Author's Perspective: Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that develops in stages from insulin resistance to glucose intolerance to prediabetes to full-blown diabetes. You didn't go from being a non-diabetic to being a full-blown diabetic in one jump.
Similarly, in order to reverse and defeat Type 2 diabetes, it must be done in stages. You can't go from being diabetic to being non-diabetic in one jump!
So, if you are diabetic and you're trying to reverse your diabetes by following a specific diabetes book or program, make sure that they explain the stages of their program. If you'e trying to reverse your diabetes on your own, make sure that you've done your homework and understand the science behind the disease, i.e. cell biology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, pathogenesis, glycation, etc..
Most diabetes programs tell you how they're going to take you from being diabetic to reversing your diabetes by making some diet changes and exercising every day. And, 30 to 90 days later, your diabetes is reversed.
Well, if it was that simple and straightforward, then, more people would be successful with reversing their diabetes.
If you truly want to reverse your diabetes, you must first be able to get the disease under control; and, then, stop the progression of the disease. Once you do that, then, you can reverse the disease.
Based on this understanding and how Type 2 diabetes breaks down the human body at the cellular level, I developed a 3-stage reverse diabetes program. Later, after doing more research, I expanded it to a 6-stage reverse diabetes program.
During the initial stages, you focus on getting your blood sugar under control, preferably without the use of diabetic medications.
Then, in the latter stages, you focus on stabilizing your blood sugar such that your fasting blood sugar and post-meal blood sugar levels are in the normal range.
In addition, during the latter stages, you also focus on lowering your blood pressure, cholesterol and other blood test parameters (such as cardiac risk factors and inflammation markers) back to their normal levels.
Note: If you're following a specific diabetes program or taking a supplement that's supposed to reverse your diabetes, read our web page about diabetes scams and the 8 signs to look out for before you spend your money on a diabetes book, DVD, pill, etc.
FYI: The following diagram depicts an overview of the 6 stages of my diabetes wellness program that takes you from being diabetic to being able to reverse your diabetes.
Death to Diabetes Program: The 6 Stages to Reverse Diabetes Naturally
Following is a more detailed breakdown of each of the 6 stages of my diabetes wellness program.
Stage 1 No Blood Glucose Control
This is the stage where the majority of diabetics usually find themselves in the beginning. In this stage, your average fasting blood glucose (BG) level is greater than 125 mg/dl. And, because of that, your doctor diagnosed you as a Type 2 diabetic.
Most diabetics in this stage fall into one of two categories:
(1) Diabetics who are taking diabetic medication such as metformin (Glucophage)
(2) Diabetics who are not taking any diabetic medication, usually because they were just diagnosed or because they didn't want to start taking medication.
Stage 1 of Program | The 10 Steps
During this stage (and the remaining 5 stages), make sure that you follow all 10 steps of the program as depicted in the following diagram, e.g. eat the 5 super foods, avoid the 5 dead foods, perform glucose testing, exercise, detox, etc.
At the beginning of this stage (Stage 1), check with your doctor and insurance provider to find out which glucose meters they approve and support. This is very important, because the glucose meter will tell you if our program is helping you to with lowering your blood glucose level.
Purchase the approved glucose meter, lancets and test strips from your local pharmacy. Ask your doctor's assistant or his diabetes educator to show you how to use the meter, lancets and test strips.
During this stage, begin eating the 5 "live" super foods, such as vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. Also, begin while reducing or avoiding the 5 "dead" foods, such as bread, pasta, rice, corn and processed foods.
For meal planning, use our Diabetes Meal Model Plate as a guide. If you need specific guidance, then, work with a knowledgeable diabetes educator, dietitian or one of our diabetes health coaches.
But, you should do your own research about nutrition, because we have discovered that many of the dietitians and diabetes educators don't really know that much about nutritional science. They understand calories, carb counting and maybe the glycemic index, but, they don't really know much about super foods and the quality of foods that are best for diabetics. This is why it's so important that you do your own research.
During this stage, you need to start exercising (walking or jogging), at least 4 to 5 times a week, for 25 to 30 minutes at a time.
Perform blood glucose testing at least 3 to 4 times a day to ensure you're responding properly to our program.
In order to keep track of what you're doing, you should get a notebook or journal of some kind; or, use your laptop, iPad or smartphone to record your meals, blood glucose readings, medications, when you exercise, how you're feeling, etc.
This information will be invaluable in helping you to understand what foods help you the most and which foods don't help with lowering or raising your blood glucose. This information is also be helpful, if you decide to work with a diabetes health coach.
During this stage, you should also begin setting up your support system. A support system can provide emotional support and help to keep you motivated to make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes and stick with the changes.
Usually, within 7 to 10 days after starting our program, you will notice your blood glucose level starting to come down. And, as long as you continue to eat the right foods and exercise, you should notice your blood glucose levels going lower until you reach the normal range.
Once you reach the normal range and are able to stay in the normal range for at least 4 weeks, then, you will transition from Stage 1 to Stage 4. This usually takes a minimum of 90 to 120 days because it takes that long to turnover your red blood cells.
If a website or some other expert tells you that you can do this in 1 week or 30 days, they're either lying to you or they're just ignorant about cell biology. Read our web page about diabetes scams for more information about how to recognize these people.
If you decide to take diabetes medications instead of make the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes, then, you will transition from Stage 1 to Stage 2.
Stage 2 Blood Glucose Control with Drugs
For diabetics who are taking diabetic medication, they transition from Stage 1 to this stage because they are using medication to lower their blood glucose.
During this stage, you still have to get a glucose meter, start eating healthy foods, measuring your blood glucose, exercising, and setting up a support system.
