Updated: Oct 26, 2019
When medications aren’t working I often turn to the powerful healing effect of water fasting. This simple treatment method has now been reported to be effective for diabetics.
Water fasting for type 2 diabetes
Three men with Type 2 diabetes used "intermittent fasting" to reverse their dependence on insulin, according to a recent report in the British Medical Journal of Case Reports. In type 2 diabetes, your body becomes less responsive to insulin, the hormone required to allow blood sugar to enter into cells for processing. Although done under medical supervision, the new case report also showed that in addition to lowering their HbA1C levels (the gold standard test of diabetes control), the three patients also lost weight.
The study author, Dr. Jason Fung, is the medical director at the Intensive Dietary Management Program in Toronto, Canada. He is like many doctors who are coming to see type 2 diabetes as simply a dietary disease. "People are focused on giving drugs to type 2 diabetes, but it's a dietary disease," he said. It’s true that the concept of reversing or curing diabetes is not well-accepted in mainstream medicine today. In fact, the study author’s colleague, Dr. Abhinav Diwan, echoes that, "It [curing diabetes] is not even a therapeutic goal when people start to treat diabetics." Dr. Diwan is an associate professor of medicine, cell biology and physiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.
Here are some astounding facts about diabetes from a 2017 CDC report:
9.4% of Americans—about 30 million people—have diabetes; 95% are type 2
Nearly quarter of those 30 million people are undiagnosed
An additional 34% of the population—or 84 million people—have prediabetes
Diabetes is the Number 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult-onset blindness