our brains and muscles.. how much more or less important is it to train our immune systems.

      When people get their heads around that, diseases like Diabetes I may become a vestige of history at last.

      Victoria Bingham

  36. Hey everyone,
    I would like to say that this post indicates that type 2 diabetes is caused by your lifestyle which is not intirely correct. I have type 2 diabetes which my lifestyle did not have anything to do with it. I developed diabetes during each of my 3 pregnancy’s and after a couple of years after my last one, I had 2 ovarian tumors removed, During the surgery I had complications and ended up having 3 surgery’s instead of just one. This caused my body to much stress and my pancreas gave up and I no longer produce insulin. I am a very active person as I train and break horses for a living and I also own a farm, nor did I ever stuff unhealthly foods down my throat…. Just saying not all type 2 diabetics are lazy and have bad eating habits, everyone who suffers from the diease knows that it is considered an individual diease and treatment is different for each person and it doesn’t matter what type you have either, I inject the same insulin a type 1 would use.

  37. RE: Emily Says:
    IMPORTANT: There is a difference between Type 1 diabetes (an autoimmune condition) and Type 2 diabetes (lifestyle related). This article refers specifically to Type 2 diabetes.

  38. Great Article!

    I have also been working off pounds and eating much like the plan outlined here. It has indeed repaired my insulin sensitivity.

    As many others , my prediabetic condition was lifestyle related.

    It does seem quite clear this piece is about type II. Gestational diabetes and type 1 are different situations.

    Best wishes to all working their own diabetes program out.

  39. Thanks Wellness Mama for this post! I just found out I have high insulin resistance despite being healthy weight. I suspect stress from 2 babies close to age and a diet rich in “whole grains” and lots of them has gotten me to this situation. I was looking for some non-drug answers and appreciated your insight (as always, I’ve been a fan for over a year). I’m hoping cutting grains almost completely from my diet will help me get great results like Dave above. I will be getting a blood tester this week so I can monitor myself. Thank you for helping me put this in perspective and Sharing the correct numbers for home testing.

  40. Hi Katie. I must say I am loving your blog. I have been stuck here non stop for hours already. (Except for the hour break I took to try out one of your detox baths.:)) Anyway, I was hoping for a lil advice. My dad has had diabetes for many years and he was doing alright keeping it under control but the last couple years his diabetes has just gotten worse. Mostly from added stress and I know he’s just not eating right. Basically during the week, my dad will eat a sandwich or a TV dinner of some sort. Just something quick and easy, although not that good for him. On the weekends, we all usually get together for a home cooked meal. So, what I really would like is to find something (or some things) I can make and stick in the freezer that my dad can reheat during the week that is healthy for him. But also something he will actually enjoy. Which is the hard part since he isn’t a big fan of healthy food. I was hoping maybe you could help me out in finding some great recipes. Maybe even just point me in the right direction or if you have any that you would recommend. Also which supplements would be best, or actually a multi supplement I could get for him that would be easy. I’m just so lost in how to help my dad with his diabetes. And although he is on medication and does check his blood sugar regularly, I feel almost as if he is starting to just give up. Also, he is pretty active and gets plenty of exercise daily. He’s 66 years old and has owned his own plumbing company for 30 years. He is one of the hardest working men I have ever known. He’s not really over weight but does have that beer belly! He is however extremely stressed all the time with work and some family problems we’ve had. If I could just take all his stress away, I would but it’s not that easy. Any advice on how to help? Basically, I need help in all aspects of helping my dad with his diabetes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  41. not all fruit juice is “bad” – i have a nutri bullet and it helps immensely.

    also, quinoa is a seed and is supposed to help blood glucose levels….you say grains are evil but, i read that oatmeal is very good for pre-diabetes.

    • Yes I too am curious about this. Please advise. I would also like some daily meal plans to help reverse my prediabetic state and promote weight loss. It is a relatively unfamiliar territory for me. Thank you from Bec (Queensland)

  42. can any outer stimulator, stimulate our Pancreas. I got a many ball stimulator, What do i do in the morning with it?
    I directly place it on my stomach and keep it on for 10 minutes. Is it good or bad?

  43. Hi Wellnessmama
    thank you for sharing omega 3 is definitely helpful and including rye into your diet, and good proteins like salmon and wallnuts also to stay away from vegetable oils as this causes inflammation, following the right lifestyle and sticking to it can help you lower A1-C and cholesterol levels.

  44. Thank you for this post. My parents both suffer from Type II and my mom recently came across this Diabetes Destroyer thing, but I’m not sure if it’s a scam. I’ve been trying to look into but I’m pretty sure most of the search results I find are paid reviews or scammers (most of the sites promise discounts and have a crazy amount of pop-ups). I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with this program, or if it’s better to show them this post?

  45. Really good post. Thanks for sharing it. However, I noticed that you didn’t mention that there is a difference between being insulin resistant and having low production of insulin.

