A True Solution for Type 2 Diabetes

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“Among the 34.2 million people in the United States who have been diagnosed with diabetes, many feel a sense of dread at what seems like a life sentence."

One of Next Advanced Medicine’s most profound messages is that of hope: remission for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases is possible. Thousands of patients have been able to reverse their disease, reduce and eliminate medicine and insulin injections, lose weight without exercise and radical diets, reduce and eliminate the risks for diabetic complications and early death, and even become non-diabetic. In this paper, we intend to demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach to reversing diabetes and other chronic conditions. We also hope that this article will help spread the word to those suffering from a chronic illness that there is a path out of sickness and into health.

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Whitepaper Summary

The conventional-medicine go-to for Type 2 Diabetes is a pill. While drugs are an essential part of treatment for many patients, they don’t address the environmental factors and causes of disease. At Next Advanced Medicine, we acknowledge that many factors lead to the development of diabetes, including trauma, infections, toxic exposures, processed foods and the standard American diet, stress, genetic predispositions, and hormonal imbalances, just to name a few, so our approach looks at and addresses all of these contributing factors.

The Risk of Drugs

Many researchers have found evidence that diabetes medications may cause serious harm. For example, Garratt et al, (1999) found that sulfonylureas (e.g., glipizide, glimeperide, or glyburide) —a group of medicines that increase the release of insulin from the pancreas—are “associated with an increased risk of in-hospital mortality among diabetic patients undergoing coronary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction.” Another study concluded that rosiglitazone—a drug that makes cells more responsive to insulin—is “associated with a significant increase in the risk of myocardial infarction and with an increase in the risk of death from cardiovascular causes. (Nissen & Wolski, 2007).

Insulin administered as a treatment has serious potential effects, as well. Hribel (2013) in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism and Nandish (2011) in Current Atherosclerosis Reports reported the following:

  • It more than doubles the risk of death.
  • It almost doubles the risk of myocardial infarction.
  • It more than doubles the risk or neuropathy.
  • In patients taking insulin, there is a 43 percent increased risk of stroke and cancer.
  • It more than triples the risk of renal complications.
  • It can lead to Diabetes Type 3 (i.e, Alzheimer’s Disease)
  • It can lead to compromised “vascular integrity, which may further potentiate [sic] cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.”

A Functional Medicine Approach

Functional medicine offers a different solution to addressing type 2 Diabetes. The holistic approach of functional medicine seeks to get to the root cause of disease for each person to find out why he or she is sick and develop a customized program based on the individual’s biological needs.

Some of the major differences between functional medicine and conventional medicine include the following:

  • Conventional medicine is disease-oriented; functional medicine is health-oriented. 
  • Conventional medicine aims to detect disease early on; functional medicine aims to prevent disease. 

  • Conventional medicine makes diagnoses based on symptoms; functional medicine looks at the underlying cause of disease. 

  • Conventional medicine is specialized; functional medicine is holistic (i.e., considering the whole person rather than dividing the body into parts). 

Next Advanced Medicine is dedicated to the practice of functional and physical medicine. While drugs are an essential part of treatment for a number of illnesses, they are not a permanent solution. Dr. Neil Hersh, MD, and Dr. Candice Hall, DC, and the committed staff at Next Advanced Medicine provide an alternative approach to patients who continually suffer from degenerative and chronic health issues. Our interdisciplinary team of medical doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, and nutrition scientists is dedicated to providing each patient with the knowledge and support he or she needs to thrive and live a healthy lifestyle.

With patients with type 2 diabetes, the goal is to reverse the diabetes with our unique approach and get patients off their large quantities and heavy doses of medication. Next Advanced Medicine looks for long-term solutions that dive deep into the root causes and produce visible, sustainable changes in quality of life. Then, each patient receives a long-term health care plan designed specifically for his or her individual needs.

Study on Patient Outcomes

For patients that complete the program and follow the recommendations of their doctor, the majority reaches the goal of reversing their diabetes to at least a prediabetic level, with many of them reversing to a non-diabetic level. In addition, a majority of patients come in taking prescription medications; by the end of the program, their HbA1c is being controlled naturally, and the prescription medications no longer need to be taken.

Summary of Results

  • 97% of patients (N=189) had reduced their HbA1c, on average by 1.8, and 93% reduced or eliminated medications. Note that 91% of the sample started on medications.
  • 80% of patients (N=156) had HbA1cs in the nondiabetic (N=68 or 35% of the patients) and prediabetic (N=88 or 45% of the patients). Of the patients in the nondiabetic range and in the prediabetic range, 93% were on medication to start, and 95% reduced or eliminated medication while reducing their HbA1cs.
  • 17% of patients (N=33) had HbA1c reductions that ranged from .1 to 5.6 (average of 2.0). 93% or 28 of 30 also reduced/eliminated medications. (Three were not on medication.)
  • Five patients (or 3%) did not see improved HbA1c. However, 4/4 (100%) reduced and eliminated medications. (One was not on medication.) Also, three of these individuals ended below a 6.5 (prediabetic), so outcomes are partially favorable for all patients, with mitigating factors for why HbA1c might increase

What We Do Works.

We reverse chronic disease for hundreds of patients each year by treating patients at the cellular level, looking at the cause for disease, and naturally supporting the body to return to health.

We believe in a functional medicine approach to chronic disease. The mission of Next Advanced Medicine is to restore the hope and health of all we serve by providing life-saving strategies specific to individuals and empowering them to make the necessary changes to reclaim their health.

While we can’t help everyone, we work diligently to effectively help as many people as we can.

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