Diabetes Relief Program
The traditional approach to the management of type 2 or adult onset diabetes is primarily aimed at disease control and delaying the “inevitable” consequences experienced by many diabetics. Lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise have always been recommended by diabetes treatment programs too work in conjunction with diabetic medications and insulin in controlling the disease and reducing the likelihood and severity of long term complications. It is not uncommon for a diabetic patient to require three or more oral or injectable medications to keep their blood sugar at an acceptable level. Insulin injections are essential when oral medications can no longer control the blood glucose. Many diabetics are also prescribed additional medications to prevent kidney disease and lower cholesterol. The complications of diabetes, such as hypertension, neuropathy (numbness and pain due to nerve damage), circulatory disease, etc also require medical treatment. In spite of all these medications, many patients continue to experience the devastating long-term consequences of type 2 diabetes. It is not uncommon for a type 2 diabetic to take five or even ten or more different prescription medications, and possibly insulin injections just for disease “control”.
What if you could do more than just control diabetes and actually “cure” the disease? What if you could get your hemoglobin A1C to 6 or less without insulin or other medications? Yes, it is possible- and without surgery. Through our Diabetes Relief Program, a number of patients have been able to discontinue their insulin entirely- even doses in excess of 100 units per day. We have patients with blood sugars frequently exceeding 300 mg/dl who now have normal fasting and after meal sugars and hemoglobin A1C’s at 6 or less- some have been able to discontinue all diabetes medications. Many of our patients are able to reduce or eliminate medications for hypertension, lipid abnormalities, and neuropathy. Not only did their blood sugars normalize, these patients have never felt better.
The program works by utilizing one’s own metabolism. Most type 2 diabetics actually make more insulin than they actually require, but they can’t utilize all of the insulin they are making. In spite of the fact that many diabetics are producing excessive insulin, many still require insulin injections.
What we do is to teach our patients how to make their own insulin work more effectively, thereby reducing or eliminating the need for insulin or other medications to do the job that the body is already equipped to take care of. The Diabetes Relief Program is based upon a treatment approach that is backed by numerous scientific studies. Dr. McCarthy has advanced medical training under some of the nation’s top doctors who have published their studies in major medical journals and have presented their findings at national and international medical meetings.
Though we have many success stories, it takes a person firmly committed to a permanent lifestyle makeover in exchange for freedom from insulin shots, medications, and the complications of diabetes. Prior to your first visit, we will need to obtain a number of lab tests that indicate your diabetes control, the possible presence of diabetic complications or other diseases, and whether or not your pancreas is producing adequate amounts of insulin. We work closely with your own medical care provider, and make sure they understand our treatment approach; and we keep them informed of your progress and of any change we make in your medications or treatment. We see our patients on a frequent basis and closely monitor their blood sugars and other medical conditions that could be affected by our intervention.
If you have questions, feel free to call our office for more information. Most physicians and providers in this area are familiar with our program, and many refer their patients here for treatment. If your provider has questions or concerns, he or she may call us, or I can call them.
1. Must I be overweight or obese to benefit from your program?
Many type 2 diabetics are not overweight or obese and can benefit from our treatment program. The metabolic conditions that cause type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are the same in the obese and normal weight patient.
2. I have “pre-diabetes”. Can your program help me avoid getting full blown diabetes?
Pre-diabetes is metabolically the same disease as type 2 diabetes. The primary abnormality in both of these conditions is “insulin resistance” and excess insulin. The Diabetes Relief Program may help you avoid diabetes and reduce the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
3. Isn’t it dangerous to stop insulin? I have always heard that “once on insulin, you’re always on insulin”.
First of all, insulin is gradually reduced as we monitor the effects of a lower insulin dose and along with the implementation of our plan. Sometimes the sugars increase temporarily, but that is far less dangerous than risking “hypoglycemia” or low blood sugar. The reason most diabetics never get off insulin is that they never make the necessary changes in diet and lifestyle that can allow them to get off insulin.
4. Why not just follow the ADA diet?
The ADA (American Diabetic Association) diet is designed to help a diabetic control their blood sugar. Most of our patients have already been on the ADA recommended diet plan, but have experienced inadequate control of their sugar, have required more and more medications or insulin for control, or have experienced weight gain and/or diabetic complications.
5. I have heard it is not safe to control diabetes too tightly?
There are studies that show poorer outcomes in patients in whom diabetes was tightly controlled. The complications are generally attributed to the medications, including insulin, that contribute to reoccurring hypoglycemia, and possibly to the medications themselves. Keeping sugars normal through our program is really just experiencing a non-diabetic blood sugar level.
6. Can you really “cure” diabetes?
I personally don’t like the word “cure”, but I use it since it is the term used by bariatric surgeons to describe the normalization of the diabetic state in bariatric surgical patients. It is possible to achieve a normal fasting and post meal glucose, and a normal HbA1C with our program. It is also possible to stop all diabetic medications, and some of the diabetic complications may improve or go away completely. The genetic predisposition to diabetes will never go away. If you choose to deviate from our program, you may also experience a return of elevated sugar readings. Remember, this is a lifestyle change.
7. Do all of your patients get off their diabetes medications?
Some patients may require diabetes medication even if successful with our program. Some patients, especially long-standing diabetics may not make enough of their own insulin to totally stop diabetes medication. Most, if not all, can reduce the dosage and experience marked improvement in diabetes control.
8. Does the Diabetes Relief Program help with cholesterol abnormalities associated with diabetes?
The most common cholesterol abnormality in diabetics and pre-diabetics is what we call “small particle dyslipidemia”. This condition is manifested by elevated triglycerides and “very low density lipoproteins” known as VLDL and a reduction in HDL- the good cholesterol. This particular cholesterol profile is very dangerous and contributes to the risks for heart disease, circulatory disease, and strokes in diabetics. Our program specifically targets the metabolic processes that produce these particles. Most of our patients experience a reduction in triglycerides, VLDL, and a significant rise in HDL. Many times our patients can stop medications such as Tricor, Triplix, Lopid, Lovaza, and Niaspan that are used specifically for these abnormalities.
9. Can your program help someone with Type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin, so getting off insulin is out of the question. The Diabetes Relief Program can help patients control their diabetes with less insulin and help them avoid the wide swings in glucose levels that predispose these patients to complications such as kidney disease, eye complications, circulatory disease, etc.
10. If the Diabetic Relief Program works so well, why doesn’t everyone use it?
Our program is similar to those at several well-known university centers. Research into dietary and lifestyle effect on disease is an ongoing process. There is an assumption that human beings would rather take a few pills and/or inject insulin than make the necessary lifestyle changes to impact disease. The other issue is that successfully implementing the necessary lifestyle changes requires special training and also requires intensive effort on the part of the patient and the medical care provider. Our own results demonstrate that committed patients and a committed doctor is the formula for success.