Media won’t admit diabetes has a cure; instead they use the term ‘remission’

By on December 25, 2012

(NaturalNews) A new study claims that people with type 2 diabetes or who are  suffering “pre-diabetes” symptoms can see their disease go into remission after  a year of following an intensive diet and exercise program, but as usual, the  mainstream media is stopping short of saying that the disease can be totally  reversed.

Edward Gregg, the lead author on the report from the Centers  for Disease Control and Prevention, told Reuters Health that one in nine  people with diabetes managed to lower their blood sugar to normal levels, though  he says complete remission remains rare (more on that erroneous statement claim  later).

Gregg and his research team said the results of their study could  give people with type 2 diabetes hope that with some lifestyle changes they  might be able to get off medication and lower their overall risk of developing  diabetes-related complications.

“Kind of a long-term assumption really is  that once you have diabetes there’s no turning back on it, and there’s no  remission or cure,” Gregg said.

His research, however, “is a reminder  that adopting a healthy diet, physically-active lifestyle and reducing and  maintaining a healthy weight is going to help manage people’s diabetes  better.”

Number of diabetics in U.S. growing as obesity  increases

Despite its findings, Gregg said the team’s study can’t  prove that their experimental program – which included group and individual  counseling weekly, with progressively less frequent visits – directly led to  improvements in blood sugar levels.

The primary intent of the research  was to examine whether the prescribed course of intervention lowered study  participants’ risk of heart disease, a result that so far hasn’t panned  out.

The improvements in diabetic conditions coincide with better weight  loss and fitness among people who participated in the program compared to a  group that only attended a few annual counseling sessions, Gregg and his team  reported in the Journal of the American Medical  Association.

Currently about 8 percent of people in the United States  have diabetes, according  to figures from the American Diabetes Association, but the incidence of  the disease has been rising in recent years as the nation’s obesity rate has  gone up. Gregg’s study followed 4,503 diabetics who were either overweight or  obese.

Participants were randomly assigned to the program and took part  in an intensive program of diet and exercise counseling, with a goal of cutting  food intake back to between 1200 and 1800 calories per day while boosting  physical activity to slightly less than three hours a week.

After a year,  11.5 percent of participants had at least some diabetes remission,  “meaning that without medication their blood sugar levels were no longer above  the diabetes threshold,” Reuters Health reported. That level was much  higher than the 2 percent of participants whose blood sugar levels significantly  improve in the non-intervention group.

Is this old  news?

Those who had diabetes for less time were more likely to  achieve drops in blood sugar levels, as were those who lost more weight or had  better fitness gains during the year-long study.

“Clearly lifestyle  intervention is good for people with diabetes,” Dr. John Buse, a diabetes  researcher from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of  Medicine, told Reuters Health.

“The question is how cost-effective  is it, what are the long-term consequences (and) how would it really compare  with alternative approaches like bariatric surgery and drug therapy?” Buse – who  was not involved in the study – said.

But how much of this latest  research is truly groundbreaking?

Not much, according to Mike  Adams, the Health Ranger and editor of Natural News.

Some years  ago, he says, “I used to be borderline diabetic. I weighed 220 pounds, suffered  from severe carbohydrate cravings, mood swings, and depression.”

Those  days are long gone. In his book, “How to Halt Diabetes in 25 Days,” he explains  techniques he used that were developed by researchers at the University of  California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and other California universities to reverse his  condition.

“Changes in diet and moderate exercise actually reverse  diabetes in at least 50 percent of patients in only three weeks,” he says.

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