Despite the American Diabetes Association stating that Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic medical condition; IT IS NOT.
Instead of thinking of Type 2 Diabetes as a chronic medical condition it should be thought of as a heightened state of inflammation. The longer this high level of inflammation is present the more damage it bestows upon the body. This is why we screen the eyes, kidneys, and feet for the well-known damaging effects of diabetes referred to as retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy.
In fact, it is never too late to reverse type 2 diabetes. This includes patients on high doses of short-acting and long-acting insulin regimens in addition to patients on insulin pumps.
To illustrate this further let’s look at examples of how significant organ dysfunction can return to a state of normal functioning.
The Heart: After the occurrence of a heart attack patients may experience a decrease in the ability of the heart to pump blood as it once did. This occurs because part of the heart muscle dies as a result of the heart attack. Patients after heart attacks are referred to Cardiac Rehabilitation. Patients that have significantly reduced function of their heart after a heart attack are able to restore normal functioning of their heart after 12 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation.1
The Liver: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of abnormal liver function tests in the United States. It is diagnosed with the liver becomes infiltrated with excess fat. A seven percent loss in total body weight is associated with clearance of histological non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and a greater than ten percent loss is associated with improvement in histologic fibrosis.2
The Brain: The combination of headaches, altered consciousness, visual disturbances including blindness, and seizures collectively comprise the clinical features of reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome. It is related to disordered cerebral autoregulation and endothelial dysfunction. Most cases of RPLS can be fully reversed within a period of days to weeks after removal of the inciting factor and proper control of blood pressure.3
The examples listed above are there to serve as evidence for the return of physiological function. The link that these conditions share is the identification of the cause of the condition and the removal of it result in the return of function of these organ systems.
The Metabolism Clinic is established as the destination for weight loss and reversal of diabetes. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina. www.themetabolismclinic.com