    My Endocrinologist informed me the other that my pancreas simply doesn’t produce enough insulin– he said I don’t truly fit into ‘either’ category of Type’s 1 or 2 since I do produce some insulin I’m not Type 1, but since my production is low (and not resistant) I’m not actually Type 2 either. So, being somewhere in-between has me completely baffled as to how to raise my production without throwing off the other hormones.

    Do you know anything about this oddity? Thanks so much!

  46. This post has probably been up for a while so I apologize and I apologize for the long post but I really need help here. I was recently at my OBGYN and I asked her to test me for hormonal imbalance due to the changes I’ve been seeing: increasing hair growth, feeling hot/cold flashes, etc I thought it may be PCOS. It was determined my hormones are fine but now I have an insulin resistance. The OBGYN promptly told me to start on a Metformin taper which starts at 500mg tablets (that’s a lot at once) and South Beach Diet or Atkins diet. Both diets make me cringe, the South Beach Diet lists artificial sweeteners/aspartame as sugar replacements, the presence of low fat milk, cream, cheese etc makes me wonder if they realize that’s worse for you, the use of meat that are supposedly less fatty so basically ham and chicken, lower fat steak, it encourages use of Omega-6 oils aka vegetable oils. I took Metformin for a short time in the past to combat another medication that caused weight gain (I am 100 or so pounds overweight and have gained a lot of it from bad eating, mental illness and pharmaceutical drugs). Metformin is horrible it gives you the worst GI problems and makes you feel so crappy and combined with one or two days of phase 1 of South Beach (the most restrictive low carb stage) I feel so sick and something is wrong. I feel like I’m shaking on the inside, I would sleep all day if I could, food doesn’t taste good or feel good, bad taste in mouth, constant headaches, can’t do anything at my job. I know there’s always a more natural way to everything which this site has shown. Is there any more natural ways and less restrictive diet plans to help insulin resistance or pre-diabetes? I feel like going cold turkey on anything isn’t helpful. Please advise.

    • Yep. post on moringa actually coming soon 🙂

  47. THANK U Very Much for sharing this..

    Can we consume peanut oil for better regarding diabities ?

  48. I have gestational diabetes, I was diagnosed around 6 weeks ago. I have completely changed my diet, limited carbs, more protein, smaller fruit portions, very little if any added sugars, portion control. My readings this last week or so have been Gradually getting lower, in fact too low at times. I’ve eaten a few naughty things to see what effect it had and it was almost none. I have really behaved myself diet wise, I am hoping I may have reversed the diabetes, will find out next week when I see my consultant again.


  49. I follow a pretty low carb diet with high protein and healthy fat. And get moderate exercise. I am 36 weeks pregnant and my fasting results are suddenly 90-100 and my readings throughout the day are rarely over 100. I don’t understand?? Why are my fasting readings so high but during the day I seem to be processing the carbs just fine? I’m doing all I can to avoid being on insulin the last few weeks of my pregnancy.
    I am only 27 and by no means over weight. I have only gained 20lb this pregnancy. But I’m obviously missing something?

  50. Do you have any advice for lowering your fasting blood glucose? All of my daytime readings are within your limits, but no matter what I do my fasting is consistently at 110. I have read about the dawn phenomenon. I swear each night I have a very vivid dream of eating ice cream/ candy/ cake etc, and I think that’s when my body is dumping the glucose in my bloodstream. I would love to hear any suggestions you might have. Thank you

  51. I have totally reversed diabetes the natural way. It wasn’t overnight, it took some time. But I saw people die from diabetes and I did not want to end up like them. I saw a naturopath who literally changed my life and showed me what foods make me strong and which ones don’t. I stopped starving myself, ate every 3-4 hours. Ditched ANY food that had GMO’s in it and high-fructose corn syrup. Drank water, 1/2 my body weight each day. Ditched eating pizza. Gave up pasta. Only eat out once a week, if that. Dropped nearly 50 pounds total. Cooked my own food. Ate a lot of artichokes that are steamed. Ate grass fed butter, and used a little whole milk in my eggs and yes, ate eggs with the yolk. Ditched bread in lieu of finding Ezekiel bread which has been shown to help regulate blood sugar. Embraced quinoa. Measured everything. A 1/2 cup is pretty small when you’re used to heaping portions on your plate. Stopped bingeing on food when upset, that was a major feat and realized I had a sugar addiction. I started at 6.0 in my A1C test, now I am down to 5.5- my doctor couldn’t be more proud…anyone can do this, but it takes a LOT of work & consistency.

  52. Need to know what to eat and how to eat doctor say my numbers are high so no medication but give me time to lose the weight Nell me

    • I thought I was pretty specific lol

  53. These are very informative! Thanks for sharing such amazing information!

  54. I really appreciates all the recommendations and critics. It has revives hope into my life.