Diabetes is Reversible

Last week, I had a man ask me why he should reverse his diabetes, rather than simply continue his Metformin which was controlling his blood sugars.  I asked about his most recent Hemoglobin A1c.  He proudly answered, “6.4.”

Couple of answers come to mind.  I know traditional medicine is tickled pink when their folks with diabetes get their Hemoglobin A1c below 7.  The docs practically celebrate when  the values come down between 6 and 7.  But that person still has diabetes!

Why happens when the person does not take his medication on a daily basis?  We all know the blood glucoses will rise.  Hence, the need for the medicine on a daily basis.  A normal lab value does not mean one is healthy.  Just means the medicine is keeping the sugar down.

Another answer to his question is our goal in functional medicine is not to get the A1c between 6 and 7, but let’s get it into the normal range, say below 5.6!

We know that in most adults with Type 2 Diabetes, the problem is related to insulin resistance.  We can get the insulin resistance down by healing the gut (Metformin interferes with optimal gut health.), and by getting several hormones in optimal ranges (thyroid and adrenal hormones).

 

Just last week, we had one man safely stop his Metformin, and he no longer has to check his sugars on a daily basis; another man reduce his Lantus dose by 50% after 6 weeks of work on his insulin resistance and gut health.  This is so fun to see.

Author
Roy Hall MD Dr. Hall is the owner of Mountain Health Functional Medicine, located in Billings, MT. He is a certified practitioner of Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine.

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