Is it possible to break up with diabetes?

Is it possible to break up with diabetes?

If diabetes or pre-diabetes looms over your head like a bad relationship (despite your efforts to count carbs and take medications as prescribed) you’ll be happy to know that research may have discovered your pathway out.

According to a 2017 University of Southern California study, the key to ending the progression of diabetes—and even getting rid of the disease—may be as simple as changing your approach to food.

“Diabetes is a dietary disease,” says Dr. Tony Hampton, a family medicine physician at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. “Fine-tuning your diet and meal times to manage your body’s unique level of resistance to insulin can treat the root cause of Type 2 Diabetes and put you on a course towards healing.”

Traditionally, diabetes treatment focuses on managing the disease with oral medications to control glucose levels. Yet tight control of glucose does not decrease microvascular disease and other complications associated with diabetes. As a result, diabetes becomes a chronic, progressive disease for most patients managing their condition with medication, he explains.

Dr. Hampton says that in his practice, “I use diabetic medicines to control the symptoms of diabetes. And I use a low-carb, high-fat diet to lower glucose without raising insulin, which leads to better outcomes and reversal of the disease.”

In addition to switching away from a low-calorie, low-fat diet, Dr. Hampton recommends intermittent fasting to reduce insulin levels and manage body weight more effectively. He adds that the primary focus of most office visits between patients with diabetes and their physicians should focus on providing dietary advice and guidance.

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  1. I agree with what Dr. Hampton is recommending and as a registered dietitian, would also put a plug in to meet with a dietitian or diabetes educator to further discuss ways to manage diabetes. One thing to note, however, is that saying “tight control of glucose does not decrease microvascular complications” is not only false but also sends a message to those dealing with diabetes that blood glucose control is not important. Isn’t the point of a low carb/keto diet along with intermittent fasting to help control blood glucose (along with decreasing inflammation and a host of other benefits)?

  2. Awesome article and so much appreciated especially with the high volume of our patients here at advocate with uncontrolled Type 2 diabetes. I would also add that diet changes can also reduce blood pressures. I would say eliminating the disease of diabetes is more important than “glucose control”. I would say as evidenced by Dr. Hamptons success rate with his diabetic patients and his extensive knowledge of nutrition, he would be in the know. Thank you Dr. Hampton for your tireless education and efforts to heal our patients.

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Cassie Richardson
Cassie Richardson

Cassie Richardson, health enews contributor, is manager of public affairs and marketing at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago. She has more than 10 years of experience in health care communications, marketing, media and public relations. Cassie is a fan of musical theatre and movies. When she’s not spreading the word about health and wellness advancements, she enjoys writing fiction.