Can Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes be Reversed?
New research shows that if you have Type 2 Diabetes or are Prediabetic you actually may have a chance at reversing your diagnosis.
Does this mean you'll be "cured" and can magically go back to downing Twinkies and milkshakes all day? Probably not (make sure to read more about Insulin Resistance below).
But clearly many Type 2 Diabetics through a commitment to permanent diet and lifestyle changes are able to reduce or eliminate their medications after lowering blood glucose and A1C levels to a point where a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes and even Prediabetes is no longer valid. Studies show this can happen in as little as 2 to 6 months in some Type 2 Diabetics when following the proper plan.
How Did We Get Here?
Odds are, if you have Type 2 Diabetes or are Prediabetic the root cause of the condition may be Insulin Resistance. If you don't have Type 2 Diabetes but gain fat easily or have always thought your metabolism is slow, you could also be Insulin Resistant.
If you are Insulin Resistant, this means over time your body became amazingly terrible at nutrient partitioning (essentially where the calories go when you eat) and your cells ignore the triggers of Insulin telling them to absorb glucose.
People who are Insulin Resistant tend to consistently have above average blood glucose levels and gain weight very easily.
The jury is still out on whether or not a person with Insulin Resistance can over time get back to a state of having normal sensitivity to Insulin (this is one topic we are constantly tracking and will update this page as research progresses).
What does this all mean? If you have Type 2 Diabetes, Prediabetes or are Insulin Resistant the standard dietary guidelines do NOT work for you. Even the well-intentioned but outdated guidelines from the American Diabetes Association don't yet reflect the latest research.
If you have Type 2 Diabetes, Prediabetes or are Insulin Resistant then sugar is your enemy. All carbohydrates are your enemy too (even complex carbs like whole grains and brown rice). Even eating too much protein can be bad for people like us because excess protein gets converted to glucose. Your body just can't deal with food normally.
Sorry. This is now your life. The creators of Reverse2 are Type 2 Diabetics and deeply feel your pain.
But the good news is that contrary to what we've always been told, your body doesn't need you to consume ANY sugar or carbs! Yes, it is correct that our cells, muscles and brain need glucose but it turns out the human body is fully capable of producing all of the glucose and other energy sources (called Keytones) on its own without you needing to eat any sugar or carbohydrates.
Where Do We Go Now?
The prevailing wisdom at the American Diabetes Association and within much the medical community is that Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic condition. It can only be managed over time to try and delay the inevitable outcomes that stem from years of elevated blood glucose levels. We are told to eat a little better and take medications. So we switch from Frosted Flakes to oatmeal and from white bread to whole grains - and some of us even get a little serious about exercise.
It's not enough. Because we don't actually eat that much better we eventually need higher doses of our medications. Then we need new medications because the previous class of drugs doesn't work anymore. At best this is a slow downward spiral vs. a fast downward spiral that never focuses on overcoming the root cause of most people's Type 2 Diabetes — Insulin Resistance.
If people with Type 2 Diabetes and Prediabetes who are Insulin Resistant can't eat sugar and carbohydrates like other people, then what should we do?
The answer from new research is pretty clear.
- Stop eating sugar and most or all carbs.
- Eat a little less protein vs. most people.
- Reduce total caloric intake a little compared to most people.
- Exercise moderately.
- Lose some excess body fat.
While the answer seems clear, how to best accomplish all of that can be overwhelming.
We spent almost a full year researching the topic and performing dozens of trial-and-error experiments based on study data and expert opinions. We finally discovered a comprehensive plan that has worked for us and many others with Type 2 Diabetes.
It turns out that for many people with Type 2 Diabetes, a specially modified Ketogenic long-term meal plan may actually be the best thing you can do for yourself to lower blood glucose levels, lose body fat, slowly reduce your need for medications and feel better.
There's a lot of well-meaning but misguided information out there about Keto diets. Most people discussing the pros and cons of a Ketogenic lifestyle aren't thinking specifically about people with Type 2 Diabetes when they put forward their options and data. The Keto diet may indeed end up being just the latest "fad diet" for a lot of people. But the Ketogenic lifestyle has been in use for more than 100 years and shown to help certain conditions like epilepsy and it's also turning out to be a key componant in the quest to reverse Type 2 Diabetes.
People with Type 2 Diabetes need to be much more diligent and aggressive with a Keto meal plan compared to non-diabetics who just want to lose weight with Keto. While everyone's tolerances are different, eating just a little too much carbs or protein can increase a Type 2 Diabetic's blood glucose levels and kick you out of Ketosis - the state where on a Ketogenic diet your body uses its own body fat for energy instead of glucose.
Through our research and formulations we've been able to take all of the guess work out of the process.
Below is the Reverse2 Plan.
The Reverse2 Plan Includes the Following
1 - Medications:
Do NOT stop taking your prescribed medications right away. Continue taking any prescribed medications and only reduce your medications when directed by your doctor. Discuss changes in blood glucose levels and A1C levels with your doctor often.
2 - Eat consciously:
Replace most or all of your meals with 4 servings of Reverse2 daily. Remember, we care more about your total well being vs. selling product. If for some reason you can't get Reverse2 or you just don't like it, we recommend developing your own very strict Ketogenic diet plan that ONLY includes recipes with no sugar, zero net carbs, a moderate-to-low amount of protein, and a high amount of healthy fats (we recommend a 5:1 fat-to-protein ratio if you suspect you are Insulin Resistant).