As long as you do these things, you will notice your blood glucose level getting lower; and, eventually, you will require less diabetic medication. Once your blood glucose reaches the normal range with less medication, you can transition from Stage 2 to Stage 3.
Warning: Stage 2 is where many diabetics get stuck, because they rely on the diabetic drugs to keep their blood glucose in the normal range. Unfortunately, this develops a false sense of security where you think everything is fine. Why?
Because these drugs actually lower your blood glucose, you feel that there is no need to make any dietary and lifestyle changes. In fact, most diabetics in this situation believe that they're actually getting healthier!!
But, you're not! The drugs create a false sense of security and a strong belief that the drugs are the answer. Eventually, you'll find yourself taking even more drugs -- until one day your doctor tells you that you have to go on insulin.
Think about it: Have you ever heard of anyone getting better from taking more diabetic drugs?
Stage 3 Blood Glucose Control with Less Drugs
This is the next stage for a diabetic who is taking diabetic medication, but, they're taking a lower dosage of medication because they made the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes.
And, as long as they continue to eat the right foods and exercise, they will be able to lower their medication dosage until they don't require any medication. At that point, you will be able to transition from Stage 3 to Stage 4.
Stage 4 Blood Glucose Control with No Drugs
This is the stage that most diabetics want to reach -- to be able to manage their diabetes and blood glucose level within the normal range without the need for any diabetic medication.
During this stage, if you are able to keep your fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels in the normal range for the next 3 months, then, your hemoglobin A1C will be back in the normal range. Once that occurs, for the most part, you can say that you have reversed your diabetes.
However, if you want to ensure that you have reversed and cured yourself from this disease, you need to go a little further.
During this stage, you will need to do a full body cleanse and detox to ensure that you have removed the excess toxins and waste products from your body.
Depending on your nutritional program, you may need to add a some nutritional supplementation to close your nutritional gaps, based on other your health issues and what you're eating.
For example, if you don't like wild salmon, in order to get Omega-3 EFAs into your diet, you may need to supplement with an Omega-3 EFA supplement (fish capsule) or you may need to take 1 to 2 tablespoons of unprocessed cod liver oil daily.
During this stage, you may need to add some additional super foods and supplements with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to help address other health issues, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiac risk factors, diabetic complications, etc.
For example, if you have problems with your eyes, you may need to supplement with an herb such as bilberry (capsules or tincture).
Once your blood pressure, cholesterol and other health parameters are in the normal range, then, you will be able to transition from Stage 4 to Stage 5.
Stage 5 Blood Glucose & HbA1C Control
This stage indicates that your average blood glucose level and hemoglobin A1C are consistently within the normal range without the need for any type of medication.
If you're taking medications for other health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc., our program will explain how to modify your diet to get your blood pressure and cholesterol back to their normal levels, without the need for medications.
Once this occurs, you can transition from Stage 5 Stage 6.
Stage 6 Blood Glucose & HbA1C Tighter Control+
This stage indicates that all your cells are healthy as your average blood glucose level and hemoglobin A1C are consistently within a tighter range without the need for any drugs; and, the disease is totally reversed – no insulin resistance and no inflammation.
In addition, other critical health parameters are within their normal ranges, e.g. blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), minerals, enzymes, homocysteine, cholesterol.
These are all indicators that you have fully reversed (and cured) yourself from Type 2 diabetes. Yay! (Go out and celebrate!)
Another indicator that verifies that you have reached this final stage is that your post-meal blood glucose returns to the normal range within 2 hours after eating some high glycemic foods such as ice cream, bread, white rice or white pasta.
Note: In order to reach this final stage, you must have completed all 10 steps of the program associated with nutrition, exercise, testing, detox, supplementation, and support.
Depending on your specific health issues, this may require the use of raw foods, raw juicing, periodic cleanse/detox, and the use of targeted wholefood nutritional supplementation and herbal tinctures.
DTD Stage 1 to Stage 6 Timeline
As you progress through each stage of the wellness program, your average blood glucose level will gradually return to the normal range, and your body will repair and rebalance itself, while preventing further damage and complications.
On average, it will take anywhere from 3 to 4 months to stabilize your blood glucose levels. And, it will take another 6 to 9 months to reach optimum blood glucose stabilization, normalized blood pressure, normalized cholesterol and a reversal of your diabetes.
In general, it will take more time to get from Stage 1 to Stage 4 than from Stage 4 to Stage 6 because it will take more time for the body to overcome the effects of the drugs and repair the cells and reduce the insulin resistance/inflammation during the early stages.
Once the body has started to heal, you can accelerate the timeline by utilizing multiple therapies, e.g. raw foods, juicing, detox, nutrition, supplementation.
Specifically, how long it takes for your body to repair and heal from the damage caused by the diabetes is dependent on several key factors including:
- How long the person has been diabetic
- How many medications the diabetic is taking
- The amount (dosage) of each medication
- Avoidance of processed foods, and other "dead" foods
- The number of Super Meals and Super Snacks that the diabetic consumes on a daily basis
- The age of the diabetic
- The frequency of blood glucose testing/analysis
- How many of the 10-steps you've implemented
- The program's level of severity that you've impelmented based on your overall health.
- The number and types of other complications, i.e. high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, eye health issues, nerve health issues, cardiovascular health issues, kidney health issues, etc.
Note: Accelerating the repair process is especially important for people who want to wean off the drugs as soon as possible.
DTD Program Stops Diabetic Complications
Maybe the most important thing that this diabetes wellness program accomplishes is that it will stop the development of major diabetic complications such as retinopathy, nephropathy, neuropathy, or heart disease.
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