Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: A New Model For Healthcare

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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

For some reason the US healthcare system focuses on “treating” type 2 diabetes. There are enormous markets for insulin and pumps and monitors, etc. However, we rarely hear about reversing type 2 diabetes. It is certainly possible but it takes a Lifestyle approach, not a conventional medical approach.

Reversing type 2 diabetes may well be a textbook case where the US healthcare payer system is a major cause of the problem. Historically, healthcare dollars went for conventional treatments where evidence-based medicine excelled like trauma and infectious diseases. Unfortunately, that payment system has carried over into our modern lives where we face an epidemic of chronic illnesses that are not responsive to medical treatment. 

These chronic diseases are from stress-filled, fast-paced lifestyles where we inhale so-called food most of our grandmothers would not recognize and argue intensely with people on social media while ignoring the family and friends across the table. Treating chronic illnesses with conventional medicine alone is the equivalent of putting a splint on a football player’s broken arm and sending him back into the game. Unfortunately, we do not have backups to step into our lives while we get proper healing. Luckily, there is a better approach.

The Answer?

Some, like UK Labour Party’s Tom Watson (see below), have the means and support for reversing type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes in diet and exercise. Many other people could benefit as well but we must change the funding and healthcare approach models. If we use healthcare dollars only to reimburse medical treatment… we will continue to see an epidemic of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
 
If we approach health issues more holistically and include Lifestyle as part of the paid treatment:
  • more patients will reverse their type 2 diabetes,
  • more physicians will feel like they are part of a solution and not just pushing pills in 10-minute visits,
  • more social workers, nutritionists, health coaches, massage therapists, acupuncturists, etc. will be recognized and paid for their roles in healthcare.

And perhaps most importantly, the vicious cycle of co-morbidity among chronic diseases will turn into a virtuous cycle where reversing type 2 diabetes will promote Lifestyle changes that avoid heart disease, some cancers, and more.

Be Well! 

 

Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson has revealed he was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes but has “reversed” the condition through diet and exercise.

He has now come off medication after losing seven stone (44.5kg) since last summer.

He cut out junk food, starchy carbohydrates and refined sugar and took up cycling and running.

The MP has vowed to launch a crusade against diabetes if Labour wins power at the next election.”I feel great. I feel absolutely fantastic. Chilled out, I feel like my IQ has gone up. I feel younger. It’s a great feeling”.

Source: Labour’s Tom Watson ‘reversed’ type-2 diabetes through diet and exercise – BBC News

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