3 - Snack consciously:
Pay extremely close attention to any snacks you consume. Reverse2 is formulated to help you feel full. If you still need to snack, make sure to only consume foods with zero or very low sugars, zero or very low net carbs, and a small amount of protein. Snacks may include healthy fats. We recommend snacking on green vegetables, Macadamia nuts (watch the nutrition labels carefully on any other nuts), or soft cheeses like Havarti or cream cheese. Cream cheese is best because of its low carbs and high fat-to-protein ratio. If you don't like eating plain cream cheese, try adding zero calorie seasonings. Check the nutrition labels carefully with all dairy products including cheeses as they may contain too much protein and could kick you out of Ketosis.
Preferred snacks include, steamed broccoli, steamed cauliflower, and fresh or cooked spinach. Try a salad with fresh-washed spinach, a small amount of blue cheese crumbles and either avocado oil or olive oil with lemon juice as a dressing.
Avoid store bought salad dressings as they can contain unwanted sugar or other carbs.
4 - Monitor, monitor, monitor:
It is extremely important to monitor your blood glucose levels at least once per day if not more often. If your blood sugar drops below safe levels, immediately stop taking Reverse2, resume your traditional diet, and contact your physician.
It is also highly recommended to monitor your Keytone levels each morning. This is how you know you are on the right track to convert your body into a "fat adapted" state called Ketosis where your body effeciently burns fat for energy instead of glucose. You don't need an extremely accurate measure of your Keytone levels. The actual level of ketone amounts is less important than knowing if you are producing any amount keytones at all vs. no keytones.
Most keytone urine strips are adequate for determining if you are producing at least a small amount of keytones. If you want to know your exact keytone levels, you can spend money on a more expensive keytone blood meter and testing strips.
If after a few days taking Reverse2 you are not producing any keytones, look at all aspects of your diet. Somewhere there is some sugar, some carbohydrates or too much protein in your diet. Your body will only start producing keytones after it has used up all sugar, carbs and protein as energy sources.
Feel free to Contact Us if you are having trouble producing keynotes and we can recommend some suggestions.
5 - Move your muscles:
A critical key to your success is to get at least a small amount of exercise in at least 5 days a week or more. You don't need to push yourself or do any exercise that may risk injury - you just need to slowly start a lifestyle change that puts you on the path towards having better health and fitness. Just start doing something! Trust us, just start small. It gets easier as you start to lose some weight.
Besides the benefit of helping you become more healthy in general, a key benefit for Diabetics to moving your muscles is that it helps to clear glucose out of your blood stream. Your muscles act as a glucose sink that absorb glucose and stores it in a form of called glycogen. Once glucose makes it into the muscle, it can't be released back into the blood stream - it can only be converted to energy to move the muscle. When you exercise, your muscles convert the glucose currently in the muscle to energy then absorb more glucose from the blood stream to use for the next time your muscle needs to make energy.
This is one of the most important reasons to exercise often. If glucose gets absorbed by your muscles there will be less glucose in your blood stream.
Make sure to exercise at whatever level you feel comfortable doing. If you have problems with exercise, look for easy and low impact methods like taking a brisk walk, water aerobics, elliptical machines etc. Just do something.
Try to work your legs and your arms alternating every other day to maximize your glucose disposal.
Gradually increase your exercise levels over the coming weeks and months as you become more healthy and feel more capable of additional levels of exercise.
6 - Supplements
Reverse2 contains a full day's worth of vitamins and minerals. It also contains Bitter Melon Fruit, Berberine, and Chromium - 3 supplements shown to help lower blood glucose levels.
We've also found there are a few other supplements you may want to take that can also help Type 2 Diabetics keep blood glucose lower and help with inflammation.
Try mixing some cinnamon into your Reverse2. Cinnamon helps with inflammation and can give Reverse2 a nice kick.
Gymnema can help lower blood sugar and stimulate insulin release but may have an additive effect when taken in combination with cholesterol-lowering drugs. If you are on a statin you should ask your doctor about possible reactions. We like these Gymnema Gold capsules best.
Omega-3 Fatty acids reduce serum lipids and lipoproteins plus they lower blood pressure and help fight against atherosclerosis. Find a high-quality fish oil from wild-caught fish that is high in EPA and DHA.
Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, which are the substances that cause cell damage. It may also help the body be more sensitive to insulin and help relive symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
7 - Consult your physician:
As with any supplement, we recommend consulting with your doctor about Reverse2 and showing your doctor our research pages to learn more about the latest opinions from other physicians on the latest data.
Remember Reverse2 is not for people with Type 1 Diabetes. The Reverse2 Plan may not be right for anyone who occasionally has low blood glucose levels. For people with Type 2 Diabetes who are taking Insulin or a Sulfonylurea class of medication daily, we strongly recommend only using Reverse2 under permission of your physician and with regular monitoring of your blood sugar levels. If the Reverse2 Plan starts working rapidly for you and you are taking medications like Insulin or or a Sulfonylurea class of drug, you may be in danger of your blood sugar getting too low. Talk with your doctor about carefully monitoring the amount of these medications needed if you are able to naturally lower your blood sugar using the Reverse2 methods.