Are Diabetes and Insulin Resistance Reversible?

Posted by John Coppola on 17 Feb, 18


THE MEDICAL PROFESSION WOULD have you believe that diabetes is permanent and only controlling your blood sugar with drugs or insulin will protect you from organ damage and death. But diabetic medication and insulin can actually increase your risk of getting a heart attack or dying.

The diabetes epidemic, along with the obesity epidemic,  is accelerating,and worse -you are not hearing about other ways to treat it.

Type 2 diabetes is increasing worldwide and now affects nearly 100 million people — and over 20 million Americans.

1 In 3 Children Born Will Develop Diabetes

We are seeing increasing rates of Type 2 diabetes, especially in children, which has increased over 1,000 percent in the last decade (and was virtually unheard of in the generation before). One in three children born today will have diabetes in their lifetime.

Yet this is an entirely preventable lifestyle disease.

In a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, Walter Willett, MD,PhD, and his colleagues from the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrated that 91 percent of all Type 2 diabetes cases could be prevented through improvements in lifestyle and diet.

Diabetes is often undiagnosed until its later stages. when the body becomes resistant to the effects of insulin.  This is a term called insulin resistancy.

When your diet is full of empty, junk calories, sugars and processed or refined carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.), the body slowly becomes resistant to the effects of insulin and needs more to do the same job of keeping your blood sugar level.

High insulin levels are the first sign of a problem and leads to an appetite that is out of control.  This results in increasing weight gain around the belly.

High levels of insulin are warning signs — they precede Type 2 diabetes by decades. Insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome associated with it is often accompanied by increasing central obesity, fatigue after meals, sugar cravings, high triglycerides, low HDL, high blood pressure, problems with blood clotting, as well as increased inflammation.

Most people know about the common complications of diabetes such as heart attacks, strokes, amputations, blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage. Some may even know that it increases your risk of dementia and cancers and can cause impotence.

Diabetes and pre-diabetes ARE reversible by aggressively changing lifestyle, nutritional support, and exercise.

But most people don’t realize that insulin resistance or pre-diabetes is one of the largest culprits in causing heart attacks, strokes, dementia, cancer, and impotence — even decades before you get diabetes.  In fact many people with pre-diabetes are at severe risk just the same.

Our Gene Pool

Or bodies ere highly adapted to a nutrient-rich, low-sugar, high-fiber diet- rich in omega-3 fats. However, when we eat out of harmony with our genes, (meaning-unnatural processed foods and junk foods) we turn on genes that promote diabetes.

Arizona’s Pima Indians, Develop Diabetes.

The Pima Indians were thin and fit 100 years ago, living on a diet of over 70 percent carbohydrates. They ate high-fiber, unprocessed plant foods and they had no diabetes or obesity.

Now, in just one generation, they are nearly all obese and 80 percent have diabetes by the time they are 30 years old!

That’s because they are eating foods that turn on all the wrong gene messages — foods like sugar, trans fats, white flour, and processed foods.


Diabetes And Pre-Diabetes ARE Reversible.  New science shows that it’s possible, through an aggressive approach of lifestyle change, nutritional support, and exercise.

It is important to diagnose Type 2 diabetes early, but it is often not diagnosed until very late.

In fact, all doctors should aggressively diagnose pre-diabetes decades before diabetes occurs, and before any damage is done to your body. Damage begins with even slight changes in insulin and blood sugar.

In a recent study, anyone with a fasting blood sugar of over 87 was at increased risk of diabetes. The lowest risk group had a blood sugar less than 81.

Most doctors are not concerned until the blood sugar is over 110 — or worse, over 126, which is full-blown diabetes. Therefore, I recommend early testing with anyone who has a family history of Type 2 diabetes, central abdominal weight gain or abnormal cholesterol.

Testing for Insulin Resistance and Diabetes

The tests I recommend include the following:

  • Insulin Glucose Challenge Test– This should be done with a 2-hour glucose challenge, 75 grams measuring fasting, 1- and 2-hour blood sugar AND insulin. Your blood sugar should be less than 80 fasting and never rise above 110 or 120 after one to two hours. Your insulin should be less than 5 fasting and should never rise above 30 after one to two hours. I recommend this test for everyone over 50, and for anyone with any risk of insulin resistance, even children.
  • Hemoglobin A1C Test– This is important as an early indicator of sugar problems. The hemoglobin A1C should ideally be less than 5.5. Anything over 6 is considered diabetes.
  • Lipid Profiles– These are also important. An HDL or good cholesterol level under 60 and triglycerides over 100 should make you suspicious of insulin resistance. An HDL under 40 and a triglyceride level over 150 usually means diabetes.
  • NMR Lipid Profile– This test is slightly different from the one above as it identifies the size of your cholesterol particles. With insulin resistance or Type 2 diabetes, you develop small LDL and HDL cholesterol particles. They are much more dangerous than larger particles and lead to increased risk of atherosclerosis or heart disease.
  • High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Test– This is a measure of inflammation, one of the classic conditions that is both the cause and result of insulin resistance and diabetes. It should be less than 1, and is often associated with diabetes. In fact, anyone with a high C-reactive protein has a 1,700 percent increased risk of getting diabetes.
  • Homocysteine Test– Homocysteine levels are often abnormal in people with diabetes. The test is a measure of folic acid deficiency. It should be between 6 and 8.
  • Fibrinogen Test– This measures your risk of clotting, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. It is also a sign of inflammation and is associated with insulin resistance and diabetes. It should be less than 300.
  • Check Ferritin Levels– These are often elevated in people with diabetes. It is a nonspecific marker of inflammation associated with the disease. It also can mean an overload of iron in the body. It should be less than 150.
  • Uric Acid Test– Your level should be less than 6. Higher levels indicate problems with insulin resistance. This can lead to gout, which is related to insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Liver Function Tests– Elevated liver function can result from insulin resistance. This is the major cause of fatty liver and elevated liver function in this country. This is entirely due to sugar and carbohydrates in our diet that cause fatty liver, liver damage, and even cirrhosis.

These tests can be ordered by any doctor and are covered by insurance.


With more than 60% of our nation being obese, the incidence of diabetes is predicted to rise, astronomically.  As alarming as diabetes is, by itself, it’s important to remember that 66% of ALL DIABETICS will develop PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY.

Neuropathy is a debilitating condition that ruins most people’s lives.  Pre-diabetics, who typically go undiagnosed, are still at a huge risk for developing neuropathy.

The reason for this is that nerves are the only cells that do not require insulin in order to get the glucose (sugar) into the cell.  Glucose easily passes into the nerves and excess glucose is extremely damaging to nerve cells.  Pre-diabetics have elevated blood glucose levels and, therefore, more glucose to damage nerve cells.

Diabetes has become what I refer to as the ‘Slow & Silent Killer”.  Diabetes will not kill you quickly.  It will very slowly erode at your bodily functions and eradicate your quality of life, until many decades later, you are begging for death to take you.

Do not be complacent, like so many others.  Make the necessary lifestyle changes now and experience a better quality of life.

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This blog has been provided by Dr. John Coppola, D.C. and Dr. Valerie Monteiro, D.C. Dr. Coppola and Dr. Monteiro are the founders of the San Antonio Neuropathy Center, and Precision Sport & Spine. They are the leading experts in the field of neuropathy and specifically drug free nerve repair. They are the authors of the critically acclaimed book "Defeat Neuropathy Now .... In Spite of Your Doctor. The doctors have over 25 years of clinical experience.

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