The Oxford dictionary defines the word cure as; to relieve a person of the symptoms of a disease or condition. example “He was cured of the disease”
On the diabetes Australia website it stats ” At present there is no cure for diabetes.”(1)
At this point of time Diabetes is a treatable disease but there is no medical cure. This leaves a person diagnosed with diabetes with a life sentence, never to be cured only treated. This narrows ones options to the best treatment possible, insulin replacement therapy, which has been hailed by Diabetes Australia as “The Holy Grail of Diabetes Treatment” (2)
However CrossFit has shown through good diet and exercise Diabetes can be managed to the point where a person is relieved of the symptoms of the disease and no longer requiring medication. A cure in definition.
Before we talk cures lets lets take a look at what diabetes is. There are two types of diabetes Type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes develops at a young age and it is where the pancreas does not produce Insulin. This article is only referring to type 2 diabetes.
TYPE 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes develops over time and is where the body becomes resistant to the hormone Insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas and is used by the body to store blood glucose into cells. Type 2 diabetics are resistant to the hormone, coursing blood sugar levels to rise. Type 2 diabetes is seen as a progressive disease, overtime the disease will progress to the point that the Pancreas no longer produces Insulin.
When we eat Carbohydrates our blood sugar levels rise. Our pancreas will then secrete Insulin into the blood which stores the sugar into the cells, decreasing blood sugar levels. The cause of Type 2 diabetes is a lifetime of elevated blood sugar levels, which then means the body has elevated Insulin levels resulting in the body becoming resistant to Insulin. As the disease progresses, the body’s insulin production slows.
- 280 Australians are diagnosed with Diabetes every day.
- There is currently 1.2 Million Australians diagnosed with Diabetes
- Estimated 500,000 people undiagnosed living with Diabetes.
- Cost to Australia is 14 Billion dollars every year
- 1 in 4 hospital beds are taken by patients related to diabetes.
Diabetes is treated by oral medications and then as the disease progresses it is treated by injecting of insulin into the blood stream when blood sugar levels are high. .
If blood sugar levels can be made stable, the need for insulin or high levels of Insulin is gone. If Carbohydrates are reduced and sugar is eliminated from the diet, blood sugar levels will stabilize. Along with the Nutrition, treatment through exercise can be used to reduce blood sugar levels. When we exercise the body uses blood sugar as energy, reducing the amount of sugar in the blood by burning it as fuel and eliminating the need for Insulin.
A six week study, published in Experimental Physiology, had 13 diabetics complete a six week CrossFit program. Markers where taken of the participants blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity. At the end of the six week intervention the results showed significant improvement in Insulin sensitivity, even placing the disease into remission (The person no longer displays symptoms) Cured in definition. (3)
In a CrossFit Journal article from Feb 2016 the health markers for a Diabetic patient are shown before starting CrossFit and after. The physician of the patient stats that “he has basically cured himself of the disease” No longer requiring to take Insulin and no longer displaying symptoms of the disease. Cured in definition. (4)
If you have followed along so far, lets take the time and watch these two short videos. This will give a representation of the two prescriptions of treatment. The first video is produced by CrossFit.com and is the story of couples struggle and final remission of diabetes. The second video is produced by RMIT and promoted on the Diabetes Australia website. The video’s message is that Type 2 diabetes can NOT be cured and the only effective treatment is through Insulin, the wonder drug.
I am baffled why Diabetes Australia would promote the use of Insulin and shy away from reported cures through diet and exercise.
Insulin is a government funded drug and does not cost the patient. Instead it is paid for by tax payers, a $14.6 billion dollar industry, profited by pharmaceutical companies. It raises concerns that donas to Diabetes Australia do not want to find a cure and would prefer diabetics be treated with Insulin “The Holy Grail of diabetes treatment”
The members of Daylesford CrossFit are lucky. You have all taken the steps to reducing your likelihood of developing Type 2 Diabetes, especially our Nutrition Nuts. But statistically the people around you, coworkers, friends and family are at high risk of developing the disease. Coach calls the Affiliates “Lifeboats from the tsunami of chronic disease that is about to hit”
I welcome you aboard, bring a friend .
1 – https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/research
2 – https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/insulin
4 – http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_2016_02_PeteKatz_Cecil.pdf