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Dr. Sarah Hallberg on Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Starts With Ignoring The Guidelines (Transcript)

Dr. Sarah Hallberg

Full text of Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s talk on Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Starts With Ignoring The Guidelines at TEDxPurdueU Conference.

Listen to the MP3 Audio here: MP3 – Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines by Sarah Hallberg @ TEDxPurdueU

TRANSCRIPT: 

I have the best job in the world. I’m a doctor. No! Believe me that’s not why. I’m an obesity doctor. I have the honor of working with the group of people subject to the last widely accepted prejudice: being fat. These people have suffered a lot by the time they see me: shame, guilt, blame and outright discrimination.

The attitude that many take, including those in healthcare, is that these people are to blame for their situation. If they could just control themselves, they wouldn’t be overweight, and they are not motivated to change.

Please let me tell you this is not the case. The blame, if we’ve got to extend some here, has been with our advice. And it’s time we change that. Obesity is a disease, it’s not something created by lack of character. It’s a hormonal disease, and there are many hormones involved. And one of the main ones is a hormone called insulin. Most obese individuals are resistant to this hormone, insulin.

So, what does that mean exactly, to be resistant to insulin? Well, insulin resistance is essentially a state of pre-pre-type 2 diabetes. Insulin’s job is to drive glucose, or blood sugar, into the cells where it can be used. In a nutshell, when someone is insulin resistant, they are having trouble getting blood sugar where it needs to go, into those cells. And it just can’t hang out in the blood after we eat or we would all have a diabetic crisis after every meal.

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