What life threatening, life sapping, energy
robbing condition affects one in every two Americans (that is EVERY
OTHER person) including 80% of those overweight and up to 40% of normal
weight people? What condition is responsible for more deaths from heart
disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and dementia than
anything else? What condition also causes acne, infertility, sexual
dysfunction and depression?
What condition accounts for more then
70% of our $2.4 trillion annual health care bill and will account for
most of the $47 trillion we will spend globally over the next 20 years
to deal with chronic disease? What is responsible for nearly twice as
many deaths every year as infectious disease, even in the developing
And what condition is not even diagnosed in over 90% of those who suffer from it?
condition are doctors not trained or reimbursed to diagnose, treat or
prevent, yet makes up the majority of health care visits and costs?
And what condition is nearly 100% preventable, treatable and reversible?
It is the single biggest health challenge facing us individually, as a nation and as a global community.
Diabesity is the continuum of metabolic disturbances from mild
blood sugar and insulin imbalances to pre-diabetes to full blown type 2
diabetes. It occurs in about 40% of people of normal weight – these are
the skinny fat people who look thin but are metabolically fat and have
all the same risk factors for disease and death as those who are
overweight. And it occurs in 80% of overweight people.
Since it affects every other American, watch this video to see if you have it
solution is not coming from our health care system or doctors, not from
our government, or from most corporations. There are too many people
vested in maintaining the status quo or worse profiting from making us
fat and sick. We need a solution.
That is why I wrote, The Blood Sugar Solution
It has a bold central goal: to address and begin to reverse a global
epidemic. It is a personal guide and plan, as well as a program for
helping people get healthy together, based on functional medicine, and
it is a blueprint for us to take back our health as a society.
pre-diabetes and diabetes or what I call diabesity, which now affects
one in two Americans arises out of existing social, economic and
political conditions. In fact obesity and diabetes are social diseases
and need a social cure and collective action on many levels to reverse
Over 10 years, these conditions will cost America over
$3.5 trillion in direct costs, not including lost productivity and the
costs in quality of life. From 1983 to 2008, worldwide diabetes rates
increased seven fold from 35 million to 240 million. In just 3 years
from 2008 to 2011, the roll call for diabetes increased another 110
Children less than 10 years old now get type 2 (or adult
onset) diabetes, and have strokes and heart attacks by age 15 or 20.
One in three children born today will have diabetes unless we do
I wrote The Blood Sugar Solution
to tackle this problem head on.
is a personal plan that breaks through myths about obesity and diabetes
that keep us sick and fat. And lays out the seven key steps to
preventing, treating and reversing diabesity by dealing with the
underlying causes. It is an eight-week plan that takes you through step
by step how to reboot your metabolism, lose weight, reverse type 2
It is a plan for us to be more successful by working
together to get healthy. We do twice as well and lose twice as much
weight when we get support from others in community. We are better
We recently did a "beta test” of this program with about 150 people. Their results were astounding:
- The group lost a total of 1,536 pounds in just eight weeks. That’s an average weight loss of over ten pounds per person!
- More than half the group lost more than ten pounds. Some lost as much as 28 pounds.
- Average waist size decreased by 1.5 inches, and some people lost so
much of their waist that they had to go out and buy new clothes. One
woman lost eight inches from her waist. Imagine, eight inches in eight
weeks. No medication can help you do that.
But The Blood Sugar Solution is about far more than weight
loss; it’s about taking back your health and your life. People who
completed the program reported an average reduction of 14 points on
their systolic blood pressure, their fatigue evaporated and they had
more energy than they had felt in years, their joint and muscle pain
vanished; the program improved their mood and sleep, eliminated their
brain fog, and a provided a deep sense of well being. The Blood Sugar Solution gave these people a new lease on life, here are a few of their stories.
Blood Sugar Solution is a plan for each of us to take back our health
as a society. Our health has been hijacked from us, taken from us
slowly, quietly, over the past century. Our current food, social,
family, school, work, faith-based, and community environments, health
care institutions, and government policies make it hard for us to make
healthy choices. We are presented with choices that foster bad habits.
together, getting and staying healthy is possible given the right
information, tools, support, and collective action to take back our
Navigating the Terrain of Disease: Getting to the Root of the Problem
effectively treat diabesity we must shift our focus away from the
symptoms or risk factors of the disease and begin taking a hard look at
the causes. All of our attention is on treatments that lower blood sugar
(diabetes drugs and insulin), lower high blood pressure
(anti-hypertensive drugs), improve cholesterol (statins), and thin the
blood (aspirin). But we never ever ask the most important question:
Why is your blood sugar, blood pressure, or blood cholesterol too high and why is your
blood too sticky and likely to clot?
