Four-Step Program for Diabetes
Julian Whitaker, MD
If not drugs, then what? Here’s the treatment program we recommend at the Whitaker Wellness Institute for our patients with type 2 diabetes.
1. Weight Loss
Losing weight is the best therapy for type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet for weight loss. It requires diet changes, an exercise program, and determination.
The most therapeutic diet for diabetes is a low-glycemic, Mediterranean-style menu with lots of vegetables and lean protein, such as fish and poultry; modest amounts of fruit (one serving per day); and healthful fats like olive oil. Stay away from sugar and starches—pasta, cereals, and other grain-based foods drive up blood sugar and increase appetite.
I recommend a brisk 10-minute walk after meals (or a total of 30-45 minutes most days of the week) along with several sessions of resistance training weekly. Walking and other forms of aerobic exercise lower blood sugar and burn calories, while resistance exercise such as weightlifting builds muscle and improves long-term insulin sensitivity.
4. Nutritional Supplements
To guard against complications of the blood vessels, nerves, eyes, and kidneys, take a potent, antioxidant-rich daily multivitamin to replace the nutrients that are inevitably lost as a result of the diabetic condition. To lower blood sugar, take vanadyl sulfate 100 mg, alpha lipoic acid 200 mg, chromium 200 mcg, cinnamon 500–1,000 mg, and Gymnema sylvestre 400 mg daily. They may be taken individually or in combination formulas.
We have excellent success at Whitaker Wellness with this protocol. Here’s what one of our patients, Gerald, had to say.
“I followed the advice of my conventional physicians for type 2 diabetes, arthritis, and an arrhythmia, and all I had to show for it was more and more drugs. After just three weeks at the clinic, I was able to eliminate or reduce most of my drugs, and I’ve shown improvements in symptoms of all these chronic diseases. The pain in my legs from diabetic neuropathy is considerably reduced, and I’m able to walk longer distances, even though I’ve cut back on the painkillers I was using. The door to a new lifestyle has been opened. It’s now up to me to go through that door and practice what I have learned.”
- My book Reversing Diabetes outlines a step-by-step program for treating diabetes. To order, click here or call (800) 810-6655.
Modified from Health & Healing with permission from Healthy Directions, LLC. Copyright 2008. Photocopying, reproduction, or quotation strictly prohibited without written permission from the publisher. To subscribe to Health & Healing, click here.