It’s a message vested interests in the pharmaceutical and medical industries don’t like people to hear: type 2 diabetes is ‘curable’, in terms of reversing all the symptoms completely, says US obesity specialist Dr Sarah Hallberg. She is one of growing numbers of scientists and doctors worldwide who say diabetes is not an incurable, progressive condition. It does not always require you to be on drugs for the rest of your life. That may be the case for some people, but for many, the science is all there to prove it is not. It’s a positive, empowering message, one that Canadian diabetic physician Dr Jay Wortman gave eloquently, from both personal and professional experience, at the recent low-carb, high-fat summit in Cape Town.
Here, Hallberg provides compelling evidence in a fascinating TED Talk on why type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed – and the solution is simpler than you might think. It starts with ignoring official dietary guidelines, she says – another message that came through the Cape Town summit. Hallberg says the key is low-carb, high-fat eating, the very same dietary pattern that has got University of Cape Town emeritus professor Tim Noakes into such hot water. Also at the heart of Hallberg’s message is a betrayal of trust most of us have in doctors. Canadian nephrologist and diabetes specialist Dr Jason Fung has a lot to say on that score. He helps to explain why even the most brilliant and well-meaning doctors end up betraying patients’ trust. – Marika Sboros