I was watching local Chicago TV news this morning in which a Rush University endocrinologist was asked, “Why is type 2 diabetes increasing so rapidly?”

Her response was something to the effect of “Type 2 diabetes is a worldwide problem. Better detection is necessary to begin proper treatment.” She went on to discuss how genetics plays a role and that diet, exercise, and sleep are important. Of course, the diet she is likely referring to is low-fat, low-cholesterol. And does she really believe that going for walks or biking and getting adequate sleep are sufficient to not develop diabetes?

She, of course, really made no real effort to answer this important question. Factors such as exercise and sleep are, without question, helpful but woefully insufficient.

What I heard is blatant ignorance. What exactly is the diet she is proposing—the diet that contributed to causing the epidemic in the first place? Can people do something about the factors that allow insulin resistance are thereby type 2 diabetes to develop? What about the role of the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome?

I’ve discussed these issues in past, including sharing stories of people who readily and rapidly got rid of their type 2 diabetes. But let me reiterate, given the shocking and inexcusable ignorance of physicians who continue to be advocates of pharmaceuticals for every condition. Not only are pharmaceuticals unnecessary in the vast majority of cases, they are harmful. Just take insulin: Someone who initiates insulin injections typically gains 25 or 35 pounds in the first year, most of it in abdominal visceral fat, the kind of fat that makes insulin resistance worse, driving blood sugars higher. It is typical of conventional “solutions”: Not only are they not solutions, but actually make the condition worse.

So, in a nutshell, how does someone with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes free themselves of these situations and avoid the blindness, kidney disease, accelerated skin aging, increased risk for cognitive impairment, coronary disease, stroke, and premature death that is the fate of type 2 diabetes? Despite being a multi-billion dollar business, getting rid of type 2 diabetes is as easy as:

  • Avoiding foods that raise blood sugar and insulin—wheat, grains, and sugar. Not bacon, not butter, not fatty cuts of meat, only wheat, grains, and sugar. By doing so, not only does your blood glucose not rise with a meal, but fasting values also trend downward over time. For added assurance, you can also follow what I call my blood glucose “No change rule.” We also never limit calories, we never limit fat and gravitate towards whole, unprocessed foods like eggs, avocados, and salmon. If these concepts are unfamiliar to you, I invite you to read my revised & expanded Wheat Belly book or the many discussions I’ve had on these topics here in this blog with over 2000 articles.
  • Address nutrient deficiencies that impact insulin resistance—Vitamin D, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and iodine. When supplemented, they synergize to minimize or eliminate insulin resistance and allow the release of abdominal visceral fat and reduce blood glucose levels.
  • Address colonic dysbiosis or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth—The massive disruption of the GI microbiome that the majority of modern people have experience hugely amplifies insulin resistance, thereby setting you up for developing type 2 diabetes. We address a disrupted GI microbiome by restoring lost keystone species such as L. reuteri and L. gasseri, including plenty of fermented foods in our lifestyle, and including plenty of fibers that nourish microbes. If this is all new to you, take a look at my Super Gut book or the many posts on these issues in this blog.

There is actually plenty of evidence to support the above. But because there is no payoff to the people in healthcare, pharmaceutical industry, or medical device industry, it receives little attention. My colleagues are content to just dispense drug after drug for type 2 diabetes. And don’t forget that type 2 diabetes is accompanied by hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, fatty liver, peripheral neuropathy, coronary disease, and other conditions that oblige the doctor to prescribe even more medications. In pharmaceutical circles, the surge in type 2 diabetes is a cause for celebration, as it results in a huge financial windfall. But it’s you who pays the price of this indifference and ignorance.

Yet the disease is so easy to reverse back to normal. But don’t ask the purported “experts” like the academic endocrinologist interviewed on the news on how to accomplish this.