Put another way: What are the root causes of diabesity?
that question must be the focus of our diagnosis and treatment of the
disease if we are going to solve this global epidemic.
The good news is that the answer is shockingly simple.
The Real Causes of Diabesity
entire spectrum of diabesity including all of its
complications—diabetes, elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, and
cholesterol—are simply downstream symptoms that result from problems
with diet, lifestyle, and environmental toxins interacting with our
unique genetic susceptibilities.
Those are the real causes of diabesity.
And the reason these dietary and lifestyle factors lead to diabesity is because they create a condition known as insulin resistance.
Contrary to what most people think, type 2 diabetes is a disease of too
much, not too little, insulin. Insulin is the real driver of problems
When your diet is full of empty calories and an
abundance of quickly absorbed sugars, liquid calories, and carbohydrates
(like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes), your cells slowly become
resistant to the effects of insulin and needs more and more to do the
same job of keeping your blood sugar even. Thus you develop insulin resistance. A high insulin level is the first sign of a problem. The higher your insulin levels are, the
your insulin resistance. Your body starts to age and deteriorate. In
fact, insulin resistance is the single most important phenomenon that
leads to rapid and premature aging and all its resultant diseases,
including heart disease, stroke, dementia, and cancer.
insulin levels increase it leads to an appetite that is out of control,
increasing weight gain around the belly, more inflammation and oxidative
stress, and myriad downstream effects including high blood pressure;
high cholesterol; low HDL, high triglycerides; weight gain around the
middle; thickening of the blood; and increased risk of cancer,
Alzheimer’s, and depression. These are all a result of insulin resistance
and too much insulin. Elevated blood sugar is not the source of the
problem. And because insulin resistance (and diabesity) are a direct
outcome of diet and lifestyle, the condition is 100 percent reversible
in the vast majority of cases. Most people just need to eliminate the
things that are sending their biology out of balance and include what’s
needed to help the body rebalance itself. For most the interventions
required are extremely simply and extraordinarily effective.
8 Steps to Reversing Diabesity
In my new book The Blood Sugar Solution
I outline a comprehensive 8-week plan for overcoming diabesity in all
its forms. Here is a sneak preview of the steps outlined in the book:
1. Get the right tests.
Most doctors focus on fasting blood sugar. This is actually a poor
indicator of diabesity. The best test to tease out the condition is an
insulin response test where insulin levels are measured fasting and then
1 and 2 hours after a glucose drink. Demand this test from your doctor.
2. Get smart about nutrition.
Despite the media hype and the seeming confusion amongst doctors, the
basics of nutrition are extremely simply. Eliminate sugar and processed
carbohydrates, include whole real foods like lean protein (chicken or
fish), veggies, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains.
3. Get the right supplements.
There has recently been a frenzy of negative reports about supplements.
Most of them are unfounded. Supplements are an essential part of
treating diabesity. A good multivitamin, vitamin D, fish oil, and
special blood sugar balancing nutrients like alpha lipoic acid, chromium
polynicotinate, biotin, cinnamon, green tea catechins, and PGX (a super
fiber) should also be included.
4. Get relaxed.
Stress is a major unrecognized contributor to insulin resistance and
blood sugar imbalance. Push your pause button every day with deep
breathing, visualization, yoga, and other relaxation techniques.
5. Get moving.
Aside from changing your diet, exercise is probably the single best
medication for diabesity. Walk for at least 30 minutes every day. For
some, 30-60 minutes of more vigorous aerobic exercise 4-6 times a week
may be necessary.
6. Get clean and green.
Environmental toxins also contribute to diabesity. Filter your water,
look for green cleaning products, and avoid plastics when you can.
7. Get personal.
While the steps above will address 80 percent of the problems with
diabesity, some may need to take additional steps to optimize key areas
of their biology. Remember, the medicine of the future is personal
medicine. Seek out your own biological imbalances and look for ways to
8. Get connected. Research is
beginning to show that we get better more effectively when we get
together. Invite your friends, families, and neighbors to change their
diets and lifestyle along with you. Together we can all take back our
I hope that my book The Blood Sugar Solution
will be the beginning of a larger transformation – for individuals,
communities and for society. In the book I outline all of the social,
economic, biological, and medical underpinnings of this health epidemic
and provide an 8-week, step-by-step system that will allow you to dig
deep into your own biology and heal even the most severe cases of
Get a book, get two and give one to someone you love – you might be saving their life. When
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