KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcasts: Is Diabetes Reversible?

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Posted on 24th February 2012 by admin in Health Alerts |SuperHealth Podcasts

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Simply put, diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose (sugar) into energy. Popular television cook Paula Deen’s recent announcement of her diabetes diagnosis generated ferocious debate, however, this widespread disease has likely affected you and your family on a very personal level. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls diabetes a “serious and growing public health concern.” In our view, diabetes is the single greatest health issue facing the United States today.

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million Americans have diabetes, and 79 million more have pre-diabetes, a condition that sets the stage for a diagnosis. And the CDC predicts that the rate of diabetes will triple (yes, triple) by 2050. This scourge is a major cause of heart disease, the #1 killer in America. Perhaps most alarming is that diabetes (Type 2 diabetes) is, in truth, a disease of choice and completely reversible with diet and lifestyle changes.

KC and Monica Craichy take the issue head on in this special SuperHealth Podcast.

Audio Transcript

KC: Welcome to LivingFuel TV. I’m KC Craichy, with my wife Monica. Imagine if your favorite chef, that’s been teaching you the recipes that you have loved and fed to your families for years, had contracted type 2 diabetes as a direct result of eating the way she has taught you to eat, and you found out that three years prior she had this diagnosis.

Monica: Well, unfortunately that’s really happened. I’m sure most of you have heard about Paula Deen in the news, and first of all, we got to say we’re really sorry she has the diabetes. That’s a horrible disease to have to deal with. But you bring up the important fact, tell us how is that so closely linked to what we eat.

KC: Well, you’ve heard you are what you eat. Eating unhealthy foods, particularly high-sugar, fried foods, things that your body doesn’t readily deal with causes all kinds of metabolic disturbances in the body. Diabetes is an early indicator of significant disease on the way. Now people take diabetes way too lightly. They go, “Oh, I have diabetes. I’m just going to take this insulin or take this drug,” and that sort of thing. But that is not the answer. No one has a diabetes drug deficiency. Diet and lifestyle are the causes of type 2 diabetes. Virtually every case of type 2 diabetes, as long as it hasn’t been manifesting for many, many years, is reversible through diet and lifestyle.

Monica: Wow. So she could really reverse this just by changing her diet and her lifestyle, her activity?

KC: For the most part. Now, obviously, there are cases that can’t be reversed. The overwhelming majority of type 2 diabetes is diabetes by choice. It just means I choose to have diabetes. Many people would rather die than change their habits, and they’re dying to prove it. In this particular case, we have found out through the news, as many of you have, that Paula has decided to accept a multimillion dollar contract for a diabetes drug, to be a diabetes drug spokesperson.

Monica: Well, the thing about all medication, there’s always going to be a side effect. You don’t really get side effects from eating healthy, other than good benefits. Let me just read you some of these side effects on the particular pill she’s . . .

KC: Victoza.

Monica: Yes. It’s called Victoza, and the company who makes it is Novo Nordisk. She’s now a spokesperson for them, as you know, and it says it can have inflammation of the pancreas. You may develop pancreatitis. It can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea leading to dehydration. It can cause kidney failure, headaches, nausea, and compromise the immune system.

KC: Let’s be clear. Diabetes is an early death sentence. Think about what happens to diabetics, who are diabetics who age or have it for several years. They have limbs amputated. They lose their sight. They have diabetic neuropathy. They can’t feel with their hands and their feet sometimes. So this is a big problem. And if you can just make some simple changes in your diet and lifestyle, you can add years to your life and life to your years. We’re going to take time to tell you how to reverse diabetes, because I believe the biggest single problem facing America today is diabetes. Diabetes is the precursor to basically every disease of aging. So tune in next week, and we’ll give you some tips so you can save your life. God bless you and have a great day.

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