Quite a lot in my opinion, and a great potential for fraud and confusion.
There’s currently a debate on a message board I frequent about the words “reverse” and “cure”. Some feel that we should go easier on people who use those words because we don’t know the context that they use them. I don’t agree (although I’m not hard on people except the ones I know are writing a SCAM or promoting a questionable agenda) I think that the meaning in which these words are used should be very clearly defined.
It’s currently rampant on the internet about “cure for diabetes” and “reverse diabetes”, page after page of this. You even hear it frequently on TV shows, and even by what I call the “media” doctors. People also frequently post that when their numbers reach a certain level their doctors tell them they are no longer diabetic! When your doctor is saying that what can you believe? The sad fact is that many doctor, unless they specialize in diabetes or treat many diabetic patients, know very little about diabetes and are subject to the same myths that the general population is! Even the AMA is on the “delay or reverse” wagon (see my other rant: Pre-diabetes – a Rant! | Lizzy’s Diabetes Lounge. In the last two weeks alone I’ve had two separate people tell me that their doctors said the only hope for controlling their diabetes was gastric bypass surgery(GBS).
A new report is out that GBS is only effective if a person’s body still produces enough insulin. Many people by the time they are diagnosed have actually had diabetes for at least 5 years and in some cases over a decade. In that time they lose over half or more of their beta-cells (cells that produce insulin.) If you don’t have the cells to produce insulin there’s no way a “cure” can be obtained. Also there’s really no long-term data on the effects of this surgery, so far only about 2 years worth of data exists, not nearly enough to form a true conclusion.
Then there’s the “myth” that losing weight will “cure” or “reverse” diabetes (looking for another smiley with smoke coming out its head.) Of course everybody knows that being overweight causes diabetes and losing weight will fix it. Right? Now I’m not saying that losing weight won’t help control diabetes, but I am saying (backed by a lot of both research and simple logic) that weight does not cause diabetes and losing weight does not cure or reverse diabetes! And yet the “war on obesity” continues to shout the mantra that overweight causes diabetes. Well folks if that’s the case then every overweight person must be diabetic, right?
But that’s great news for the snake oil salespeople and any SCAM artist wanting to make a buck off the backs of people desperate for a “cure”. Books, programs, infomercials selling books and supplements, you name it, the possibilities for making money are endless. Billions are spent on these products Here’s the best one I’ve found(don’t forget to click on “Buy Now”): click here.
Okay, forgive me for the Glucobate, couldn’t resist. But you get my point? There is currently no “cure” for diabetes and reversal is only another name for good control! Anyone who tells you differently is most likely trying to SCAM you. This also applies to those who promote a special diet such as 90% carbs or 90% fat or only raw veggies………..the list goes on.
This also reminds me of a story regarding my friend Angie (I’m Paraphrasing her):
Angie got a call from her insurance provider saying that now that her A1C was 4.8 (girl’s an overachiever) she was no longer diabetic and they would no longer cover her supplies.
Angie (being very shy and retiring) told her that in the morning her fasting number was 72 and she was not diabetic.
Then she ate some donuts that she was told were low-carb. Her number was 220 and she was diabetic. So she did an hour a Sumba, and two hours of surfing, then ran 5 miles and she was not diabetic.
But her husband had cooked lunch and insisted it was low-carb and she could eat it. Wrong…..the number was 225 and she was diabetic! So she mowed the 4 acre lawn and ran another 5 miles and she was not diabetic.
But it was close to dinner time, and she didn’t know what she would be after……so…..GEMME THE SUPPLIES OR IT’S WAR!!!!
She’s going to hurt me when she sees what I said. Hey Ang, I did say I was paraphrasing to make a point.
So be very careful when you hear the words “cure” or “reverse” regarding diabetes and ask for a full explanation in great detail, don’t settle for less.
© EMO 7/12
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